Explorer CruiseNorway and Spitsbergen
From $7,377 USD
July 3 - July 27, 2017
10 Days / 8 Nights
Spitsbergen Polar Bear Cruise onboard the M/S Fram. Experience some of Svalbard's most remote Arctic regions, as we aim to circumnavigate Spitsbergen.
On this circumnavigation voyage of Spitsbergen on the M/S Fram you will experience the low-hanging Midnight Sun creating unearthly hues reflected off the sea's surface, the ice and the glaciers. Roaming in the realm of the polar bear at this time of the year is one of the most exotic Arctic experiences. Explore the incredible natural diversity of the Svalbard Archipelago, its deep fjords, calving glaciers, abundant wildlife and historic settlements.
July 3 - July 27, 2017
July 3, 11, 19, 27, 2017
- from $7,377 per person in double PolarInside cabin I
- from $7,969
- from $9,369
Departure July 3, Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to withdrawal. Departure July 19, Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to withdrawal.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage on MS Fram, 10 days
- Cabin grade of your choice
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, set or buffet dinner)
- Economy flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
- One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage, including
- All transfers in Longyearbyen
- Lunch and excursion before the voyage
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures
- and accompanies landings and activities
- Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- International and domestic flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions & gratuities
- $25 Service fee
- Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability
- Flights Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo
- Additional nights in Longyearbyen
- Overnight stay in Oslo
- Optional excursions
- International flights on Icelandair with Iceland stop-over
Day 1 OSLO - LONGYEARBYEN
Your Arctic adventure starts with an evening flight from Norway's capital, Oslo. Before departure you can spend some time exploring this fjord-side city surrounded by forests, lakes, and hills. Oslo offers varied architecture, a strong café and bar culture, top-notch restaurants and endless shopping possibilities. The contrast will be significant when you arrive in Longyearbyen a couple of hours later. Still, this very small settlement offers all the amenities of a modern town, in addition to its stunning location in a wild Arctic landscape.
Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN
After an overnight stay in one of our hotels you can join an exciting sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen. This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. The influence of the Arctic environment is obvious but it is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, stores, and a mini-mall. It is often called an antidote to modern-day life and a prime destination for adventure travelers. However, the history and heritage from the first coal miners can still be seen everywhere.
Day 3 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
Kongsfjorden and its surroundings are known to be one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen. At the head of the fjord, mighty glaciers calve into the sea. Characteristic mountain formations frame the scene. As we sail further northwest, we reach Krossfjorden and Mitrahalvoya, with cultural remains from the whaling period, beautiful alpine flora, bird cliffs, and quite often, Svalbard reindeer. Try traversing a glacier with our Expedition Team. On our way back we visit the former mining settlement of Ny-Alesund, an international center for research with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.
Day 4 NORTH WEST SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
The North West corner of Spitsbergen offers the largest concentration of graves, blubber ovens, and other cultural treasures from the first era of the exploitation of Svalbard's natural resources. Raudfjorden offers plenty of opportunities for great hikes. Hamiltonbukta is too shallow for our ship to navigate, but it's perfect for exploration by kayak. We will also see the enormous Monaco Glacier situated in Liefdefjorden.
Day 5 EAST SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE - SOUTH SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
In Eastern Svalbard the density of polar bears is higher than anywhere else on Svalbard - and we really hope to see some on this journey! In Sorgfjorden a famous battle between whalers took place in the late 17th century. The eastern shores of the fjord lie within North East Spitsbergen Nature Reserve. Alkefjellet is a spectacular bird cliff and one of the largest of its kind in Svalbard. You will have great views from deck.
Day 6 EDGOYA
Edgoya 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.
Day 7 THE SOUTH CAPE LAND
We continue to the South Cape Land - the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen. Hornsund displays large variations in landscape and geology within short distances. Ice being pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the ice.
Day 8 ISFJORDEN
Isfjorden is the most prominent fjord system in Svalbard. We will spend the day exploring both the outer and the inner parts. One of the most striking features of the outer part is the Alkhornet peak, where thousands of Brünnich guillemots are nesting during the summer season. In the inner parts of Isfjorden the landscape is changing. Large U-valleys, carved out 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.
Day 9 LONGYEARBYEN - OSLO
Unfortunately, every good explorer voyage comes to an end. You may 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 Geographic North Pole. An early morning transfer brings you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.