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    10 days - Multitude of landings on Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten

    This expedition is one of a kind, with a multitude of landing sites and exciting experiences in the Arctic.

    We will sail above 80º N, to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. The adventure will include several excursions including hiking, kayaking and other activities on land and on the water.

    In Norway we have a special kind of activity that we call; brevandring – this means to cross a glacier. Don’t mistake this for ice climbing. Brevandring is on relatively 'even ice', but on some occasions we may have to negotiate small crevasses. You can expect an exceptional experience 'on the ice'. Glaciers cover 60% of the landmass of Svalbard, so stepping out onto the ice is an almost obligatory part of your Svalbard experience.

    Within the Svalbard archipelago, there are approximately 3,000 polar bears, and 2,500 humans. Polar bears are solitary animals with no established territory – they simply roam wherever they can expect to find food. As polar bears are marine mammals, we are more likely to see one close to the water or even in water, especially around drift ice, which they like to use as a platform. The more eyes scouting for polar bears through binoculars, the higher the chance of seeing a King of the Arctic in the flesh!

    If you wish to join this expedition, you can choose between two ships. The original explorer ship, MS Fram, sails around Svalbard in June 2019, while Hurtigruten's new and intimate MS Spitsbergen sails in July 2019. The itinerary is the same for both, and you are in for an extraordinary experience no matter which ship you end up boarding.

    03, 11 June (MS Fram), or 11 July 2019 (MS Spitsbergen).

    Highlights include

    • Circumnavigate Svalbard
    • Try 'brevandring', the Norwegian way to cross a glacier
    • Great chance of seeing polar bears
    • Bask in the midnight sun and experience untouched Arctic wilderness
    Day 1
    Evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
    Day 2
    Explore Longyearbyen and then board MS Fram or MS Spitsbergen
    Day 3
    Kongsfjorden
    Day 4
    Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya
    Day 5
    North West Corner of Spitsbergen
    Day 6
    Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park
    Day 7
    Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park
    Day 8
    Visit the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen
    Day 9
    The Isfjord
    Day 10
    Early transfer to airport and then flight back to Oslo
    Start/End Place
    Oslo, Norway tours
    Destinations Visited
    Norway tours
    Svalbard tours
    Duration
    10 Days
    Group Size
    100 - 276
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    HRPB03

    Details

    Transportation

    M/S Spitsbergen

    MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´. MS Spitsbergen cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.

    After complete reconstruction, 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 we plan further improvements 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.

    Included
    • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
    • Return economy flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
    • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
    • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage
    • 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
    • Free tea and coffee
    Not Included
    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Optional excursions and gratuities
    • Luggage handling

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen

    This Arctic Circumnavigation starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called 'the blue, the green and the city in between' because of its idyllic setting, nestled between fjord and forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks and intriguing architecture, or relax in one of the many cafés or bars.

    Then, set foot in an entirely different world when you arrive in Longyearbyen after your flight. This tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum and several bars and restaurants.

    Transfer to your hotel and overnight.


    Day 2 - Explore Longyearbyen and then board MS Fram or MS Spitsbergen

    After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion to get to know this unique town and the surrounding area. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but the town maintains a lively cultural life in spite of its remote position. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-day life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding your ship.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 3 - Kongsfjorden

    Kongsfjorden is considered to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by characteristic mountain formations.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 4 - Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya

    As we sail northwest, we reach Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvøya, where you can see ruined buildings from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs and quite often Svalbard reindeer. Try crossing a glacier with our Expedition Team. On our way back, we visit the former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund, now an international centre for research, with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 5 - North West Corner of Spitsbergen

    The North West Corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens and other cultural treasures from when we first started to inhabit Svalbard. Raudfjorden offers plenty of opportunities for great hikes. Hamiltonbukta is too shallow for our ship to navigate, but it’s perfect to explore by kayak. We will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier in Liefdefjord.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 6 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

    Eastern Svalbard also boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – we really hope that we’ll get the chance to see one on this journey! Today, we'll explore Sorgfjorden, which borders the North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve, and was the location of a famous 17th-century battle between whalers. Enjoy the view from on deck as we pass the spectacular bird cliff of Alkefjellet, one of the largest of its kind.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 7 - Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

    Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely un-glaciated, unlike most other places on the east side of Spitsbergen. Kapp Lee is a wonderful site where you will find cultural heritage from all eras of human exploration of Svalbard.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 8 - Visit the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen

    We continue to the southern cape and the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund has large variations in its landscape and geology within short distances. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 9 - The Isfjord

    We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago are home to large populations of the endemic Svalbard Reindeer. Later on we’ll find a scenic fjord arm and arrange a farewell barbecue in the most beautiful Arctic surroundings.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    MS Fram

    Day 10 - Early transfer to airport and then flight back to Oslo

    Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Lingering is the subtle exhilaration of having spent time on top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. An early morning transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are FROM prices per person. Note that Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and the early booking prices are capacity controlled.

    Dates
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    6 Jun 2022
    24 Sep 2022
    6 Jun 2022
    24 Sep 2022
    USD 6,985
    On request
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    Important Information

    • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
    • We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
    • Medical questionnaire mandatory
    • Free rubber boot rental service on board

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