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Cruise Offer

Roundtrip Oslo
9-night Spitsbergen - In the Realm of the Polar Bear
May 5, 2020
Hurtigruten: MS Spitsbergen
Roundtrip Oslo
Vacation Offer ID 1338602
Reference this number when contacting our travel specialist.
Exclusive Offer
  • 1200NOK per Couple Shipboard Credit
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Deckplans

Cruise Inclusions

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • Coach-class flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
  • All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • 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
  • 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

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • 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
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Oslo

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours


Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.

The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
05/05/2020 05/05/2020
Longyearbyen
05/05/2020 05/05/2020
Transfer to Ship
05/06/2020 05/06/2020
Longyearbyen
05/06/2020 05/06/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/07/2020 05/07/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/08/2020 05/08/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/09/2020 05/09/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/10/2020 05/10/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/11/2020 05/11/2020
North West Spitsbergen National Park
05/12/2020 05/12/2020
Isfjorden
05/13/2020 05/13/2020
Longyearbyen
05/14/2020 05/14/2020
Cruise Ends (Debarkation)
05/14/2020 05/14/2020
Oslo

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours


Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.

The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
05/14/2020 05/14/2020
Oslo

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours


Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.

The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
05/15/2020 05/15/2020
Hurtigruten: MS Spitsbergen
Ms Spitsbergen will operate as an Expedition Ship, with a full expedition team and educational program onboard, including expert lecturers and daily discussions and access to specialty hikes with the expedition team. You'll feel like an explorer in the Arctic wilderness, without disturbing the fragile wildlife and nature found here.
Dining
On board MS Spitsbergen you can look forward to tasting food from Norway’s Coastal Kitchen, where the food is always fresh, distinctive, and full of variety. While visiting 27 ports, guests have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers every day. It's a truly unique and authentic culinary experience.
Life On Board
From the moment you embark, you will notice the atmosphere on board. And what's more, you will notice something in yourself. As the peace and tranquility of the scenery and relaxed pace takes hold, you will find your senses enhanced to everything around you.

Common Spaces and Amenities

  • Sun Deck
  • Bar
  • Lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Bistro
  • Reception
  • Fitness Room
  • Jacuzzi
Excursions
The true variety of Norwegian landscape, history, and culture reveals itself through Hurtigruten's enlightening and memorable excursions. Join in on action-filled adventures on land or water, enjoy authentic Norwegian traditions and culture, or experience beautiful wildlife, nature, and coastal highlights. Each season brings with it the opportunity to participate in new excursions.
Ship Statistics
Year Built
2009
Year Refurbished
2016
Year Entered Present Fleet
2016
Previous Name
Norway Explorer
Country of Registry
Norway
Tonnage (GRT)
7,344
Guests (Lowers)
243
Total Guests
335
Passenger Decks
6
Number of Crew
77
Officers' Nationality
Norwegian
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Norwegian
Total Rooms
100
Suites
9
Balconies
6
Ocean/River View
67
Interior
24
Accessible
2
Each Hurtigruten ship has something unique to offer. Despite their differences, they all provide the same intimate travel experience, with their own informal atmosphere. Comfortable lounges and ample deck space afford perfect views as you glide through some of the world's most beautiful and untouched coastal scenery.
Tipping Policy
Gratuities for captain, officers, staff, and crew are included in the voyage fare.
Shipboard Policies
  • Currency
    Norwegian currency is used on board. Most major currencies may be exchanged. Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Diners Card are all accepted. A cruise card can be obtained and used for payment for extras and settled at the end of your voyage. This may be subject to change.

  • Electrical
    Electrical outlets on the vessel are 220v AC. – 2 pin Continental-type, for which an adapter is required. Guests needing an adapter/converter, must bring their own.

  • Internet Access
    There is an internet café onboard. Wireless access is available in most public areas for use with guests' laptops or mobile devices. Please note that the bandwidth is narrow and reception intermittent.

  • Language
    Norwegian and English are the official onboard languages. The personnel at the reception and some of the service crew may also speak German. Tour Leaders speak Norwegian, English, and German.

