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Cruises from Longyearbyen

Overnight cruises

photoHurtigruten offers Spitsbergen adventure cruises  during the sumer months. During the voyage, you'll see glaciers and arctic wildlife, visit the settlements of Barentsburg and Ny Ålesund, and make shore landings in places that big cruise ships can't reach.

See our archived MS Nordstjernen cruise review, which includes a 114-page day-by-day photo diary.

Day and evening boat trips

Spitsbergen Travel offers boat trips to the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg and the Esmark glacier, Pyramiden and the Nordenskiöld glacier, and other locations. These normally run from June to September.

photoLocal trips by open boat are another possibility. See our article on a PolarCirkel boat trip (complete with flotation suit) to the bird cliffs of Fuglefellet.

Other cruising opportunities

photoIn a typical year, several dozen cruise ships, expedition ships, and icebreakers call at Longyearbyen during the navigation season. (I took this photo of a Cunard cruise liner when it was anchored off Longyearbyen.)

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Longyearbyen tourist information:
History, background
Sights, excursions
Cruises, boat trips
Hotels, guesthouses, camping
Arrival and departure
Planning tips, Web links
Photos with captions

Related articles:
Bird Cliffs of Spitsbergen - Fuglefjellet boat trip
MS Nordstjernen - Spitsbergen Adventure Cruise