Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the world’s most northerly town; once your ship has docked, come ashore and admire the colourful wooden houses, visit the old church and gain a sense of place in the Svalbard museum and art galleries.

Cruise to the world’s most northerly town: visit Spitsbergen

MSC holiday cruises to the Nordics offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to visit some of the world’s most remote places and to witness some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
The wild islands of the Svalbard Jan Mayen archipelago off the northern tip of Norway are prime examples of this.

For nature lovers or keen photographers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding islands truly make for a memorable vacation. These beautiful rugged islands, with their glaciers and mountains, icebergs and bird cliffs, are located in the Arctic Ocean, just 600 miles from the North Pole.
Leave your luxury MSC cruise liner for the day and join one of our MSC excursion packages, to ensure you get the most out of this region and the best deals on key sights. Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen, is the world’s most northerly town; once your ship has docked, come ashore and admire the colourful wooden houses, visit the old church and gain a sense of place in the Svalbard museum and art galleries.

Trips such as whale watching, seal spotting and husky adventures are also available here. Polar bears are regular visitors; lucky travellers may spot walrus, too. Birdwatchers will delight in the colonies of little auks that reside here, and winter travellers may see native reindeer walking across the ice from island to island.

Cruise to Longyearbyen - Norway - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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LONGYEARBYEN Months
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 LYR02 - LIFE ON THE ARCTIC EDGE: HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN (approx. 2.5 / 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  As the capital of Svalbard – the Arctic archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole –Longyearbyen is the region’s principal city. And if it struck you that the town has a very English-sounding name, you’d be right – almost, anyway. In fact, the town was named after its founder, the American entrepreneur John Munro Longyear who set up Longyearbyen in 1906. After leaving the port, this tour takes you to Svalbard Church, the world’s northernmost place of Christian worship. Next up is Svalbard Museum, whose many natural exhibits and historical artefacts provide insight into life in the Arctic. Last on the list of highlights is a drive through the starkly beautiful Adventdalen valley to visit a husky farm, where a short introduction will be followed by a chance to meet the dogs and learn a little about the art of mushing before you head back to your ship.Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The visit of the museum will be unguided.

Price per person $111.00 Adults $78.00 Children

   


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 LYR03 - TREK TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Crisp Norwegian air, snow-capped peaks, plus a hike up to 327 metres above sea level are the main components of this enjoyable outdoor excursion. Make the journey your destination and give yourself half a day off the ship on a tour that teams a little invigorating exercise with a chance to experience some of the most beautiful, untamed and unspoiled scenery anywhere in the world. The effort you put in while climbing up the mountain will then be more than rewarded by breathtaking vistas of the city, the surrounding mountain ranges as well as Adventfjorden and Isfjorden at the top. Do bring your camera to capture this spectacular eye-candy for the album at home. A well-deserved rest then awaits you at the ship after your descent back down to the port. Please note: the tour involves walking on very steep and slippery ground. Participants must be physically fit as the tour involves hiking uphill on uneven ground. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. Guides available only in English. Due to the substantial hiking the tour entails, it is classified a grade 4 hike.

Price per person $124.00 Adults $124.00 Children

   


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 LYR04 - BECOME A FOSSIL HUNTER ON SARKOFAGEN MOUNTAIN (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  After leaving your ship to reach Nybyen – the part of Longyearbyen that began life as a settlement for miners working in the “Santa Claus Mine” – your hiking trip through the Arctic terrain up Mount Sarkofagen will begin. As you explore the wonderful landscape between the Lars and Longyear Glaciers en route to the moraine – a large accumulation of glacial debris – of the Longyear Glacier, you will have time to soak up the special atmosphere of the unspoiled surroundings and enjoy lovely views from your vantage point at 150 metres above sea level. And since glacial regions such as this provide excellent conditions for fossilisation to occur, this is also the perfect spot to discover the palaeontologist slumbering within you and try your luck at finding some plant fossils – a great memento to take back to the folks at home. The enjoyable outdoor tour comes to a scenic close with your return journey to the port and the comforts of your ship. Please note: the tour involves walking on steep and rough mountain tracks. Participants must be physically fit as the tour involves hiking uphill on uneven ground. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. Guides available only in English. The hiking lasts ca. 2 hours both ways on uneven a slippery ground.

