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Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B)

This adventure voyage on MS Nordstjernen is the essential Spitsbergen experience. You spend two nights on land and the rest at sea sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Explore the extraordinary Arctic landscape, glaciers, fjords and the magnificent arctic wildlife. If we are really lucky we might just see the King of the Arctic; the polar bear.
28 June, 2018 to 03 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 28 June, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
05 July, 2018 to 10 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 05 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
12 July, 2018 to 17 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 12 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
19 July, 2018 to 24 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 19 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
26 July, 2018 to 31 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 26 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
02 August, 2018 to 07 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 02 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1272 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2033 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
09 August, 2018 to 14 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 09 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1138 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1797 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
16 August, 2018 to 21 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 16 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1138 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1797 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
23 August, 2018 to 28 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 23 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1138 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1797 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
30 August, 2018 to 04 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 30 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1138 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1797 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
A2 Polar Outside Single £ 2755 GBP pp
06 September, 2018 to 11 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 06 September, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1138 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1797 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
23 May, 2019 to 28 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 23 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
30 May, 2019 to 04 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 30 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
06 June, 2019 to 11 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 06 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
13 June, 2019 to 18 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 13 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
20 June, 2019 to 25 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 20 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
27 June, 2019 to 02 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 27 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
04 July, 2019 to 09 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 04 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
11 July, 2019 to 16 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 11 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
18 July, 2019 to 23 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 18 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
25 July, 2019 to 30 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 25 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
01 August, 2019 to 05 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 01 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
08 August, 2019 to 13 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 08 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
15 August, 2019 to 20 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 15 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1339 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 2138 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
22 August, 2019 to 27 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 22 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
29 August, 2019 to 03 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 29 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo
05 September, 2019 to 10 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B), departing on 05 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From £ 1236 GBP pp
Two bed cabin (bunk beds), wash basin, without shower/wc.
view cabin photo
Polar Outside. From £ 1957 GBP pp
Outside cabin 7–13 m2, with limited/no view.
view cabin photo

