Hearts in the Ice Svalbard Cruise

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Availability : May 20 - 30, 2020

Hearts in the Ice Svalbard Cruise

Highlights Include:

  • Presentation and lecture by Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, fresh from their 9-month overwinter in Svalbard. Learn about their adventure, the Hearts in the Ice project, and results from their scientific
  • Absorbing the sights and sounds of the arctic by sea and on shore landings
  • Participation in Citizen Science education and activities, contributing to research
  • Searching for polar bears and other wildlife along the coastline
  • Onboard lectures by experts in biology, geology, history, culture, and more

Photo: Aud Ingebjørg Barstad/Hurtigruten Svalbard

Tour Details

From: $5,998 per person | Single supplement on request

Early Booking Discount: Save $250 per person if deposited by September 10, 2019

11 days

Cruise Package Dates:
May 20 – 30, 2020 (depart the US May 19)

Join Borton Overseas’ Linda McCormick on a journey to Svalbard and meet Sunniva and Hilde after they’ve returned from Bamsebu!

Celebrate the accomplishments of the Hearts in the Ice project on this journey to the Norwegian Arctic! Sunniva and Hilde, the first all-female team to overwinter in Svalbard, will meet with our group to tell their stories about what it was like to spend the winter at Bamsebu, how they performed their observations and gathered important data, what challenges they faced, and what successes they achieved.

Then, we’ll board the MS Spitsbergen for a comfortable voyage through the stunning Svalbard archipelago, situated halfway between Norway and the North Pole. You’ll have your own chance to contribute to scientific research and data collection through the onboard Citizen Science program! Not to mention experiencing marine and wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery.  

Please join me on this remarkable adventure!

        ~ Linda McCormick, Borton Overseas


This is a Borton Overseas Signature Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by our Destination Specialists.

Tuesday, May 19Departure from US

Depart your home city bound for Oslo, Norway.
Borton Overseas can assist with booking flights.

Wednesday, May 20Arrive Oslo, Norway | Meals: D

Upon arrival, transfer by express train from the airport to the central station located near your hotel. Check in and get settled. Tonight, meet your travel companions at a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Clarion The Hub Hotel

Thursday, May 21Oslo - Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Meals: B

There is time to explore Oslo on your own today. Later this afternoon, we’ll transfer by express train to the airport for our evening flight to Longyearbyen. When we arrive in Svalbard, you discover an entirely different world – a small town perched on the edge of vast Arctic tundra. Transfer to our hotel. Overnight at Funken Hotel or similar

Friday, May 22Longyearbyen & Cruise Departure | Meals: B L D

Breakfast at the hotel.
The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life, and is considered a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide.
We’ll meet Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm when they present what it was like to overwinter in a hunter’s cabin on Svalbard.
Time to explore this colorful outpost before boarding our ship, MS Spitsbergen.
Get settled in your cabin, enjoy dinner, and meet the Expedition Team.
Overnight on board

Saturday, May 23 - Thursday, May 28Nature and Fjords | Meals: B L D

This is true wilderness, so the captain works with the elements to create the best itinerary for our expedition cruise. The actual itinerary will be based on weather and ice conditions.

We’ll enjoy Spitsbergen´s northwestern corner, which is strewn with majestic mountains, rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. It is also the site of spectacularly scenic Northwest-Spitsbergen National Park.

During our days at sea, we hope to visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, where mighty glaciers calve icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountains. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international research center hosting a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

We may also call on the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, where the hardy among us may get the chance to bathe in the sea and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. Wherever we explore, the expedition team will offer opportunities to join in landings, ice-cruising and more.

As we cruise, we’ll enjoy lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology. The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program.

Meals on board include a buffet breakfast, and lunch and dinner will vary between buffets and set menus. Soft drinks and the ship wine and beer is included for all meals. Coffee and tea are included throughout the day.
Overnight on board

Friday, May 29Glaciers and Exploration | Meals: B L D

We sail into and explore Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard, to admire the immense valleys carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers that covered the area some 10,000 years ago. Watch for the region’s rich population of Svalbard reindeer. Overnight on board

Saturday, May 30Disembark – Oslo – Home or extend your stay

As we arrive back in Longyearbyen, admire the magnificent scenery surrounding this Arctic outpost, just a few hundred miles from the geographic North Pole. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.
Continue on flights home or extend your stay!

Pricing by Cabin Category (includes cruise, land, and domestic air)

$7,730 per person
U2D | Double outside Arctic Superior cabin for 2 travelers with window.
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and toilet. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual layouts.

$7,398 per person
O2D | Double outside Polar cabin for 2 travelers with window.
Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower deck sand all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual layouts.

$7,154 per person
QJ | Double outside* Arctic Superior cabin for 2 travelers.
These large, comfortable cabins for two or four people on the upper deck have double beds and bathrooms with shower and toilet. Some cabins have four single beds also have upper and lower berths and have TV. *The cabins have limited or no view.

$5,998 per person
I2D | Double inside Polar cabin for 2 travelers.
The cozy Polar inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/toilet. Most of the cabins have double beds, while some are equipped with separate beds where one doubles as a sofa or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual layouts.

  • Arrival transfer by express train from airport to city center (hotel is located across the street from the train station.)
  • One night accommodation in Oslo, including breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Oslo hotel
  • Transfer from city center to airport by express train
  • Round trip economy class flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen, including taxes
  • One night accommodation in Longyearbyen including breakfast and lunch
  • Exclusive presentation & lecture with Sunniva Sundby and Hilde Falun Strøm, fresh from Bamsebu, about their overwinter in Svalbard, the Hearts in the Ice project, and their scientific results
  • Eight-night expedition cruise in the cabin category of your choice
  • Transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team – an international team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of Svalbard
  • 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 about the sights you’ll see, while contributing to research
  • Shore landings with the expedition team
  • 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
  • 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
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket, yours to keep  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Free Wi-Fi. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected
  • Services of a Borton Overseas Destination Specialist from arrival Oslo until departure Oslo
Not Included
  • International flights to/from Oslo
  • Optional small-group adventures with expedition team such as kayaking (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance – Medical evacuation insurance is required, inquire when booking.
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports, hotels, or ship
  • Gratuities, although not expected
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Our Ship

MS Spitsbergen is named after the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. It has been completely reconstructed and has been sailing since 2016.
The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins with fresh Scandinavian design. The vessel is modern and environmentally progressive, and the ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

MS Spitsbergen has its own on-board Expedition Team which presents interesting lectures daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´ (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage.

MS Spitsbergen’s facilities include:

• Explorer bar
• Panoramic lounge – Explorer lounge
• Compass Service Centre
• Brygga bistro
• Shop
• Torget main dining
• Wi-Fi (when in range)
• Sauna
• Fitness room
• Lift
• Hot tub
• Guest launderett

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
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