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MS Spitsbergen - 156 Guests

Svalbard In Spring - The Return Of The Sun

8 Day Oslo/Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen/Oslo


An icy wonderland
Witness the reawakening of life during spring in Svalbard. Starting in Oslo and sailing to Longyearbyen, this concentrated voyage takes you through untouched snowscapes with serene fjords, snowcapped mountains and glittering glaciers. You’ll discover the incredible scenery of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park and get an understanding of climate science in Ny-Ålesund.

Wildlife reigns
Long days under the Midnight Sun and lingering winter ice give us a great opportunity to spot Arctic wildlife. Look out for returning birds like Little Auks and Arctic Terns, as well as Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer and walruses. With luck, we may even see the elusive polar bear. If conditions allow, we’ll sail above the 80th parallel north and scout for wildlife along the ice edge.

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    HIGHLIGHTS


    • See pristine snowscapes under the soft glow of the Midnight Sun on this early-season expedition cruise from Oslo to Longyearbyen and western Svalbard.
    • A concentrated Arctic adventure, you’ll experience mighty glaciers, serene fjords and snowcapped mountains, and attempt to sail above the 80th parallel north.
    • As Svalbard reawakens in spring, witness iconic wildlife, including walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic birdlife and with luck, even polar bears.

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    May 20, 2025May 27, 20255,431 5,786
    May 26, 2025Jun 02, 20255,431 5,786
    Jun 01, 2025Jun 08, 20255,618 5,985
    Jun 07, 2025Jun 14, 20255,618 5,985
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    May 20, 2025May 27, 20255,431 5,786
    May 26, 2025Jun 02, 20255,431 5,786
    Jun 01, 2025Jun 08, 20255,618 5,985
    Jun 07, 2025Jun 14, 20255,618 5,985


    ITINERARY


    Day 1  Oslo
    Day 2  Longyearbyen
    Day 3  Ny-Ålesund
    Day 4  Northwest corner of Spitsbergen
    Day 5-6  Expedition days
    Day 7  Isfjord
    Day 8  Longyearbyen

    DAY 1
    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo
    Enjoy time in Oslo before flying to Svalbard
    Your adventure begins in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. If you have time, why not explore the city and enjoy what it has to offer.
    With its rich history, diverse eateries and lively art scene, Oslo is a fascinating place. You'll find museums, galleries, and some very modern architecture – including the beautiful Opera House and new Munch Museum.  And the city is compact enough to explore in a leisurely manner.
    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken sculpture park, visit Akershus Fortress, or relax in a floating sauna in the fjord. Explore modern Sørenga to sample urban beach life and perhaps try some New Nordic cuisine before you spend the night in your airport hotel.

    DAY 2
    Longyearbyen adventures
    Explore colourful Longyearbyen
    After your morning flight to Longyearbyen, it’s time to explore the world's northernmost town, a colourful frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles.
    Longyearbyen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll down the main street and you might see Svalbard reindeer saunter by. Although wild, they're curious and tame. 
    Before boarding your ship in the afternoon and continuing your Arctic discovery, join an included excursion and get a glimpse of this amazing polar bear–inspired region at the top of the world. And if you’d like to discover even more of Longyearbyen’s special surroundings, why not join our optional Pre-Programme.

    DAY 3
    Peaceful Ny-Ålesund
    Experience science, serenity and epic scenery
    Today you’ll discover the serenity of Ny-Ålesund and neighbouring fjords such as Krossfjord and Kongsfjord. Disconnect and enjoy a day without distractions as the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s nearby geodetic station means we must switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
    One of the northernmost settlements and a former mining town, Ny-Ålesund was the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s expeditions north with the airship ‘Norge’. Now a hub for global science and climate research, you can still see remnants of the town’s history.
    You’ll be immersed in rugged, glacial scenery as we explore the fjords around Ny-Ålesund. Be ready for adventure; we’ll seize any opportunity to launch our small expedition boats, go ashore to hike or cruise by majestic glaciers.

    DAY 4
    Northwest corner of Spitsbergen
    Explore pristine snowscapes under the Midnight Sun
    Making our way to the northwest corner of Spitsbergen, we’ll cruise through Sørgattet, the southern entrance to Smeerenburgfjord. The light of the Midnight Sun gives us plenty of time to explore this breathtakingly scenic area.
    In the shadow of soaring snowcapped mountains, you’ll discover pristine icescapes as the summer just touches the region. Marvel at the array of majestic glaciers and get an insight into the area’s whaling past. On the cliffs above, look out for returning Arctic birds like Little Auks, Arctic Terns, skuas, Eider Ducks and Barnacle Geese,
    If conditions allow, we may even cross 80th parallel north and explore the ever-changing ice edge.

    DAY 5-6
    Expedition days
    Experience Arctic wilderness in the far north
    Over the next two days, we’ll explore the natural beauty and rugged tundra of Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and beautiful offshore islands, we’ll scan for some of the animals of the Arctic – seals, walruses and reindeer. Early in the season, there’s a good chance we may spot polar bears too, so we’ll be on the lookout for these iconic but elusive predators. And as we progress further into June, we may see whales returning to the region for summer.
    Each day will be different. From landings to kayaking, be ready for anything as your Captain and Expedition Leader decide on the best landing sites and activities based on the day’s conditions.
    Perhaps we’ll head to the snowcapped peaks of Raudfjord, or to Liefdefjord, to see the magnificent Monacobreen glacier as it calves into the sea.

    DAY 7
    Astonishing Isfjord
    Witness living history and ecology
    Our expedition cruise continues into Isfjord's lush fjord system, where you'll see immense, glacier-carved valleys rich in wildlife, flora and human history.
    To the north, Alkehornet is home to guillemots, kittiwakes, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The clear traces of the area’s whaling and hunting past are visible on beaches and in bays. Farther south, we’ll pass the former Isfjord Radio satellite communication station, now one of the world's most beautifully situated hotels.
    Our activities today will be determined by the ever-changing weather conditions of Isfjord. Your Expedition Team will decide on the best possibilities for exploring on the day.

    DAY 8
    Return to Longyearbyen
    A final day on top of the world
    Your Arctic adventure comes to an end back in Longyearbyen. A transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Oslo. You'll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice and climate change than you arrived with – and memories of an incredible experience.
    If you’re not ready to say goodbye just yet, why not spend some more time in the Arctic and join our optional Post-Programme.

    MS Spitsbergen (Expedition, 156-guests)

    MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and further improvements have been planned that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED


    • Flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen
    • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion and lunch before the expedition cruise
    • Overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise, including light dinner and breakfast
    Expedition cruise
    • A stay in a cabin of your choice
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board*
    • Complimentary reusable water bottle
    • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
    • Range of included activities
    *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
    *Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. When in Svalbard, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage, except in Longyearbyen.

    Onboard activities
    • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
    • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment
    • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
    • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
    • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym
    • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings
    Landing activities
    • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
    • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
    • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you
    Notes
    • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
    • Excursions and activities are subject to change
    • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
    • No gratuities expected
    • Depending on your individual flight times, an additional overnight in Oslo before the expedition cruise might be necessary (not included)
    What's not included
    • International flights
    • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

     

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