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The Svalbard Express – Full Voyage

Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Norway
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A New Nordic Svalbard Adventure

The Svalbard Express is a nostalgic voyage back to the northernmost reaches of the world, bathed in the light of Norways midnight sun.

The return of The Svalbard Express showcases the best of then and now. Our ground-breaking spirit. Remote hamlets and Historic ports. Rarely visited islands. Pristine Arctic wilderness prowled by polar bears and sea eagles.


  • – Embark on a sumptuous, nostalgic voyage along the Norwegian coast up to the edge of the world to the Svalbard archipelago in the High Arctic and back

  • – Enjoy life aboard exceptionally designed MS Trollfjord, freshly refurbished in 2023 with the finest materials and ship craftsmanship

  • – Visit a variety of charming coastal communities on mainland Norway and on Svalbard and take your pick from authentic, locally run optional excursions

  • – Experience variations of summer the length of Norway, basking in 24 hours of daylight from the glorious Midnight Sun at the height of the season


This is our historic voyage from 1968, sailing to the edge of the world, revived for the modern traveller. Youll journey in comfort aboard beautiful MS Trollfjord, sailing along the scenic Norwegian coast north to Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbards islands.

The Svalbard Express  - Full Voyage

DAY 1 : Bergen

On your way to Norway

If youve time before boarding the ship, take the opportunity to explore the city of Bergen. The historic core of the city is home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen quarter. There, you can wander down charming cobblestone streets and peruse local boutique shops. Across from Bryggen, youll find the fish market, which cooks up fresh and delicious seafood dishes to feast on.

With Bergen being the start point for many Norwegian Coastal Express voyages for generations, the stylish guest lounge at the pier is exclusive for our guests. You can sample finger-food from our Norways Coastal Kitchen or talk to staff about securing a spot on any optional excursions still available.

Once weve welcomed you aboard, youll meet your ships Coastal Experience team, who will be your hosts and guides to the Norwegian coastline and Svalbard. Get acquainted with your shipmates, and take some time to get comfortable in your new home-away-from-home.

Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colourful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea.


DAY 2 : Bergen

Sailing The Svalbard Express

After waking up in your hotel, you might have a bit of time in the early morning to explore more of Bergen before a transfer meets you at your hotel to bring you to our comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal.

With Bergen being the start point for many Norwegian Coastal Express voyages for generations, the stylish guest lounge here is exclusive for our guests. You can sample finger-food from our Norways Coastal Kitchen or talk to staff about securing a spot on any optional excursions still available.

Once weve welcomed you aboard, youll meet your ships Coastal Experience team, who will be your hosts and guides to the Norwegian coastline and Svalbard. Get acquainted with your shipmates, and take some time to get comfortable in your new home-away-from-home.

Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colourful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea.


DAY 3 : ndalsnes

Alpine village by the fjord

Located along Isfjord at the end of Romsdalsfjord, ndalsnes is our first port of call. After docking in the morning in the town centre, youll get the chance to explore this picturesque coastal town, home to about 2,000 people.

From 1838 until 1964, the village of ndalsnes served as the administrative centre of the old municipality of Grytten, during which time it had to be completely rebuilt after an attack during World War II. Now, ndalsnes is a modern town with its own local newspaper, in one of Norways most stunning natural locations.

The literal highlights of ndalsnes are the mountains that tower over the town. Experience the Norwegian concept offriluftsliv a love of the outdoors through a variety of activities, such as hiking to Rampestreken viewpoint.

For a more sedate way to take in the sights, sit back for a relaxing ride on the Romsdal Gondola or travel the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus. Whichever activities you choose, this day will bring you the best views of Isfjord and Romsdalsfjord, and the surrounding peaks.

DAY 4 : Trna

Norways oldest fishing community

Well sail along the coast of the Helgeland region in the morning. When you see islands rising out of the water in the distance, youll know were almost at our next destination.

Trna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle, 33 nautical miles northwest of the mainland. Made up of around 500 islands, islets and skerries, with only four inhabited year-round, Trna is a quiet municipality, with birdlife thriving on the mostly uninhabited isles.

Though small, this archipelago has a long history, with archaeological finds indicating that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Some of these ancient relics have been found in a cave on the island of Sanna, which is now used as a venue for an annual music festival.

