This short Arctic expedition cruise is full of excitement! Stand on the northernmost point of Europe, step ashore on wild Bjørnøya, and spend two and a half days exploring the beautifully rugged coastline and narrow fjords of the west coast of Spitsbergen. Excursion opportunities include hiking, kayaking, and visiting a science station, and don't forget there will be chances to spot the mighty polar bear!
7 days

The Gateway to the Arctic - Tromsø

We begin our adventure in Tromsø, the starting point for some of history's greatest expeditions and trapper adventures, all of which are detailed at the fascinating Polar Museum.

The next morning, we go ashore in Skarsvåg. The North Cape, at the very northern tip of Europe, has been a great adventure destination for travelers for centuries. Take in the view and stand atop the steep cliff that towers over 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, marking the end of the continent.

Cruising to Svalbard

Next, we sail toward Svalbard and aim to make an island landing at Bjørnøya, situated halfway between North Cape and the Svalbard archipelago.   

Finally, we spend two and a half days exploring the rugged coastline and spectacular fjords of Spitsbergen, the largest of the islands of the Svalbard archipelago.

Here you'll explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in the summer. There is a large variety of plants and wildlife in Svalbard, including seals, thousands of seabirds, the Arctic fox, reindeer, and the top predator: the polar bear.

In the summer, beautiful colors and contrasts provide the frame for dramatic glaciers, majestic mountain formations, deep fjords, buzzing bird cliffs, and endless Arctic tundra with its diverse flora and fauna. The midnight sun makes it possible to fill your days and nights with unforgettable experiences on this exciting Arctic exploration. 

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This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.