Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)

From AUD $2,310


This adventure cruise on MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen experience. Spend one night on land and the rest at sea sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Explore the beautiful glaciers and fjords, and scan for wildlife. If we are lucky, we might get to see the King of the Arctic; the polar bear.

Trip Name
Spitsbergen & Polar Bears – an Arctic Adventure (Wednesday to Monday)
Vessel Type: Small Expedition Ship Length: 87.4 m Passenger Capacity: 290 Built: 1956 Refurbished: 1983 & 2000 MS Nordstjernen is named after the North Star or Stella Polaris, famous for helping seafarers find their way back home and the Vikings to navigate the north The ship was built to sail Norwegian Coastal Voyages in 1956 and extensively modernised in 2000 for exclusive Arctic sailing. Today she takes explorers on adventures in the waters around Spitsbergen. Despite modernisation, she still retains the aura of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendour with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original art. Out on deck you come extra close to the untouched nature of the Polar Arctic and with roofs over a lot of the deck space you can enjoy being outside, even in rough weather. MS Nordstjernen is equipped with a dining room and bar, a café, a panorama lounge and a library. Inside you’ll find cosy interior and exterior cabins, the majority of which have upper and lower berths. All rooms and deck surfaces exhibit that old, beautiful wood.


Day 1 - Day 1 Mining History and Arctic Nature
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay to enjoy Longyearbyen´s galleries, pubs, restaurants and magnificent setting on the edge of wilderness. Reminders of mining heritage are everywhere in this frontier town. The package includes an overnight at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, the world’s northernmost full-service hotel when booking a cabin with private facilities on board MS Nordstjernen. If you have booked a cabin with shared facilities, an overnight at charming Coal Miners’ Cabins is included. Hotel upgrade is available on request.
Day 2 - Day 2 Settlements of the Far North
After breakfast, you will have some free time to relax or visit the shops before check out and lunch. After lunch you will take your bags to the bus, and enjoy a guided tour that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Camp Barentz. This tour ends at the harbour, where you will embark MS Nordstjernen to sail the Isfjord to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Here you can explore Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.
Day 3 - Day 3 Into the Arctic Wilderness
This area is rich with islands, fjords and beaches and heritage: a whaling station and graveyard that dates from the 16th century. We hope to make a landing here and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. Keep a sharp eye out! We hope to encounter polar bears, whales and seals.
Day 4 - Day 4 Scanning for Polar Bears
North West Spitsbergen National Park features beautiful terrain, as well as the fast-moving Monaco glacier and Jotunkjeldane thermal springs. We may spot a polar bear searching for bird eggs nearby. Be on the lookout for whales and seals as well. If the conditions are favourable, we will sail past 80° North.
Day 5 - Day 5 Fjords, Glaciers and Research
Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen and home to the majestic Kongsbreen glacier. Later, we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’s northernmost year-round communities. It is now an advanced High Arctic research station.
Day 6 - Day 6 Flying Home from the Arctic
This Arctic adventure ends in Longyearbyen. An early morning transfer bus will take you to the airport for your flight home.
Day 7 - Please Note:
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-05-202124-05-2021AUD $2,310Polar Inside. From
19-05-202124-05-2021AUD $3,582Polar Outside. From
26-05-202131-05-2021AUD $2,310Polar Inside. From
26-05-202131-05-2021AUD $3,582Polar Outside. From
02-06-202107-06-2021AUD $2,310Polar Inside. From
02-06-202107-06-2021AUD $3,582Polar Outside. From
09-06-202114-06-2021AUD $2,310Polar Inside. From
09-06-202114-06-2021AUD $3,582Polar Outside. From
16-06-202121-06-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
16-06-202121-06-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
23-06-202128-06-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
23-06-202128-06-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
07-07-202112-07-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
07-07-202112-07-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
14-07-202119-07-2021AUD $2,610Polar Inside. From
14-07-202119-07-2021AUD $4,100Polar Outside. From
21-07-202126-07-2021AUD $2,610Polar Inside. From
21-07-202126-07-2021AUD $4,100Polar Outside. From
28-07-202102-08-2021AUD $2,610Polar Inside. From
28-07-202102-08-2021AUD $4,100Polar Outside. From
04-08-202109-08-2021AUD $2,610Polar Inside. From
04-08-202109-08-2021AUD $4,100Polar Outside. From
11-08-202116-08-2021AUD $2,610Polar Inside. From
11-08-202116-08-2021AUD $4,100Polar Outside. From
18-08-202123-08-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
18-08-202123-08-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
25-08-202130-08-2021AUD $2,460Polar Inside. From
25-08-202130-08-2021AUD $3,841Polar Outside. From
01-09-202106-09-2021AUD $2,310Polar Inside. From
01-09-202106-09-2021AUD $3,582Polar Outside. From


    • Chance of seeing polar bears
    • Cross 80° N and come ashore to explore the Arctic wilderness
    • Experience the Midnight Sun (until 23. August), giving you 24 hours of daylight to discover Svalbard
    • Explore magnificent Arctic scenery and fjords with the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen