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Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard and the Northern Fjords

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On a 10-day voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, discover the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway, including the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes of Svalbard and follow nature’s rhythms in search of walruses, seals, and polar bears. Continue to Bear Island to encounter towering cliffs populated with thousands of seabirds. Then head further south to the spectacular isles of Søroyø and Senja, where nature flourishes amid vibrant coastal cultures.
Colorful houses of SvalbardWalking through vast arctic landscapes. A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscapeA small home in the Norwegian fjordsBearded seal in Svalbard, Norway
Highlights
  • Make for the wilder wilds of Svalbard to see ice, bears, and Arctic wildlife
  • Discover the remote islands and fjords of the Northern Norway
  • Actively explore: hike, walk, and kayak through stunning scenery
  • Explore the coves and inlets by zodiac in Bear Island
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Day 1: Oslo, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo and check in to the Clarion Hotel, The Hub upon arrival. In the afternoon, embark on a tour of Norway’s capital city. Stroll through Frogner Park among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen. 

Day 2: Oslo | Longyearbyen | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the history of Svalbard and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern scientific research. Explore the Svalbard Art Gallery, home to a permanent collection of historic items as well as contemporary exhibitions of local artists. Later, embark the National Geographic Endurance, your floating base camp for the next six days. 

Day 3-5: Exploring Svalbard

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. Here, in true expedition style, let nature guide the course. Its flexible itinerary and years of experience in the archipelago allows you to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. With this fully stabilized, ice-class ship, we probe deep into the ice in search of wildlife. Join the spotters on the bridge, scanning the edges of the pack ice for huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, and polar bears. Venture ashore to hike the tundra, abloom with wildflowers. Sail deep into beautiful fjords and kayak quiet coves surrounded by sparkling icebergs. Board Zodiacs to view tidewater glaciers and spectacular ice formations.

With the National Geographic photographer, experts, and seasoned naturalists, make the most of your days here. Enjoy nightly recaps and talks about the natural wonders we encounter, and view underwater video footage taken some 1,000 feet below the surface by our remotely operated vehicle (ROV). On this extraordinary voyage, every day is different, and every day is an adventure.

Day 6: Bear Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail south to isolated Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. Board a Zodiac to explore the coves and inlets of this mist-shrouded island. Gaze up at sheer cliffs and use your binoculars to take in the spectacular sight of tens of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and murres. 

Day 7: Sørøya Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off Norway’s northern coast lies the mountainous island of Sørøya, known for its scenic bays, pristine nature reserves, and long sandy beaches. It also is renowned for its large populations of skrei, or cod, which migrate to these waters during winter and spring. Make an in-depth visit to this beautiful island, with opportunities to explore its surrounding fjords by Zodiac and kayak, and hike on shore.

Day 8: Senja Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Senja, the second largest island in mainland Norway, is characterized by dramatic mountains, colorful fishing villages, and a coastline split by beautiful fjords. In the southern part of the island, you’ll find Anderdalen National Park—more than 70 square miles of pristine wilderness that is home to reindeer, elk, red foxes, and more. Spend a day exploring the island and fjords, and, if you wish, join our naturalists on a spectacular hike. 

Day 9: Tromso | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated here. Explore this charming coastal city, then board our charter flight to Oslo and check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel before flying home the next morning. 

Day 10: Tromso

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. 

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Complimentary Parka: Receive a free parka or jacket with both your Antarctica and Arctic departures.

Complimentary Bar Tab & Crew Gratuities: on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Resolution voyage, we will cover your crew gratuities and bar tab (Except certain super-premium brands of alcohol).

Please contact us for details on specific savings for your departure and vessel.
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$12,000
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Located on the Fore Deck. 183 square ft room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Fore Deck. 205 square ft. room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers.
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Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Lounge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Main Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Lounge Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

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Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Zodiac & Kayak Explorations
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Two hotel nights in Oslo
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure

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