Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Travel information 6 days MS Nordstjernen
Departures
2022
May: 18., 25.
June: 1., 8., 15., 22., 29.
July: 6., 13., 20., 27.
August: 3., 10., 17., 24., 31.
Price from
$ 2385
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Join us on an expedition to Spitsbergen for the chance to see towering glaciers, dramatic mountain formations and polar bears under the midnight sun.

The town on top of the world

Your adventure starts in the unique town of Longyearbyen, located right at the edge of an arctic wilderness. Enjoy a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum before sailing the Isfjord to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. You’ll learn about the history and culture of the people who first discovered Svalbard and even get to see some of their art on display alongside Russian artefacts.

Where beauty and history combine

Your Captain and Expedition Team will decide which parts of Spitsbergen’s fabled North West Corner we’ll explore. We’ll attempt to land at Magdalenefjord. Framed by spectacular views of jagged mountain peaks and glaciers, you’ll be setting foot on an island with fascinating explorer and whaling history. If the conditions are favourable, we plan to sail above 80° North, bringing you within 600 nautical miles of the North Pole.

Dramatic fjords and glaciers

We plan to explore Kongsfjorden, also known as King’s Bay, the largest fjord on the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. You might get to see glaciers calving into the sea as we enter the fjord and, with luck, polar bears as they trek along the coast’s drifting ice on the hunt for seals. Your expedition will end where it all started in Longyearbyen.

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)
  • Day 1
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard

    Mining History and Arctic Nature

    Your adventure starts with an overnight stay to enjoy Longyearbyen´s galleries, pubs, restaurants and magnificent setting on the edge of an Arctic wilderness. Reminders of mining heritage are everywhere in this frontier town. The 2,000 inhabitants here are outnumbered by snowmobiles, and reindeer roam the streets, which have been given numbers instead of names.

    Spend some time learning about the history and wildlife of the archipelago at the Svalbard Museum. Walk along the main street and pick out souvenirs from the shops of the world’s northernmost town.

    Before entering most public buildings, make sure to remove your shoes! This is a custom that originated in the mining days to prevent people from trekking coal dust indoors, and is just one way the town’s mining history continues to affect its culture.

    Polar bears live outside Longyearbyen, and while it’s rare to see one in town, keep an eye out for art inspired by these iconic Arctic bears. See if you can find the polar bear statue, or the giant polar bear mural in the centre of town.

    The cruise package includes an overnight stay at the premium boutique hotel, Funken Lodge, offering modern comforts in historical surroundings. This cosy outpost has been welcoming explorers since 1947 – you'll feel right at home. For a unique culinary experience, you can try king crab in the Funktionærmessen Restaurant before enjoying the many cafes and bars of this frontier town.

    Day 1
    Longyearbyen, Svalbard

    Mining History and Arctic Nature

  • Day 2
    Longyearbyen & Barentsburg

    Settlements of the Far North

    Estimated time of departure is 5:00 PM

    After breakfast, you can join a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Camp Barentz. Next, it´s time to embark on MS Nordstjernen to sail the Isfjord to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Here you can explore Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.

    Day 2
    Longyearbyen & Barentsburg

    Settlements of the Far North

  • Day 3
    Magdalenefjorden & the North West Corner

    Into the Arctic Wilderness

    This area is rich with islands, fjords and beaches and heritage: a whaling station and graveyard that dates from the 16th century. We hope to make a landing here and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. Keep a sharp eye out! We hope to encounter polar bears, whales and seals.

    Day 3
    Magdalenefjorden & the North West Corner

    Into the Arctic Wilderness

  • Day 4
    Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen & 80°North

    Scanning for Polar Bears

    North West Spitsbergen National Park features beautiful terrain, as well as the fast-moving Monaco glacier and Jotunkjeldane thermal springs. We may spot a polar bear searching for bird eggs nearby. Be on the lookout for whales and seals as well. If the conditions are favourable, we will sail past 80° North.  

    Day 4
    Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen & 80°North

    Scanning for Polar Bears

  • Day 5
    Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund

    Fjords, Glaciers and Research

    Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen and home to the majestic Kongsbreen glacier. Later, we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. It is now an advanced High Arctic research station.

    Day 5
    Kongsfjorden & Ny-Ålesund

    Fjords, Glaciers and Research

  • Day 6
    Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

    Flying Home from the Arctic

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Your Arctic adventure around Svalbard is over for this time. As you wind down from your expedition, you’ll have some time to look back on all your new memories, still holding onto that elated feeling of having just been quite literally near the “top of the world.”

    After saying goodbye to the ship and its crew, you’ll take a transfer to the airport for your flight back home. If you want to spend more time in Longyearbyen, you can extend your stay with one of our Post-programmes to really get to know the area.

    In Longyearbyen, you’ll often find many places hold the record for being the most north anything. The world’s northernmost cinema, church, library, high school, supermarket – they’re all here. You can chalk off each landmark with a customary selfie.

    Join the locals for a drink in the world’s northernmost craft brewery. Art lovers will definitely want to make time to visit Galleri Svalbard to admire diverse works of art inspired by the High Arctic.

    If you have time, grab some souvenirs from the local shops before heading home. A toasty Svalbard sweater or a box of local handmade chocolates would make a wonderful gift for family and friends. Svalbard is a duty-free zone and Longyearbyen has a selection of sports and outdoor clothing shops, so you can stock up on supplies for your next adventure!

    Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you again!

    Day 6
    Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

    Flying Home from the Arctic

Departures

  • 2022
2022
May:
18.
25.
June:
1.
8.
15.
22.
29.
July:
6.
13.
20.
27.
August:
3.
10.
17.
24.
31.

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

  • One night at the hotel in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including light dinner, breakfast and lunch

Transfers

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • 3 hours Sightseeing in Longyearbyen incl. Museum and Camp Barentz, ending at the pier
  • Transfer between ship and Longyearbyen airport

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage except in Longyearbyen or Barentsburg.

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Svalbard
  • Loan of trekking poles and thermal suits for activities

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Nordstjernen passing an iceberg at Spitsbergen
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
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Arranging for dinner on board MS Nordstjernen.
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MS Nordstjernen

Year built 1956
Shipyard Blohm & Voss
Passenger capacity 149
Beds 150
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 2191
Length 80,77 m
Beam 12,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Nordstjernen passing an iceberg at Spitsbergen
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo

MS Nordstjernen is named after the North Star or Stella Polaris, famous for helping seafarers find their way back home and the Vikings to navigate the north.

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