Spend the afternoon in one of Norways oldest fishing communities. If weather permits, you might be able to enjoy such activities as hiking and biking, or even island hopping.

With a large population of Sea Eagles, birdwatching is another activity you wont want to miss. For a truly authentic experience, step into the age-old shoes of a Norwegian fisherman, and cast a line under the summer sun.

When its time to leave in the evening, take some time to rest onboard and unwind. Well cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little Norwegian ceremony.

DAY 5 : Stokmarknes

Birthplace of The Norwegian Coastal Express

Spend a full day in Vesterlen, an archipelago just northeast of Lofoten. This island chain is the namesake of our very first Coastal Express ship to sail Norways rugged coastline in 1893.

Well dock in the historic town of Stokmarknes. This town holds a special place in our hearts, being the birthplace of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express. Today, we go right back to where it all began.

In 1893, in this very town, shipping pioneer Richard With founded the Original Coastal Express, revolutionising coastal passenger travel, as well as Norwegian shipping. Before long, Hurtigruten had become a lifeline for Svalbard and Norways other remote communities, boosting their economy by carrying exports to and from the ports.

Stokmarknes is therefore a fitting location for a museum that immortalises our inspiring legacy. Hurtigrutemuseet can be found along the waterfront, where our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly stands encased in a glass building. Here, youll find archives, photographs, and artefacts displayed throughout a range of interactive exhibitions. On a guided tour, youll be immersed in the atmosphere of a different era as you explore the retired vessel.

Besides visiting the museum, you may be able to enjoy hiking and other activities on the islands. Go on a RIB tour to Raftsundet, or a Sea Eagle safari in the fjord that gave your ship MS Trollfjord its name.

DAY 6 : Troms

Gateway to the Arctic

Troms is Northern Norways urban Arctic hotspot, boasting impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the worlds northernmost university. Rich in polar history, it makes for a natural stopping point before we go further north and into the High Arctic.

This modern city has a long legacy, with artefacts being found nearby that date back to the Ice Age. The city grew in importance after being declared a kjpstad, or market town in 1794, despite only being home to 80 people. It became a centre of Arctic hunting in the mid-1800s, and by the end of the 19th century, Troms was an established Arctic trade centre.

We aim to dock here in the morning, giving you a whole day to explore this historic Arctic city and its surroundings. Take your pick from a number of optional excursions. Learn more about the culture and polar history of Troms on a city walk. Or go watch graceful seals at the Polaria centre, one of the worlds northernmost aquariums where you can see various species of Arctic marine life up close.

There may also be an option to visit the striking Arctic Cathedral which has an impressively large multi-coloured stained-glass window. Or towering over Troms is Storsteinen Mountain, accessible via Fjellheisen Cable Car for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains, and fjords.


DAY 7 : Honningsvg

At the top of Europe

Around mid-morning, we arrive at Honningsvg, the northernmost city in mainland Norway. Honningsvg is a fairly young city, having only been declared as such in 1996, and it remains one of Norways smallest cities today.

You have several optional excursions to pick from here. These could include king crab fishing, meeting anindigenousSmi family, birdwatching, or a guided tour of what life is like at 71N.

Honningsvg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the famed northernmost point of Europe. The plateau stands 307 metres above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the geographical North Pole. Take a moment to gaze out across the sea from a top the soaring cliffs, watching the waves crash against the rocks below.

Standing proudly on top of one of the cliffs is an iconic globe monument which invites all visitors to take a quick selfie. Selfie sorted, youll also want to visit North Cape Hall, which has a variety of exhibits and a short film that tells of the capes history.

Sailing away from Honningsvg, well enjoy dramatic views of the plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea, leaving mainland Norways coast far behind us.

DAY 8 : At sea around Bjrnya

Between Norway and Svalbard

The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, Bjrnya sits just past the halfway point between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. Well be viewing this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure.

Upon seeing the island, you might notice the lack of trees, and even bushes. Very little grows here, with the land partly being covered only by a layer of moss and lichen. Whatever does grow here is fertilised by the abundant birdlife that nests on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture Little Auks, Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Northern Fulmars flying over dramatic cliff tops and steep slopes, alongside many other seabird species.

Contrary to its name, which means Bear Island, the only native mammals are Arctic foxes. The island was named after a polar bear was spotted swimming in the waters nearby, but this is an unlikely sight this far south.

