Cruises from Longyearbyen
Hurtigruten 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.
Local 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
In 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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