Highlights of Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape

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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.
12 days

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.




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.
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  1. From 59º N to 78º N - Oslo / Longyearbyen - Flight & Overnight - Hotel

    Before your flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, check out the urban amenities of Norway´s capital. Your arrival in Longyearbyen reveals an entirely different world, a colorful small town perched on the edge of Arctic wilderness. Enjoy the museum and choose among several bars and restaurants. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

    From 59º N to 78º N - Oslo / Longyearbyen - Flight & Overnight - Hotel
  2. The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic - Longyearbyen - Embarkation

    After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, join a post-lunch excursion to get to know Longyearbyen, a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colorful frontier outpost before boarding your ship, MS Spitsbergen.

    The Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic  - Longyearbyen - Embarkation
  3. Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History - North West Spitsbergen National Park

    Spitsbergen’s northwest corner is scattered with islands, fjords and beaches. Pioneering explorers and hardy whalers were the first to set foot here. Today, we respect the power of nature and work with the elements to ensure a safe and exciting itinerary.

    We hope to land and see whaling settlements, or visit Kongsfjorden, considered one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea. The former mining settlement of Ny-Ålesund is another possible destination. It is now an international research center with a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

    In the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, you may get the chance to bathe in the sea and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. There will also be exciting landings and optional scenic kayaking opportunities.

    Exploring Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History - North West Spitsbergen National Park
  4. Heading South - Bellsund & South Spitsbergen National Park

    We now head south to the Bellsund area, followed by Hornsund with its wonderful varied landscape and geology. On a clear day, we might even see the amazing Hornsundtind, 4,700 ft above sea level. This area was popular with polar bear hunters until 1973. We hope to see a polar bear here too!

    Heading South - Bellsund & South Spitsbergen National Park
  5. Sea Bird and Bear Island - Bjørnøya

    This isolated island is said to host the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as polar bears. In the north part of the island is Bjørnøya weather station, which provides vital data to scientists worldwide. The wind and weather conditions will determine what we can do today.

    Sea Bird and Bear Island - Bjørnøya
  6. North Cape and Bird Cliff - Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær

    In the early morning, we sail past the North Cape. Here we offer you the chance to make the steep hike up to the cape starting in Hornvika, or to visit the cape by bus from Skarsvåg. The ship will continue to Gjesvær, where the excursion participants will come back onboard. Next, we sail past Gjesværstappan, a bird cliff which is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.

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    North Cape (3 hrs 30)

    Cross the 71st parallel and enjoy magnificent landscapes on a trip to North Cape, one of the most northernmost points in Europe. North Cape cliff rises 307 meters above the Arctic Ocean. See an impressive 180° panoramic film about the region in North Cape Hall, where you can also visit a souvenir shop, small chapel and a Thai Museum.

    North Cape and Bird Cliff - Hornvika, Skarsvåg & Gjesvær
  7. Day 12 - Tromsø

    Your expedition cruise will end in colorful Tromsø, often referred to as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” In the early days, the town was full outfitters, hunters and dreamers who left their loved ones behind to seek their fortune in the far north, and much of that pioneer spirit remains.

    Day 12 - Tromsø

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