Aboard the ship, you can learn about Bjrnyas history through polar history lectures. You might find out about the historic expeditions that led to its discovery, and the subsequent claims that various countries have made to the island. Discover the strategic importance of this unreachable sanctuary, and the role Bjrnya played in World War II.

Sailing on from Bjrnya, continue to make use of MS Trollfjords various onboard facilities to relax, such as the sauna, fitness room, or outside hot tubs. There will also be a photography workshop today to get your camera eye and lens in focus to best capture the wildlife and wilderness awaiting us in Svalbard.

DAY 9 : Longyearbyen

At the edge of the world

Today, we arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and make our way up to Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening under the summer sun.

Take a moment to just be here, now, in Svalbard. Youre at a latitude more than 78N and under 820 miles / 1,500 kilometres from the North Pole itself. The air of this Arctic desert is fresh and pure, and temperatures in summer average between zero and eight degrees Celsius thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream.

We find Longyearbyen nestled on the banks of a sweeping, large fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the worlds northernmost settlement with a population greater than 1,000.

Home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world, it originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travellers, as well as scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.

Spend some time strolling around the town, admiring its collection of galleries, pubs, restaurants, brewery, and the notable North Pole Expedition Museum. Youll also have a number of optional excursions to pick from that bring you into the awe-inspiring landscapes surrounding Longyearbyen. Ever tried dog sledding without snow? This is your chance.

DAY 10 : Ny-lesund

Science on the Arctic frontier

As we sail from Longyearbyen, youll want to be up early to enjoy impressive views of Kongsfjord, one of the largest fjords in the area. Its entrance is guarded by twocolossalcreaking glaciers that regularly deposit ice into the fjord.

This stretch is also a good place to look out for walrus basking on the shores and for many different species of migrating birds, including puffins, king eiders, pink-footed geese, and guillemots.

Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land while the white beluga whale has been known to surface in the waters here too. If were very lucky, we might even see a polar bear prowling the coast for bearded and ringed seals.

At the tip of Brgger peninsula, on one of Kongsfjords shores, is Ny-lesund. Like Longyearbyen, it began as a coal mine but became host to scientific stations from the mid 20th century. During the summer, there are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20 glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries.

Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world, drop in at the local bar and souvenir shop, or send afar-flungpostcard back to friends and family from the small post office.

You can also take a guided tour of the Amundsen monument, erected here in honour of the great Norwegian explorers record-breaking flight to reach the North Pole in 1926. Amundsen flew the airship Norge from Ny-lesund and landed in Alaska three days later, successfully doing so via the North Pole.

DAY 11 : At sea

Leaving Svalbard

Unfortunately, its time for us to say farewell to Svalbard and to Spitsbergen. If time allows, as we sail south back to mainland Norway, we might be able to detour to Recherchefjord, a small fjord to the south of Bellsund.

On board the ship, use the day to relax. If skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun out on deck and keep on the lookout for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Or if its not too warm out, head to the sauna for a soothing steam.

For some fascinating insights into local history and wildlife, catch a lecture delivered by the Coastal Experience Team. They may also offer a photography workshop to help sharpen your eye to capture stunning shots in the days to come.

Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our Norways Coastal Kitchen concept that features the finest, most flavoursome, local Norwegian produce. As a treat, there might be tastings of regional specialities or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in the show kitchen.

You can also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing together about your favourite experiences of the voyage so far.

DAY 12 : Troms and Senja

Exploring Little Norway

Weve arrived back to mainland Norway and our first stop of the day is Troms. The ship will drop off any cargo from Svalbard and pick up cargo bound for ports to the south.

Calling back into Troms after being up at Svalbard follows in the footsteps of history. Most explorers and sailors returning from their Arctic expeditions would descend on the city. The fashion and food they found there seemed so stylish and refined compared to the stark frontier towns that they nicknamed Troms the Paris of the North. Maybe youll have a similar impression?

From Troms, the ship will continue south to the fairytale island of Senja, one of Norways largest islands. Youll be able to embark on optional excursions in Troms that will then meet up with the ship in Senja. One we recommend is a scenic tour that traverses the island of Kvalya leading to a ferry ride to Senja, before rendezvousing with the ship on the islands west side.

Senja is Northern Norways fast-rising star destination, as youd expect for a place ranked among CNNs top ten most beautiful islands in the world. Often proudly described by locals as a mini Norway, the island seems to have a concentration of landscapes inspired by different parts of the Norwegian coast.

