Norway and Spitsbergen – The Route of Polar Pioneers (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Tromso, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Dates: 21 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019

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21 Jul 2019
Tromso, Norway

Our expedition cruise begins, as so many great explorations have, in Tromsø. It's a city with many great attractions, but it is also easy to escape from the metropolis if you seek wilderness. In a traditional wharf house from the 1830s, you'll find the Polar Museum, where you can learn more about Tromsø's fascinating polar history. Polaria, an experience center, is located five minutes from the heart of the city. Here you'll find an Arctic aquarium, interesting exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop. The city's most recognizable landmark is the Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965, featuring a huge original stained-glass mosaic. Take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of the Fløyfjellet Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, mountains, and fjords.

22 Jul 2019
Skarsvåg, Norway

A few hours before we arrive at Skarsvåg, we will sail past the spectacular North Cape cliff, offering you a stunning view of this famous landmark. Skarsvåg is a small village that lies along the northern coast of the island of Magerøya and claims the distinction of being the world's northernmost fishing village. Join the optional excursion to the North Cape and discover what it's like to stand at the end of the Earth. There is a combined museum and restaurant at the plateau, where you can learn more about early expeditions and watch a panoramic film that takes you through coastal Norway's four seasons in this remarkable landscape full of contrasts and breathtaking scenery.

23 Jul 2019
Bear Island, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Bjørnøya, with a population of just nine people, is the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. It is an isolated spot in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and hosts perhaps the largest concentration of seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere. This is where the cold waters from the Arctic Ocean meet warm Gulf Stream currents. When these water masses collide, nutrient-rich water is pushed up to the surface, making it an 'all-you-can-eat' buffet for 126 different bird species. If conditions allow, we will land here.

24 Jul 2019
Hornsund, Norway
25 Jul 2019
Kongsfjord, Norway

Cruising northbound from Bjørnøya, the captain and expedition leader will make the best use of the conditions at hand. We may cruise into Hornsund and explore the ice-filled fjord by small explorer boats, or land to hike to a viewpoint overlooking the glacier. The expedition team will tell stories of the history of the area, including the tale of Wanny Woldstad, the first female trapper-hunter, who lived here in the 1930s. We often observe polar bears, although not every day and seldom at very close range. Like most things in a true wilderness, there are no absolute guarantees. But the more eyes scouting through binoculars, the better our chances of observing the 'King of the Arctic'. We might visit Kongsfjord, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, and framed by stunning mountain formations. On the shore of Kongsfjord is the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international research center, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

26 Jul 2019
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel

On the final day, we will have a morning landing and sail into the Isfjord, the most extensive fjord system on Svalbard, on our way to Longyearbyen. We arrive in Longyearbyen late in the evening and transfer you to the airport for your overnight flight to Oslo. Many guests report a subtle exhilaration in the afterglow of this journey, partly from the thrill of coming just a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

27 Jul 2019
Oslo, Norway

We arrive in Oslo early in the morning. You can either fly back home or spend some time exploring the Norwegian capital before returning home.

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About the Ship

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MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

What's Included


  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots.

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • 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

Oslo, Norway - 27 Jul 2019

Offered by: Delta of Scandinavia - Denmark
Location: Oslo, Norway
Length: 6 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Oslo highlights - Vikingship, Vigeland, Kon-Tiki, Nobel Prize

Take a tour of the great city of Oslo. See all the famous and historical buildings. Visit the Vikingship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Offered by: Exeter International
Location: Oslo, Norway
Length: 6 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Shore Excursion - Oslo, Norway

This morning, your guide will meet you just outside your cruise ship after your ship clears customs. Even though Oslo is a bustling city, its numerous parks and waterfront give it a very quaint feeling.

Your guide will first take you to see City Hall and view the ceremonial hall with its beautiful murals, including the largest oil painting in Europe. This is the location of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony every December.

Your next stop will be the Fram Museum which houses the Polar Ship Fram; used for three arctic expeditions by Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, and Ronald Amundsen. No other sailing vessel has been further north or south then the Fram. One can explore the entire ship from top to bottom. Also on display is expedition equipment and photographs of the explorers.

You will also visit the Viking Ship Museum where three of the largest ships, the Oseberg, Gokstad, and Tune are housed. Found in royal burial mounds of Oslo, these well preserved ships were used to carry the dead over to “the other world.”

You will end your day at the Vigeland Sculpture Park. This park features over 200 bronze and graphite human sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The park features numerous groupings and the highest point in the park contains the Monolith, a totem created from one piece of stone with 121 figures intertwined with each other.

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