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Availability : May-September

Norway's West Coast & Svalbard Cruise

Hurtigruten - The Svalbard Express

Highlights Include:

  • Cruise along Norway’s beautiful west coast with select port calls
  • Experience Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago, north of Norway’s mainland
  • Time spent in Longyearbyen and Bergen, pre/post-cruise
  • Journey on a refurbished Hurtigruten ship
  • Chances to see the unique wildlife of the Arctic region!

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Tour Details

From: $6,498 per person | Single supplement from $3143

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

13 days

2024 Departures: select dates, May-Sept

Norway’s West Coast & Svalbard Cruise – Northbound, 13 Days
May-September, from $6,598 per person

Norway’s West Coast & Svalbard Cruise – Southbound, 13 Days
May-September, from $6,498 per person

Norway’s West Coast & Svalbard Cruise – Round Trip, 18 Days
May-September, from $6,889 per person
 

Venture deep into the Arctic Circle on The Svalbard Express, an exceptional voyage along Norway’s coast and across the Barents Sea to a magical Arctic archipelago. Your cruise on the refurbished Hurtigruten ship MS Trollfjord will take you from Bergen up to Svalbard, near the North Pole – or vice versa! This route is inspired by Hurtigruten’s first sailing to Svalbard in 1968. 

Enjoy the rugged and stunning west coast, with several port calls each direction, plus opportunities to watch for polar bears and bask in the Midnight Sun.  The northbound and southbound options include time in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s main town, on the island of Spitsbergen.  You can also sail full circle on the roundtrip cruise from Bergen to Svalbard and back.  An amazing way to experience the unforgettable length of Norway – and beyond!

 

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Itinerary
This is a sample package with the Hurtigruten Svalbard Express cruise. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.
Northbound Journey

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Bergen, Norway

Arrive in Bergen and take the airport bus into downtown. Enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring Bergen, Norway’s cozy, second largest city. During summer, the days are long, giving you more hours of daylight to explore this historic city. Check out the old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, as well as the famous fish market. One of the seven mountains in Bergen’s nickname is Mount Fløyen, accessible by walking up or taking the Fløibanen funicular. At the top, enjoy some stunning views of the city and nearby peaks. Overnight in Bergen

Day 3Bergen & Cruise Departure | Meals: B D

Morning at leisure in Bergen before your transfer arrives at the hotel to bring you to Hurtigruten’s comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal. Once you’ve been welcomed you aboard the MS Trollfjord, enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colorful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea. Overnight: on board cabin

Day 4Åndalsnes | Meals: B L D

Our first port of call is Åndalsnes, located along Isfjord at the end of Romsdalsfjord. After docking in the morning in the town center, you can explore this picturesque coastal town, home to about 2,000 people. Highlights include the mountains that tower over the town; a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking to the Rampestreken viewpoint; relaxing on the Romsdal Gondola, or traveling the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus. Optional shore excursions are available. Overnight: on board

Day 5Træna Islands & the Arctic Circle | Meals: B L D

After sailing along the coast of the Helgeland region in the morning, we’ll proceed to our next port call. Træna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle, made up of around 500 islands, islets and skerries (only four of which are inhabited year-round), Træna is a quiet municipality, with thriving birdlife. Though small, archeological finds indicate that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Spend the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities. Weather permitting, you may be able to enjoy activities such as culture walks, Arctic swimming, scanning the skies for seas eagles, or even island hopping. After departure in the evening, we’ll cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little Norwegian ceremony.. Optional shore excursions are available. Overnight on board

Day 6Stokmarknes | Meals: B L D

Today is spent in Vesterålen, an island chain just northeast of Lofoten. We’ll dock in the historic town of Stokmarknes, the birthplace of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express, back in 1893. The Hurtigruten Museum can be found along the waterfront, where their retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly stands encased in a glass building. You may also be able to enjoy hiking and other activities on the islands, including a sea eagle safari. Optional shore excursions are offered. Overnight on board

Day 7Tromsø - gateway to the Arctic | Meals: B L D

Tromsø, in northern Norway, boasts impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the world’s northernmost university. Rich in polar history, it makes for a natural stopping point before we go farther north into the High Arctic. You will have a whole day to explore Tromsø and its surroundings. Activities/sights include a city walk; observing seals & Arctic marine life at the Polaria center, one of the world’s northernmost aquariums; the striking Arctic Cathedral, which has an enormous and colorful stained-glass window. Towering over Tromsø is Storsteinen Mountain, accessible via Fjellheisen Cable Car for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains, and fjords. Optional shore excursions are offered today. Overnight on board

