Highlights of Spitsbergen and Norway’s North Cape

Highlights of Spitsbergen and Norway’s North Cape

USD $5060 starting price
This expedition cruise is filled with history, wildlife, brilliant scenery and great adventure. We have sailed here since 1896, and now it´s your turn to explore beautiful Spitsbergen! Scan for the mighty polar bear on Bjørnøya and marvel at the North Cape before sailing into our final destination of Tromsø.

Ship: MS SPITSBERGEN
Duration: 12 days

12-days Highlights of Spitsbergen and Norway’s North Cape
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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail Hurtigruten´s historic pioneering route from 1896
  • Watch for polar bears and wildlife on Bjørnøya
  • Hike to the North Cape like the early explorers
  • Explore lovely and historic Tromsø
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Day 1

From 59º N to 78º N

Oslo / Longyearbyen – Flight & Overnight – Hotel

Before your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, check out the urban amenities of Norway´s capital. Your arrival in Longyearbyen reveals an entirely different world, a colorful small town perched on the edge of Arctic wilderness. Enjoy the museum and choose among several bars and restaurants. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 2

The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic

Longyearbyen – Embarkation

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, join a post-lunch excursion to get to know Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost

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Day 3-7

Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History

North West Spitsbergen National Park

Spitsbergen’s northwest corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. Pioneering explorers and hardy whalers were the first to set foot here. Today, we respect the power of nature and work with the elements to ensure a safe and exciting itinerary.

We hope to land and see whaling settlements, or visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is another possible destination. It is now an international research center with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, you may get the chance to bathe in the sea and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. There will also be exciting landings and optional scenic kayaking opportunities.

Day 8-9

Heading South

Bellsund & South Spitsbergen National Park

We now head south to the Bellsund area, followed by Hornsund with its wonderful varied landscape and geology. On a clear day, we might even see the amazing Hornsundtind, 4,700 ft above sea level. This area was popular with polar bear hunters until 1973. We hope to see a polar bear here too!

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Day 10

Sea Bird and Bear Island

Bjørnøya

This isolated island is said to host the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as polar bears. In the north part of the island is Bjørnøya weather station, which provides vital data to scientists worldwide. The wind and weather conditions will determine what we can do today.

Day 11

North Cape and Bird Cliff

Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær

In the early morning, we sail past the North Cape. Here we offer you the chance to make the steep hike up to the cape starting in Hornvika, or to visit the cape by bus from Skarsvåg. The ship will continue to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants will come back onboard. Next, we sail past Gjesværstappan, a bird cliff which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.

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Day 12

Tromsø

Your expedition cruise will end in colorful Tromsø, often referred to as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” In the early days, the town was full outfitters, hunters and dreamers who left their loved ones behind to seek their fortune in the far north, and much of that pioneer spirit remains.

Price includes

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Coach-class flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
  • One overnight hotel stay in Longyearbyen before the cruise, including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen, including an excursion before the cruise
  • Wind-and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

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Itinerary: Highlights of Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape
Duration: 12 Days
Ship: MS Spitsbergen

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Ship: MS Spitsbergen

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