The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Oslo, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

This Grand Arctic Circumnavigation starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called "The blue, the green and the city in between" because of its location between the fjord and the forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks, and cutting edge architecture or relax in a café or bar. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen some hours later. Amazingly, this town on the edge of the harsh ice is a modern place, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum, and several bars and restaurants – all in the midst of the untouched Arctic wilderness.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion in the unique little town of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area, before boarding MS Spitsbergen. This Norwegian settlement lies in the shadow of the great arctic wilderness. Here, the arctic environment dominates, but the town maintains a surprisingly cosmopolitan character. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-day life and today serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers.

Kongsfjord, Norway
Krossfjorden, Norway
Mitrahalvøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Raudfjord, Norway
Hamiltonbukta, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Monacobreen, Norway

The North-West Corner is scattered with islands, fjords, and beaches. The ocean here is full of drifting ice and the frozen landscape changes constantly. Due to strong winds and currents, the captain monitors conditions closely before deciding where we can land or sail. This is why all our itineraries are flexible; we work with the elements, not against them, and safety is our first priority. If we are able to land, this area is excellent for exploring Svalbard's history. You will have the chance to see the remnants of ancient blubber ovens used to render whale oil. We might visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore of Kongsfjorden is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. We might also visit Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see ruins from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and, quite often, Svalbard reindeer. If conditions allow, try crossing a glacier with the expedition team. Raudfjorden offers plenty of opportunities for great hikes. Hamiltonbukta is too shallow for our ship to navigate, but it's perfect to explore by kayak. We might also get to see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

Sorgfjord, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Kapp Lee, Edgeøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Sorkapp, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Hornsund, Norway

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – we really hope that we'll be able to see one on this journey! Today, we aim to cruise in Sorgfjorden, which borders the North-East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. Enjoy the view on deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind. Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely unglaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard. We continue to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund has large variations in its landscape and geology within short distances. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice, so if we are fortunate, we will spot some of these predators.

Isfjorden, Norway

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. Later on, we'll might visit a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in spectacular Arctic surroundings.

DAY 10
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many report a subtle exhilaration due to having taken a journey to the very top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition map

About the Ship

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the island in the Svalbard archipelago, known as the Arctic crown of Norway. Joining the fleet in 2016, her maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, bringing Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature.

What's Included


  • Expedition jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Use of Muck® Boot rubber boots

  • Meals and Select Beverages

Not Included

  • Flights to/from the US

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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