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Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Embark on an amazing 16-day Arctic journey from Norway to Iceland. Begin in Oslo with a tour of the Fram Museum celebrating polar explorers. Then, fly to Tromso for a look at its unique architecture and maritime history at the Polar Museum where you will board National Geographic Endurance. In Tysfjorden, glide on Zodiacs and kayaks beneath towering fjords. Explore the stunning Lofoten Islands with their dramatic landscapes. Cruise along Norway's northern coast, taking in the majestic cliffs and calm fjords. Sail to the Shetland Islands to see incredible seabird colonies and explore Lerwick's history. Then, head to Foula, a remote island home to puffins. Discover the Viking heritage and beauty of the Faroe Islands before arriving in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. Explore Isafjorđur's Westfjords and visit the historic trading post on Flatey Island. Spend a day in the Westman Islands, known for their volcanic landscapes, and an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon or geothermal sites in Reykjavik
Puffins on the Latrabjarg CliffsLooking for wildlife in the ArcticHallgrimskirkja Church in ReykjavikA mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscapeThe breathtaking scenery of Iceland
Highlights
  • Explore secluded inlets and coves of the Arctic by kayak or Zodiac
  • Encounter the Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses of Jarlshof
  • Explore the unique culture of the Faroe Islands
  • Observe nesting seabirds in Latrabjarg cliffs and Lofoten islands
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Day 1: Oslo, Norway

Upon arrival in Oslo, make your way to a conveniently situated hotel. Later in the day, embark on an exploration of Norway starting with a guided tour of Oslo, featuring a visit to the Fram Museum. This museum pays homage to the iconic wooden vessel that carried Norwegian polar explorers like Nansen and Amundsen. In the evening, mingle with fellow travelers at a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your own pace.

Day 2: Tromso | Embark

Board a charter flight bound for Tromso, renowned as the "gateway to the Arctic" for its historic role in launching numerous Arctic expeditions. Explore the distinctive architecture of the Arctic Cathedral, reminiscent of icebergs, and delve into the seafaring heritage of early Arctic settlers at the Polar Museum. Later in the day, set sail aboard the ship to commence the Arctic adventure.

Day 3: Tysfjorden

This morning, you will enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden where only few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions and explore the U-shaped valley whose fjord reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Day 4: Lofoten Islands

Start your day on deck as you glide into Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages framed by jagged, granite peaks that rise straight from the sea. Explore the many islets, and go ashore at Værøy to hike and kayak. Seek out Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. 

Day 5-6: Exploring the Fjords of Norway

Carved by glaciers over millions of years, Norway’s northern coast is laced with steep-walled fjords, mountainous islands, and chiseled peaks. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, kayak through serene fjords, or go ashore on a secluded sandy beach to hike amid verdant valleys and birch forests. 

Day 7: At Sea | Shetland Islands, Scotland

Spend a relaxing morning at sea as you sail toward the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of about one hundred islands and islets located north of the Scottish mainland. Glide past the towering cliffs of Noss to view murres, puffins, kittiwakes, and other seabirds. 

Day 8: Lerwick | Foula

Lerwick is a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle.  Explore the town, delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives, or embark on a bird-watching or geology walk. Alternatively, venture to the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof to examine its Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. In the afternoon, continue to Foula, a stark but spectacular island edged with towering cliffs and blanketed with peat bogs, where people are drastically outnumbered by puffins.

Day 9-10: Exploring the Faroe Islands

This morning, arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The legacy of the Vikings persists here, reflected in the language of the Faroese and their love of the sea. Visit Torshavn, the colorful capital of the Faroe Islands, where even the government buildings are crafted in the traditional design of wooden siding with a turf roof. Visit the 12th-century St. Olav’s Church alongside the ruins of Kirkjubour's Magnus Cathedral, which was never completed. Navigate through the islands to one of the local communities on Eysturoy, the second-largest island in the Faroes. Enjoy a day in the village experiencing the warm hospitality and stunning landscapes of their beautiful fjord.

Day 11-12: At Sea / Seydisfjordur, Iceland / Grímsey

After a day at sea, you awake along Iceland’s rugged eastern coast, an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. You visit Seydisfjordur, a charming fishing village located at the mouth of a majestic fjord and surrounded by dramatic mountains. Choose to explore the town or visit Skálanes Nature Reserve to see its colorful wildflowers and bird cliffs. Continue to Grímsey on the Arctic Circle.

Day 13-14: Isafjordur | Flatey Island

Located in the Westfjords region, the town of Isafjorđur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water against a backdrop of steep hills. Spend time hiking and watching for nesting seabirds in this remote setting. The next day, visit Flatey Island, a fishing and trading post for centuries.

Day 15: Westman Islands

Spend the day in the Westman Islands, one of the world’s younger archipelagos, formed by undersea volcanos some 11,000 years ago. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off the harbor. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock. Observe Surtsey, one of the world’s youngest islands, which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Day 16: Reykjavík | Disembark

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Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either soak in the geothermal waters of the famed Blue Lagoon; or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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Included
  • 15 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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