The Ultimate Svalbard Expedition (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Oslo, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Dates: 26 Jul 2018 - 06 Aug 2018

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26 Jul 2018
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Your Arctic adventure starts with an evening flight from Norway's capital Oslo. Before departure, you can spend some time exploring this fjord-side city surrounded by forests, lakes, and hills. Oslo offers a varied architecture, a strong café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, and endless shopping possibilities. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen some of hours later. Still, this very small settlement offers all amenities of a modern town, in addition to its stunning location in a wild Arctic landscape.

27 Jul 2018
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. The influence of the Arctic environment is obvious, but it is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, shops, and a mini-shopping centre. The town is often called an antidote to modern-day life and is a prime destination for adventure travellers. In addition, the history and heritage of the first coal miners is evident everywhere.

28 Jul 2018
Kongsfjord, Norway
29 Jul 2018
Krossfjorden, Norway
30 Jul 2018
Mitrahalvøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Raudfjord, Norway
Hamiltonbukta, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Monacobreen, Norway

Kongsfjorden is considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by dramatic mountain formations. As we sail northwest, we reach Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see ruined buildings from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs, and quite often Svalbard reindeer. Try crossing a glacier with our expedition team. On our way back, we visit the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings. The North-West Corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens, and other cultural treasures from the first inhabitants of Svalbard. 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 will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

31 Jul 2018
Sorgfjord, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
01 Aug 2018
Rossøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
02 Aug 2018
Andréeneset, Kvitøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
03 Aug 2018
Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Kapp Lee, Edgeøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Storfjorden, Svalbard, Norway
Sorkapp, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Hornsund, Norway

Eastern Svalbard also boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – we have great hopes to see one on this journey! Today, we'll explore 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. Kvitøya is the easternmost island in the Svalbard archipelago. It is 98 % covered by the ice cap Kvitøyjøkulen. We plan to land at the western point of the island where the relics of the Andrée expedition were found in 1930. This was a failed effort to fly over the North Pole in the balloon "Örnen" (the eagle). 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. There are seven small islands farthest north in the Svalbard Archipelago. The northernmost of them, Rossøya, is less than 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole, and when you are here you can be quite sure that there is no human being between yourself and 90 degrees North. If we are lucky, we may meet some of the marine mammals of Svalbard as we head towards the South Cape Land. In winter Storfjorden is mainly frozen, making it a perfect polar bear habitat. 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.

DAY 10
04 Aug 2018
Isfjorden, Norway

The Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system in Svalbard. We will explore both the outer and the inner parts of the fjord. One of the most striking features of the outer part is the Alkhornet peak, where thousands of Brünnich's guillemots nest during the summer season. In the inner parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes constantly. 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 endemic Svalbard reindeer. Later on, we might find a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in the beautiful Arctic surroundings.

DAY 11
05 Aug 2018
Isfjorden, Norway
DAY 12
06 Aug 2018
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

Every good explorer voyage comes to an end. We'll look back on memories of calving glacier fronts or buzzing birdlife – or simply the subtle, elated feeling of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

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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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