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MS Spitsbergen

2009 (refurbished in 2016)
100.54 m/ 330 ft
Gross Tonnage
7,344 gt
18.0 m/ 59 ft
Cruising Speed
18 knots
Country Regions
Norwegian Fjords, Arctic / North Pole

Ship Overview

Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´. MS Spitsbergen cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.

After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel´s fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and we plan further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

Expedition team on board

MS Spitsbergen has its own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team host a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´ (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

Our dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage.

  • Expedition Team
  • Explorer bar
  • Panoramic lounge – Explorer lounge
  • Compass Service Centre
  • Brygga bistro
  • Shop
  • Torget main dining
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Lift
  • Hot tub
  • Guest launderette
  • Panoramic deck 8
  • Outside bar for events, decks 7 & 8

Staterooms / Suites

  • Expedition Suite Owner's Suite Upper Deck (MX)
  • Expedition Suite Grand Suite Upper Deck (MG)
  • Expedition Suite Mini Suite for 2 travelers (Q2)
  • Arctic Superior Upper Deck (QJ)
  • Arctic Superior Cabin Outside Cabin (P2)
  • Arctic Superior Cabin Outside Cabin (U2)
  • Polar Cabin Inside (K)
  • Polar Superior Cabin Inside (K4)
  • Polar Outside Lower Deck (A2)
  • Polar Outside Middle Deck (AJ)
  • Polar Outside Middle Deck (J3)
  • Polar Cabin Outside (O2D)


Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship.
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Television
  • Air-conditioning
  • Large windows
  • In-room phone
  • Double bed
  • Twin beds
  • In-room safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries
  • Storage space
  • Reading lamp
  • Bottled water
  • Writing desk
  • Mini-fridge
  • Balcony
  • Sofa
  • Lounge area
  • Amazing view
  • Entertainment system
  • Towels
  • Coffee maker
  • Power Outlets
  • Outside cabin

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Experience delicious authentic Norwegian cuisine and eat like a true local with Hurtigruten’s unique dining concept, Norway's Coastal Kitchen. Guaranteeing seasonal, fresh food from the local area, the talented chefs enjoy telling the story of the local area through their delicious dishes. Breakfast and lunch are catered for with an extensive buffet, while three-course dining is on offer for evening meals.