Summary : Venture into magical and mysterious lands along the coast of the Norwegian Sea for close encounters with glaciers and gorgeous fjordscapes. Perfect for explorers who are long on ambition but short on time, this 11-day expedition features important locations in Norway’s ancient history, UNESCO World Heritage cultural and natural sites, and some of the most incredible nature you’ll ever see. The journey is short, but the memories will last the rest of your life.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,349 to $7,999
Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic". Embark the ship in the afternoon.
Explore one of the most northern points in Europe. A popular spot to watch the midnight sun during the summer months, as the sun never sets between the middle of May to late August, this cape is the location where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. Explore the barren landscape, quaint fishing villages, and stop by the Northern Cape Plateau standing 1,000 feet above the sea.
Enjoy a day at sea, taking in the stunning scenery of the Arctic. Keep a sharp eye while on deck to try and spot marine wildlife.
Spend the early morning at the short, yet dramatic Trollfjord. Try to spot mythical creatures along the cliffs. Head ashore in Svolvaer to explore the Lofoten Islands by coach. Stop in Henningsvær for a time to see local art or explore a quaint fishing village. Afterwards, visit Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about the traditional work of the islands. End the day in the town of Å.
Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Vega is known for picturesque fishing villages with a history of eiderdown harvesting. Enjoy some opportunities to explore the area on foot or with an optional guided tour.
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. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark, and move towards the Træna archipelago, comprised of over a thousand islands.
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.
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. 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. If possible, the ship will cruise around this scenic area.
Hop on the Flåm Railway, traveling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.
Cruise overnight to Bergen, then disembark the ship in the morning.
Transfers to the end hotel (noted on your tour voucher) or Bergen Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation.
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. 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. 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.
Pre-cruise transfer from meeting point to the ship; post-cruise transfer from the ship to the airport or hotel in Bergen; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; lectures and educational programs; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; parka; gear on loan (waterproof boots supplied for US sizes 6-16). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; discretionary gratuities; 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: © Laure Patricot (puffin)