Spitsbergen and polar bears - an Arctic adventure From NOK 12 699
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Spitsbergen and polar bears - an Arctic adventure

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

The Spitsbergen Experience

Focussing on the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park we will experience the extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers and bird cliffs. We will attempt to reach as far north as the 80th parallel – this is the only place on earth it is possible in open water.



We encourage our guests to enjoy the crisp, clean air out on deck – watch the Northern Fulmars sailing in the slipstream of the ship or join interesting landings in small boats with our expert guides who will provide an insight into the areas we visit and share some amazing local stories.


Glacier sighting with MS Nordstjernen

Here above the Arctic Circle we will experience the midnight sun, with long days and light nights. If we are really lucky we might just see the King of the Arctic; the Polar Bear.

Travel route and itinerary

MS Nordstjernen has departures every Thursday and Monday from early June to mid-September. Four days are spent aboard MS Nordstjernen sailing along the north west coastline of Spitsbergen. Two days are spent in Longyearbyen. Both departures have the same travel route, but there are some differences in arrival time and when the different excursions take place. Please note that due to the demanding weather conditions in the Arctic the program may change.



Accommodation in Longyearbyen will be at Spitsbergen Hotel or Coal Miners' Cabins. Monday departures include one night accommodation before and after the trip. Thursday departures include one accommodation in Longyearbyen before the trip and fire nights onboard MS Nordstjernen.

PROGRAM THURSDAY DEPARTURES



DAY 1 – THURSDAY - LONGYEARBYEN


Arrival in Longyearbyen late Thursday evening. Transfer guide from Hurtigruten Svalbard will join you on the transfer to Spitsbergen Hotel and Coal Miners' Cabins where you will stay the first night.



DAY 2 – FRIDAY – LONGYEARBYEN AND BARENTSBURG


Lunch at Spitsbergen Hotel followed by a guided sightseeing tour which ends at the harbour. MS Nordstjernen leaves Longyearbyen and heads to Barentsburg for sightseeing and a folklore show before heading out of the Isfjord and travel north, following Prins Karls Forland.



DAY 3 – SATURDAY – MAGDALENE FJORD AND THE NORTH-WEST CORNER


Arrival in the area first discovered by Willem Barentz in 1596. Visit to the historical and scenic Magdalenefjord.



DAY 4 – SUNDAY – WOODFJORDEN AND LIEFDEFJORDEN


Explore the northern fjords and visit the Monaco Glacier. In favourable conditions also sail past 80°North and to Moffen, an island which is often host to walrus.



DAY 5 – MONDAY – KONGSFJORDEN AND NY-ÅLESUND


Visit the ‘King’s fjord’ and neighbouring areas filled with Arctic peaks and glaciers. Enjoy a guided trip in Ny-Ålesund, an isolated scientific community.



DAY 6 – TUESDAY – LONGYEARBYEN


Arrive Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport.



PROGRAM MONDAY DEPARTURES



DAY 1 – MONDAY - LONGYEARBYEN


Arrival in Longyearbyen late Monday evening. Transfer guide from Hurtigruten Svalbard will join you on the transfer to Spitsbergen Hotel and Coal Miners` Cabins, where you will stay the night.



DAY 2 – TUESDAY – LONGYEARBYEN AND BARENTSBURG


Guided sightseeing ending at the harbour. MS Nordstjernen leaves Longyearbyen and heads to Barentsburg for sightseeing and folklore show before heading out of the Isfjord and north along Prins Karls Forland.



DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY – WOODFJORDEN AND LIEFDEFJORDEN


Explore the northern fjords and visit the Monaco Glacier. We will pass Magdalenefjorden during the night. In favourable conditions also sail past 80° North and to Moffen, an island which is often inhabited by walrus.



DAY 4 – THURSDAY – KONGSFJORDEN AND NY-ÅLESUND


Visit the ‘King’s fjord’ and neighbouring areas filled with Arctic peaks and glaciers. Enjoy a guided trip in Ny-Ålesund, an isolated scientific community.



DAY 5 – FRIDAY – ISFJORD & LONGYEARBYEN


Spend the morning sailing through the Isfjord before arriving in Longyearbyen for transfer to Spitsbergen Hotel and Coal Miners` Cabins. Farewell dinner served at the hotel.



DAY 6 – SATURDAY - LONGYEARBYEN


Early morning transfer to airport for departure flight.



Transferguide


One of our guides will meet you on arrival at Longyearbyen airport. Our guide will accompany and assist you during your stay in Longyearbyen. During the stay in Longyearbyen you will learn about polar history and everyday life in the small local community who make their living from coal mining, research and tourism.