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B) itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
DAY 1 Coal mining history and Arctic nature
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Longyearbyen. This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. While the arctic environment is dominant, it is also a surprisingly cosmopolitan place, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, stores and a mini-mall. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to the stress of modern day life and is a prime destination for adventure travellers. Reminders of the history and heritage of early coal miners can be seen everywhere. When Coal Mine number 1 was opened in the 1930’ s, the miners moved into flimsy two-story barracks. When World War II ravaged Europe, Svalbard was also impacted when Nybyen was set on fire in 1943. After the war, the miners moved back and into the newly built barracks. These “barracks” have been completely renovated to offer our guests a high standard of comfort. Spitsbergen Hotel was originally built as an accommodation and dining area for employees of Store Norske Spitsbergen Coal Company. It was also the company’ s official representational building. Its interior and architecture made it Longyearbyen’ s grandest construction. The hotel is preserved and decorated using its history. It's well worth walking through the corridors and public areas to look at the historical photographs and pictures, old maps and newspaper stories. Situated on "The Hill", it gives you great views of Longyearbyen, the Lars- and Longyear glacier. The hotel was constructed in 1947, but has been extensively refurbished over the years. You spend the night in one of these hotels.
DAY 2 Discover two very different settlements
After breakfast, you are invited to a guided sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Gallery Svalbard. This fantastic museum is really worth a visit, as it will provide you with a great deal of background information on all that you will come experience on your expedition. Then its time to embark on the adventure and MS Nordstjernen. We sail south in Isfjorden until we reach the Russian settlement Barentsburg. This “company coal mining town” has been Russian since 1932, and is still home to about 500 people. Here you can explore the exotic collection of old Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up the real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.
DAY 3 Chances of seeing polar bears
Locally known as the North West Corner, this area, rich with islands, fjords and beaches, has a long history of exploration. In Magdalenefjord you’ll discover cultural heritage: a whaling station from the 16th century, including a graveyard of whalers who died during the first “oil gold rush”. We arrive in the morning, and will make our first landing to come ashore and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. In this beautiful fjord we might even see polar bears, minke whales and bearded seals.
DAY 4 80° North
The North West Spitsbergen National Park is a rich environment, with islands, fjords and beaches, all with a long history of exploration. When Willhelm Barentz first sighted Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he first saw. The name he gave to this new terrain was ‘ Spitzbergen’ , reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Look forward to exploring some of the most spectacular fjords of Northern Spitsbergen. Deep inside the giant Woodfjord system you will find the enormous and fast moving Monaco Glacier. In front of this crevassed glacier there is always brash ice as well as larger pieces that have “calved off”. Sometimes we also visit the Jotunkjeldane thermal springs, the northernmost documented thermal springs on Earth. These large fjords offer a strikingly varied landscape – from the largest flat plain on Svalbard; Reinsdyrflya (the reindeer plain), to the red stone of Devonian geology, to remnants of volcanoes. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs here. Be on the lookout for the arched back of the occasional minke whale and bearded seals sunbathing on ice floes close to the glacier front. If the ice conditions are favourable, we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, an island which is often host to walrus.
DAY 5 Fjords, glaciers and research
Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. It is also known as King’ s Bay. There is a very good chance that we will also cruise into a large side fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Be sure to sight for the mountain Mitra – named for a ‘ Mitre’ or a catholic bishop’ s hat – located on the northern shore of the entrance to Kongsfjorden. At the end of the fjord you will see the majestic Kongsbreen (King’ s Glacier) with the three characteristic nunataks: Nora, Dana and Svea –named after the three Scandinavian countries. Later we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’ s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal mining centre, it is now an advanced High Arctic research station. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and the activity is particularly high in the summer.
DAY 6 Flying home from the Arctic
The Spitsbergen Adventure Voyage is over and it is time to say goodbye. An early morning transfer bus will take you to the airport for your flight.
Please Note:
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with us is unique.

Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with us is unique.
DAY 6 Flying home from the Arctic *
The Spitsbergen Adventure Voyage is over and it is time to say goodbye. An early morning transfer bus will take you to the airport for your flight.
DAY 5 Fjords, glaciers and research *
Kongsfjorden is the largest fjord in the Northwest coast of Spitsbergen. It is also known as King’ s Bay. There is a very good chance that we will also cruise into a large side fjord called Krossfjorden. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks with dramatic glaciers tumbling into the ocean. Be sure to sight for the mountain Mitra – named for a ‘ Mitre’ or a catholic bishop’ s hat – located on the northern shore of the entrance to Kongsfjorden. At the end of the fjord you will see the majestic Kongsbreen (King’ s Glacier) with the three characteristic nunataks: Nora, Dana and Svea –named after the three Scandinavian countries. Later we dock at Ny-Ålesund. Situated at 78º 55’ N, this is one of the world’ s northernmost year-round communities. Previously a coal mining centre, it is now an advanced High Arctic research station. A number of countries run their own national research stations here, and the activity is particularly high in the summer.
DAY 4 80° North *
The North West Spitsbergen National Park is a rich environment, with islands, fjords and beaches, all with a long history of exploration. When Willhelm Barentz first sighted Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he first saw. The name he gave to this new terrain was ‘ Spitzbergen’ , reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Look forward to exploring some of the most spectacular fjords of Northern Spitsbergen. Deep inside the giant Woodfjord system you will find the enormous and fast moving Monaco Glacier. In front of this crevassed glacier there is always brash ice as well as larger pieces that have “calved off”. Sometimes we also visit the Jotunkjeldane thermal springs, the northernmost documented thermal springs on Earth. These large fjords offer a strikingly varied landscape – from the largest flat plain on Svalbard; Reinsdyrflya (the reindeer plain), to the red stone of Devonian geology, to remnants of volcanoes. The day will be spent cruising towards the Monaco glacier, passing a number of small islets where eider ducks nest during the summer. If we are lucky, we may spot a polar bear searching for eggs here. Be on the lookout for the arched back of the occasional minke whale and bearded seals sunbathing on ice floes close to the glacier front. If the ice conditions are favourable, we will sail past 80° North and towards Moffen, an island which is often host to walrus.
DAY 3 Chances of seeing polar bears *
Locally known as the North West Corner, this area, rich with islands, fjords and beaches, has a long history of exploration. In Magdalenefjord you’ll discover cultural heritage: a whaling station from the 16th century, including a graveyard of whalers who died during the first “oil gold rush”. We arrive in the morning, and will make our first landing to come ashore and explore this wonderful Arctic wilderness. In this beautiful fjord we might even see polar bears, minke whales and bearded seals.
DAY 2 Discover two very different settlements *
After breakfast, you are invited to a guided sightseeing tour in Longyearbyen that includes visits to the Svalbard Museum and Gallery Svalbard. This fantastic museum is really worth a visit, as it will provide you with a great deal of background information on all that you will come experience on your expedition. Then its time to embark on the adventure and MS Nordstjernen. We sail south in Isfjorden until we reach the Russian settlement Barentsburg. This “company coal mining town” has been Russian since 1932, and is still home to about 500 people. Here you can explore the exotic collection of old Russian artefacts and architecture, join a folklore show or soak up the real Russian atmosphere in the local pub.
DAY 1 Coal mining history and Arctic nature *
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Longyearbyen. This Norwegian settlement is a unique little town. While the arctic environment is dominant, it is also a surprisingly cosmopolitan place, with art galleries, pubs, long wine lists at restaurants, stores and a mini-mall. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to the stress of modern day life and is a prime destination for adventure travellers. Reminders of the history and heritage of early coal miners can be seen everywhere. When Coal Mine number 1 was opened in the 1930’ s, the miners moved into flimsy two-story barracks. When World War II ravaged Europe, Svalbard was also impacted when Nybyen was set on fire in 1943. After the war, the miners moved back and into the newly built barracks. These “barracks” have been completely renovated to offer our guests a high standard of comfort. Spitsbergen Hotel was originally built as an accommodation and dining area for employees of Store Norske Spitsbergen Coal Company. It was also the company’ s official representational building. Its interior and architecture made it Longyearbyen’ s grandest construction. The hotel is preserved and decorated using its history. It's well worth walking through the corridors and public areas to look at the historical photographs and pictures, old maps and newspaper stories. Situated on "The Hill", it gives you great views of Longyearbyen, the Lars- and Longyear glacier. The hotel was constructed in 1947, but has been extensively refurbished over the years. You spend the night in one of these hotels.
* = Indicative
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MS Nordstjernen, the ship servicing Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B)

MS Nordstjernen

MS Nordstjernen is named after the North Star or Stella Polaris, famous for helping seafarers find their way back home and the Vikings to navigate the north

The ship was built to sail Norwegian Coastal Voyages in 1956 and extensively modernised in 2000 for exclusive Arctic sailing. Today she takes explorers on adventures in the waters around Spitsbergen. Despite modernisation, she still retains the aura of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendour with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original art. Out on deck you come extra close to the untouched nature of the Polar Arctic and with roofs over a lot of the deck space you can enjoy being outside, even in rough weather.

MS Nordstjernen is equipped with a dining room and bar, a café, a panorama lounge and a library. Inside you’ll find cosy interior and exterior cabins, the majority of which have upper and lower berths. All rooms and deck surfaces exhibit that old, beautiful wood.

Cabin layout for MS Nordstjernen
• Chance of seeing polar bears

• Cross 80° N and come ashore to explore the Arctic wilderness

• Experience the Midnight Sun (until 23 August), giving you 24 hours of daylight to discover Svalbard

• Expedition on board the nostalgic MS Nordstjernen
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