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The Norwegian Fjords, Bear Island, and Svalbard

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard M/S Stockholm
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Join M/S Stockholm on a great adventure, exploring some of Norway’s most exciting and scenic locations, including the majestic Storfjord, the charming town of Ålesund, and the picturesque fishing village of Nusfjord, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Continue towards the seldom-visited Bear Island, located in the middle of Barents Sea and home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds. The adventure culminates in one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses – Svalbard. This early in the season, Svalbard is characterized by a wonderful purity, pastel-colored skies, and breathtaking sceneries. Here, keep your eyes open for polar bears, walrus, and other Arctic animals, but above all, enjoy the stunning nature that surrounds you – ice formations and snow-covered mountains, glistering glaciers and fjord ice.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bergen, Norway
Days 2-9 : Embark in Bergen | Norwegian Coast
Days 10-16 : Bear Island & Svalbard
Day 17 : Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Explore Norway's coastal towns and colorful fishing villages
  • Sail by Torghatten, a famous ice sheet formation
  • Visit the prestigious Polar Museum in Tromsø
  • Cruise in a sturdy Zodiac and explore Bear Island
  • Venture to parts of Storfjorden in Svalbard and search for wildlife
  • View the majestic fjords of Hornsund and watch for polar bears

Ship

M/S Stockholm

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bear Island Arctic zodiac adventure Arctic walrus
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Day 1 Bergen, Norway

The journey begins in the city of Bergen, beautifully surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. You will stay the night at a centrally located hotel.

Day 2-9 Embark in Bergen | Norwegian Coast

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Embark the M/S Stockholm and head towards the beautiful passage of Alversund. During your adventure along the Norwegian coast, you can hope to visit some of the following places:

Ålesund
Upon reaching Ålesund, explore this small town, built in a true Art Nouveau style, enjoying its delightfully decorated facades, towers, and pinnacles.

Geirangerfjorden
Get to know the majestic Storfjorden and pay a visit to the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjorden, which is characterized by deep-blue water and lush mountain plains with beautiful waterfalls.

Grip
This deserted fishing village is now popular with summer guests. Its original and colorful wooden buildings are well preserved. Visit the beautiful church and pass by the small and very dramatically situated lighthouse.

Torghatten
On your way north, sail past famous natural attractions like the mountain peaks known as the Seven Sisters, followed by Torghatten – a rock with a big hole that the ice sheet once created, or according to the legend, the hole a giant created in despair from a broken heart.

Kerringøy
Kjerringøy is a real gem on the Norwegian coast. Here, encounter a diverse landscape of mountains, white sandy beaches, and small farming communities, but the island is most famous for its old trading post. This is a unique heritage consisting of 15 well-preserved houses, which gives the visitor a great insight into what it was like to live in this northern trading town in the 1800s.

Reine
Visit the picturesque fishing village of Reine. This charming village with characteristic wooden houses overlooks Kirkefjord with high mountain tops in the background. It is not difficult to see why it was once voted Norway’s most beautiful place.

Nusfjord
Nusfjord is a well-preserved and authentic fishing community with a focus on cod fishing. The village is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden houses with a charming old-fashioned shop well worth a visit. Sail further along what is known as the Lofoten wall. In the evening, enter magical Trollfjorden and later set course towards Tromsø.

Tromsø
In Tromsø, visit the prestigious Polar Museum and learn more about the first polar explorers, who went north to seek fame and fortune. The city is known as Paris of the North, which derives from its vast cultural offerings.

Day 10-16 Bear Island & Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Set sail towards the remote Bear Island, situated in the middle of the Barents Sea. On the 400-meter high cliffs, hundreds of thousands of seabirds are nesting – puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes among others. As well as a spectacular Zodiac cruise along the impressive bird cliffs we aim to make a landing on this rarely visited island.

You will then continue the journey and sail overnight. Your next destination is Svalbard which is one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses. It is spring in the Arctic and it is a powerful experience to witness the archipelago spring to life. Enjoy the stunning nature that surrounds you - sparkling ice formations, snow-covered mountains, and glistering glaciers. Start by exploring parts of Storfjorden and constantly keeping your eyes peeled for the Arctic wildlife. How far in you will reach depends on the drift ice that often accumulates here this time of year. You will then continue towards majestic Hornsund, consisting of several fjords, which glaciers calve out shimmering blue icebergs. It is also a favorite haunt for polar bears. If you reach Vårsolbukta in Bellsund, you will be able to see the little auks nest in tens of thousands.

Day 17 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Longyearbyen and begin your journey home.
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For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2021, risk-free booking policy is applicable for cancellations made until January 10, 2021. For new bookings after April 22, 2020. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details. 
Valid on all 2021 departures

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All six cabins are outside facing and feature twin beds with upper and lower berths. Cabins offer en-suite facilities.

Notes

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Your exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Rate includes: 
  • 1 hotel night in Bergen
  • 14 nights on board M/S Stockholm
  • All meals on board
  • Wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • 1 expedition leader and 1 guide
  • All excursions and activities
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • An illustrated post-expedition log.

Not included: 
  • Flights to Bergen and returning from Longyearbyen
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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