Summary : Follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high Arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.
NOTE: This is ship is currently being built and all details are subject to change.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$19,420 to $38,440
Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen.
Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands. Stroll historic Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before embarkation.
Today enter lovely Nordfjord, the "gateway to the glaciers". We spend the morning at the end of the fjord, where we are transported up the Loen Valley via coach through some incredibly beautiful scenes: a turquoise-colored lake on one side and breathtaking mountains all around. A number of relatively flat trails lead along valleys shaped by massive glaciers (more strenuous hikes are also an option). And, we walk to a tongue of the large Kjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as our ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.
The coast of Central Norway is rugged with mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. The Expedition Leader and Captain will discuss with the local Norwegian pilots the many landing possibilities where options are many: Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle serenely in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls, or venture ashore for a hike with your naturalist staff. Melfjord is a narrow channel surrounded by high granite cliffs polished smooth by massive glaciers, and is one of the most spectacular spots on your voyage.
The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. By Zodiac, view nesting seabirds: Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots. Later, go ashore on the island of Vaeroy, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. Be on deck to cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway's mythical beings—trolls.
There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and today you explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. The nimble ship enters Tysfjorden, where mile after mile of vertical walls surround you and only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Zodiac and kayak along steep-walled fjords, and find inspiration in the birch forests and tumbling waterfalls. The U-shaped valley of Hellemobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hike almost to the border.
Tromso is known as the “gateway to the Arctic” because so many Arctic expeditions originated here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes snow and icebergs.
Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, and gulls. This is a birdwatcher's paradise.
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, let nature dictate your day-to-day movements, one of the great attractions of this expedition. Your flexible itinerary and your crew's years of experience here allow you to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions.
With a fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, it is able to probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join spotters on the Bridge, scanning the ice and islands for huge walrus, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, some of the largest whales on Earth, and polar bears—a sighting brings everyone rushing in excitement to the ship’s bow!
Expert staff get you out daily. Depending on conditions, you may land on Edgeøya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. Sail deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. Venture to the stunning Monacobreen glacier, or get close-up views of the iconic creatures of the ice by Zodiac. Back aboard, view underwater video from the ROV taken 1,000 feet below the surface, or spend time on deck with a National Geographic Photographer getting tips in an inspiring landscape. Every day is different, every day an adventure.
Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen and explore the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then proceed to the airport for a charter flight to Oslo. Check into your hotel.
This morning head to the airport for your flight home, or on to other adventures.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
NOTE: This ship is NEW for this season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details. This ship is currently being built. All details have been provided by the shipping company, and are subject to change at any time.
Reverse Itinerary: 4/30/2020 (Oslo/Bergen)
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
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.
One post-cruise hotel night in Oslo; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (weather dependent); certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands) onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; one-way charter flight Longyearbyen/Oslo; premium alcoholic beverages; visa and passport expenses; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa, and Internet.
Photos ©: Ralph Lee Hopkins, Michael S Nolan