Svalbard / Spitsbergen

Summer Expedition Cruises & Winter Northern Lights Adventures

(Summer Cruise Offers and Winter Polar Playground Offers)

Located 600 miles north of mainland Norway and halfway to the North Pole, Svalbard is a group of islands that form the most northerly section of Norway. They are located between the Arctic, Barents, Greenland and Norwegian Seas, right on the edge of the ever frozen Arctic Ocean, where the warmer currents of the Gulf Stream meet the cold air and water from the north, Spitsbergen and the other islands in the Svalbard archipelago are a biological hot spot. Reining over this fragile food web is the top predator – the polar bear.  Discover more in the online brochure below which give you a guide to Svalbard, winter and summer, including the various excursions and accommodation options on offer.

Wild Wonders of Svalbard

Visiting Spitsbergen in Summer on a Hurtigruten Explorer or Silverseas Expedition voyage is the trip of a lifetime. It also offers you the best chance of seeing a polar bear. Svalbard is one of the few places in the world where the polar bear population is actually increasing, due in part to its strict protection regulations. Spitsbergen is above the Arctic Circle and therefore benefits from the Midnight Sun during the summer. This means 24 hours of sunlight to experience some of the most dramatic landscape on earth. The island is renowned for its magnificent fjords, calving glaciers and impressive mountains. Vast colonies of birds pocket the rugged cliffs. Seals and walrus haul out on rocky outcrops. Whales spout and breach before your eyes.The landings in Spitsbergen are exciting and safe. They include amazing wildlife and places of historical interest. The guides are experienced with in-depth knowledge of the areas sailed. Lectures are conducted on topics such as Biology, History and Geology throughout the trip.

You can read more about visiting Svalbard during the Summer in our Blog post.

Hurtigruten cruise itineraries are offered from May – September (click for more information, options and guide prices). The most popular are the 5 night packages which include 3 nights on board the classic MS Nordstjernen and explore the island of Svalbard.

There are longer itineraries, from 6 – 14 days on other ships, also available which take in more islands in the Spitsbergen archipelago. Hurtigruten has 3 cruise ships sailing in Svalbard / Spitsbergen during Summer 2020. MS Spitsbergen (max 243 passengers) was completely reconstructed prior to joining the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. She operates the longer itineraries. By contrast, MS Nordstjernen (max 130 passengers) is one of the oldest in the fleet but was extensively modernised in 2013. This gives her a classic aura of nostalgia and makes the short voyages particularly special. The hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen (max 530 passengers) was built in 2019 especially for Arctic and Antarctic expedition voyages.

Due to the varying flight schedules from Dublin during the Summer months, some dates will require extra nights in Oslo (or Tromso if you prefer) on the way home. Project Travel will create the entire package for you offering the best value and flight timings available, priced in Euro. We can usually offer better prices than Hurtigruten for travel from Ireland.

We are currently taking bookings for Summer 2020, 2021 & 2022.


Enjoy savings of up to 30% off Hurtigruten Explorer voyages around Svalbard between May and August 2020. Cruise itineraries range from 10-12 days, all on MS Spitsbergen.  Must be booked by 31 March 2020. Contact us for details on 01 210 8391.

In addition, there is no single supplement on the following Summer 2020 Hurtigruten Svalbard voyages.

Voyage: Norway & Spitsbergen – Hurtigruten Sportsman’s Route Exploration
Sailing Date:  23 April 2020
Duration:  14 days
Ship: MS Spitsbergen

Voyage: Svalbard – In the Realm of the Polar Bear
Sailing Date:  29 May 2020
Duration:  10 days
Ship: MS Spitsbergen

Subject to availability at time of booking.

Spitsbergen Svalbard Hurtigruten cruiseIn spite of its proximity to the North Pole, Spitsbergen has a relatively mild climate compared with other areas at the same latitude. The average temperatures in Longyearbyen are June 2ºC, July 6ºC and Aug 5ºC. These are 24-hour temperatures, average daytime temperatures will be higher.

Several Svalbard cruise itineraries also include visits to various ports of call in Iceland, while others focus exclusively on this mystical neighbouring island. Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcanoes side by side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers and impressive waterfalls. You will see a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, always accompanied by Hurtigruten’s knowledgeable Expedition Team. Enjoy hikes through lava fields, breathe the fresh Icelandic air, swim in natural hot spas, visit one of the many museums or simply walk around on your own and chat with the locals.

Find out more about life on board and itineraries on offer in Spitsbergen / Svalbard in  2020, 2021, 2022 by viewing the online brochures below
(NB: prices in these brochures are shown in sterling and are for voyage only).
Then give Project Travel a call on 01 – 210 8391.

Explorer Voyages 2020-21

Hurtigruten offers an October – February winter Northern Lights land based itinerary to Spitsbergen where, thanks to the Polar Night (24 hours of total darkness between 14 November and 29 January), you can hunt for the Northern Lights all day long!

In winter, Svalbard is hidden under a soft cover of snow. The landscape is endlessly white, wild and beautiful. Longyearbyen, the largest town on Spitsbergen (the largest of the Svalbard islands), is your cosy base. There are several accommodation options and multiple excursions to choose from including snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice caving at the Lars Glacier.


Package Includes:

  • Return flights Dublin / Longyearbjen including taxes.
  • One 20kg checked bag per person.
  • 2 hotel nights (one before, one after Svalbard) in Oslo, Tromso, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on flight schedules)
  • Return airport transfers in Svalbard (and if overnighting in Tromso).
  • 3 nights B&B at the boutique Funken Lodge
  • A wilderness evening including dinner at Camp Barentz
  • Full information pack
  • Option to add extra excursions and activities

Please Note: Funken Lodge is closed in January 2020.

Package Includes:

  • Return flights Dublin / Longyearbjen including taxes.
  • One 20kg checked bag per person.
  • 2 hotel nights (one before, one after Svalbard) in Oslo, Tromso, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on flight schedules)
  • Return airport transfers in Svalbard (and if overnighting in Tromso).
  • 3 nights B&B at the central Radisson Blu Hotel
  • Dog sledding Northern Lights safari
  • Full information pack
  • Option to add extra excursions and activities

Both packages cost from €1595 per person sharing.

Single supplement on request.

Print out a flyer for this offer.


These packages work best departing Dublin on Thursdays and returning on Tuesdays. Travel over Christmas week is difficult due to changes in flight schedules.

Optional Activities include:

  • Snowmobile Safari (from 20 Nov) – €200 pp
  • Northern Lights Hunt by Snowcat (from 20 Nov) – €88 pp
  • Dog Sledding Northern Lights Safari (from 01 Nov) – €166 pp
  • Beer Tasting in Svalbard Brewery – €48 pp
  • Visit to Coal Mine #3 – €80 pp
  • Northern Lights Evening in Camp Barentz – €127 pp

In ‘Light Winter’, between March and mid-May, when the sun is returning, the focus is off the Northern Lights and it’s time for the “snow, fun and sun” packages in this polar playground. Ask us for details.

You can also combine a classic winter coastal voyage in Norway with a 3 day stay in Longyearbyen. Check out details in the online Explorer Voyage brochures then contact Project Travel on 01 – 210 8391 to book.

Image credits: Geir A Manum, Hurtigruten, Nina Bailey
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