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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen

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Set sail from Bergen for an 11-day expedition aboard Le Boréal transporting you to exceptional sites above the Arctic Circle. From Olden sail to the Briksdal glacier, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Cruise towards the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord’s imposing mountains and waterfalls make it an absolutely remarkable setting. Further north, reach the Lofoten Islands. This archipelago has landscapes of surreal beauty alternating between sea, mountain slopes, and fine sand beaches. Passing into the Arctic Circle, experience a unique feeling of having arrived to the top of the world.
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Highlights
  • Wander through Bergen’s streets in search of its hidden treasures
  • Visit Hellesylt and get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village
  • Discover Lofoten Islands, a jewel of nature in its most pristine state
  • Admire Tromsø, also known as the “Paris of the North” due to its architecture
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Depart Paris | Bergen, Norway | Embark

Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable open air museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, and jewelers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the Hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

Day 2: Olden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its two wooden churches, one red and the other white, plus its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Oldeelva, Olden looks just like a picture postcard. Located a few kilometers from the Jostedalsbreen Park, home to one of the last glacier polar icecaps, this little village is a definite must for exploring the blue languages of the Briksdal or Kjennalen glaciers. Make sure you find some time to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Absolutely amazing. Another gem is Lake Lovatn and its turquoise waters, inviting you to quiet contemplation.

Day 3: Hellesylt | Geiranger

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hellesylt is a small village located 20 kilometers from the Geiranger site. Here, you can get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village - colorful houses, wooden walkways, rustic stalls where you can have a refreshment before heading off to discover more of the local color. The surroundings are simply magnificent with cliffs, mountains, and lakes with peaceful waters. The village is crossed by a river whose charming cascade tumbles into the fjord waters.

Day 4: Crossing the Arctic Circle

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5: Lofoten | Nusfjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Way beyond the Arctic Circle, 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 Lofoften or Nusjford, listed by UNESCO, enjoy authentic and memorable moments.

On the island of Flakstadøya, in the northwest of the country, Nusfjord is one of Norway’s most well-preserved fishing villages. Part of Nordland county, this hamlet nestling at the end of a fjord is a haven of peace surrounded by the majestic Lofoten Mountains where time seems to have stood still for more than a century. Once you set foot here, feel like you’re visiting a real open-air museum. Among the most notable curiosities are the rorbuer, magnificently authentic fishing cabins, painted in bright colors and perfectly sheltered from wind. There are at least fifty of them. Their fabulous state of repair can be attributed to a conservation project carried out by UNESCO is 1975.

Day 6: Svolvaer | Sailing the Trollfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the island of Austvågøy, in the county of Nordland, Svolvær is the ideal entry point for discovering the Lofoten Islands. An important stopover to the north of Norway, fishing is one of the town’s main features. Its speciality is cod. A picturesque white Lutheran church rests atop a hillside ridge, overlooking the town's multi-colored houses. Still higher, the “The Solvær Goat” mountain looks over the town from its rocky heights. Topped with two peaks like the horns of an animal, it is one of the region’s must-see natural attractions.

Day 7: Tromsø

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the north of the Arctic Circle discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the North”. See why when you 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 8: Sailing in front of Bjornoya (Bear Island)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship sails in front of Bear Island, be out on deck for the best birding opportunities! The only land birds are snow buntings and rock ptarmigans, but the island is very rich in seabirds nesting on the island’s cliffs. The island supports breeding populations of northern fulmars, purple sandpipers, red phalaropes, glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, little auks, and thick-billed guillemots.   

Day 9: Hornsund, Spitsbergen

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. The expedition takes you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

Day 10: Bellsund, Svalbard

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

Day 11: Longyearbyen | Disembark | Fly to Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory. Disembark after breakfast and catch your flight back to Paris.

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8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone.

Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • 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
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
 
Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Paris/Bergen + Longyearbyen/Paris in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to and from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise
 
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
  • Port and safety taxes
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

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