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MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´. MS Spitsbergen cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.

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By Ian on 16/05/2022

This Western Isles cruise was greatly disrupted by poor weather and heavy seas. Thankfully the captain and his crew made the decision based on the forecast to use the best day to land on St Kilda. Ap...

Dining

On board we serve a buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner varies between buffets and set meals, all in accordance with your daily program. Meal times and type will be announced in the daily programme. In our main dining, the Head Waiter will assign tables prior to arrival. Information about table number and meal times will be in your cabin upon arrival. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements and dietary to your sales office/travel agent.

On the ships holding an A la Carte restaurant, our suite guests may eat their breakfast in a la carte style.

Soft drinksand the ship wine and beer is included for all meals (from April 2020). Coffee and tea is included throughout the day.

Torget Main Dining

Breakfast

An extensive breakfast buffet including hot dishes, cold cuts, fish, homemade smoothies, energy shots, yoghurt, granolas and fruit jams. Fresh bread, fruit, local cheeses and chef stations such as pancakes or salmon carving. Coffee/tea/juice/water included.

Lunch

Traditional husmannskost (traditional rustic dishes) from the region. Every day, a choice of one meat, one fish and one vegetarian main dish is served along with fresh bread and local cheese, and a wide selection of salads, vegetables, cold cuts, salmon, herring and other seafood. Homemade desserts and cakes are also available. Coffee/tea/water included.

Dinner

Enjoy the best of Norwegian farm-to-table dining with three-course dinners or buffets. The menu varies over an 11-day cycle, with a selection meat, fish or vegan dishes. Water included. Wine packages, local beverages and alcohol-free alternatives available.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Continental

Bryggen Bistro

Serving traditional husmannskost, soup of the day, fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches. Enjoy bistro dishes such as Hurtigruten’s signature burger and famous shrimp sandwich, sirloin steak, grilled salmon, locally-inspired pizza, desserts and sweet cakes. Juice, yoghurt with topping, soft drinks, local beverages and wine are also available.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Cafe

Entertaining

An expedition cruise with Hurtigruten is rigged towards maximizing your experiences of the places we are going to. On days when we are not landing we encourage you to spend as much time as possible out on deck. Join our educational talks and lectures at different locations on board. A travel experience is often much richer if you have knowledge and understanding about the nature, wildlife, culture and history of your destination.

Our Expedition Team will make sure you are well prepared for the experiences ahead of you. They will also re-capitulate and answer questions in hindsight. You will not find bingo, arcade games and entertainment theatres often found on conventional cruise ships. Our aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some light entertainment on board in the evenings.

Explorer Lounge

The main lounge, also hosting daily multimedia presentations and professional lectures by expert scientists and wildlife experts.

Features

  • Lounge

Observation Decks

The ship has spacious outdoor areas. They are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Features

  • Observation Point

Explorer Bar

Located on Deck 6.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge

Reception

The reception is located on deck 5.

Features

  • Reception

Shop

In our on board shop you can buy modern clothing suitable for Expedition cruis. Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly in polar areas. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing, and we focus fabrics with natural fibres. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards. In addition, we also stock a small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects.

Features

  • Shop
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Observation Lounge

The Observation lounges offer large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats. There will be binoculars for sale in the onboard shop.

Features

  • Lounge

Enrichment

Enjoy a lecture on the ship's deck or in one of the conference rooms and learn something new. You will be joined on the Norwegian coast and on expedition voyages by expert Expedition Teams, all hand-picked due to their knowledge and experience. They will give lectures and lead activities all designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the areas you're sailing in. Learn about the history, cultures and wildlife.

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Lectures

The ship’s experienced lecturers command an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which we sail. They will conduct, on a regular basis, lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology throughout the voyage. The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program.

Features

  • Lectures
  • Local Experience

Expedition Team

The onboard Expedition Team is composed of the Expedition Leader, the Assistant Expedition Leader, the Expedition Coordinator plus several lecturers and experts. Your Expedition Leader will regularly update you on the progress of the trip as well as the different points of interest and wildlife sightings that may occur. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on board. In the ships science center, you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book optional excursions and activities

Features

  • Expeditions

Shore Excursions

We offer a selection of excursions that can be pre-booked with only remaining places sold on board. We do advise that you book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment due to the excursion being fully booked. Please note that registration is binding and once on board the Expedition Team will advise you of booking deadlines for excursions still available.

