The largest of the Svalbard islands
Tundras, glacial moraines and dark beaches
A heaven for nature lovers

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Surreal scenes

An MSC cruise of Northern Europe will take you to the wildest areas of the north-west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard islands.
Here the sea penetrates the hinterland for eight kilometres, amidst mountains of black granite always covered with snow and glaciers like the Waggonwaybreen which lunges towards the sea to close the bay or like the Gullybreen that instead descends down to the Gullybukta bay.

In Magdalenefjorden the atmosphere is surreal as your cruise ship penetrates a territory of tundras, glacial moraines and dark sand beaches, ice and even icebergs. However, a cruise in the Magdalenefjorden is made even more pleasant by the mitigating effects of the Gulf Stream that ends its influence right here: the North Pole is just 600 miles away, just 200 more than the distance between the Svalbard and the Norwegian coast.

A base for whale hunting in the 17th century, this remote outpost has been inhabited for centuries in extreme conditions, as testified by the discovery of four blubber furnaces and 130 tombs dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Today a protected location, the Magdalenefjord is a haven for nature lovers: bird fauna is rich and fascinating. Here you can see Ross polar seagulls, black guillemots, arctic terns, marine magpies, arctic petrels just to mention some.

Besides the dangerous but fascinating polar bear (there are set safety rules to follow scrupulously when visiting these wild areas) other animals that you find here are the polar moose, the arctic fox and the walrus. And if you’re in the right season you can also see the flowering of the Svalbard poppy in its characteristic yellow or white version.

Must see place in Magdalenefjord

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The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

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