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Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears of Spitsbergen

Arctic Cruise

Summary : Embark on an unforgettable journey up north along the Norwegian coast, all the way to Longyearbyen, in the Arctic Svalbard Archipelago. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea and experience first hand the staggering beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the Arctic. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore picturesque villages by the sea, stretch your legs on scenic glacier walks, and visit world famous fjords surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and quaint farms. From the abundant marine bird life, to the dramatic coastal scenery, to the unique historical significance of this region, this is a voyage filled with adventure, natural beauty, and discovery. If luck is on your side, you may even have a chance encounter with the elusive polar bear!

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Bergen, Norway

Start your adventure in Bergen, Norway. Enjoy a city tour including a stop at the museum Edvard Grief and a visit to the historical seaport district which dates back from the Hanseatic League. Opt to visit a local fish market.

Day 2
Bergen, Norway / Flam, Norway

Today you will ride on the Flam Railway, Regarded as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, with panoramic views of the wild and magnificent Norwegian fjord landscape, enjoy your 3,000 foot descent on this 12.4 mile route from the high mountains of Myrdal into the valley to the ocean level town of Flam.

Day 3
Flam, Norway / Olden, Norway

Travel today from Flam to Nordfjord. Sail across the famous North Sea, through one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world. Stretch your legs when you arrive on a walk from the Birksdal area to a nearby glacier. If you prefer, you could also hop on a nearby trolly to visit the glacier.

Day 4
Olden, Norway / Geiranger, Norway

Spend the day journeying deep into one of Norway's most beautiful and celebrated fjords – Geirangerfjorden. Enjoy the breathtaking power of this majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the spectacular waterfalls to the deserted fjord farms tucked high up on the cliffs, the idyllic nature and dramatic mountain landscape is sure to inspire awe and wonder.

Day 5
Geiranger, Norway / Torghatten, Norway

Today you cruise onward to the modern city of Trondheim. Surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, Trondheim is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the King of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaros Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the king.

Day 6
Torghatten, Norway / Svartisen, Norway

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Enjoy one breathtaking view after another as the captain negotiates with local Norwegian pilots to determine your best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain at Torghatten then make your way towards the 1,000-island Treana archipelago. Learn about the local area from your Expedition leaders and spend time with the ship's photography experts to capture your perfect shot of this epic place.

In the afternoon, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site Vega Island. Wander through the fishing villages in this quaint and picturesque place and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Day 7
Svartisen, Norway / Lofoten, Norway

Visit Svartisen and enjoy a scenic walk to a glacier. You may also opt to hike all the way around a nearby lake below the glacier. From the lake there's a great view of the glacier – a perfect photo opportunity.

In the afternoon, sail to Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. See the globe statue on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

Day 8 – 9
Lofoten, Norway

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore to the island of A, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. On your second day in the archipelago you will spend time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife.

Day 10
Lofoten, Norway / Tromsø, Norway

Spend the day exploring Norway's largest northern city. Choose between hiking on the mountain top overlooking Tromsø, or wandering the city's streets before taking a cable car to the top of the mountain. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional open faced sandwiches while gazing out over the city below. Everyone will have a chance to visit some of the major sites including the Polar and Tramsø Museums and (weather permitting) enjoy a stunning view from a cable car.

Day 11
Tromsø, Norway / Hornsund, Svalbard

Today you will leave Tromsø and head north for the Arctic. Sail past mist-shrouded Bear Island and look out for thousands of bird species like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, and gulls.

Day 12
Hornsund, Svalbard

Enjoy a wide open day of exploration. Appreciate the natural beauty of Hornsund and take advantage of spectacular photo opportunities. While exploring this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains, and massive ice sheets, keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes, and, of course, the polar bear.

Day 13
Hornsund, Svalbard / Bellsund, Svalbard

Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like walruses and whales – plus land mammals like polar bears, the arctic fox, and reindeer all call this region home.

Day 14
Bellsund, Svalbard / Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Spend the day marveling at the vast and monochromatic landscape and appreciating the remote beauty that surrounds you. If you're lucky, you might spot the ever elusive polar bear, an arctic fox, or reindeer.

Day 15
Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After disembarkation at approximately 8 AM, you will be transferred to either the airport or the Radisson Blue Polar hotel, depending on the departure time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town center on their own, and then meet their connection to the airport later in the day. Transfer times will be confirmed and communicated on the ship prior to departure.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Arrival transfer from meeting point to the ship; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; gear on loan (insulated, waterproof boots US sizes 6-16); and a complimentary water- and wind-resistant parka. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; departure taxes; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; fuel surcharge may apply.

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