Expedition Across The Arctic Sea – From Coastal Norway to Spitsbergen (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Bergen, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Dates: 19 May 2018 - 30 May 2018

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19 May 2018
Bergen, Norway

Nestling between seven mountains, steeped in history, and with a wide array of attractions, Bergen is famous for its unique charm and atmosphere. Make sure to spend a day or two in this international city with small-town charm, before you start your northbound expedition. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the well-known sites like Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary's Church, Bergen Harbour, and the famous fish market. Bergen was founded in 1070, and we recommend a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed houses of "Bryggen" (the wharf).

20 May 2018
Bygstad, Norway

The Sunnfjord area is known for its high mountains and beautiful waterfalls. We sail deep into the Dalsfjord, and far in, we encounter the scenic village of Bygstad. Come ashore to explore this little fjord community with its historic church, see the waterfalls, and perhaps do some shopping or visit the local café.

21 May 2018
Grip, Norway

The archipelago of Grip lies 14 km off the mainland coast. The abaondoned fishing village Gripholmen was settled in the 1400s and was once Norway's smallest municipality with a couple of hundred inhabitants. Today, Gripholmen is a beloved summer holiday retreat. A multitude of coloful houses and an old stave church welcome you to this unique place.

22 May 2018
Torghatten, Norway

Enjoy a closer look at the "Torghatten" – the mountain with a massive eroded hole right through it, located on the coast of Helgeland. This beautiful and famous landmark has a fascinating geological history, not to mention being a source of local legend. Even better, it is relatively easy to walk through the hole, which rewards you with superb panoramic views of hundreds of small islands and majestic mountains. Come ashore, explore the island, or make the hike up to the mountain to walk through the hole.

23 May 2018
Træna, Norway
Vikingen, Norway

Træna is one of the smallest districts in Norway with more than 1,000 islets, rocks, and skerries and less than 500 inhabitants, situated on the Polar Circle. Later you might have the chance to go ashore on the island of Vikingen, where you will find the statue representing the actual border of the Arctic Circle and enjoy an "Arctic ceremony".

24 May 2018
Henningsvær, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway

Henningsvær is a super charming fishing village with Mount Vågakallen as the highest point. The settlement is located on the coast of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago. Henningsvær is known for its traditional and well preserved fishing village architecture and stunning natural location. Later that day we sail through the Raftsundet strait and then enter the magnificent Trollfjord. Surrounded by mountains that stretch up to 1,200 meters above sea level, this narrow fjord slices deeply and dramatically into these mountains. We navigate carefully far into the Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise directly out of the sea. Enjoy sailing into this pristine channel that is at times so narrow it feels as though you can reach out and touch the side of the fjord.

25 May 2018
Sommarøy, Norway

Sommarøy is an archipelago of small islands with white sandy beaches and a lively fishing community. Sommarøy has a couple of small shops where you can buy handicrafts and groceries. Inside the local shop, you will find "Kaillkråa" (the gentlemen's corner) where husbands are usually "parked" while the wives do their shopping. And, as this shopping might be a time consuming activity, the local men have private hooks on the wall for their coffee cups to pass the time. We offer a variety of excursions like hikes and kayaking, or you can take this opportunity to visit Tromsø. This lively small city is known as the Gateway to the Arctic. The colourful downtown area is rich in polar history, and it is beautifully situated, surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps, blue fjords, and hundreds of islands.

26 May 2018
North Cape (Cruising), Norway

Over the past centuries, adventurers, royalty, and expeditions have set the North Cape plateau as their goal. Standing at the far edge of mainland Europe, overlooking steep cliffs, and watching the eternal horizon is a feeling that cannot be fully described. Join our optional excursion here – either by foot or bus. Alternatively, you could visit Skarsvåg, said to be the world's northernmost fishing village, or Gjesvær, an old fishing village with history that goes back to the Viking Age. As we continue sailing further north, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the cape from the sea.

27 May 2018
Bear Island, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Bjørnøya (Bear Island) is the southernmost of the Svalbard group of islands, situated in the Arctic Ocean between the Norwegian mainland and Spitsbergen. This 178 square kilometres island has a fascinating history and geology and an abundant bird life. The nine people living here form a crew appointed and sent to the island by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The island has been named "the largest concentration of sea birds on the Northern Hemisphere". Around the southern tip, the overhanging cliffs with stacks offshore represent an extremely important breeding habitat for seabirds. This is the northern limit for some auk species, for example. One of the reasons for this being such a avian hot-spot is that this is where cold water from the Arctic Ocean meets warm Gulf Stream currents, forming part of the global marine conveyor belt system. In the convergence of waters of different salinity and temperature, there are often optimal feeding grounds for sea birds. This is also the place to measure concentrations of pollutants in species high in the food chain.

DAY 10
28 May 2018
Hornsund, Norway

This relatively small fjord in South Spitsbergen National Park is a place that has a long tradition in Hurtigruten history. The old Hurtigruten steamer D/S Lyngen had scheduled stops here to serve trappers. This used to be a stronghold for the hardy folk that concentrated on polar bear hunting, lasting up until 1973, when polar bear hunting was prohibited in all Arctic countries. An exemption was granted to indigenous peoples that had a thousand-year-old tradition to refer to. The landscape of Hornsund is largely alpine with the majestic Hornsundtinden soaring highest of all. Another very special mountain is Bautaen, or in English the Obelisk, which seen from the right angle looks like a giant Viking sword. Let your imagination roam while spending the day in these extraordinary surroundings.

DAY 11
29 May 2018
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

As we sail into the Kongsfjord, you will find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world. Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for many expeditions to the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Nobile are strongly linked to this place. Even today you can see the mast that the airship 'Norge' was moored to before her departure on the first trans-polar flight. Some countries run their own national research stations here, and there is always plenty of research activity taking place during the summer months. We will also sail in the Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard, on our way to Longyearbyen.

DAY 12
30 May 2018
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

We arrive in Longyearbyen at night, and transport you to the airport for your night flight to Oslo. You arrive in Oslo early in the morning. You can either fly back home, or spend some time to explore the Norwegian capital before returning home.

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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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Shore Excursions

Bergen, Norway - 19 May 2018

Oslo, Norway - 30 May 2018

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