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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Take National Geographic Endurance in exploring 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 Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high Arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bergen, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Nordfjord
Days 3-5 : Exploring the Fjords of Norway
Day 6 : Lofoten Islands
Day 7 : Tysfjorden
Day 8 : Tromso
Day 9 : Bear Island
Days 10-14 : Exploring Svalbard
Day 15 : Longyearbyen | Oslo | Home

Highlights

  • Explore the rare northern fjords, threading the ice-carved narrows and standing on the bow
  • Paddle serenely in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls
  • Explore Lofoten Islands and view the nesting seabirds such as Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots
  • Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso

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National Geographic Endurance

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway Colorful houses of Svalbard Explore the charming coastal city of Bergen Drying stockfish on Lofoten, Norway Kayaking toward an iceberg

Day 1 Bergen, Norway | Embark

Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. Stroll historic Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before you embark on National Geographic Endurance.

Day 2 Nordfjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter the lovely Nordfjord, the "gateway to the glaciers" today. Spend the morning at the end of the fjord, where you are transported up the Loen Valley via coach through some incredibly beautiful scenes: a turquoise-colored lake on one side and breathtaking mountains all around. A number of relatively flat trails lead along valleys shaped by massive glaciers. And, walk to a tongue of the large Kjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as the ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.

Day 3-5 Exploring the Fjords of Norway

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The coast of Central Norway is rugged with mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. There are many landing possibilities to choose from as discussed by the Expedition Leader and the Captain such as: Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle serenely in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls, or venture ashore for a hike with the naturalist staff. Over the years, they've discovered a number of special places, including Melfjord. This narrow channel is surrounded by high granite cliffs polished smooth by massive glaciers, and is one of the most spectacular spots on your voyage.
 

Day 6 Lofoten Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. By Zodiac, view the nesting seabirds: Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, go ashore on the island of Vaeroy, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. Be on deck as you cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway's mythical beings: trolls. 
 

Day 7 Tysfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 us 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 8 Tromso

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tromso is known as the “gateway to the Arctic” because so many Arctic expeditions originated here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes snow and icebergs. 

Day 9 Bear Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. This is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Day 10-14 Exploring Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, let nature dictate your day-to-day movements here and this, by the way, is one of the great attractions of this expedition. Your flexible itinerary and years of experience here allows you to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. With the fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join the spotters on the Bridge, scanning the ice and islands for huge walrus, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, some of the largest whales on Earth — and polar bears. A sighting brings everyone rushing in excitement to the ship’s bow! The expert staff gets you out daily. Depending on conditions, you may land on Edgeøya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. Often sail deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. Venture to the stunning Monacobreen glacier, or get close-up views of the iconic creatures of the ice by Zodiac. Back aboard, view underwater video from your ROV taken 1,000 feet below the surface, or spend time on deck with a National Geographic Photographer getting tips in an inspiring landscape. Every day is different, every day an adventure. 

 

Day 15 Longyearbyen | Oslo | Home

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then, proceed to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo. Check into your hotel for the whole evening before going home the next day. 

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2019/2020 departures.

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Notes

Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of your expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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