Island adventures
Our springtime adventure starts in Bergen, Norway before sailing to Lerwick in Scotland’s Shetland Isles. From there, we travel to the green Faroe Islands, then cross to the north coast of Iceland. We finish our expedition cruise around Spitsbergen in the High Arctic.

Keep watch for polar bears
The pristine waters and stunning islands on this Arctic island hopping experience are home to all kinds of wildlife. We'll look out for birds, whales and more along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic polar bear as we sail around Spitsbergen.

Highlights


• 14-day expedition cruise from Bergen in Norway to Scotland's Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitsbergen and ending in Oslo.

• Explore five beautiful islands across four countries and three Arctic archipelagos with stunningly wild landscapes.

• Spot spectacular wildlife in this bird, polar bear and whale watching paradise as we sail deep into the Arctic and attempt to land at Jan Mayen Island.

Explore UNESCO-listed Bryggen and mountain peaks Your Arctic adventure begins in the charming city of Bergen. Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, Norway's old capital is also one of its most picturesque cities. Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Across from Bryggen, you'll find the city's famous fish market. Take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen for amazing views of the city, and the mountains and sea beyond. Our optional Pre-Programme is a great way to see all the main sights before you embark on your expedition cruise.
Explore Scotland's northernmost town Built on the herring trade, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, lands more fish than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. The town has deep Norse roots. You’ll hear it in the dialect and from the Viking stories told by the impressive stained-glass windows of Lerwick Town Hall. Find out more at the Shetland Museum – and see the Pictish carvings and delicate Shetland lace shawls. Don't forget your binoculars – grey and common seals are a frequent sight along the waterfront. The islands’ famous birdlife includes Red-throated Divers, redshanks and curlews.
A visit to Streymoy in the Faroe Islands On Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands, is Tórshavn. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn – ‘Thor’s Harbour’ – is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals. Your included walking tour winds through cobbled alleyways and colourful, turf-roofed houses. In the local museums, you’ll learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna and geology of the Faroe Islands. Just over a mile north of the town, Svartafoss Waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for the Eider Drake and the distinctive Faroese Starling with its beige-tipped wings.
Surround yourself with the sounds of Faroese nature Your expedition cruise arrives in the Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. We'll stop to explore the tiny village of Elduvík with just 23 inhabitants. Set in the Funningsfjordur inlet in the Faroe Islands, Elduvík is split in two by the river Stórá. While small, it comes complete with a school, church, dock and pier. From the pier, enjoy the view across the sparkling waters to the nearby island of Kalsoy. It is astonishingly peaceful here–only the seabirds and sheep break the silence. As you walk through the village's charming streets, you'll notice that many of the small, rustic houses' roofs are covered in grass instead of slate, offering much-needed insulation and protection against the weather.
Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise towards Iceland As we sail to Bakkagerði, you'll have time to sit back and swap stories of your adventures so far. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck for some wonderful marine life and seabirds – you can even relax in the hot tub up there at the same time. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center as they set the scene for the next leg of your expedition in North Iceland. Learn about the island's stunning landscape, culture and beliefs – such as the Icelandic Elves. You may even get the chance to join one of our knitting workshops.
Look for elves in staggering natural beauty Your Iceland cruise continues to Bakkagerði, a tiny settlement off the beaten track. Your included excursion takes you on a living walk around town to learn about the area from local people. According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of elves. It's also a popular hiking spot. You can hike through lush green valleys and pristine wilderness among colourful rhyolite rocks. The coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, Kittiwakes, Eiders and puffins. We may also visit the Atlantic Puffin colony on Hafnarhólmi – a true gem for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
Iceland's best whale watching spot Discover Húsavík on today's included walking tour – a fascinating small town that's one of the best places in the world to see whales. We'll head to Skjálfandi Bay to look out for humpback, minke, white-beaked dolphin, harbour porpoise and, maybe even the elusive blue whale. Learn more about them at Husavik’s Whale Museum. There's even a space exploration museum here; NASA thought Húsavík's geology resembled lunar rocks and sent astronauts from their Apollo space missions here to train. You can also enjoy the geothermal waters at GeoSea overlooking Skjálfandi Bay, and then refresh with a beer at the local microbrewery.
See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls Gaze at snow-capped peaks as we cruise along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. It's one of the best places in Europe to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. You may see orcas, blue and fin whales too. Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the fjord base. You'll enjoy the oasis of a botanical garden, top-notch eateries and museums. A city walk is included. Join optional excursions to visit impressive Goðafoss Waterfall where turquoise water pounds against black rocks. Spot Eider and Harlequin Ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's more active volcanic areas.
Time to relax and discover what adventures lie ahead As your Arctic cruise continues towards Jan Mayen, enjoy a day at sea. There's plenty to do onboard. Scan for marine wildlife from the deck, enjoy the panoramic sauna or a soak in the hot tub. Visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead on your island-hopping expedition. Enjoy a fascinating lecture from the Expedition Team or help collect important data for our Citizen Science projects. Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer on how to capture wildlife and landscapes. You'll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge a great place to read or watch the world glide by.
Visit an active volcano that's a haven for birdlife Jan Mayen has no permanent residents and visits to the island are rare. In fact, we're one of the few to attempt landings here. If conditions allow, you’ll be setting foot on one of Earth’s most remote places. Jan Mayen’s surreal, moss and lichen-streaked landscape is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mount Beerenberg. It's the world's northernmost active volcano and last erupted in 1985. You won’t see land mammals, but the island is designated an Important Bird Area, supporting large populations of Northern Fulmars, Brünich’s Guillemots and Little Auks. Look out for abundant marine life in the waters too, including whales and seals.
Time to absorb your new memories Spend the day at your leisure as we sail on to Svalbard. Enjoy taking the quiet moments, simply appreciating the peaceful, awe-inspiring scenery all around you. This is a rare opportunity to disconnect and detox from the modern world. Enjoy a workout in the gym or simply relax in the panoramic sauna while gazing out at the view. You may have unanswered questions about things you've seen so far. As ever, our Expedition Team will be on hand with lectures and insights about these Arctic islands. The Science Center will keep enquiring minds busy.
A land of spectacular beauty and prowling polar bears Spitsbergen showcases Arctic beauty in its untouched glory, a wilderness of steep mountains, stark glaciers and eerily beautiful islands. You’ll visit some of the world’s most dramatic fjords, immense U-shaped valleys and glaciers preparing to calve icebergs into the sea. You might also spot the region’s apex predator, the magnificent polar bear. They trek the ice along the coast, hunting for seals. We’ll take advantage of every opportunity to land, taking expedition boats ashore for hiking and other activities. If we can, we’ll launch our kayaks to enjoy the scenery in near-perfect silence.
A last day at the top of the world Your Arctic expedition cruise ends back in Longyearbyen. You'll return home knowing more about Arctic animals, history, polar ice and climate change than you arrived with – and memories of an incredible experience. Before your flight back to Oslo, you'll have time to discover more of Longyearbyen and do a spot of shopping – perhaps a warm Svalbard sweater. If you’re ready for more exploring, why not join our optional Post-Programme and experience a walrus safari.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Polar Outside. From

