Summary : See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as you explore the Svalbard archipelago, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra. Experience a real sense of Viking heroism—follow in the wake of these, and other fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland—in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast—and visit Greenland's fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against breathtaking backdrops.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$15,990 to $29,470
Fly overnight to Oslo.
On arrival, check into your hotel. This afternoon explore this charming city. Stroll amid Oslo’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at your leisure.
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer.
Your day-by-day itinerary, in keeping with the nature of an expedition, will be a thoughtfully considered framework based on National Geographic Explorer's long experience in this dynamic arctic region. Equipped with the latest satellite imagery, the captain charts the ice and the guides lead you to exciting discoveries. An ice-strengthened hull and forward-searching sonar, plus agile Zodiacs and kayaks, allow for forays among the icebergs. The Undersea Specialist will deploy the ROV, bringing back imagery few, if any, have ever seen. And with unforgettable days in the ice and two photographers on board, you’ll have assistance to get your best photos ever.
Begin in Svalbard, Norway—a place of deep fjords, snow-capped mountains, and massive ice sheets. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. Venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, hike the tundra, and explore fjords that split the coastline.
Svalbard’s wonders are a prelude to the days ahead, full of discoveries on unknown shores, following the ice’s edge. Enjoy a quest to discover the Arctic’s grand wilderness. Be on deck as your captain navigates between icebergs that drift from the calving glaciers. And if the ice yields, aim for Scoresbysund, on the east coast of Greenland, still awakening from winter’s long icy grip. If the ice doesn't yield, then you'll head on to Iceland.
Enjoy the finale of your journey along the west coast of Iceland. Discover the Latrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills; and Flatey Island, a former trading post; and Isafjordur, a picture postcard of Icelandic life.
Your grand adventure takes you to Iceland’s lively capital city, Reykjavik. Enjoy a guided overview of the old town, and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension: Norwegian Fjords
The rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway—are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops. From $4,390 per person. (5 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Reykjavik's Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon
Extend your stay in Iceland's lively capital city, Reykjavik. Have a guided overview of the old town, and visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home. From $1,120 per person. (1 Day)
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Iceland's Natural Wonders
Explore the geological wonders in the heart of the Icelandic wilderness: towering glaciers and gushing hot springs, boiling mud pools, lava fields and thundering waterfalls. From $4,270 per person. (4 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Glacier Heli-Hiking
Experience Iceland’s magnificent landscapes from a unique viewpoint. Take a scenic helicopter tour to two different glaciers where you’ll have the rare opportunity to go on a glacier hike. From $6,950 per person. (3 Days)
Accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary; meals aboard ship and most alcoholic beverages; shore excursions and sightseeing; entrance fees; special access permits; crew gratuities; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks; taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; extensions; security fees; visa and immigration fees; meals in Oslo; premium alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; visa and passport expenses; items of a personal nature such email, laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Puffin, Polar Bears, Zodiac, Bearded Seal, Whale, Blue Lagoon); © Michael S. Nolan (Kayakers, Zodiac); © Stewart Cohen (Walrus)