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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

Norway, Antarctica and Arctic

Contact provider for price 16 Days May, August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Lindblad Expeditions 24 people max
  • Bergen airport, norway
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
Follow the length of Norway's majestic fjord-carved coast from Bergen to the glaciers and polar bears of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago -- one of the few places remaining where Nature provides highlight after wild highlight.

Heading north among Norway's thousands of islets on this enchanting Arctic cruise, the scenery becomes overpoweringly dramatic. This is the fjordlands—a region that stretches 1,000 miles. Each fjord is different from its neighbor:  roaring waterfalls, granite cliffs and tiny villages that cling to the steep sides of the fjord walls.

Then just 350 miles north of Norway's mainland, lies the Svalbard Archipelago, a wilderness region of massive icebergs, deep fjords, ice-capped mountains—and the masters of the Arctic, polar bears. Only 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is the best place on earth to observe polar bears in their natural habitat--on the pack ice. And no one gives you a more immersive and respectful Arctic cruise experience there than we can.

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Norway, Antarctica and Arctic

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Itinerary

DAY 1 — U.S./Bergen, Norway
Fly overnight from Newark to Bergen, Norway (via Copenhagen).

NOTE: The August 13, 2012 departure travels in reverse. Please inquire when making your reservation.

    
DAY 2 — Bergen, Norway/Embark Ship
Arrive this morning in Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands, and embark our ship, the new National Geographic Explorer. Beautiful Bergen is set on a fjord and known as the city of seven hills. Once an important Hanseatic town, its maritime history is still evident at the exceptional Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, we have a guided walk of Bryggen before embarking our ship. (L,D)

    
DAY 3 — Nordfjord
Today we enter lovely Nordfjord, included on our itinerary since it is less touristed. 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 Briksdal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as our ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 4-5 — Exploring the Fjords of Norway
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 our naturalist staff. Over the years, we’ve discovered a number of special places, including Melfjord. This narrow channel is surrounded by high granite cliffs polished smooth by massive glaciers, and is one of the most spectacular spots on our voyage. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 6 — Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. By Zodiac, we view nesting seabirds: Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, we go ashore on the island of Aa, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. Be on deck as we 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 — Tysfjorden
Today we enter Tysfjorden, a long fjord indenting the mainland of Norway so deeply it stretches inland almost to Sweden. This is an area devoid of roads where a few small villages cling along the shore. We explore splendid Hellemobotn by Zodiac, kayak or on foot. The Tysfjord area has numerous side channels, which we explore later. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 8 — Tromso
Tromso, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" since so many arctic expeditions originated here. We visit the Arctic Cathedral, whose unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs. Its stained glass windows are among the largest in Europe. And we visit the Polar Museum, with excellent exhibits on arctic nature and environment. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 9 — At Sea
Having spent a full week in coastal Norway, we'll now set our sights toward the High Arctic. If weather conditions allow, we may search for marine mammals in areas we've found over the years they are likely to frequent. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 10 — Bear Island
Zodiac cruises take us around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemost and gulls; this is a birdwatcher's paradise. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 11-14 — Exploring Svalbard
Svalbard is an archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Our focus during our days here is the search for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears. Our flexible itinerary and years of experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Each season we are discovering new landing sites to explore, giving meaning to being on an expedition. Shore walks, Zodiac and kayaking adventures bring us up close to mystical landscapes and passing icebergs. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 — Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Disembark our ship in Longyearbyen and explore the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then proceed to the airport for our charter flight to Oslo. Check in to the SAS Radisson Airport Hotel for overnight. (B,L)

    
DAY 16 — Oslo/Home
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for a flight to Newark aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines, or on to other adventures. (B)

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