$9,799 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$10,764 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$13,527 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Polar Outside. From

$10,172 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$10,889 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$13,131 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Polar Outside. From

$10,334 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$11,374 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$14,573 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Polar Outside. From

$10,564 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar outside cabins are situated mostly on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Arctic Superior. From

$11,544 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, the cabins all have double beds, bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite. From

$14,557 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/WC, and all with double beds. Some of the suites have more facilities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Spitsbergen

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 100 metres

Passenger Capacity: 335

Built / refurbished: 2009 / 2016

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. 

After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and we plan further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters. 

Expedition team on board

MS Spitsbergen has its own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team host a lecture programme and evening gatherings 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.

Our dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. Read more about our Expedition Teams here. 

Ship facilities

Expedition Team - Explorer bar - Panoramic lounge – Explorer lounge - Compass Service Centre - Brygga bistro - Shop - Torget main dining - Wi-Fi - Sauna - Fitness room - Lift - Hot tub - Guest launderette - Panoramic deck 8 - Outside bar for events, decks 7 & 8

Cabin layout for Spitsbergen

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• On board lectures
• Transfers
• Transfer from the ship to the airport in Longyearbyen after the expedition cruise
• Flights
• Flights in economy class from Longyearbyen to Oslo after the expedition cruise

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Meals while ashore
Spitsbergen
Iceland & Faroes ExpeditionExpedition
14 Days from
$9,799 AUD pp

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