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Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears of Spitsbergen

Arctic Svalbard Cruise Information

Summary : Set sail from Bergen--the gateway to Norway's fjords--to the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling 15-day odyssey along the fjord coastline of Norway. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea and experience first-hand the staggering beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Visit subarctic islands by Zodiac in search of wildlife, walk through history at UNESCO-protected historical 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, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Bergen, Norway

Welcome to Bergen, in Norway's fjordland. Embark in the afternoon to begin your adventure.

Day 2
Flåm, Norway

Hop on the Flåm Railway, traveling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.

Day 3
Olden Fjord / Briksdal, Norway

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Briksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to Briksdalbreen glacier. For an easier option, take a trolley ride and a shorter walk to reach the glacier lake.

Day 4
Geirangerfjord, Norway

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful and most visited fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6.2-mile mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Day 5
Trondheim, Norway

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Day 6
Torghatten, Norway / Vega, Norway

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine the best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Take in the fantastic views of the region and keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Day 7
Svartisen, Norway / Lovund, Norway / Vikingen, Norway

Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

Day 8
Lofoten Islands, Norway

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

Day 9
Lofoten Islands, Norway

Continue exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands, spending time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife.

Day 10
Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or exploring the city on your own.

Day 11
At Sea / Bjørnøya

Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.

Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore Bjørnøya by Zodiac. Even from afar, Bear Island has spectacular views and thousands of species of birds like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, and gulls.

Day 12
Hornsund, Svalbard

Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains, and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and (of course) polar bears.

Each season the ship's crew attempts new landing sites to explore and enhance your expedition experience. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring you up close to mystical landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife.

Day 13
Svalbard, Norway

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

Day 14
Svalbard / Longyearbyen, Norway

Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard.

Day 15
Longyearbyen, Norway

Disembark the Expedition in the morning.

Transfers to Longyearbyen Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

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. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Included:
Pre-expedition arrival transfer from meeting point to the ship; shipboard accommodations and meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; parka; gear on loan (insulated, waterproof boots US sizes 6-16);. Subject to change without notice.

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

Photos: © Renato Granieri (Zodiac travelers)

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