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6 days - An arctic adventure to the Norwegian High Arctic.

This summer come on board the MS Nordstjernen to the Arctic. Focusing on the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, you will experience some extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers and bird cliffs.

This voyage on MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen adventure. Spend two nights on land and the rest at sea exploring Spitsbergen´s extraordinary Arctic landscape of glaciers and fjords. Scan for magnificent wildlife and we just might see the King of the Arctic; the mighty polar bear.

We encourage our guests to enjoy the crisp, clean air out on deck - watch the Northern Fulmars sailing in the slipstream of the ship or join the interesting landings in small boats with our expert guides who will provide an insight into the areas we visit and share some amazing local stories.

Here, above the Arctic Circle, we will experience the Midnight Sun, with long days and light nights. If we are really lucky, we might just see the King of the Arctic - the Polar Bear.

Highlights include

  • Chance of seeing polar bears
  • Cross 80° N and come ashore to explore the Arctic wilderness
  • Experience the Midnight Sun (until 23. August), giving you 24 hours of daylight to discover Svalbard
  • Sail with an expedition team on board the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen
  • Weekly departures between 20 May - 09 September 2019 and 18 May - 07 September 2020
Day 1
Coal mining history and Arctic nature
Day 2
Embark MS Nordstjernen and sail south in Isfjorden to Barentsburg
Day 3
Chances of seeing polar bears
Day 4
Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund - Fjords, glaciers and research
Day 5
Cruising into Isfjorden
Day 6
Flying home from the Arctic
Start/End Place
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Country Visited
Svalbard
Duration
6 Days
Group Size
60 - 260
Suitability
Easy
Code
SPBH01

Details

Transportation

Information about MS Nordstjernen:

Constructed in 1956
Operated by Vestland Classic (since 2012)
Length: 80.77 m / Width: 12.6 m / Draft: 6.15 m
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 290
Beds: 150
Facilities: dining room, bar, coffee bar, panoramic salon & library

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Included
  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Transfer airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast:
  • Radisson Blu Polar Hotel when booking A, I, J or N grade cabins
  • Coal Miner's Cabin when booking D or E grade cabins
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier
  • Transfer ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage incl. light lunch, dinner and early morning snack
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Longyearbyen
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore. All included
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures on shore as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free coffee and tea
Not Included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1 - Coal mining history and Arctic nature

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Longyearbyen. This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. While the arctic environment is dominant, it is also a surprisingly cosmopolitan place, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, stores and a mini-mall. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to the stress of modern day life and is a prime destination for adventure travellers.

Reminders of the history and heritage of the island can be seen everywhere. When Coal Mine Number 1 was opened in the 1930’s, the miners survived in flimsy two-story barracks. When World War II ravaged Europe, the area of Svalbard known as Nybyen was set on fire. After the war, the miners moved back and rebuilt the barracks.

For your overnight, you may choose to stay in these barracks, which have now been completely renovated to offer our guests a high standard of comfort. The Coal Miners Cabins are situated about 2 kilometres from the town centre, a nice walk in beautiful surroundings.

Or, you may choose to stay in the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, the world’s northernmost full-service hotel, located in the heart of Longyearbyen. From your table at Restaurant Nansen you can gaze out on the panoramic view towards the majestic peak of Hiorthfjellet and enjoy an excellent Arctic menu with a good selection of wines. The hotel was completed in March 1995.

Meals
1 Dinner

Day 2 - Embark MS Nordstjernen and sail south in Isfjorden to Barentsburg

After breakfast, you are invited to a guided sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Gallery Svalbard. This fantastic museum is really worth a visit, as it will provide you with a great deal of background information on all that you will come to experience on your expedition. Then its time to embark on the adventure and MS Nordstjernen. We sail south in Isfjorden until we reach the Russian settlement Barentsburg. This “company coal mining town” has been Russian since 1932, and is still home to about 500 people. Here you can explore the exotic collection of old Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up the real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Chances of seeing polar bears

Locally known as the North West Corner, this area, rich with islands, fjords and beaches, has a long history of exploration. In Magdalenefjord, you’ll discover cultural heritage: a whaling station from the 16th century, including a graveyard of whalers who died during the first “oil gold rush”. We arrive in the morning, and will make our first landing to come ashore and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. In this beautiful fjord, we might see polar bears, minke whales and bearded seals.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund - Fjords, glaciers and research

Kongsfjord is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. It is also known as King’s Bay. We will spend most of the day cruising into a large side fjord called Krossfjord. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. The inner part of Krossfjord, Lilliehöökfjorden, is strikingly beautiful. Be sure to sight for the peak of Mitra – named for a ‘Mitre’ or a catholic bishop’s hat – located on the northern shore of the entrance to Kongsfjorden.

At the end of the fjord you will see the majestic Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier) with the three characteristic nunataks: Nora, Dana and Svea – named after the three Scandinavian countries. Later we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal mining centre, it is now an advanced High Arctic research station. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and the activity is particularly high in the summer.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - Cruising into Isfjorden

Located in central Spitsbergen, Isfjorden is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. One of the most noticeable mountains in this area is Alkhornet, where thousands of brünnich’s guillemots nest during the summer season. As we sail into the outer parts of the fjord, the landscape changes. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. After disembarkation in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. Then there will be a farewell dinner in the hotel in the evening.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Flying home from the Arctic

Your Spitsbergen adventure is over. After transfer to the airport it's time for the flight back home.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Please note the below prices are indicative only, and are per person. Hurtigruten prices may fluctuate daily, so please contact us for any specials, early booking rates and/or specific prices for your preferred date of travel. Monday departures listed for 2019 and 2020 - please ask us for details regarding the Thursday departures.

A 5% discount is granted to members of the 1893 Ambassador Program (open to guests who have travelled on the Hurtigruten before).

Please ask us about children's prices.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
20 May 2019
9 Sep 2019
20 May 2019
9 Sep 2019
EUR 1,335
On request
Inside (No Window)
20 May 2019
9 Sep 2019
20 May 2019
9 Sep 2019
EUR 2,104
On request
Outside (Window)
18 May 2020
7 Sep 2020
18 May 2020
7 Sep 2020
EUR 1,107
On request
Inside (No Window)
18 May 2020
7 Sep 2020
18 May 2020
7 Sep 2020
EUR 1,735
On request
Outside (Window)

Important Information

There are two departures from Longyearbyen - Monday and Thursday, the itinerary changes slightly between the two. The itinerary listed is the Monday version.

  • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
  • We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
  • The rental of rubber boots is available on board.

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