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
2021
May: 19., 26.
June: 2., 9., 16., 23., 30.
July: 7., 14., 21., 28.
August: 4., 11., 18., 25.
September: 1.
Price from
$ 2310
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • 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
  • Explore magnificent Arctic scenery and fjords with the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature makes the rules.
Weather, and ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are always our top priorities.
All our itineraries are continuously evaluated for necessary alterations, whether due to constraints imposed by the elements – or to take advantage of exciting possibilities that nature and wildlife offer. That flexibility and excitement is why we call each of our voyages a true expedition.

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 wilderness. Reminders of mining heritage are everywhere in 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 will have some free time to relax or visit the shops before check out and lunch. After lunch you will take your bags to the bus, and enjoy a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Camp Barentz. This tour ends at the harbour, where you will embark 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 1:00 AM

    After an early breakfast on board, you will have some free time in Longyearbyen. Have a wander through the town, look for souvenirs or enjoy a lazy lunch in a cafe. A transfer bus will take you to the airport for departure in the afternoon.

    Day 6
    Longyearbyen - Disembarkation

    Flying Home from the Arctic

Departures

  • 2021
2021
May:
19.
26.
June:
2.
9.
16.
23.
30.
July:
7.
14.
21.
28.
August:
4.
11.
18.
25.
September:
1.

Current offers on this cruise:

  • No single supplement

    For a limited time, pay no single supplement when you book an applicable departure date. You can find the applicable dates by clicking “Check prices and availability” above.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise 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 and lunch
  • Hotel: Funken Lodge. If you have booked a cabin with shared facilities (D or E), your hotel is Coal Miners’ Cabins
  • 3 hours sightseeing including Camp Barentz and Museum ending at the pier for embarking
  • Transfer ship to airport in Longyearbyen

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed 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  
  • Loan of trekking poles and thermal suits 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  
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including 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  
  • Small destination-focused onboard library  
  • A farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • No gratuities  expected

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
MS Nordstjernen passing an iceberg at Spitsbergen
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
On board MS Nordstjernen there is a good, old speedometer.
Photo: Spitsbergen Travel
Arranging for dinner on board MS Nordstjernen.
Photo: Spitsbergen Travel

Your ship

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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