Day 8Honningsvåg | Meals: B L D

Morning arrival at Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in mainland Norway. Sights include an art gallery, an Ice Bar, and Honningsvåg Church, dating back to 1885, making it the oldest building in the area. Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the famed ‘northernmost point of Europe’. The plateau stands 1007 feet above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the geographical North Pole. An iconic globe monument stands atop the cliffs, as you watch the waves crash against the rocks below. Then can visit North Cape Hall, which hosts a variety of exhibits and a short film that tells the Cape’s history. Sailing away from Honningsvåg, enjoy dramatic views of the plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea, leaving mainland the Norwegian coast behind. Optional shore excursions are offered today. Overnight: on board

Day 9Sailing to Svalbard | Meals: B L D

The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, Bjørnøya, sits just past the halfway point between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. We’ll be viewing this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure. The island features abundant birdlife that nests on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture a variety of seabird species. The only native mammals here are Arctic foxes. Aboard the ship, learn about Bjørnøya’s history through polar history lectures, such as the role the island played in World War II. Sailing on from Bjørnøya, continue to make use of the ship’s various onboard facilities to relax. Overnight: on board

Day 10Arrive Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Meals: B L D

Today, we arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and make our way up to Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and less than 820 miles from the North Pole. The air is fresh and pure, and the overall temperature in summer is mild, thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream. You’ll disembark the ship at Longyearbyen, nestled on the banks of a sweeping fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the world’s northernmost settlement, home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world. It originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travelers, scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.

After transferring and checking in to your hotel, in the evening it’s on to Camp Barentz, located at the foot of Breinosa mountain, for a true Svalbard wilderness experience. Enjoy dinner in a cozy wooden cabin and maybe even try some bidos (a traditional, homemade Sámi stew). Savor your dessert around the campfire, perhaps under the Midnight Sun. Admire the mountains as we head back to your hotel. Overnight in Longyearbyen

Day 11Spitsbergen excursion | Meals: B

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be off on a mini-adventure aboard hybrid-electric catamaran MS Bard. Make the most of the summer climate as you take a tour on the water amidst Spitsbergen’s magnificent landscapes at Billefjord and Nordenskiöldbreen. MS Bard is a groundbreaking new catamaran for day cruises. Whenever it approaches glaciers, wildlife, or settlements, it will run silently on electric propulsion. Its specially designed propellers create minimal noise and vibration so as not to disturb Arctic wildlife. We’ll be on the lookout for seabirds, walrus, and seals in Billefjord, then enjoy views of the beautiful and vast Nordenskiöld glacier, which crumbles icebergs into the fjord. On the outer park of Billefjord is Skansbukta, another small settlement and gypsum mine lost to time under the impressive cliffs. MS Bard will also sail past Svenskhuset, the oldest standing building on Spitsbergen. On the way back to Longyearbyen, admire the views of the fjord, glacier, mountains, and Arctic flora in bloom. Overnight in Longyearbyen

Day 12Longyearbyen - Oslo | Meals: B

It’s time to say farewell to Svalbard and to Spitsbergen. Transfer on own to the airport at Longyearbyen for your flight south down to Oslo. Evening at leisure at accommodation close to the terminal – with access to train into town. Overnight in Oslo (airport hotel)

Day 13Depart Norway | Meals: B

Transfer (walk) to the airport terminal in conjunction with your return flight to the US – Or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Southbound itinerary

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive into Oslo Gardermoen Airport in Norway. Transfer to your accommodation close to the terminal – with access to the express train into town. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Oslo (airport hotel)

Day 3Oslo - Longyearbyen | Meals: B D

Transfer (walk) to the Oslo airport terminal for your flight north, past Norway’s mainland, up to Longyearbyen – the main town on Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and less than 820 miles from the North Pole. The air is fresh and pure, and the overall temperature in summer is mild, thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream. Transfer on own from the airport to your hotel in Longyearbyen, nestled on the banks of a sweeping fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the world’s northernmost settlement, home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world. It originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travelers, scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.

