This expedition cruise is filled with history, wildlife, brilliant scenery and great adventure. We have sailed here since 1896, and now it´s your turn to explore beautiful Spitsbergen! Scan for the mighty polar bear on Bjørnøya and marvel at the North Cape before sailing into our final destination of Tromsø.
The Historic Sportsman´s Route
Hurtigruten´s history of Svalbard expedition cruises dates back to 1896. On this voyage we follow what became known as “The Sportsman’s Route” over a century ago to explore the scenery and wildlife of Svalbard.
Vast, Pristine Natural Beauty
We sail the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen, a vast wilderness of unspoiled nature and amazing Svalbard geology. Turning south, we encounter Bellsund, site of English whaling in the 18th century, and mountainous Hornsund.
The Island of Bears and the North Cape
Bjørnøya, isolated in the middle of the Barents Sea, is waiting for us next. Scan for birds and polar bears here. Next, we get our first view of the North Cape plateau on the Norwegian mainland and the northernmost point in Europe. Once we reach the cape, you can choose to walk the steep path up to the North Cape monument, or relax and let a comfortable bus do the work!
Gateway to the Arctic
The voyage ends in Tromsø, Gateway to the Arctic. Visit the historic Ølhallen, once the meeting point for all the hardy explorers and trappers who returned after a winter hunting polar bears on Svalbard.
Sail Hurtigruten´s historic pioneering route from 1896
Watch for polar bears and wildlife on Bjørnøya
Hike to the North Cape like the early explorers
Explore lovely and historic Tromsø
- Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
- Coach-class flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
- One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
- All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team
- Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that inform you about the sights you’ll see, while contributing to research
- Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
- Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions