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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Longyearbyen Arrive in Longyearbyen and check-in to hotel
2 Longyearbyen

Barentsburg

EMBARKATION

Join an trip to Longyearbyen and Barentsburg

3 Dependant on Departure Day 1) Cruise to the Monaco Glacier and spot wildlife

2) Experience the Northwest Corner

4 Dependant on Departure Day 1) See the largest fjord on the northwest coast

2) Cruise to the Monaco Glacier and spot wildlife

5 Dependant on Departure Day 1) Explore Svalbard’s most extensive fjord system

2) See the largest fjord on the northwest coast

6 Longyearbyen DISEMBARKATION

NOTE: 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.

 

ITINERARY 1: MONDAY TO SATURDAY 

The first days are spent checking out the two settlements Longyearbyen and the Russian Barentsburg. Next, it’s time to see some amazing fjords and the Monaco Glacier. If ice conditions are favourable we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus. The Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord on the North West coast, with landscapes varying from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Calling on Ny-Ålesund, you will see a former coal mining community that today is an advanced High Arctic research station. Before ending this adventure in Longyearbyen, sail in the Isfjord. This is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, with large U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area more than ten thousand years ago.

 

ITINERARY 2: THURSDAY TO TUESDAY 

Begin this adventure with a guided sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen, followed by a visit to Barentsburg, a Russian settlement. Upon arrival 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 we are lucky, the ice conditions will permit us to sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus. On the southern shore of Kongsfjorden, you’ll find one of only four permanent settlements on Svalbard: the old coal mining town of Ny-Ålesund. Now the northernmost settlement in the world, it houses permanent research institutes from ten countries. Your Spitsbergen adventure ends in Longyearbyen.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 / LONGYEARBYEN 

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

 

DAY 2 / LONGYEARBYEN / EMBARKATION /  BARENTSBURG 

After your overnight stay, join an exciting excursion in the unique little town of Longyearbyen and the surrounding area. Though Arctic influence is obvious, this town is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, shops, and even a mini-shopping centre. Whilst the town is often called an antidote to modern-day life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travellers, its history and heritage as a mining town are visible everywhere. After exploring the town, board the ship at the pier.

Barentsburg is a Russian settlement known for its coal mines and Soviet architecture, and it’s surprisingly different from Longyearbyen. The museum, library, and newly opened brewery function as meeting points, while a research station is under construction. There will be opportunities to enjoy a colourful folklore show and visit the Pomor Museum. Experience a different side of Svalbard, a little piece of Russia in the Arctic.

 

DAY 3 / ITINERARY DEPENDANT ON DEPARTURE DATE  

ITINERARY 1: WOODFJORDEN / LIEFDEFJORDEN / MOFFEN /  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 favourable, we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, an island which often hosts walrus.

 

ITINERARY 2: MAGDALENEFJORD / NORTHWEST CORNER

We 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 or furnaces found on Gravneset, as well as a graveyard containing about 130 graves dating from the 17th to the late 18th century.

 

DAY 4 / ITINERARY DEPENDANT ON DEPARTURE DATE  

ITINERARY 1: KONGSFJORDEN / 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 we call in Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

 

ITINERARY 2: WOODFJORDEN / LIEFDEFJORDEN / MOFFEN /  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 towards Moffen, a known haul-out for walrus.

 

DAY 5 / ITINERARY DEPENDANT ON DEPARTURE DATE 

ITINERARY 1: ISFJORDEN / LONGYEARBYEN

Located in central Spitsbergen, the Isfjord is the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. 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. On arrival in Longyearbyen you have the rest of the day at your leisure. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

 

ITINERARY 2: KONGSFJORDEN / 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 we call on Ny-Ålesund. Previously a coal-mining community, it now houses an advanced High Arctic research station.

 

DAY 6 / LONGYEARBYEN / DISEMBARKATION 

Every expedition must come to an end—even if it feels like time has passed faster than expected. Enjoy the lingering exhilaration of having spent time on top of the world, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole.

Dates & Prices

Itinerary Code (Name of Itinerary) Itinerary Start Date  Route Duration (Nights) Ship Name Fare Range Category Price PP
Polar Inside Polar Outside
I J A N
ENAR-09
(Spitsbergen & Polar Bears)
6/1/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/5/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/8/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/12/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/15/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/19/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/22/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/25/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
6/29/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/3/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/6/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/10/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/13/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/17/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/20/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/24/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/27/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
7/31/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
8/3/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,990 $4,490 $4,730 $6,010
Max $4,990 $5,620 $5,920 $7,050
8/7/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/10/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/14/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/17/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/21/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/24/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/28/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
8/31/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
9/4/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
9/7/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400
9/11/2017 Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen 5 MS Nordstjernen Min $3,670 $4,080 $4,300 $5,470
Max $4,580 $5,100 $5,360 $6,400

