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Your Arctic adventure starts in Norway, where you will get to know the secret wonders of the Northern realms of our planet. Cruise far north to the Spitsbergen archipelago (Svalbard) where you'll see a unique display of Arctic wildlife like sea birds, playful seals, cunning foxes, and majestic polar bears. From Svalbard, breathe in the crisp air of one of the northernmost inhabited regions of the world. As you cruise the Sea of Okhotsk, you'll learn about the fascinating Scandinavian traditional culture & how it has developed throughout the centuries. Norway is also a common departure port for cruises that visit Iceland & Greenland, where icebergs and glaciers dominate the landscape & Aurora Borealis lights up the night sky. Contact one of our Norwegian adventure cruise experts for a customized Arctic cruise package.

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Spitsbergen Explorer$1500-$2500$649511RelaxedExplore Spitsbergen – the wildlife capital of the Arctic – on this 11-day voyage aboard the Ocean Nova. Unique Arctic animals, like polar bears, walrus, and reindeer, can be spotted while Zodiac cruising, tundra hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Take advantage of continuous daylight for your polar desert exploration.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$2500$749513RelaxedAs you embark the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, prepare for a 13-day adventure where you will see Arctic wildlife, incredible geological formations, and visit some of our favorite landing sites as you cruise around Spitsbergen, home to numerous seabirds, whales, walruses and even the king of the Arctic – the polar bear.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$2500$789513RelaxedAlong this 13-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer you'll encounter Arctic wildlife, visit incredible geological formations, and explore some of the favorite landing sites in the Arctic Circle. Circumnavigate along the Spitsbergen archipelago and enhance your polar experience with optional excursions like kayaking and hiking.
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1500-$2500$789513RelaxedThis 13-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer will take you deep into the enchanting northern landscapes of Spitsbergen. Among untouched tundra, ice-topped mountains, massive glaciers, & deep-walled fjords, you'll see polar bears, walruses, and other amazing Arctic creatures.
Arctic Adventure: Norway, Greenland, and Iceland$1500$1549515RelaxedExplore the captivating shore of the Arctic north on this 15-day Arctic cruise. Sail along the coasts of Svalbard and Greenland and the pristine fjords of Iceland, disembarking in remote coves to explore the beautiful and varied landscape. Keep your eyes open for polar bears, as well as walrus, Arctic fox, and immense bird life.
Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast$650$1565016RelaxedFlying from Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard you'll board the luxurious National Geographic Explorer for a 16-day cruise of the archipelago's glaciers, where polar bears and caribou roam freely. Then sail on to Iceland and Greenland's fascinating Viking sites & encounter extraordinary wildlife as you hike across the glaciers. 

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As you embark on your northern expedition from Norway, you will visit intriguing Arctic destinations, like:
  • Svalbard & Spitsbergen: A fascinating cultural center, where humans have built their lives around the glaciers for centuries. This is also considered the wildlife capital of the Arctic, home to polar bears, walruses, and other fantastic Arctic animals.
  • Cool wildlife like polar bears, seals, and seabirds.
  • The Northern Lights are one of the most incredible atmospheric phenomena in the world, and during the long, dark winters, the crystal clear skies make viewing the Aurora Borealis second-to-none.
  • The Northeast Passage: You'll explore one of the most remote parts of the world aboard a powerhouse icebreaker, making your way from European Russia all the way to the Sea of Okhotsk between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
  • The culture of Norway stems from Vikings and other fascinating ancient ethnic groups, whose customs are still alive today in many of the cultural traditions you will see here.
    Getting to Norway
    By plane:
    There are multiple airlines that offer direct flights to Oslo International Airport from:
    • Both coasts of the United States
    • Major cities in Europe
    • Asia
    If you are traveling from Australia or New Zealand, you will have to transfer in Asia, the Middle East, or Europe.

    By boat: Speedboats & ferries are available from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the UK. These arrive in Oslo, Bergen, and other coastal and/or port cities and are a good option if you are arriving from other parts of Europe for a cruise of the Norwegian archipelagos.

    By train/ bus: Europe's extensive network of trains and bus companies can be good alternatives if you are traveling from Sweden, Finland, Russia, or Denmark. Most train rides are overnight and will provide sleeping cabins. Buses depart from Gothenberg, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark hourly.

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    Is it necessary to have a visa to visit Norway?
    For travelers from European countries, Canada & the United States, Australia & New Zealand, a visa is not necessary. If you are traveling from another country, a visa will likely be necessary, and you should check with your country's state department for more information on travel requirements.

    Is tipping customary in Norway?
    Tipping isn't necessary, but if you enjoy good service in a restaurant, bar, or cafe, it is appreciated if you leave some spare change on the total. Gratuities are always a personal decision and we leave those up to travelers on their own terms.

    What is the internet access like in Norway?
    Throughout most of Norway and even in Svalbard (Spitsbergen) you will find that there is high speed internet access via WiFi hotspots and cyber cafes. Of course, in open ocean on cruises and on the more remote sites of the northern tundra you should not expect internet access.

    Can I use my cell phone in Norway?
    Mobile phones generally get pretty good coverage throughout the developed areas of Norway as long as you have activated global roaming with your service carrier before leaving. In remote parts of the country, service is weaker or you may not get a signal at all.

    Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
    Like most of Europe, Norway has 220-240V electricity with Type F sockets. You will need a power adapter that is compatible with either Type C or Type E/F. If you have electronic devices that cannot accept 230V, like many small appliances from the United States, then you will also need a step-down converter. 

    Approximately what will it cost for (USD):
    A cup of coffee- $4.00
    A Beer- $7.00
    A basic lunch- $12.00
    Dinner- $24.00

    Can I drink the water?
    Unless otherwise indicated, it is safe to drink the tap water.

    What is the most common way of paying for things in Norway?
    The currency in Norway is the Krone, and 1 Krone is approximately 8.50USD. While you should have enough cash on hand for purchases from smaller vendors, most shops, hotels, and stores do accept major credit cards. It is easy to find ATMs throughout the major cities in Norway, but they are less common as you get further into the isolated areas away from the cities.

    Should I purchase travel insurance?
    You should purchase travel insurance. We have affiliates that can offer you discounts, so check out our Once You've Booked page for more details. Travel insurance can make all the difference in the event of an emergency or cancellation.

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