Northern Lights and Polar Bears | Spitsbergen

Northern Lights and Polar Bears

from $4,864 per person

Cruise and explore the high north of Spitsbergen, North Cape, and the hidden pearls of coastal Norway

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  • See Spitsbergen and the Norwegian coast in one journey
  • Enjoy spectacular views including the Spitsbergen National Park and the Arctic wilderness
  • Participate in active and diverse excursions
  • Opportunity to see polar bears
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Travel from the high north of Spitsbergen, home of the polar bear, via the remote Bjørnøya, before experiencing the highlights of coastal Norway. Visit the North Cape; Lofoten, with its small fishing villages; the beautiful Frøya; and the west coast before ending this adventure in charming Bergen. North of the Arctic Circle there is a chance of seeing the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Fjords and polar bears

This one-of-a-kind expedition includes a multitude of landing sites and exiting experiences. Longyearbyen is first on the agenda. North West Spitsbergen National Park contains, in addition to a unique Arctic wilderness, glaciers, and majestic mountains, the Kongsfjord – the largest fjord on this side of Spitsbergen. Bjørnøya is one of the Arctic islands belonging to Svalbard and situated in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

From the high north to the mild, mild west

Back on the Norwegian mainland there will be an excursion to the North Cape. Beautiful Sommarøy offers a variety of excursions such as hiking and kayaking, and visiting Tromsø – the Gateway to the Arctic. In Vesterålen and Lofoten you will see the narrow Raftsund, the magnificent Trollfjord, and amazing nature. Crossing the Arctic Circle is an event, made even more meaningful by visiting the Vikingen Island that holds a statue of the Arctic Circle symbol. Arriving at Træna, you can take closer look at the famous Torghatten Mountain by hiking up the mountain and walking through the hole.  Frøya Island is surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs  a perfect place to participate in excursions like rafting, hiking, or visiting a salmon farm. After sailing deep into the Sunnfjord, we call to port at Bergen, home to famous sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage houses of Bryggen, Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, and the famous fish market.

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:Oslo/Longyearbyen

After your flight from Oslo you can enjoy an overnight stay at one of our hotels in the "capital" of Spitsbergen.

Day 2:Longyearbyen

Explore Longyearbyen the next morning on your own, before embarking the MS Fram to start your Expedition voyage.

Day 3:North West Spitsbergen National Park

Enjoy the views to unique arctic wilderness, glaciers and majestic mountains in the Kongsfjord, the largest fjord on the north-west coast of Spitsbergen. We might also cruise into a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. Here the landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers bouncing into the ocean. Look out for the mountain called Mitra – aptly named after the hat of catholic bishops. You will see it on the northern shores of the entrance to Kongsfjorden. At the end of the fjord you see the majestic Kongsbreen (Kings Glacier) with the three characteristic nunataks: Nora, Dana and Svea – named after the three Scandinavian countries. In Magdalenefjorden there is a significant cultural heritage; a whaling station from the 16th century, including a graveyard for whalers that died during the first “oil adventure”.

Day 4:South Spitsbergen National Park, Hornsund

The relatively small fjord in South Spitsbergen National Park used to be a stronghold for the trappers hunting for polar bears. The landscape of Hornsund is largely alpine with the majestic Hornsundtinden soaring highest of all.

Day 5:Bjørnøya

Bjørnøya 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.

Day 6:North Cape

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 out of the ordinary. Next to North Cape you find Skarsvåg,  said to be the world’s northernmost fishing village. Enjoy our excursion to the North Cape, or alternatively a guided walk in Skarsvåg. Around lunchtime we sail out to enjoy the spectacular view of the cape from the seaside.

Day 7:Sommarøy

The arctic paradise Sommarøy is an archipelago of small islands with white, sandy beaches and a lively fishing village. Sommarøy has a couple of small shops where you can buy handicrafts and groceries. Inside one of the local shops you find “Kaillkråa” (the gentlemen’s corner) where husbands usually are parked while the women do their shopping. As shopping might be a time consuming activity the men have private hooks on the wall for their cups.  Join a variety of excursions like hikes and kayaking, or take the opportunity to visit Tromsø – the Gateway to the Arctic.

Day 8:Exploring Lofoten

We sail through the narrow Raftsund and navigate into the even narrower Trollfjord, where nearly vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. Then we spend the day in Lofoten to explore this spectacular area, known for excellent fishing, extreme nature and picturesque fishing villages.

Day 9:The Arctic Circle and the coast of Helgeland

Crossing the Arctic Circle is an event, an event we will make even bigger by visiting the island Vikingen where a statue of the Arctic Circle symbol is situated. Get ready for some fun and a visit by Neptune. Sailing further south we will visit Træna. We plan to take a closer look at the famous “Torghatten” with a hike up to the mountain.

Day 10:Frøya

The island of Frøya is located off the coast of Trøndelag, and is surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs, making up an amazing archipelago. The landscape is hilly yet relatively flat, with the highest point reaching only 74 metres.

Day 11:Frøya

On Frøya we offer a variety of excursions like rafting, hiking or a visit to a salmon farm. You may also spend the day by yourself, exploring this charming settlement.

Day 12:Sunnfjord

We will sail deep into Sunnfjord to reach the settlement of Bygstad. Come ashore to explore a fjord renowned for its waterfalls, join a mountain hike or discover the area on your own.

Day 13:Bergen

We call at port in Bergen during the morning hours, where our voyage ends. We recommend a stay in Bergen to explore this international city with small-town charm. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy visiting well-known and famous sites like Håkon’s Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, Bergen Harbour, the famous fish market and the UNESCO World Heritage famous houses of “Bryggen” (the wharf).