Price per person $116.00 Adults $116.00 Children

   


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 LYR05 - A PANT IN THE COUNTRY: THE AMAZING DOG-SLED TOUR (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Keen as mustard, raring to go and sure-footed in traversing the terrain – and that’s just the handlers. Wait till you see the wagging tails and wet noses of the dogs that will take you on the sleigh ride of your life. Who needs Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen when you can have a pack of eager canines to pull you through the frozen landscape? All this can be yours when you join this tour, which begins with a short transfer to the kennels from where you will set off on your ride. Channel your inner ice maiden or Arctic prince as you wrap up warm against the cold and get set to enjoy the gorgeous scenery en route to Endalen. Apart from its abundance of lush vegetation, the region is also noted for its interesting mining history, of which the so-called “Mine 5” is a lasting reminder. Your tour of fabulous furry fun then comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Guests will be on a carriage pulled by the huskies.

Price per person $182.00 Adults $182.00 Children

   


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 LYR06 - SHORT-BUT-SWEET: SIGHTSEEING IN LONGYEARBYEN (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Designed to give you a quick taste of Longyearbyen’s main historical and cultural highlights as well as a look at the fascinating world of husky farming, this 2-hour tour begins with a visit to Svalbard Church, the world’s most northerly place of Christian worship. Next up is a visit to the husky farm; following an informative briefing at the farm, you will then be introduced to the dogs and learn a little about what dog mushing involves. Your return to the ship then brings your tour to a close. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 LYR07 - THE CALL OF THE WILD: A VISIT TO CAMP BARENTZ (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Beginning with a short coach drive out of Longyearbyen through the scenic Adventdalen valley, this tour gives you a chance to get away from it all for a few hours and learn a little about Longyearbyen’s exciting past at Camp Barentz, a winning blend of rustic buildings, Arctic wilderness and a pack of polar dogs. An interesting presentation will be given in the camp’s large gamme, a faithful if smaller reproduction of a traditional type of Norwegian building, after which you will meet the pack of friendly huskies. Your outing to the Arctic edge then comes to a close with your return to the cosy comforts of your ship. Please note: guides available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $107.00 Adults $75.00 Children

   


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 LYR08 - ARCTIC ADVENTURE: BOAT TRIP TO FUGLEFJELLA & HIORTHHAMN (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Don’t leave Longyearbyen without experiencing the exhilarating thrill of slicing through the frozen waters of the Arctic circle in a large purpose-built speedboat on a route that will take you through the Bjørndalen valley to Fuglefjella – or Bird Mountain – to see thousands of nesting seabirds. Leaving the jostling and squawking birds to roost, you will then continue on to the now abandoned mining town of Grumant – which existed only between 1912 and 1965 – before heading for Advent City and Hiorthhamn, two more ghost towns that once served the mining industry in the early 20th century. During your boat trip, fascinating tales about the old mining days will be told for your entertainment, while the Arctic scenery provides a captivating backdrop throughout the tour. Ending with your return to the ship, the tour promises to deliver lasting memories of the very best kind. Please note: the tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or who suffer with back or neck problems. You are recommended to wear woollen underwear, warm clothes, sturdy shoes, windproof outer and headwear, a woolly hat as well as warm gloves. We also suggest to wear the glasses provided in order to protect your eyes from the strong wind. Guides available only in English. This tour does not include stops in the towns and, in case of adverse weather conditions (much wind), can have a different route. The duration of the tour includes also the briefing.

Price per person $182.00 Adults $182.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.