In the evening it’s on to Camp Barentz, located at the foot of Breinosa mountain, for a true Svalbard wilderness experience. Enjoy dinner in a cozy wooden cabin and maybe even try some bidos (a traditional, homemade Sámi stew). Savor your dessert around the campfire, perhaps under the Midnight Sun. Admire the mountains as we head back to your hotel. Overnight in Longyearbyen

Day 4Spitsbergen excursion | Meals: B

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be off on a mini-adventure aboard hybrid-electric catamaran MS Bard. Make the most of the summer climate as you take a tour on the water amidst Spitsbergen’s magnificent landscapes at Billefjord and Nordenskiöldbreen. MS Bard is a groundbreaking new catamaran for day cruises. Whenever it approaches glaciers, wildlife, or settlements, it will run silently on electric propulsion. Its specially designed propellers create minimal noise and vibration so as not to disturb Arctic wildlife. We’ll be on the lookout for seabirds, walrus, and seals in Billefjord, then enjoy views of the beautiful and vast Nordenskiöld glacier, which crumbles icebergs into the fjord. On the outer park of Billefjord is Skansbukta, another small settlement and gypsum mine lost to time under the impressive cliffs. MS Bard will also sail past Svenskhuset, the oldest standing building on Spitsbergen. On the way back to Longyearbyen, admire the views of the fjord, glacier, mountains, and Arctic flora in bloom. Overnight in Longyearbyen

Day 5Cruise departure from Longyearbyen | Meals: B D

Morning at leisure – you may wish to stroll around town. Browse boutiques selling homemade chocolate, tiny galleries with artwork inspired by life on the Arctic frontier, and bars that serve beer from the local micro-brewery. After lunchtime, a transfer takes you from Longyearbyen hotel to the ship MS Trollfjord, your home at sea for the next week. Come evening, the ship will sail further north. Overnight in on board cabin

Day 6Svalbard exploration - Ny Ålesund | Meals: B L D

Wake up early today for impressive views of Kongsfjord, one of the largest fjords in the area. Its entrance is guarded by two colossal creaking glaciers that regularly deposit ice into the fjord. This stretch is great for spotting walrus basking on shore and for spotting different species of migrating birds. Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land, while the white beluga whale has also been known to surface in the waters here. If we’re very lucky, we might even see a polar bear prowling the coast for seals.

At the tip of Brøgger peninsula, on one of Kongsfjord’s shores, is Ny-Ålesund. Like Longyearbyen, this town began as a coal mine, but transitioned into a host for scientific stations from the mid-20th century. During the summer, there are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20 glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries. Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world, drop in at the local museum and souvenir shop, or send a far-flung postcard from the small post office. You can also take a guided tour of the Amundsen monument, erected in honor of the great Norwegian explorer’s record-breaking flight to reach the North Pole in 1926.. Overnight on board

Day 7Sailing south from Svalbard | Meals: B L D

Tt’s time to say farewell to Svalbard and Spitsbergen and sail south back to mainland Norway. Use this day to relax aboard the ship. If the skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun on deck and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Or head to the sauna for a steam. Catch a lecture from the Coastal Experience Team for fascinating insight into local history and wildlife. They may also offer a photography workshop to help sharpen your eye to capture stunning shots in the days to come. Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept that features the most flavorful local Norwegian cuisine. Treat yourself to tastings of regional specialties or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in the show kitchen. You could also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar. Overnight on board

Day 8Tromsø - Senja | Meals: B L D

We’ve arrived back to mainland Norway and our first stop of the day is Tromsø – following in the footsteps of history. Most explorers and sailors returning from their Arctic expeditions would stop back in the city. The fashion and food they found there seemed so stylish and refined compared to the stark frontier towns that they nicknamed Tromsø ‘the Paris of the North’.

The ship then continues south towards Senja, one of the country’s largest islands – a place ranked among CNN’s top ten most beautiful islands in the world! Often proudly described by locals as a ‘mini Norway’, Senja seems to have a concentration of landscapes inspired by different parts of the Norwegian coast. Optional shore excursions are offered for today. Overnight on board

Day 9 Svolvær, Lototen Islands | Meals: B L D

Today is all about exploring the Lofoten archipelago. As you see its jagged green cliffs rise dramatically from the ocean, you’ll see why it is hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of Norway. See pretty fishing villages made up of red-roofed houses on stilts that cling to the edges of mountainous islands. Here and there, single fishermen huts known locally as “rorbuer” dot the islands—specks of red amidst a sapphire blue sea and the lush mountainside greens.

The beating heart of the Lofoten Islands is the town of Svolvær, where the ship will be based for most of the day. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy, and you can spend time exploring and getting to know the town. There are a variety of Optional shore excursions offered, to experience the mountains, islands, and villages around Svolvær. Take an optional hike to a white-sand beach, where you can help in a beach clean-up before going for a swim. Alternatively, join a kayaking tour to explore the clear waters of Henningsvær. Overnight on board

Day 10Brønnøysund & the Helgeland Coast | Meals: B L D

The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of distinctive mountains that have inspired many a charming myth and local folklore. As we sail, look out for the Vega archipelago, a cluster of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. We will base the ship in the town of Brønnøysund which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870. Spend your time exploring the town or join one of the offered Optional shore excursions, such as kayaking, cycling, or a cruise by RIB boat. Further along we encounter the unique Torghatten Mountain, which has a hole that pierces right through its center. Overnight on board

