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Hurtigruten To Send Extra Ship to Spitsbergen

Hurtigruten has announced they will be sending an extra ship to Spitsbergen next year due to increased interest in the region as a result from the BBC’s popular series, Frozen Planet.

The ship Ms Nordstjernen will sail from June to August 2012 offering a total of 21 five and six day itineraries along the west coast of Spitsbergen. The ship will join Hurtigrutens newest ship Ms Fram that will also be sailing the region in the summer.

Spitsbergen is an archipelago that lies just 1200km from the North Pole and is home to an abundance of marine life and the magnificent polar bear. Guests onboard the Polar Encounter voyage will visit unique places such as the Russian coal mining town, Barentsbury and the Ny Alesund research station. Excursions will include exploring giant ice sculptures and visits to local museums, although the main highlight of the voyage is the chance to encounter some of the world’s most unique wildlife such as the polar bear and the walrus.

Ms Nordstjernen was built in 1956 as a working ship but was renovated in the 1980s and turned into a 400 passenger ship. It sailed between 1994-2009 around the Svalbard Achipelago and has since been sailing the Norwegian coastline. It’s debut voyage to Spitsbergen will be on 7th June 2012.

Read More: Polar Encounter Voyage, Hurtigruten