MS Spitsbergen - 335 Guests

Circumnavigating Svalbard

This epic voyage circumnavigates the large island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard. Explore glaciers, mountains and fjords in the west, and the barren High Arctic wilderness in the eastern part of Svalbard. Enjoy expedition landings, hikes, kayaking and other activities in the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe.



 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Authentic and intimate expedition cruise experience
  • Attempt to sail above 80°N and fully circumnavigate the entire archipelago
  • Summertime offers good chances of sighting polar bears hunting on the sea ice
  • See beautiful fjords, glaciers, and icebergs in the pristine Arctic wildnerness

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DatePolar Inside CabinPolar Outside CabinArctic SuperiorExpedition Suite
Jul 16, 2022Jul 27, 202210,01511,36312,39415,566
Jul 26, 2022Aug 06, 202210,01511,36312,39415,566
Aug 05, 2022Aug 16, 202210,01511,36312,39415,566
Aug 15, 2022Aug 26, 20229,36710,60511,55214,465
Aug 25, 2022Sep 05, 20228,5919,69710,54313,145
Sep 04, 2022Sep 15, 20228,0739,0919,86912,265
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Polar Inside Cabin
(Mid-range)
Arctic Superior
(High-end)
Expedition Suite
Jul 16, 2022Jul 27, 202210,01512,39415,566
Jul 26, 2022Aug 06, 202210,01512,39415,566
Aug 05, 2022Aug 16, 202210,01512,39415,566
Aug 15, 2022Aug 26, 20229,36711,55214,465
Aug 25, 2022Sep 05, 20228,59110,54313,145
Sep 04, 2022Sep 15, 20228,0739,86912,265


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Oslo / Longyearbyen - Hotel
Day 2 - Longyearbyen
Day 3-5 - North West Spitsbergen National Park
Day 6-8 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve
Day 9-10 - South Spitsbergen National Park and the area of Bellsund
Day 11 - The Isfjord
Day 12 - Longyearbyen / Oslo

Day 1 From 59º N to 78º N
Your trip starts with an evening flight from Oslo. If time allows, enjoy the museums, parks and trendy cafés of the Norwegian capital before your flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Transfer to and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2 The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
After an overnight stay, you have the opportunity to explore the colorful frontier outpost of Longyearbyen before boarding your ship in the afternoon. An excursion after lunch is included in your voyage - or, choose from a selection of optional adventures before your voyage begins.

Day 3-5 Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches, but such majestic sights can be blocked by some heavy sea ice. We use all our expertise and 120 years of experience in these waters to try and navigate the ice in order to access areas for you to explore. One such site is Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. We also plan to call on the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. There will likely be many other exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities if we are able to move past the ice and go further north.

Day 6-8 Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears in the archipelago. You will also be exploring the area in summertime, which is when polar bears and their cubs will be out hunting for seals on the ice floes. We therefore have high hopes that you’ll spot one or more during this journey.

The Arctic Ocean in this part of Svalbard is also full of drifting ice and its frozen seascape changes constantly. Being modern-day explorers, the captain and the Expedition Team will be carefully analysing the density and movements of the sea ice using advanced sonar and live satellite imagery. They will then discuss together and decide where we can safely sail or land. This is what makes this cruise an expedition; it is a true, suspense-filled adventure into the Arctic’s great wilderness, negotiating and adapting to whatever elements nature challenges us with.

Ultimately, it is the sea ice that will determine whether we can cross the 80th parallel,before we attempt to sail through the Hinlopen Straitand continuing towards Edgeøya, the third largest island in the archipelago.

Day 9-10 The Expedition Continues
Our aim for these days is to navigate any sea ice and reach the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. The varied geology here at Hornsund has created a dramatic and photogenic landscape. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season also attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot this magnificent predator.

Day 11 Fjord, Wilderness
We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of the Svalbard reindeer.

Day 12 End of the Expedition
Our return to the colourful town of Longyearbyen marks the end of a remarkable voyage that brought us just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.


MS Spitsbergen (Expedition, 335-guests)

MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and further improvements have been planned that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Flights
  • Return flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen
Hotel
  • Overnight in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch
Transfers
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen, including an excursion before the expedition cruise
Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
Onboard Activities
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
Notes
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected

 

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