Europe for Visitors - Home
Home  Main Index Tour Europe by Ship About Us


Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway
Page 4
Continued from page 3

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

The MS Langøysund operates day cruises to the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg and the Esmark glacier, day cruises to Pyramiden and the Nordenskiöld glacier, and evening cruises to the Tempelfjord and the Tuna- and Von Post glaciers. 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.)

Next page: Hotels, guesthouses, and camping

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

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

"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post


Our most popular topics:

  • Europe (Index)
  • Paris
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Germany
  • Cruises in Europe

Partner ad:

Auto Europe Car Rental

Need a car for a longer trip?

Short-term Car Leasing
If you live outside the EU, a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance.


More travel advice: