Water activity

Longyearbyen: Cruise to Billefjorden & Nordenskiöld Glacier

4.6 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS

Longyearbyen: Cruise to Billefjorden & Nordenskiöld Glacier

Activity provider: Hurtigruten Svalbard AS
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From US$ 289.21 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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
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A very good excursion, well worth the cost! Comfortable and nice way to move around, nice and knowledgeable staff who could tell you about places we passed and also answer follow-up questions that came afterwards. The guide in the Pyramid was really interesting, an experience! At the Nordenskiöld Glacier, we were lucky enough to see a polar bear with two cubs, which really counts as a very positive bonus!

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September 13, 2021

The catamaran was clean, spacious and comfortable. The guides were professional; biologists and knew birds and animals. Getting to know the Pyramids was more interesting than I expected. Lunch was served on the outward journey, there was no possibility to dine on the return journey and there was little hunger.

July 26, 2021

June 12, 2022

Product ID: 396906