Our Arctic Explorer ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on an itinerary beyond the ordinary.
MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Spitsbergen archipelago. 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.
After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen re-joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel´s fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and we plan further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable. The ships carry goods, vehicles and passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life. The ships are calling at ports around the clock. You may expect some noise and vibration in a few cabins during loading of goods. This varies depending on the location of your cabin and the type of ship. Also, noise affects people differently and what may be a problem for one person may not be a problem for another. Please ask the reservation team for advice on the best cabin location for you.
Onboard dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations it is recommend the layered dress approach is taken. For all voyages it is advised you take breathable rain and wind proof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal underwear, during the winter icy months. On land where it may be icy, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful.
If you have a special request such as vegetarian, diabetic or gluten free please inform Hertigruten when booking and contact the Head Waiter when onboard. They will do their best to meet such requests but can not guarantee to do so.
The ship is suitable for wheelchairs. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the ship's gangway must be used to in order to embark/disembark wheelchairs. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require the use of a portable gangway, or during landings with Polarcirkel Boats, there is no possibility to use/take wheelchairs. Embarkation and disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq/ Greenland is by Polarcirkel boat and therefore any voyages starting and ending in Kangerlussuaq are not suitable for wheelchair users.
Hurtigruten ASA cannot accept children under the age of 5 to travel to Antarctica. There is no age restriction on any 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.
In accordance with Hurtigruten ASA requirement, all travellers to the Antarctica and North East Greenland must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. this form will be sent to you well in advance. The form must be filled out and personally delivered to the doctor upon embarkation. Boarding may be denied if these forms are not presented at the time of embarkation.
The Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.s.
The emphasis onboard is on relaxation and discovery, and not the commercial entertainment that is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hertigruten’s 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 musical entertainment onboard in the evenings.
The Main Lounge, also hosting daily multimedia presentations and professional lectures by expert scientists and wildlife experts.
The Observation Lounge has slanted windows which provide 270° scenery views. The lounge is served by its own full bar. The Lounge’s outdoor area is traditionally called “Passenger Bridge”.
A small shop onboard sells Hurtigruten branded merchandise, hand-made Norwegian souvenirs, toys, special occasion gifts.