My Arctic adventure with Hurtigruten’s Svalbard Express

Exploring Svalbard

The Svalbard Express from Hurtigruten Norwegian shipping line is back – and last week I was on only its third ever sailing for 40 years. This iconic route up the Norwegian coast to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle originally ran between 1968 to 1982 and has just been reinstated in Hurtigruten’s 130th anniversary year, travelling from Bergen in south Norway all the way up the coast to Honningsvag on the North Cape.

The ship then crosses more than 500 miles of the Barents Sea to the archipelago of Svalbard, calling in at Longyearbyen – Svalbard’s largest town – and then onto the world’s most northerly settlement, Ny-Alesund, at 78 degrees north, before heading back south.