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Svalbard Islands (Arctic Norway)

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Region
Arctic - Antarctica

Local Time
2019-10-18 10:59

min: 20 °F (-7 °C) / max: 31 °F (-0 °C) 26°F
-3.3°C
Wind: 20°/ 5.3 m/s  Gust: 5.3 m/sWind: 20°/ 5.3 m/s  Gust: 5.3 m/sGentle breeze
5.3 m/s
Min / Max Temperature31 °F / -0 °C
20 °F / -6 °C

Svalbard (formerly Spitsbergen) is a Norwegian archipelago (island group) in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard is located north of mainland Europe, about midway between North Pole and mainland Norway. Svalbard has land area approx 61000 km2 (23560 ml2) and is dominated by Spitsbergen Island (over half of archipelago's land), followed by Nordaustlandet and Edgeoya. All settlements are on Spitsbergen, except two meteo outposts on Bjornoya and Hopen. Archipelago's total population is around 3,000 (including 439 Russians and Ukrainian, 10 Polish, 322 other non-Norwegians). Longyearbyen is Svalbard's administrative center and largest settlement.

Svalbard (Norway)

Administratively, Svalbard is not a part of any Norwegian county. However, it forms an unincorporated region administered by a Governor appointed by Norway's Government. Since 2002, Svalbard's main settlement (Longyearbyen) has a local government, similarly to mainland municipalities. Svalbard is the world's northernmost settlement with permanent civilian population. Other settlements located farther north are populated only by groups of rotating scientists/researchers. Next map of Svalbard Islands shows all cruise ports/destinations in the archipelago.

Svalbard map of cruise ports

The archipelago has Arctic climate, though with higher temperatures than other regions at the same latitude. Its flora take advantage of the midnight sun to compensate for polar nights. Svalbard is the breeding ground for plenty of seabirds, and also features reindeer, Arctic fox, polar bears, and certain marine mammals. 23 nature reserves and 7 national parks cover 2/3 of the archipelago, protecting the untouched, natural environment. Nearly 60% of Svalbard archipelago is covered with glaciers. The islands feature many fjords and mountains. No roads connect Svalbard's settlements. Snowmobiles, boats and aircraft serve inter-community transport. Longyear, Svalbard Airport, serves as archipelago's main gateway.

Jan Mayen Island and Svalbard are assigned ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code SJ. These areas are administered by Norway, even though they are separated by over 500 nautical miles distance (600 ml / 950 km) and have different administrative structures.

Cruising season runs late-April through late-September. For season 2019, Svalbard was visited by cruise ships ~300 times, with nearly 20,000 tourists. Most vessels are smaller-sized expedition ships, among which MS Expedition (G-Adventures), MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen and MS Fridtjof Nansen (Hurtigruten), L'Austral and Le Boreal (Ponant), Scenic Eclipse (Scenic), Hanseatic Nature (Hapag-Lloyd), Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer (Silversea). Season's largest liner was MSC Preziosa (at Longyearbyen on June 23, port stay 8 am-10pm). For Longyearbyen is planned the construction of a new floating pier.

Effective January 1, 2020, NMA (Norwegian Maritime Authority) has new rules for passenger shipping in Svalbard. The regulations require all vessels to comply with IMO's Polar Code - January 2017-enforced International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, which is mandatory under both SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) maritime conventions. NMA's new rules apply to both Norway- and foreign-flagged vessels navigating in Svalbard's waters. Ships without SOLAS-issued "Passenger Ship Safety Certificate" were granted with a 5-year period for the shipowner companies to schedule drydock refits for necessary vessel conversions and machinery modifications.

Statistics show that Svalbard Islands are visited by more and more cruise passengers. In 2008, 28 cruise liners brought nearly 29,000 tourists. In 2018, 15 liners brought nearly 46,000 tourists. Smaller-sized expedition ships in 2008 were 24 (with ~10,000 tourists) and in 2018 - 59 (with 21,000 tourists).

Port Svalbard Islands cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Svalbard Islands, Arctic Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
2 June, 2019
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
3 June, 2019
Monday
Compagnie du Ponant Cruises cruise lineL'Austral
8 June, 2019
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
9 June, 2019
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
10 June, 2019
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
10 June, 2019
Monday
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cruises cruise lineHanseatic Nature
11 June, 2019
Tuesday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
12 June, 2019
Wednesday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
14 June, 2019
Friday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
15 June, 2019
Saturday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
15 June, 2019
Saturday
Compagnie du Ponant Cruises cruise lineL'Austral
16 June, 2019
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
16 June, 2019
Sunday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
17 June, 2019
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
18 June, 2019
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
18 June, 2019
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
19 June, 2019
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
20 June, 2019
Thursday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
20 June, 2019
Thursday
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cruises cruise lineHanseatic Nature
21 June, 2019
Friday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
21 June, 2019
Friday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
22 June, 2019
Saturday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
22 June, 2019
Saturday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
23 June, 2019
Sunday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
23 June, 2019
Sunday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
24 June, 2019
Monday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
24 June, 2019
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
25 June, 2019
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
25 June, 2019
Tuesday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
25 June, 2019
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
26 June, 2019
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
26 June, 2019
Wednesday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
26 June, 2019
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
27 June, 2019
Thursday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
28 June, 2019
Friday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
28 June, 2019
Friday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
28 June, 2019
Friday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
29 June, 2019
Saturday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
29 June, 2019
Saturday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
29 June, 2019
Saturday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
30 June, 2019
Sunday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse
30 June, 2019
Sunday
Silversea Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud
30 June, 2019
Sunday
Small Cruise Lines Cruises cruise lineMS Expedition
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