Summary : Set sail from Bergen for an 11-day cruise on board Le Boréal which will take you to exceptional sites. Discover the Briksdal glacier, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Experience Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with imposing mountains and waterfalls making it an absolutely remarkable place. The cruise will continue to the islands of the Svalbard archipelago for an absorbing expedition. On these frozen lands, where the midnight sun follows the polar night, you may see polar bear, the king of this domain. As you pass into the Arctic Circle, you will experience a unique feeling of having arrived at the end of the world.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$9,000 to $24,490
Board your flight from Paris to Bergen and transfer to the ship upon arrival to embark the vessel and get acquainted with fellow passengers.
With its two wooden churches, one red and the other white, plus its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Oldeelva, Olden looks just like a picture post card. Located a few kilometers from the Jostedalsbreen park, home to one of the last glacier polar icecaps, this little village is a definite must for exploring the blue languages of the Briksdal or Kjennalen glaciers. Make sure you find some time to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Absolutely amazing. Another gem is lake Lovatn and its turquoise waters inviting you to quiet contemplation.
Hellesylt is a small village located 20 kilometers from the Geiranger site. Here, you’ll get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village. Colorful houses, wooden walkways, rustic stalls where you can have a refreshment before heading off to discover more of the local color. The surroundings are simply magnificent with cliffs, mountains and lakes with peaceful waters. The village is crossed by a river whose charming cascade tumbles into the fjord waters.
A must-see stopover in Norway, located halfway between Bergen and Trondheim, Geiranger offers the stunning beauty of a natural decor, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The splendor of the sheer cliffs, dark rock and crystalline water are the stars of the show here. The sides of the fjord offer many possibilities for hiking: the Eagle’s Road takes you up to a steep stretch offering a gorgeous panoramic view. A visit to Geiranger village will immerse you in the rhythm of life in the little local community.
Way beyond the Arctic Circle, Lofoten Islands are truly considered to be in “another world”. A jewel of nature in its most pristine state, this archipelago with its jagged coastline offers you majestic settings of high alpine summits, sandy beaches, green prairies and fjords of a deep blue, where countless bird colonies make their nests. Whether you visit Å, or Nusjford, listed by UNESCO, enjoy authentic and memorable moments.
On the island of Flakstadøya, in the north-west of the country, Nusfjord is one of Norway’s most well-preserved fishing villages. Part of Nordland county, this hamlet nestling at the end of a fjord is a haven of peace surrounded by the majestic Lofoten mountains where time seems to have stood still for more than a century. Once you set foot here, you’ll feel like you’re visiting a real open air museum. Among the most notable curiosities, are the rorbuer, magnificently authentic fishing cabins, painted in bright colors and perfectly sheltered from wind. There are at least fifty of them. Their fabulous state of repair can be put down to a conservation project carried out by UNESCO is 1975.
Located on the island of Austvågøy, in the county of Nordland, Svolvær will be your ideal entry point for discovering the Lofoten islands. An important stopover to the north of Norway, fishing is one of the town’s main features. Its specialty is cod. A picturesque white Lutherian church rests atop a hillside ridge, overlooking the town's multi-colored houses. Still higher, the “The Solvær Goat” mountain looks over the town from its rocky heights. Topped with two peaks like the horns of an animal, it is one of the region’s must-see natural attractions.
In the north of the Arctic circle you’ll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You’ll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.
Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.
Head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.
Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Paris.
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.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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One-way flight Paris/Bergen in economy class; one-way flight Longyearbyen/Paris in economy class; transfer from Bergen airport to ship; transfer from ship to Longyearbyen airport; meals and accommodation on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); port and safety taxes; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6; parka; boot rental. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; visa and passport fees; travel insurance; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Nathalie Michel, © Lorraine Turci