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ABOVE: A panoramic view of the Monaco Glacier
in the Liefdefjord.
Planning your cruise
Hurtigruten now offers several different Spitsbergen cruises, including an
itinerary that circumnavigates the island. All voyages are aboard the
MS Fram, a 318-passenger ship that was designed for Arctic and
Hurtigruten also owns
Spitsbergen Travel, which is
the leading travel agency and expedition outfitter in Svalbard. This makes it
easy to buy a standard or customized package that includes the cruise, air
travel from your home city to Svalbard Airport Longyear, hotels in Oslo and
Longyearbyen, and optional add-ons.
If you're coming from any distance, I'd strongly
urge you to do more than just the cruise. For example, you could combine the
cruise with a vacation on the Norwegian mainland: Fly to
Oslo, take the scenic train ride
to Bergen, and catch a Hurtigruten cruise ferry to
which has frequent air service to Longyearbyen.
Bring a good pair of
binoculars, which will make it much easier to view whales, seals, polar
bears, and other wildlife. (I can't emphasize this point enough--instead of
seeing a bear as a spec or a blob, you'll be able to look the animal in the
This international portal has links to Hurtigruten's national sites in
Norway, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, and the USA.
Related articles with photos at
Europe for Visitors:
Day-by-day cruise photo diary
"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post
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Venice for Cruisers
Getting to or from your ship,
hotels for cruisers, the Marittima and San Basilio piers, and more.
Trains to and
from the port, plus a 35-page
Civitavecchia city and port guide.
From Durant and Cheryl Imboden:
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