Circumnavigating Svalbard – The Ultimate Expedition

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Solo travelers: No single supplement

Duration: 12 days

Departures: 30 June 2020
10 July 2020
28 July 2020
7 August 2020
 
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  • The ultimate Svalbard expedition cruise
  • Circumnavigate the entire island
  • Great chance of sighting polar bears
  • Enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Arctic
Photo: Stefan Dall
Circumnavigating Svalbard
Kayaking in the Magdalenefjord, Svalbard
Photo: Merete Wiken Dees
Kayaking in the Magdalenefjord, Svalbard
A walrus colony at Kvitøya, Svalbard
Photo: Stefan Dall

Itinerary

An expedition cruise for those who wish to see and learn as much as possible, this is a voyage to Arctic wilderness at its most extreme. We plan to sail above 80º N while circumnavigating Svalbard in search of the mighty polar bear. This cruise will venture further than any of our other expeditions.
Day 1
Oslo / Longyearbyen
From 59º N to 78º N
Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Walk among modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo, an area of constant renewal.

Before your evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafes of the Norwegian capital. When you arrive in Svalbard, you will discover an entirely different world: a tiny town perched on the edge of the vast Arctic tundra.

On arrival, we transfer you to your hotel for an overnight.

Modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo
Walk among modern architecture in Bjørvika, Oslo, an area of constant renewal.
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Midnight Sun in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Petra Wöbke
Polar bear crossing sign, Longyearbyen, Svalbard!
Watch out - there are more polar bears than humans on the Svalbard archipelago!
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Longyearbyen, the centre of Svalbard
Longyearbyen is the centre of Svalbard, and a great place for adventure travellers.
Day 2
Longyearbyen
The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
Welcome sign Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Welcome to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Hanne Feyling

After an overnight stay join an excursion to get to know this unique town after lunch. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers. Enjoy the atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding MS Spitsbergen in the afternoon.

Day 3-5
North West Spitsbergen National Park
Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Polar bear on Kapp Lee, Svalbard
Polar bear on Kapp Lee, Svalbard.
Photo: Stefan Dall

The North West Corner is scattered with lovely islands, fjords and beaches. If conditions allow, we will explore Svalbard’s rich history in the area. We may visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations.

We hope 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 be exciting landings and scenic kayaking opportunities as we go further north.

Polar bear on Kapp Lee, Svalbard
Polar bear on Kapp Lee, Svalbard.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Wooden house in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
Wooden house in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
Photo: Stefan Dall
A polar bear strolling around on the beach on Phippsøya, Svalbard
Day 6-8
Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve
Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic
Gazing walrus near Kvitøya, Svalbard
Gazing walrus near Kvitøya, Svalbard
Photo: Stefan Dall
Phippsøya is the largest of The Seven Islands”, on the northernmost part of the Svalbard archipelago
Phippsøya is the largest of The Seven Islands”, on the northernmost part of the Svalbard archipelago
Photo: Stefan Dall
Day 6-8
Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve
Enjoy Expedition Days in the Arctic
A polar bear strolling around on the beach on Phippsøya, Svalbard
A polar bear strolling around on the beach on Phippsøya, Svalbard
Photo: Linda Drake

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – and we have high hopes of spotting one on this journey!  The ocean is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. This is true wilderness, so the captain will work with the elements to decide where we can safely land or sail. 

We aim to cross 80º N, and possibly head even further north to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), at the extreme of the Svalbard archipelago. We may also sail east of Nordaustlandet to Kvitøya, before continuing towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago

Day 9-10
South Spitsbergen Nationa Park and Bellsund area
The Expedition Continues
Hiking in Hornsund, the southernmost and most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Hiking in Hornsund, the southernmost and most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Photo: Martin Johansen

We make our way to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot some of these magnificent predators

Hiking in Hornsund, the southernmost and most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Hiking in Hornsund, the southernmost and most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Photo: Martin Johansen
Hiking in Hornsund, an important area for the Polar bears
Hiking in Hornsund, an important area for the Polar bears
Photo: Tori Hogan
Stunning landscape from Isfjorden
Sailing through stunning landscape in Isfjorden.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Hiking in Skansebukta
Going for a hike in Skansebukta.
Photo: Stefan Dall
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Encountering Svalbard reindeer
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 11
The Isfjord
Fjord, Wilderness
Hiking in Skansebukta
Going for a hike in Skansebukta.
Photo: Stefan Dall

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
Longyearbyen / Oslo
End of the Expedition
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Photo: Stefan Dall

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 night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.

Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Mountain landscape surrounding Longyearbyen
Photo: Stefan Dall
Hiking near Longyearbyen surrounded by spectacular landscape
Hiking near Longyearbyen in spectacular landscape.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Return economy flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyagesdesigned to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guestsincluding a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 335
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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