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Embark on an 11-day cruise on Le Bellot for an incredible winter adventure in Norway, departing from Tromso. Explore snow-covered peaks, stunning landscapes, and ancient traditions. Discover the Sami culture in Narvik, then sail south to encounter the surreal beauty of the Lofoten archipelago and the mystical Trollfjorden. Explore Hammerfest, the world's northernmost town, and witness Bear Island's rugged coast before reaching Honningsvag, home to Europe's northernmost point, the North Cape. Experience the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Alta during the polar night. Your journey concludes in Tromso, marking the end of your exploration of the Norwegian Arctic.
Arctic Northern Lights Lofoten Islands, NorwayHerd of Arctic reindeerWalking through vast arctic landscapes. Enjoy northern lights on an Arctic cruiseScattered houses of Tromso
Highlights
  • Explore Tromso, discover the extensive neoclassical architectural heritage and the stunning Arctic Cathedral
  • Experience the atmosphere of Trollfjorden, a 2-km-long fjord surrounded by vertical rock faces and home to trolls, seals, and eagles
  • Discover Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world, and explore its rich history, including the UNESCO-listed Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Visit the pristine Lofoten Islands, with its majestic alpine summits, sandy beaches, and bird colonies
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Tromso | Embark

In the north of the Arctic Circle, discover Tromso, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the North." Discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic Cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Day 2: Narvik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Beyond the Arctic Circle, discover Narvik, nestled in the heart of impressive mountains that plunge into the Ofotfjord. It is on the verge of obtaining the “sustainable destination” label, a national label awarded to destinations that are committed to a sustainable approach to tourism for the long term. Be mesmerized by its scenery. From Narvik, it is possible to take the Ofoten Line towards Sweden. This historic railway once linked the mineral-rich mines of Kiruna in Sweden to the ice-free port of Narvik. Experience unique moments, such as meeting the Sami people—reindeer herders who have ancestral traditions yet embrace modernity.

Day 3: Reine, Lofoten

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Way beyond the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are truly considered to be in “another world." A jewel of nature in its most pristine state, this archipelago with its jagged coastline offers you majestic settings of high alpine summits, sandy beaches, green prairies, and fjords of deep blue, where countless bird colonies make their nests. Whether you visit Å or Nusjford, listed by UNESCO, enjoy authentic and memorable moments.

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5: Hammerfest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hammerfest, located on the north-western coast of the island of Kvaloya, beyond the 70th parallel, is often considered the northernmost town in the world. Conserved in an immaculate natural setting, this charming fishing port enjoys a rich history, as is evidenced by various vestiges dating back to the Stone Age, the Napoleonic Wars, or the Second World War. During your port of call, you can have the opportunity to discover the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of triangulations stretching across Europe from Hammerfest to the Black Sea and the first technical and scientific object to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Sailing along Bjornoya (Bear Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, sail not far from the coastlines of Bjornoya and the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then look for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjornoya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds: skuas, guillemots, puffins, tridactyl gulls, petrels, gulls, and little auks all coexist here.

Day 7: Honningsvag

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If you feel like you have arrived at the end of the world in Honningsvag, it is because this is the case. Halfway between Oslo and the North Pole, it competes with Hammerfest for the status of “the northernmost town in Continental Europe." Colorful houses light up this charming and typically Norwegian fishing port nestled in the hollows of the region’s mountainous terrain. Travelers come to stay in the village to go to the North Cape. At the end of the road, you can see the globe, which indicates that you are at the very end of Europe. At this point, only the Svalbard archipelago separates you from the North Pole. There is a sea as far as the eye can see. The Northern Lights, the view of the immense cliff plunging into the sea, the thousands of puffins, gannets, and cormorants that spin around you—everything here is grandiose.

Day 8-9: Alta

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Beyond the Arctic Circle, Alta, in the far north of Norway, is the biggest city in Finnmark County. Alta will reveal itself to you at the end of the eponymous fjord, Altafjorden. The region offers a mix of forest, mountainous, and coastal landscapes. It is on the verge of obtaining the “sustainable destination” label, a national label awarded to destinations that are committed to a sustainable approach to tourism for the long term. Alta invites you to experience unique moments, whether meeting the Sami people—reindeer herders who have ancestral traditions and yet embrace modernity—or during walks, snowshoe hikes, or dog sledding, depending on the season.

Day 10: Tromso

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the north of the Arctic Circle, discover Tromso, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the North." Discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic Cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Day 11: Tromso | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Tromso.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
  • English-speaking assistance.
  • Flight Paris/Tromso and Tromso/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class
  • Transfers mentioned in the program
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  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
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  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses

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