Norwegian Fjords and Spitsbergen

Norwegian Fjords and Spitsbergen - An Arctic Adventure to the High North

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See the spectacular fjords and scenery along the Norwegian coast before exploring Spitsbergen

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  • Experience the Norwegian fjords and a Spitsbergen adventure
  • Cross 80° North and have an opportunity to see polar bears
  • Sail into the beautiful Magdalenefjord
  • Travel on the beautiful <Italic>MS Nordstjernen</Italic> and enjoy its exquisite food

See Several Highlights of the Norwegian Coast

We start in Bergen, sailing north up to the North Cape and exploring several fjords along the Norwegian coast along the way, including the stunning Lysefjord and the famous Hardangerfjord. Discover beautiful Flåm, surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls, and deep valleys. Visit the Flåm Railway for a train journey that offers the opportunity to see some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. Nærøyfjord boasts stunning views of steep snow-capped mountains, wild waterfalls, and impressive landscapes where tiny farms cling to the mountainsides. The Geirangerfjord is considered to be the most beautiful fjord in the world, and the scenery will take your breath away. After seeing Ålesund’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral, and a traditional fishing village in Lofoten, we visit Tromsø – the gateway to the Arctic – before sailing around Europe’s northernmost point – the North Cape – as we head for Svalbard.

An Amazing Spitsbergen Experience

We spend a day crossing the Barents Sea to Spitsbergen, where we will explore three of the island's most interesting settlements: Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, and Ny-Ålesund. You will also have ample time to enjoy the Arctic wilderness along the west coast. See magnificent fjords, majestic mountains, and impressive wilderness inhabited only by birds, seals, walrus, and polar bears. Two of the highlights are Magdalenefjord and Moffen at 80° North.

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. This itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Bergen

Although Bergen – founded in 1070 – is Norway’s second-largest city, it retains its small-town charm. We recommend visiting the UNESCO World Heritage houses on Bryggen (the Wharf), Håkon’s Hall, and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, and Bergen Harbour and its famous fish market. Stroll through the picturesque streets, but don’t forget to look up – Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains.

Day 2:Flåm, Nærøyfjord, and Gudvangen

Beautiful Flåm is surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls, and deep valleys. We recommend taking a trip on the Flåm Railway. The train journey offers the opportunity to see some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. In Gudvangen in Nærøyfjord, you are sure to enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains, wild waterfalls, and impressive landscapes where tiny farms cling to the mountainsides.

Day 3:Geirangerfjord and Ålesund

The Geirangerfjord is considered to be the most beautiful fjord in the world, and the scenery will take your breath away. Ålesund’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture is known for its myriad of turrets, spires, and beautiful ornamentation that give the town its distinctive character.

Day 4:Trondheim

Trondheim was the first capital of Norway and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessing. The well-known Nidaros Cathedral is only one of many sights worth visiting here.

Day 5:Lofoten and Trollfjorden

We start the day in Lofoten’s administrative center, Svolvær. Continuing north, we take a detour into the magnificent Trollfjord before exploring the Vesterålen region.

Day 6:Tromsø

We arrive at Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic. This is a lively, colorful town that boasts a rich Arctic history.

Day 7:Honningsvåg

Close to Honningsvåg, you’ll find Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape. Our journey takes us around the cape, leaving the Norwegian coast behind as we head towards Svalbard.

Day 8:At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea.

Day 9:Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

The history of Longyearbyen is very much the history of coal mining, and remnants of the area’s mining heritage can be seen everywhere. In the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum and see a lively folklore show.

Day 10:Woodfjord, Liefdefjord, Moffen, and 80° North

If the ice conditions allow, the day will be spent cruising toward the Monaco Glacier. If we are lucky, we may spot polar bears hunting for food. If the ice conditions are favorable, we will also sail past 80° North and on toward Moffen, an island that often plays host to walrus. On our way south, we will pass the beautiful Magdalenefjord during the night.

Day 11:Krossfjord, Kongsfjord, and Ny-Ålesund

Day 11 includes a visit to Kongsfjord, the largest fjord on the northwest coast. We may also visit the adjacent fjord, Krossfjord. The landscape here varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of Kongsfjord, you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen Glacier. Later, we visit Ny-Ålesund, one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station. Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for numerous expeditions toward the North Pole. Names such as Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Nobile are strongly linked to this place and even today you can see the airship mast that the dirigible ‘Norge’ was moored to before her departure on the first trans-polar flight. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and there is always plenty of research activity taking place over the summer months.

Day 12:Longyearbyen

Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. Marvel at the large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago. We will spend the morning in this fjord sailing towards Longyearbyen. We arrive Longyearbyen at approximately 10:00 a.m., and our memorable adventure comes to an end.