Norway and Svalbard – Circumnavigation and North Cape (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Oslo, Norway to Tromso, Norway
Dates: 16 Aug 2019 - 29 Aug 2019

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16 Aug 2019
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Your Arctic adventure starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Before departure, you can spend some time exploring this fjord-side city surrounded by forests, lakes, and hills. Oslo offers interesting architecture, a vibrant café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, and endless shopping possibilities. Then you'll set foot in an entirely different world when you arrive in Longyearbyen. This remote settlement on the edge of Arctic tundra offers all the amenities of a modern town, and the contrast is fascinating. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.

17 Aug 2019
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, join an exciting excursion after lunch to Longyearbyen and the surrounding area. The influence of the Arctic environment on life here is obvious, but the settlement is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, shops, and even a mini-shopping center. The town is often called an antidote to modern-day life and is a prime destination for adventurers. In addition, the rich history and heritage of the first coal miners is evident everywhere. The excursion ends at the pier, where MS Spitsbergen is waiting for you.

18 Aug 2019
Kongsfjord, Norway
19 Aug 2019
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
20 Aug 2019
Krossfjorden, Norway
Mitrahalvøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Magdalene Fjord, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Monacobreen, Norway

We sail to the Kongsfjord, considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, and framed by dramatic mountain formations. We also plan to sail to Ny-Ålesund, a former mining settlement with colorful architecture that now serves as an international research center. As we sail northwest, we reach the Krossfjord and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see remains from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs, and quite often, Svalbard reindeer. The North-West Corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens, and other cultural treasures from the first inhabitants of Svalbard. At the Magdalenefjord, if conditions allow, we will attempt a landing to hike, and for the truly brave at heart, swim in the refreshing Arctic waters. Others may wish to venture to the 495-foot-high top of Ytre Norskøya. We will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier in the beautiful Liefdefjord.

21 Aug 2019
Isflakbukta, Phippsøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
22 Aug 2019
Sorgfjord, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
23 Aug 2019
Kvitøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
24 Aug 2019
Kapp Lee, Edgeøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 10
25 Aug 2019
Storfjorden, Svalbard, Norway
Sorkapp, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Hornsund, Norway

Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago — we have high hopes of seeing one on this journey! We hope to sail by Isflakbukta and Phippsøya on our way to the Sorgfjord, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve. The Sorgfjord was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers and features amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities for walrus and birdlife. Kvitøya, the easternmost island in the Svalbard archipelago, is 98 % covered by the Kvitøyjøkulen ice cap. We plan to land at the western point of the island where the remains of the Andrée expedition were found in 1930. This was a failed effort to fly over the North Pole in a balloon named 'Örnen' (Eagle). Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago with a landscape that is largely un-glaciated, unlike much of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard. 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 to hunt on the floes.

DAY 11
26 Aug 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.

DAY 12
27 Aug 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, a remarkable landscape full of contrasts, amazing light, and breathtaking scenery.

DAY 13
28 Aug 2019
Sommarøy, Norway

Sommarøy is an archipelago of small islands with white-sand 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 the shopping. And, because 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 such as hikes and kayaking in this location.

DAY 14
29 Aug 2019
Tromso, Norway

Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic, and this is where your expedition ends. When polar explorer Roald Amundsen recruited crew for his famous expeditions more than 100 years ago, he went to Tromsø. This was the only place he could find men with navigational experience in polar seas. He needed men who knew how to survive with minimal means in the Arctic, and men who had survived an overwintering in Svalbard by trapping and hunting. Today Tromsø is home to polar operations experts and the academics investigating global warming in the Arctic. It is a melting pot with indigenous people, locals, and other Europeans. In brief, Tromsø is still the Gateway to the Arctic and a natural starting point for expeditions heading north. Take some time to explore the city before you fly home.

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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.

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