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

ENAR-09 Port Charges: N/A

ENAR-09 Single Supplement:

  • Polar Inside: ~49%
  • Polar Outside: ~49%

*Note: Single Supplement is not offered for Polar Outside -“N” Cabin

Terms and Conditions

Inclusions

THURSDAY DEPARTURES:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, incl. sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen

MONDAY DEPARTURES:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including breakfast and lunch
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen, incl. sightseeing tour
  • Folklore show in Barentsburg
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen after the voyage, incl. light lunch, dinner, and early morning snack
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Longyearbyen

MONDAY + THURSDAY DEPARTURES:

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities

Ship Details

MS Nordstjernen

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
1956; Modified in 2000 and 2013/1487m4712903 - 13m²More Details

Travel Tips

Spitsbergen

Travel Documents / Visas

1. Passport

Canadian citizens must have a valid passport for entry to Norway.

Our cruise partners require that your passport be valid for 6 months after the end date of your trip.

Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

2. Visa

No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter Norway.

Packing List

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

Insurance

Travel medical insurance is mandatory for programs to Spitsbergen. Details on coverage available through our website can be found here.

Smoking

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

Weather

June/September:Daytime highs in the low 0s. At night the temperature will likely dip below freezing. May is the driest month of the year whereas in September, some precipitation could be expected.

July/August:Daytime highs typically in the high 0s, sometimes into the 10s. At night the temperature usually remains above 0C.

Although July and August have the highest levels of precipitation, total amounts are usually quite small.

Arrival / Departure

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on where to check-in for your Spitsbergen voyage depending on where your trip begins. If you are sailing with MS Nordstjernen, you will have to make your way to Longyearbyen, the principal town of Spitsbergen, on your own. We strongly suggest arriving at least one day prior to avoid any chance of missing the sailing since there is no easy way to join the ship after it has departed.

On your return, if you are flying back home the same day as the ship arrives (assuming you are not on a program where the flight is included), we strongly recommend that you stay over at least one night were possible. Although very rare, weather conditions could delay the exact return time and we cannot assume any responsibility for missed flights due to any delays.

Money

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in Oslo and Longyearbyen. However, after you leave these cities for the trip, it is extremely unlikely you will see another ATM until your voyage ends. This being said, you will probably not find anything to buy as there are almost no shops in Spitsbergen outside Longyearbyen.

Gratuities (Tipping)

Gratuities suggested by the cruise line are:

USD 8.00 per guest per day to be divided amongst the entire crew.

Laundry

Onboard the MS Nordstjernen, we regret that laundry service is not available.

Onboard the MS Fram, laundry service is available for a fee.

Excursions

All regular shore landings as noted in the itinerary are included in your voyage. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Many shore landings will start with a zodiac boat ride to shore where you will land and be assisted onto shore via some portable steps. The ground is sometimes covered with small rocks / gravel.

Activity Level / Strenuousness

Light to Moderate – Participation in the shore landings requires the ability to board (with assistance) a zodiac boat from the main ship and on to shore. There are generally no long distances to walk in Spitsbergen.

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare. Beverages are available for purchase onboard but coffee and tea is complimentary.

The food in Spitsbergen is not that different that the rest of Norway. That being said, one particular restaurant in Longyearbyen called Huset, features various kinds of Arctic specialties such as seal, reindeer, ptarmigan and polar fish. Of course more conventional fare is also on the menu and the place is well worth a try !

Language

Norway educates their people in English from a very young age. You will not likely run into any language difficulties.

Medical Facilities

MS Fram: There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board at all times. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage properly labelled and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival.  Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship’s physician and captain, must be followed.

MS Nordstjernen: While there is no doctor onboard, some of the ship’s personnel are trained in dealing with first aid and medical emergencies. In the most urgent cases, medivac evacuation is possible.

All guests on these programs must have travel medical insurance.

Phone & Internet

On the MS Fram, there is a telephone in each cabin. Call rates are very high as a satellite connection is the only one possible. On the MS Nordstjernen, we regret that there are no telephones in the cabins.

On the MS Fram, while Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of the ship, due to the relative geographic location, there will be limited or no connectivity during the voyage.

Health / Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Norway including Spitsbergen. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

You must have travel insurance to participate on this voyage.

Safety & Security

Our ships are equipped with the latest in emergency communication, life boats and other equipment to deal with any kind of problematic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for more details.

Spitsbergen does not currently have any security threats unless you wander around aimlessly in which case a polar bear might get you.

Details can be found at: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/norway

Suggested Reading

Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species

Svalbard: Spitzbergen, Jan Mayen, Frank Josef Land

The Svalbard Archipelago