Spitsbergen and Polar Bears

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure

from $2,784 per person

This adventure on the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen experience.

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  • Chose from 26 departures with MS Nordstjernen
  • Experience midnight sun and have 24 hours of daylight to explore
  • Opportunity to see polar bears
  • Cross 80° North and participate in landings in Polarcirkel boats
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Explore the extraordinary Arctic landscapes, glaciers, and bird cliffs of Spitsbergen. Being above the Arctic Circle you will enjoy the midnight sun, with its long days and light nights. You may even see the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. We offer two different itineraries. Both voyages lasts six days, where one or two nights are spent on land and the remaining days are spent sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen.

Monday to Saturday Itinerary

The first days are spent exploring the Longyearbyen settlement and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Then it's time to see some amazing fjords and the Monaco Glacier, and if the ice conditions are favorable we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus. The Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord on the North West coast, where the landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Calling on Ny-Ålesund, you will see an area that was once a coal mining community that is now an advanced High Arctic research station. Before ending this adventure in Longyearbyen, we sail in the Isfjord. This is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, with large U-shaped valleys that were carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area more then ten thousand years ago.

Thursday to Tuesday Itinerary

You start this adventure with a guided sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen, followed by a visit to Barenstsburg, a Russian settlement. When we arrive in Magdalenefjord, there will be a Polarcirkel boat landing to see the remains of blubber ovens, as well as a graveyard from the 17th- to the late-18th-century. If the ice conditions are favorable, it will possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus. On the southern shore of Kongsfjorden you find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: The old coal mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world and an advanced High Arctic research facility.

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

Upon arrival you will be taken to the Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners’ Cabins, where you will stay for the night.

Day 2:Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

Enjoy a sightseeing trip in Longyearbyen, ending at the pier where you will join the MS Nordstjernen. Our first stop is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where there will be opportunities to visit the Pomor Museum (optional) and enjoy a lively folklore show. In the afternoon we continue out the Isfjord and head north along the Prins Karls Forland.

Day 3:Different itinerary depending on departure day

Itinerary 1: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen, and 80° North. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco Glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs. If the ice conditions are favorable we will sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, an island that often hosts walrus.

Itinerary 2: Magdalenefjord and the North West CornerWe arrive in Magdalenefjord in the morning, and will make our first Polarcirkel boat landing. This area has a long history of exploration. Experience a very important cultural heritage: The remains of four blubber ovens/furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th- to the late-18th-century.

Day 4:Different itinerary depending on departure day

Itinerary 1: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund. This is the largest fjord on the North West coast. We might also visit a large adjacent fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. At the end of the fjord you’ll see the majestic Kongsbreen. Later on we call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

Itinerary 2: Woodfjorden, Liefdefjorden, Moffen and 80° North. As we cruise towards the Monaco Glacier, we will pass a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. This is a great place for spotting polar bears hunting for eggs. If we are lucky, the ice conditions make it possible to sail past 80° North and toward Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.

Day 5:Different itinerary depending on departure day

Itinerary 1: Isfjorden and Longyearbyen. Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. We will spend the morning sailing towards Longyearbyen. As we sail into the outer parts of the Isfjord, the landscape changes. 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. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your disposal. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

Itinerary 2: Kongsfjorden and Ny-Ålesund. We sail into Kongsfjorden, a 16-mile long inlet. From here you can see the two glaciers: Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. On its southern shore you find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: The old coal-mining town of Ny-Ålesund - now the northernmost settlement in the world with facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries. 

Day 6:Longyearbyen

The Spitsbergen adventure is over. You will transfer to the airport for the flight back home.