A complete journey around Spitsbergen provides the best way to truly explore this fascinating Arctic island.
We aim at taking you well above the 80th parallel and placing you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. The expedition starts in Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travelers. This Norwegian settlement is a unique place, where life is dominated by the power of the Arctic wilderness, yet a surprisingly rich cultural life thrives in the town.
During this voyage you will see some of the most spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen. The eastern part of Svalbard is divided into two large nature reserves. Combined, they represent one of the last largely untouched wildernesses in Europe. Traversing the large fjord east of Spitsbergen will give you spectacular views of the island's east coast with hundreds of glaciers and mountains. If we are lucky, we'll encounter marine mammals like seal and walrus, and wherever there is ice, there is a strong chance of spotting polar bears!
More polar bears than humans
The Svalbard Archipelago currently hosts about 2,500 humans and 3,000 polar bears. These solitary marine mammals roam wherever they can expect to find food, and favour drift ice for use as a platform when at sea. On very rare occasions, dead whales or walrus drift ashore on Svalbard beaches, attracting all kinds of wildlife – including polar bears. While we often observe bears on our expeditions, as with all things in nature, there are no absolute guarantees. The presence of polar bears in the area can affect our landing or activity schedules.
Join in for a Beach Clean Up Activity
In recent years, marine litter has become a major problem for the world's oceans and beaches. Hurtigruten, as a proud member of the "Clean Up Svalbard" team, invites our guests to participate in a beach clean-up activity during one of our landings in the area.