Autumn Expedition from the High Arctic to the Norwegian Fjords

Autumn Expedition from the High Arctic to the Norwegian Fjords

from $3,424 per person

Enjoy a Spitsbergen adventure combined with the highlights of the Norwegian coast.

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  • Experience a combined Spitsbergen adventure and Norwegian coastal sailing
  • Opportunity to see polar bears and the northern lights
  • Take a voyage on the beautiful MS Nordstjernen and enjoy its exquisite food
  • Participate in exciting landings in Polarcirkel boats
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This adventure starts in the High Arctic. The Spitsbergen landscape is gorgeous with its autumn colors, with orange, brown, red, and green covering the valleys. The temperature sinks towards zero, and the mountains get their first dusting of snow. The expedition starts with the two main settlements, the Norwegian Longyearbyen and the Russian Barentsburg, both offering different atmospheres and interesting things to see. Then MS Nordstjernen points the bow north and we explore the fjords, wilderness, and glaciers up to 80° N. Turning south, we visit even more fjords and the research community of Ny-Ålesund.Throughout the voyage you will see magnificent nature and get a unique insight in to the heritage of the miners and hunters that have lived in Spitsbergen. Seeing the isolated island Bjørnøya is another highlight as we cross the Barents Sea.

See places you don’t normally see on a coastal voyage with Hurtigruten

As we reach the Norwegian mainland you will see the spectacular North Cape. In Tromsø the northern lights are returning and there may even be morning frost glittering on the rooftops. We will also sail through the spectacular Raftsund and the magnificent Trollfjord, where steep mountain walls rise directly out of the water. As we cruise southward you will see Lofoten, Trondheim, and Ålesund. Then it's time for the fjords, and you will not be disappointed: UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, the beautiful Sognefjord, the picturesque Hardangerfjord, and the Lysefjord - known for the ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock. MS Nordstjernen was built in Hamburg in 1956, and her coming home again sees the end of this magnificent expedition.

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

In Longyearbyen you find all the amenities of a small, modern town, beautifully situated in a magnificent Arctic landscape. After embarking MS Nordstjernen we sail to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg.

Day 2:Magdalenefjord and Moffen

The North West Corner of Spitsbergen is scattered with islands, fjords, and beaches, and has a long history of exploration. In beautiful Magdalenefjord we might see polar bears, minke whale, and bearded seals. If the ice conditions permit, we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen.

Day 3:Krossfjord/Kongsfjord and Ny-Ålesund

Also known as King’s Bay, this is the largest fjord on the North West coast of Spitsbergen. At the end of the fjord you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier). Previously a coal-mining community, Ny-Ålesund is now an advanced High Arctic research station.

Day 4:Bjørnøya

This isolated island is the southernmost of the Svalbard islands and has a large concentration of seabirds.

Day 5:Honningsvåg

Honningsvåg and the North Cape are situated in a harsh, yet beautiful, coastal landscape. 

Day 6:Tromsø and Trollfjord

In Tromsø, the northern lights are returning and there may even be morning frost glittering on the rooftops. Late in the evening we will sail through the spectacular Raftsund and then into magnificent Trollfjord, where nearly vertical mountain walls rise directly out of the water.

Day 7:Svolvær

Svolvær in Lofoten offers a bustling ambience with cozy cafés along the harbor.

Day 8:Trondheim

Trondheim's highlights include the Nidaros Cathedral, the old town bridge, old wooden houses along the river, and small, charming streets.

Day 9:Ålesund and Geiranger

Ålesund is a colorful and picturesque coastal town renowned for its unique Art Nouveau architecture. The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10:Sognefjord

Sognefjorden is the world's longest fjord and the deepest fjord in Norway, with beautiful steep mountains rising out of the water. We will visit the picturesque village Flåm, home of the Flåm Railway. In the evening we will enter the Nærøyfjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 11:Bergen

We arrive at the port of Bergen during the morning. Enjoy the day in this international city with small-town charm, surrounded by seven impressive mountains and steeped in coastal history. 

Day 12:Hardangerfjord

In Hardangerfjord you can enjoy the views to the great Hardangervidda mountain plateau, waterfalls, glacier systems, and tiny colorful villages and farms along the fjord. We will spend the day exploring this remarkable area and its hidden gems.

Day 13:Stavanger and Lysefjord

Present-day Stavanger is considered the oil capital of Norway. It is set in an area known for its scenic highlights, including the world renowned ‘Preikestolen’ (Pulpit Rock), located in magnificent Lysefjord.

Day 14:At sea

Enjoy a day at sea.

Day 15:Hamburg

MS Nordstjernen was built in Hamburg in 1956, and her return home is the end of this great expedition.