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Setting sail from Longyearbyen
This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!
At the so called heart of the city, Huset has long been the centre for culture and community. Go there for great food and to sample one of the largest wine cellars in Europe!
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Barentsburg
The remote Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg, established on Norwegian sovereign territory as a result of the Svalbard Treaty signed in 1920, is a bleak and rather surreal place, a relic of the Soviet era where a bust of Lenin still stands in the main square and murals depicting heroic workers adorn the walls.
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Woodfjord
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Kongsfjorden
Kongsfjorden, the ‘Fjord of the King’, is situated on the west coast of Spitsbergen, and the former mining town of Ny Ålesund lies on its southern shore. The meeting of Arctic and warmer Atlantic waters creates a rich feeding ground for marine life including seals, walruses, whales and polar bears.
Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Ny Ålesund
Ny Ålesund is one of the northernmost permanently inhabited settlements in the world, on the remote and inhospitable northwest coast of Spitsbergen. Once an important coal mining centre, this tiny town is now mostly home to scientists and researchers studying the Arctic.
Arriving in Longyearbyen
Don’t die here – it’s illegal. There have been no new burials for over 70 years, because the permafrost prevents bodies from decomposing.
Your home from home
MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016 after an extensive renovation, and operates both the classic Norwegian coastal route and expedition voyages to Svalbard.
What we love
Calling at regular coastal route towns, MS Spitsbergen spends more time in port than other Hurtigruten vessels, allowing a little more time ashore. The ship's manoeuvrability and small size allows guests to get even closer to the stunning scenery that this part of the world is famous for.
|Style||MS Spitsbergen is relaxed and comfortable, accommodating a combination of tourists and Norwegians ferrying goods up and down the coast.|
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Where to stay in Longyearbyen
There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.
Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.