Youll have a range of optional excursions on offer in Senja, showing you the best the island has to offer. These could be hikes to distinctive peaks for enviable views, fishing trips, or kayaking on the waters of a tranquil fjord.


DAY 13 : Svolvr

Fall in love with Lofoten

Today is all about exploring the Lofoten archipelago. Hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of Norway, youll understand why as you see its jagged green cliffs rise dramatically out of the ocean, climbing high into the sky like giant teeth.

Pretty fishing villages appear as strings of red-roofed houses on stilts that cling picturesequely to the edges of mountainous islands. Here and there, single fishermen huts known locally as rorbuer dot the islands, specks of red amidst a ceylon blue sea and the lush mountainside greens.

Youll find that life in Lofoten is supremely calm and peaceful. Time seems to stand still here, as if stopped in its tracks by the islands sheer beauty.

The beating heart of the archipelago is the town ofSvolvrwhere the ship will be based for most of the day. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy,and hours can be spent exploring and getting to know the town yourself.

To experiencethe mountains, islands, and villages that can be discovered aroundSvolvr, youll have a variety of handpicked topLofotenexcursions that will help you do just that.

Engage in an optional hike to one of the local white-sand beaches where you can help us in a beach clean-up before going for a swim. Dont worry about having to choose between a mountain hike and kayaking either. With the long summer days, you might be able to do both, giving you the best of sea and summit.

DAY 14 : Brnnysund

Highlights of the Helgeland Coast

The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of distinctive mountains that have inspired many a charming myth and local folklore.

We will base the ship in the town of Brnnysund which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870. Spend your time exploring the town or joining optional excursions such as kayaking, cycling, or a cruise by RIB.

One highlight of the area is a visit to the Vega archipelago, a cluster of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. Theres a UNESCO world heritage centre on the island of Gardsy which showcases how highly prized eider down is harvested from the local eider ducks by providing little huts for them to build their nests in.

Further along from Brnnysund is the unique Torghatten Mountain. The first thing youll notice about Torghatten is the hole that pierces right through its centre. Legend states that the hole is the work of an arrow fired by a spurned troll at his would-be lover and that Torghatten Mountain itself is the fossilised hat of a Troll King who attempted to block the arrow.

At an easy pace, it takes about an hour to reach the hole in Torghatten on an optional excursion. The panoramic view of the trees and islands stretching out before you is well worth it.

DAY 15 : lesund and Urke

Secret of the Sunnmre Alps

The ship will make a brief stop in the town of lesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a peninsula below Mount Aksla. Well offload any cargo here as well guests who are joining excursions.

Near to lesund, cutting through the peaks of the Sunnmre Alps, some 1,700 metres high, is magnificent Hjrundfjord. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the Sunnmre Alps means it is the areas hidden gem and a secret from most other ships.

Those who do discover Hjrundfjord rank it as a serious contender for their favourite fjord in Norway. Its deep blue waters and verdant mountainsides seem perfectly proportionate and aligned, as if sculpted deliberately by natures artistry.

On the banks of one of Hjrundfjords branches is the idyllic village of Urke, made up of less than 40 residents. This is where the ship will pick up guests who had previously left the ship at lesund to go on an excursion.

We are fast approaching the last day of our voyage. While bittersweet, what better way to celebrate our Svalbard Express experience than a merry farewell dinner on our last night. Itll also be an opportunity to look back fondly at the many highlights of this journey weve all shared together.

DAY 16 : Bergen

Back where we began

We arrive back in Bergen in the morning. Its time to disembark the sip and take a transfer to the airport, but not before saying fond farewells to your fellow passengers and to the crew of MS Trollfjord who made your Svalbard Express journey such a comfortable one.

Youve travelled as part of this historic, iconic voyage to pieces of paradise along the Norwegian coast you wont soon forget. If youve engaged in optional excursions, will you have photos to share of you kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery ever seen?

We know youll take fond memories of the North Cape, Helgeland, Lofoten, Senja, Hjrundfjord, crossing the Arctic Circle, Troms, Bjrnya, Longyearbyen, and Ny-lesund home with you to make your friends and family green with envy.

This has been The Svalbard Express. We hope to see you back here on the Norwegian coast with us soon.