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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen

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Set sail from Bergen for an 12-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.
Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruiseA market in Bryggen, Bergen, NorwayQuaint fishing village in NorwayFamily on Ramberg beach, LofotenHomes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
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
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Day 1: 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: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day 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 day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As 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: Leknes, Lofoten

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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 a deep blue, where countless bird colonies make their nests. Whether you visit Å, or Nusjford, listed by UNESCO, enjoy authentic and memorable moments.

Day 6: 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: At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day 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 centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Longyearbyen | Disembark | Fly to Paris

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • 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. 
  • Zodiac excursions led by expert naturalist driver-guides
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Flight: Longyearbyen - Paris (Economy Class) 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Visa Fees
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 

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