Summary : On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, discover the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway, including the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes of Svalbard and follow nature’s rhythms in search of walruses, seals, and polar bears. Continue to Bear Island to encounter towering cliffs populated with thousands of seabirds. Then head further south to the spectacular isles of Søroyø and Senja, where nature flourishes amid vibrant coastal cultures.
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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$10,290 to $20,320
Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo.
Arrive in Oslo and check in to the Clarion Hotel, The Hub upon arrival. In the afternoon, embark on a tour of Norway’s capital city. Stroll through Frogner Park among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen.
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight (extra fee) and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the history of Svalbard and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern scientific research. Explore the Svalbard Art Gallery, home to a permanent collection of historic items as well as contemporary exhibitions of local artists. Later, embark the National Geographic Endurance, your floating base camp for the next six days.
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. Here, in true expedition style, nature guides the course for a flexible itinerary based on years of experience in the archipelago as well as ice and weather conditions. With the fully stabilized, ice-class ship, probe deep into the ice in search of wildlife. Join spotters on the bridge, scanning the edges of the pack ice for huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, and polar bears. Venture ashore to hike the tundra, abloom with wildflowers. Sail deep into beautiful fjords and kayak quiet coves surrounded by sparkling icebergs. Board Zodiacs to view tidewater glaciers and spectacular ice formations.
With our National Geographic photographer, experts, and seasoned naturalists, make the most of your days here. Enjoy nightly recaps and talks about the natural wonders encountered, and view underwater video footage taken some 1,000 feet below the surface by the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). On this extraordinary voyage, every day is different, and every day is an adventure.
Sail south to isolated Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. Board a Zodiac to explore the coves and inlets of this mist-shrouded island. Gaze up at sheer cliffs and use your binoculars to take in the spectacular sight of tens of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and murres.
Off Norway’s northern coast lies the mountainous island of Sørøya, known for its scenic bays, pristine nature reserves, and long sandy beaches. It also is renowned for its large populations of skrei, or cod, which migrate to these waters during winter and spring. Make an in-depth visit to this beautiful island, with opportunities to explore its surrounding fjords by Zodiac and kayak, and hike on shore.
Senja, the second largest island in mainland Norway, is characterized by dramatic mountains, colorful fishing villages, and a coastline split by beautiful fjords. In the southern part of the island, you’ll find Anderdalen National Park—more than 70 square miles of pristine wilderness that is home to reindeer, elk, red foxes, and more. Spend a day exploring the island and fjords, and, if you wish, join the naturalists on a spectacular hike.
Disembark in Tromso, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated here. Explore this charming coastal city, then board your charter flight to Oslo (extra fee) and check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built, and as with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. All details are subject to change.
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 pre-cruise hotel night in Oslo; one post-cruise hotel night in Oslo; transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; 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; charter flights between Oslo/Longyearbyen and Tromso/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, Stefan Lundgren, Sven-Olof Lindblad