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Your Arctic adventure starts in Norway, where your journey through impressive fjords acquaints you with the tough northern wildlife and gorgeous vistas. Consider a cruise to the world's northernmost inhabited region in Spitsbergen archipelago (Svalbard), where sea birds, playful seals, cunning foxes, and majestic polar bears enjoy the crisp polar air. As you cruise the Norwegian Sea, 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, glaciers, and fjords 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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Circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago30%$755312Jul 10, 2020Join this voyage into Arctic wilderness at its most extreme. Sail above 80º N while circumnavigating Svalbard in search of the mighty polar bear.
Circumnavigating Svalbard: The Ultimate Expedition30%$963912Jun 5, 2021
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears20%$1149514May 26, 2021You’ll be experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard a game-changing new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is equipped with 20 …
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard20%$749510May 8, 2021This exciting introductory journey to the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, renowned for its stunning scenery and abundant, varied wildlife …
Franz Josef Land: Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen15%$999514Jul 20, 2020Join the Sea Spirit on an authentic Arctic adventure. Discover Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of …
Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen - Reykjavik to Longyearbyen15%$1049515Sep 4, 2021Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join its 15-day itinerary that explores Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen. Get a chance to see spectacular diverse …

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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.
    The Fjords of Norway
    No trip to Arctic Norway is complete without cruising through the towering fjords that define the region. So here's the 4-1-1 on Norway's fjords.

    What is a fjord?
    Fjords are long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs, usually formed by the submergence of a glaciated valley.

    What can I expect to see on a fjord?
    Fjords are like snowflakes - each unique in their own way. Many are home to the regional wildlife, like walruses, seals, and polar bears. The rocky ledges make the perfect habitat for many of the Arctic seabirds too. You will see geology in action as you witness how the ice carved away the rocks.

    What is there to do? 
    Zodiac tours and trekking across glaciers are the most popular ways to explore the Norwegian  fjords. This allows you to see the wildlife up close and get a better understanding of how these northern fjords & glaciers have transformed the landscape. 

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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 0.11 USD (1 USD is approximately 9.0 Krone, as of 2020). 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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