Daily landings


Onboard the MS Nordstjernen you will go through a constantly changing landscape. The places you sail past heading north, during the night, can be seen durin daytime coming south. If you want to see absolutely everything, you have to sit on the deck around the clock! We normally do one landing per day. In Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund, we dock and you can walk around the town. The places we disembark all have a special story and a unique natural history.



Heading north


Our sailing route goes out Isfjorden, past Barentsburg and the north west coast along Prins Karls Forland. We pass Kings Bay before we reach the northwest corner of Spitsbergen. This area has some of the most beautiful fjords and islands of Svalbard, among them the famous Magdalene fjord, Smeerenburg fjord, Danskøya, Amsterdamøya and Raudfjorden.



80 degrees north


If the weather permits it, we will sail past 80 degrees north. Weather conditions north of the archipelago is usually good and stable. The exact route and landing places will be decided on the weather and ice conditions.

How demanding is the cruise?

A cruise with MS Nordstjernen does not require any above average levels of physical fitness, but most of the landings will be made by means of a dinghy. The terrain on shore at Svalbard is rugged, so participants should be steady on their feet. A sense of adventure is always an advantage.

Price information

Limited numbers of single, triple and quadruple cabins are also available. Please contact us for more information.

The price includes:

Accommodation, meals, transfers and sightseeing in Longyearbyen as described in program. Cabin in chosen category, all meals, expedition team, landings in open boats and visits to Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund, as well as search and rescue insurance during the voyage.

On board:
Berth in reserved cabin category. Breakfast, lunch and three course dinner on board. 
The expedition guides will provide information and lead the landings during the trip. All landings are included on Svalbard and we will generally go into land one or two times a day with Polarcirkel boats. In Barentsburg and Ny-Ålesund the ship will dock at the harbour.

The price does not include:

Flights, personal clothing and equipment, beer, wine and soft drinks (sold onboard) or personal travel insurance.

See what you will experience

Additional nights in Longyearbyen

There are a lot of exciting excursions and activities you can take part in from Longyearbyen before or after your voyage. You can book additional nights at one of our places of accomodation in connection with your cruise.

Contact us on info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com for a quote, and remember to mention that it is in connection with a Nordstjernen voyage.

Weather conditions during the cruise season, June to September

  • Average temperature 5ºC
  • Sea temperature around 2-4°C
  • Daylight 24 hours per day
  • Cold wind is common
  • Even tough there is very little rain, the tundra is often damp and boggy due to the melting snow
  • Early in this period there are still snow-covered areas in Northern Spitsbergen

Equipment list - Spitsbergen Voyage

Required equipment:

  • Suitcase, bag or backpack for personal equipment and clothing 
  • Small backpack for personal items, to take on landings (to carry camera, water bottle etc.)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots or equivalent (must be sturdy and water repellent, as the terrain is uneven and can be wet)
  • 1 pair of light shoes or sandals to use on board and at the hotel (ensure shoes have good soles that are not slippery and provide grip on all types of flooring)
  • Hiking jacket (waterproof and windproof)
  • Hiking pants ((waterproof and windproof))
  • Warm beanie/cap or headband
  • Scarf or buff (fleece/wool neck warmer)
  • 1 pair mittens or gloves
  • 1-2 sets of thermal underwear (long johns and shirt, wool is recommend)
  • Warm woollen jumper or fleece jumper/jacket
  • 2 pairs of warm socks (wool is recommend)
  • Some sets of indoor clothing (casual and comfortable)
  • Sun glasses
  • Bathroom articles


The dress code indoors and at the hotel is relaxed and casual. We have a limited number of warm thermal suits available on board, in various sizes. These may be borrowed by passengers who wish to spend most of  their time on deck.

In addition we recommend:

  • Binoculars (we often see wildlife in the distance)
  • Camera, extra memory card and battery charger
  • Down jacket or similar (to keep you warm on colder days)
  • Sea sickness tablets
  • A small seat pad to use on deck and during landings (try a small, foldable cushion which is easy to carry)


NB! Remember to bring your passport (Valid 6 months after you return)

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Departures 2017

June 1st - September 12th

30 departures every Monday and Thursday

Duration

6 days and 5 nights.

MS Nordstjernen
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Book your trip here or contact us for more information:

Phone numer: +47 79 02 61 00 

E-mail: info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com

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HURTIGRUTEN SVALBARD AS, P.O. Box 548, N-9171 Longyearbyen
Telephone.: +47 79 02 61 00 | Org.nr 951 251 579
Mail: info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com