Our excursions have English speaking guides unless otherwise indicated and other languages cannot be guaranteed. Excursions are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and dependent on number of participants. All expedition shore landings and small boat cruising during our call in Antarctica are included the program. All excursions are subject to availability.

Along with the optional excursions available to book, the Expedition Team also arrange a variety of activities during the voyage. These will depend on location and season, but may include hiking, small boat cruising, kayaking, snowshoeing or camping. A limited amount of kayaking is available for booking prior to select voyages, but all other activities are booked on board and subject to availability.

Features

  • Excursions

Kayaking

Features

  • Kayaks

Health and fitness

MS Spitsbergen offers a gym, sauna and outdoor hot tubs, available for all guests. All opening hours will be announced on board.

Fitness Centre

This modern gym is equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes, a rowing machine, a ping pong table, free weights.

Features

  • Gym

Sauna

Head to the sauna and relax in luxury.

Features

  • Spa
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Jacuzzis

Relax in the jacuzzis whilst floating past the scenery.

Features

  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi

Kids and teens

There is no age restriction on our other destinations∘. For safety reasons, children under 12 years of age will be considered on each landing. It is entirely at the Captain’s discretion to allow children∘ on shore landings.

There is a playroom available for children.

Young Explorer is a complimentary, year-round programme∘ on selected Hurtigruten ships for curious and active youth aged 7-13 years of age.

Accommodation

There is a wide range of comfortable cabins onboard, all with private bathrooms. You will be informed at check in when your cabin is ready for you. Please note that cabins on deck 5 with passenger access to outside areas may sometimes have an obstructed view due to other passengers walking past. Please ask the reservation team for advice on the best cabin location for you.

Expedition Suite - Owners suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites on the upper deck have a double bed, a separated seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, minibar, bathrooms with shower/WC, and a spacious private balcony. Please note that we have a wheelchair accessible cabin within this category, please contact us to book.

Features

  • Double
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite - Grand suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites on the upper deck have one large room, a seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, bathrooms with shower/WC, complimentary internet access, minibar and private balcony.

Features

  • Double
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite - Mini suite for 2 travellers

This mini suite for up to two people on lower deck have double bed, TV, window, and bathroom with shower/WC.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Arctic Superior - Upper deck for 2-4 travellers

These large, comfortable cabins for two or four people on the upper deck have double beds and bathrooms with shower and WC. Some cabins have four single beds also have upper and lower berths. They also have TV. The cabins have limited or no view.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Outside Arctic Superior cabin with double bed, TV and kettle. Window view is party obstructed.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Arctic Superior - Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Smaller Outside Arctic Superior cabin with double bed, TV, table and kettle.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside - Lower deck for 2 travellers

Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Upper and lower berths

Features

  • Twin
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Polar Outside - Middle deck for 2 travellers

These outside cabins for up to two people on the middle and upper decks have bathrooms with shower/WC, upper and lower berths, and a limited view.

Features

  • Twin
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Polar Outside - Middle deck for up to 3 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to three people on the middle deck have separate beds and bathrooms with shower/WC. The cabins have limited or no view.

Features

  • Twin
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside - Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Outside cabin with double bed, TV and window.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside - Inside cabin for 2 travellers

Inside cabin with double bed and TV for up to two people.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside - Larger inside cabin for 2 travellers

Spacious inside cabin with double bed and TV for up to two people.

Features

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside - Superior inside cabin for up to 4 travellers

Spacious inside cabin for four travellers, with one double bed and TV.

Features

  • Double
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Deck 8

  • Outdoor Explorer Deck
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Deck 7

  • Outdoor Hot Tubs
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Room
  • Inside Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Arctic Superior Cabins
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Deck 6

  • Explorer Lounge
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Arctic Superior Cabins
  • Expedition Suites (MG/MX)
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Deck 5

  • Torget Main Dining
  • Brygga Bistro
  • Compass Service Center
  • Explorer Bar
  • Outdoor Explorer Area
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Deck 4

  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Expedition Suites (Q)
  • Laundry
  • Gangway
  • Hospital
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Deck 3

  • Expedition Landing Deck