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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard (Northbound)

Bergen - Oslo - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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Board National Geographic Resolution and explore Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromsø and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high Arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.
Bearded seal in Svalbard, NorwayColorful houses of SvalbardExplore the charming coastal city of BergenDrying stockfish on Lofoten, NorwayKayaking toward an icebergPolar bears in the ArcticIncredible ice in SvalbardGlass-still waters around Spitsbergen
  • Explore the stunning ice-carved northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls
  • Explore Lofoten Islands and view seabirds such as puffins and guillemots
  • Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
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Day 1: Bergen, Norway

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Upon arrival in Bergen, you will be greeted with stunning views of the Norwegian fjords. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken on a guided walk through the historic and colorful Bryggens Wharf – a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour also includes a funicular ride up to Mt. Floyen, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding fjords. In the evening, you will be invited to a welcome dinner along with other travelers. The dinner will be an introduction to Norwegian traditions and Syttende Mai celebrations.

Day 2: Syttende Mai Celebrations | Embark

Take advantage of your hotel's central location and spend your day at leisure experiencing the Syttende Mai holiday on the streets of Bergen. The local parade route goes directly by the hotel, making it easy to enjoy the sights and sounds of Norway's Constitution Day, considered Norway's biggest celebration of the year. Walk the city streets and notice the variety of colors and designs of the national dress, watch performances in the city park, or learn a new song with the locals as they sing with friends and family throughout the day. In the afternoon, meet up with fellow travelers to set sail on the ship.

Day 3: Nordfjord

Arrive at the spectacular glacial mountain landscape of Nordfjord, a haven for adventurers and photographers. Travel up the Loen Valley by coach amidst picture-book beauty, surrounded by a turquoise lake and craggy peaks. Consider hiking a trail through the valley carved by the Briksdal Glacier. Alternatively, take a scenic boat ride across Kjenndal Lake to catch a glimpse of this retreating glacier and the striking geography of the region. Capture these scenic peaks and valleys from the railing as you sail back out of the fjord in the afternoon.

Day 4-6: Exploring the Fjords of Norway

Spend three days exploring the central Norway coast, revered by travelers worldwide for its mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. Your expedition leader and captain will consult local Norwegian pilots on landing spots offering optimal adventure options. Zodiac under vertical rock faces, paddles serenely in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls or venture ashore for hikes with a naturalist staff. Visit local island communities protecting their cultural and natural heritage and walk with resident guides who have grown up surrounded by the ocean and these remote coastal islands.

Day 7: Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Archipelago is a captivating region of charming coastal villages nestled amidst rugged peaks. You can enjoy watching nesting seabirds such as Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots from a Zodiac. Later, you can disembark on the island of Vaeroy, where cod fishing still plays an important role in the local economy. As you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, be sure to watch the cliffs for Norway's mythical creatures, the trolls.

Day 8: Tysfjorden

There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and today, explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape pulchritude to new heights. Your nimble ship enters Tysfjorden, where mile after mile of vertical walls surround you and only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Zodiac and kayak along steep-walled fjords, and find inspiration in the birch forests and tumbling waterfalls. The u-shaped valley of Hellemobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hike almost to the border.

Day 9: Tromso

Arrive in Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated from here. Explore this charming coastal city through visits to either the Polar Museum, housed in a harbor warehouse dating from 1830, or the Arctic University Museum, offering an overview of life in the Arctic regions, including an in-depth introduction to the Sami culture.

Day 10: Bear Island

Sitting at the Norwegian and Barents Seas confluence, Bear Island is ironically known as a birdwatcher’s paradise. The island also houses one remote meteorological station. With conditions permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the southernmost member of the Svalbard archipelago and revel at the bird cliffs, home to countless thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and guillemots.

Day 11-15: Exploring Svalbard

You operate in true expedition style, letting nature dictate your day-to-day movements within an immense Arctic wonderland. Your fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship probes deep into the ice where the polar bears forage, walrus sun themselves, and the Svalbard reindeer roam. Join your spotters on the bridge as you scan the floes and islands for these iconic creatures, along with bearded and ringed seals, Arctic foxes, beluga, fin, and minke whales. There’s no greater thrill than a sighting that brings everyone rushing to the bow or Bridge for a close-up view. Sail deep into protected bays and fjords where even a novice kayaker can comfortably paddle surrounded by sparkling bergs and dramatic mountains. Video from your Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) allows you to peer into the mysterious world 1,000 feet below you during Recaps with your multi-talented field staff.


Day 16: Disembark in Longyearbyen | Fly to Oslo

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in Longyearbyen for one more taste of civilization in this northern frontier. Fly back to Oslo on a private charter flight, enjoy dinner with fellow guests, and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 17: Depart for Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart for the airport this morning and begin your journey home.


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  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker with the latest gear to try out on loan (aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet) 
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits are available aboard the ship. Additionally, a selection of super premium wines and liquors is offered 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
  • One hotel night in Oslo
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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  • 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)
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  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)


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