Day 11Ålesund - Hjørundfjord | Meals: B L D

The ship will make a brief stop in the town of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a peninsula below Mount Aksla. The magnificent Hjørundfjord stands some 5,570 feet high near Ålesund, cutting through the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the Sunnmøre Alps means it is the area’s hidden gem that most other ships never see. Hjørundfjord’s deep blue waters and verdant mountainsides seem perfectly proportionate and aligned, as if sculpted deliberately by nature’s artistry. On the western banks of one of Hjørundfjord’s branches will be a short stop at the idyllic village of Sæbø. Optional shore excursions are offered for today. Overnight on board

Day 12Arrive Bergen | Meals: B

You’ll arrive in Bergen, a beautiful city on Norway’s west coast. Majestic peaks famously surround the city, earning Bergen the nickname of ‘The City of Seven Mountains’. Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew of MS Trollfjord, who made your Svalbard Express journey so comfortable. Transfer on own to your accommodation. Remainder of day at leisure in lovely, walkable Bergen. Overnight in Bergen

Day 13Depart Norway | Meals: B

Transfer via airport bus to Bergen’s Flesland Airport for check-in for your flight back to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Round Trip Itinerary – 18 days

Starting and ending in Bergen, with roundtrip cruise sailing.

This itinerary combines Days 1-9 on the Northbound itinerary above, and Days 5-13 on the Southbound itinerary, with a port call for the day but no overnights in Longyearbyen (on board cabin accommodation on the ship during the entire voyage).

Included
Northbound itinerary, 13 Days
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York area, including air taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Eight day/seven night Hurtigruten cruise, Bergen to Longyearbyen, inside double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • On board culinary demonstrations & food tastings, lectures, photography guidance 
  • Camp Barentz wilderness evening excursion
  • Spitsbergen catamaran tour
  • Flight Longyearbyen–Oslo, including taxes & fuel surcharges 
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Southbound Itinerary, 13 Days
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York area, including air taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Flight Oslo – Longyearbyen, including taxes & fuel surcharges 
  • Camp Barentz wilderness evening excursion
  • Spitsbergen catamaran tour
  • Eight day/seven night Hurtigruten cruise, Longyearbyen to Bergen, inside double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • On board culinary demonstrations & food tastings, lectures, photography guidance 
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Roundtrip Itinerary, 18 Days
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York area, including air taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Fifteen day/fourteen night Hurtigruten cruise The Svalbard Express, Bergen to Bergen roundtrip, inside double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • On board culinary demonstrations & food tastings, lectures, photography guidance 
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Not Included
  • Ancillary airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, extra luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Optional shore excursions during cruise
  • Luggage handling 
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
Hurtigruten offers several optional excursions that vary by sailing direction. Optional excursions are at an extra cost and subject to availability - we strongly recommend booking them in advance to enhance your experience.
  • Åndalsnes – Trollstigen Scenic Bus Tour, Stand-Up Paddleboard
  • Træna – Island Hopping, Culture Walk (Poetry, Art & Heritage), Arctic Dip – Sauna & Swim
  • Stokmarksnes – the Coastal Express Heritage Tour, Best of Vesterålen Scenic Bus Tour, Sea Eagle RIB Safari
  • Tromsø/Senja – Viking Homestead Visit, The Arctic Capital (cable car-Arctic Cathedral-Polaria), Polar History Walk, World’s Northernmost Brewery, Highlights of the North (Sommarøy & Senja by Bus), Senja Wildlife Safari, Scenic Guided E-Bike Tour
  • Honningsvåg – North Cape & King Crab Experience, Four-Wheeler to North Cape, Bird Watching Safari
  • Longyearbyen – Dogsledding on Wheels, Svalbard Wilderness & History Experience
  • Svolvær – Highlights of Reine & Lofoten, Fishing in Lofoten, Kayaking in Lofoten, Lofoten Scenery & Henningsvær
  • Brønnøysund – Legends of Torghatten & Brønnøysund, Torghatten Mountain Hike, Brønnøysund by Bike, Sea Adventure by RIB
  • Ålesund – Architecture & Breweries on Foot, Mountain Peaks & Fjords Scenic Bus Tour
Notes
  • Upgraded cruise accommodations in outside or superior cabins or suites are available for a supplemental cost.
  • It is highly recommended to book more than 90 days prior to departure, to ensure land arrangements in Spitsbergen can be included (for northbound & southbound itineraries).
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