Water activity

Longyearbyen: Cruise to Billefjorden & Nordenskiöld Glacier

4.6 / 5

37 reviews

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS

Longyearbyen: Cruise to Billefjorden & Nordenskiöld Glacier

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS

From US$ 261.85 per person

Sail through the powerful Billefjord and marvel at Nordenskiöld Glacier on a hybrid-electric catamaran cruise. Enjoy panoramic views, an expert guide, glaciers, and wildlife.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Norwegian
Pickup included
Please be ready at your selected pickup point on time. The driver is not able to wait for latecomers. Pickup is only included from the 4 listed locations.


  • Sail past historical areas including Skansbukta and Pyramiden
  • Cruise across Isfjord and admire panoramic views from the catamaran
  • Visit Nordenskiöld Glacier and be amazed by the sound of the ice
Full description

Take a cruise to Nordenskiöld Glacier on an eco-friendly catamaran trip, with lunch included. During the trip, your knowledgeable onboard guides will share the history of the area with you, and point out sites of interest and any wildlife they may spot along the way. See the highlights and listen to expert commentary as you speed across Isfjord towards the ghost town. Once you have entered the Billefjord, scenic highlights will be seen from the ship, including the picturesque Skansbukta, the ghost town of Pyramiden, and the towering mountains carved by prehistoric glaciers. With the hybrid electric capacity of the ship, you will be able to sail in complete silence in glacial areas, or if there are wildlife sightings. At the Nordenskiöld Glacier, you can listen to the ice as it pops and crackles in the water, before heading back towards Longyearbyen.

Along the way, learn about wildlife beneath the surface, and feel free to ask the onboard guide team any questions you might have.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected locations
  • Guide onboard the catamaran
  • Light lunch
  • Drinks and extra snacks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • During the early season, the fjord may still be covered with ice, meaning a visit to the glacier is not possible. In these cases, the ship will follow the ice edge, allowing you to look for wildlife such as seals, and perhaps even a polar bear
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase aboard the catamaran
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

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It was an absolutely amazing trip. We were fortunate to be sharing the hybrid catameran with only 8 fellow travelers so it was a totally relaxed trip. We were lucky enough to see a family of polar bears eating a whale. Just impressive. In addition, smaller lectures were held again and again during the trip. The staff was very friendly.

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August 6, 2022

Apparently it was a lucky day. A very sunny day and during the cruise to Billefjorden & Nordenskiöld Glacier we spotted: Puffins, Little Auks, Northern Fulmars, Minke Whales, Belugas, and Walruses. The landscape and its endless views are spectacular and the hybrid catamaran is very comfortable. Our guide had a ton of knowledge about the Marine Mammals and Marine Birds and their surroundings & habbits, and was a very animated storyteller. The crew was very friendly and helpfull.

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July 14, 2022

Pyramiden ("The Russian") must be omitted geopolitically. There are supposed to be 2 glaciers - but there was only one ("that was the biggest - why 2?"). 1 walrus 100 m away, a seal on the floe 500 m away, 1 minke whale 3 km away ....... It's an amazing price!

July 3, 2022

Product ID: 396906