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Hurtigruten Expeditions Svalbard in Spring - The Return of The Sun

Hurtigruten Expeditions Svalbard in Spring – Return of the Sun

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  • See pristine snowscapes underneath the subtle glow of the midnight sun on an early-season expedition cruise from Oslo to Longyearbyen and Western Svalbard
  • A jam-packed Arctic exploration: you’ll witness mighty glaciers, picturesque fjords and snow-capped mountains, whilst attempting to sail above the 80th parallel north
  • Look out for iconic wildlife, including walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic birdlife and even potentially the elusive polar bear.

9-day itinerary

Day 1: Arriving in Longyearbyen

Following your flight from Oslo, it’s now time for you to explore the world’s northernmost town, a vibrant frontier settlement where people are outnumbered by snowmobiles – Longyearbyen.

If you have time, be sure to explore more of what this unique town has to offer, before enjoying a relaxing evening at your leisure.

Day 2: Longyearbyen adventures

Perfect for exploring on foot, Longyearbyen offers many opportunities to see the native wildlife, including Svalbard Reindeer’s who can regularly be seen sauntering round the stunning landscape.

As part of your expedition cruise, travellers will be given the chance to join an included excursion and catch a glimpse of the fascinating polar bear-inspired region at the top of the world. After experiencing everything this charming settlement has to offer, you will then be boarding your cruise ship in the afternoon and continuing on with your Arctic adventure. If you wish to explore Longyearbyen in more depth, optional pre-programme packages are available to purchase for travellers.

Day 3-4: Hornsund and Bellsund

Sailing south towards the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, you will enter one of Svalbard’s most stunning fjords, Hornsund. The sheer contrast between the vibrant vegetation and the looming mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop as you make your way along the idyllic waterway, with the decking onboard the MS Spitsbergen being an ideal vantage point to spot seals and whales, along with Mount Hornsundtind.

Then you’ll be heading to the snow-capped Bellsund. Home to large colonies of Auks, Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer to name but a few, take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking wildlife living on this remote terrain, whilst also keeping an eye out for the remnants of early mining settlements in the region.

Day 5-6: Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

The expedition will now set sail for the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, cruising into Magdelenefjorden and through Sørgattet, the southern entrance to Smeerenburgfjord. The unique light illuminating from the midnight sun will provide plenty of time for the expedition to explore the breathtakingly scenic area.

Over the coming days, you’ll be exploring the natural beauty and wondrous ecosystem of the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park. In this deserted and tranquil wilderness, steep mountains, stark glaciers, and stunning offshore Islands’ make up most of this unique region’s landscape. Use these areas to look out for exciting wildlife, including seals, whales, walruses, and potentially even the elusive polar bear hunting for its next meal.

Get ready to explore; your Expedition Team will be on-hand to seize any opportunity to launch kayaks or to go ashore to hike or participate in a beach clean-up.

Day 7: Sailing to the edge of the polar ice cap

Depending on interchangeable weather conditions, the expedition will cruise north to explore the stunning ice edge. With the waters filled with ice floes and drifting pack ice, the transition zone between the ice cap and the sea creates an intriguing and mystical environment. Find a vantage spot back onboard and search for the teeming wildlife in the area. There are fantastic opportunities to witness animals such as seals and walruses lounging photogenically on the glistening ice caps. With the Expedition Team continually monitoring the conditions, you may have the chance to board one of the smaller expedition boats, getting up close and personal with the wonders surrounding the floating ice.

Due to the ice edge moving depending on the season, any landing will be an attempt and not a certainty. During the months where Summer progresses, the ice tends to retreat further back which may mean it is out of reach for the expedition. In this scenario, the tea will instead explore the captivating deep fjords, titanic glaciers and charming scenery along the Svalbard coast. Wildflowers appear in late July and into August, culminating in a blanket of colour which covers the rugged landscape.

Day 8: Tranquil Ny-Alesund

On the eighth day of the expedition cruise you will be discovering the peace and serenity of Ny-Alesund, whilst exploring neighbouring fjords such as Krossfjord and Kongsfjord. Take a day to detox from your phone and Wi-Fi as the Norwegian Authority’s nearby geodetic station means all devices must be switched off, so that there are no interferences with the station.

Standing as a hub for global science and climate research, travellers will be able to see the former remnants of the town’s history. Due to its geographical significance being one of the world’s northernmost settlements, Ny-Alesund was also formerly the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s northern expeditions.

Upon exploring the captivating fjords dotted around Ny-Alesund, immerse yourself in the rugged, glacial scenery of this remote town. The Expedition Team will be primed and ready to take you on an adventure; whether that be launching small expedition boats, going ashore to hike, or cruising past impressive glaciers.

Day 9: Longyearbyen return

Your unforgettable Arctic expedition will not come to an end as you return to Longyearbyen. Take time to reflect on this incredible experience, whilst holding on to your now extensive knowledge of the Arctic’s history, the region’s landscape and ecosystem, as well as the effect that climate change can have on areas of outstanding natural beauty such as this.

Discover more of what Longyearbyen has to offer before you take a transfer back to the airport, doing a spot of souvenir shopping to remember your experience by.

Flights

  • Flights in economy class between Oslo and Longyearbyen

Transfers

  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion and lunch before the expedition cruise

Hotel

  • Overnight in Longyearbyen before the expedition cruise, including a light dinner and breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and spirits available at meals and throughout the day and evening (subject to licensing laws, excludes premium drinks)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A polar expedition jacket, a backpack, or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of sauna, hot tubs, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Centre
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • 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
  • 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
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (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

 

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

Useful Info

Location

Board Basis

All inclusive

Duration

9 days

Holiday Type

Cruise Expedition holiday

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