  • Medical Emergencies
    While a doctor or medical personnel may be on board the ship, these individuals are not agents or employees of Hurtigruten, but are independent contractors. Hurtigruten shall not be liable for any aspect of medical treatment provided to the customer, including, but not limited to, the consequences of any examination, advice, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis or other services that such doctor or medical personnel may furnish the customer.

Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
Entertainment
  • Educational/Enrichment Programs
    The Expedition Team will give interesting lectures on topics pertaining to the places you'll sail, so you can learn more about natural phenomena, fishing traditions, polar history, Viking history, geology, glaciology, culture, and climate – to mention only a few. The Expedition Team will deepen your memories and facilitate the adventures that will last a lifetime.

  • Evening Entertainment
    The emphasis on board is on relaxation and getting away from the commercial entertainment which is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hurtigruten's aim is to get closer to unique environments and share the experience with fellow passengers.
Dining
  • Meals Onboard
    On board MS Spitsbergen guests can look forward to tasting food from Norway's Coastal Kitchen, where the food is always fresh, distinctive, and full of variety. While visiting 27 ports, guests have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers every day. It is a truly unique and authentic culinary experience.
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Fitness Center
  • Whirlpool(s)
All Hurtigruten ships have a wide range of comfortable cabins onboard. From the moment you embark your Hurtigruten coastal ship, you will notice the atmosphere on board. This is your relaxed home on the coast.

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of February 2017. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Inside

Polar Inside Cabin (B2) Limited Availability
  • Category: B2
Polar Inside Cabin (I2) Limited Availability
Polar Inside Cabin
  • Category: I2
  • Deck 4
Polar Inside Cabin (K2) Limited Availability
Polar Inside Cabin
  • Category: K2
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 6

Oceanview

Polar Outside Cabin (AJ) Limited Availability
Polar Outside Cabin
  • Category: AJ
  • Deck 6
Polar Outside Cabin (J2) Limited Availability
Polar Outside Cabin
  • Category: J2
  • Deck 7
Polar Outside Cabin (A2) Limited Availability
Polar Outside Cabin
  • Category: A2
  • Deck 4
Polar Outside Cabin (N2) Limited Availability
Polar Outside Cabin
  • Category: N2
  • Deck 4
Polar Outside Cabin (O2) Limited Availability
Polar Outside Cabin
  • Category: O2
  • Deck 4
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (P2) Limited Availability
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin
  • Category: P2
  • Deck 7
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (U2) Limited Availability
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin
  • Category: U2
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 6
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (YA) 6,228
  • Category: YA
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (QJ) 6,228
Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin
  • Category: QJ
  • Deck 6

Mini-Suite

Expedition Suite - Mini Suite (Q2) 7,599
Expedition Suite - Mini Suite
  • Category: Q2
  • Deck 4

Suite

Expedition Suite - Grand Suite (MG) Limited Availability
Expedition Suite - Grand Suite
  • Category: MG
  • Deck 6
One or two rooms, seating area, TV, stereo, Internet access, mini-bar, some with bathtub, most with private balcony or bay window.
Expedition Suite - Owner's Suite (MX) 11,918
Expedition Suite - Owner's Suite
  • Category: MX
  • Deck 6

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, valid for North American residents only and are subject to availability and change without notice and voyage only. The ship departure date determines the price of your voyage. Itinerary and port order subject to change.

Please note: Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system. All prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. Prices are in $ per person.

Price Does Not Include:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling

NOTES:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deckplan Overview
Deck 8
Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (U2)
  • Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (P2)
  • Polar Outside Cabin (J2)
  • Polar Inside Cabin (K2)
Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Expedition Suite - Grand Suite (MG)
  • Expedition Suite - Owner's Suite (MX)
  • Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (QJ)
  • Polar Outside Cabin (AJ)
  • Arctic Superior - Outside Cabin (U2)
  • Polar Inside Cabin (K2)
Deck 5
Deck 4

Stateroom Key

  • Expedition Suite - Mini Suite (Q2)
  • Polar Outside Cabin (O2)
  • Polar Outside Cabin (N2)
  • Polar Outside Cabin (A2)
  • Polar Inside Cabin (I2)
Deck 3