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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

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“The land divides us, the sea unites", Norwegians have said for centuries. The sea here carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast) and on this 16-day expedition explore almost the full-length of its varied contours––from the jaw-droppingly lovely Norwegian fjordlands to the heart-pounding icescapes of Svalbard. Venture far off the beaten track plied by big cruise ships.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bergen, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Nordfjord
Day 3 : Smola
Days 4-5 : Lofoten Islands
Day 6 : Lofoten Islands
Day 7 : Tysfjorden
Day 8 : Tromso
Day 9 : Bear Island
Days 10-14 : Exploring Svalbard
Day 15 : Longyearbyen | Disembark | Oslo
Day 16 : Oslo | Return Home

Highlights

  • Explore the northern fjords, witness the ice-carved narrows and glaciers
  • Actively explore: hike, walk, and kayak through stunning scenery
  • Enjoy the wilds of Svalbard to see ice, bears, and Arctic wildlife
  • Follow the bucket-list-worthy fjord-carved coast

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National Geographic Explorer

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Bergen, Norway | Embark

Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands. Stroll historic Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before embarkation.

Day 2 Nordfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you enter lovely Nordfjord, the "gateway to the glaciers". You will spend the morning at the end of the fjord, where you will be 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 (more strenuous hikes are also an option). And, you walk to a tongue of the large Briksdal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as our ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks. 

Day 3 Smola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the scenic little island of Smola, where you have been specially invited by the locals to make a rare ship call. 

Day 4-5 Lofoten Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The coast of Central Norway is rugged with mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. The Expedition Leader and Captain will discuss with the local Norwegian pilots the many landing possibilities where options are many: Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle serenely in a deep fjord surrounded by cascading waterfalls, or venture ashore for a hike with our naturalist staff. Over the years, we’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 our voyage. 

Day 6 Lofoten Islands

  • Ship
  • 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, you will view nesting seabirds: Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, you will 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and today you will 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 you 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
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, you will let nature dictate your day-to-day movements here and this, by the way, is one of the great attractions of this expedition. Our flexible itinerary and years of experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. With our fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, you will be able to probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join our 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! Our expert staff gets you out daily. Depending on conditions, you may land on Edgeøya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. We often sail deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. You may 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 our 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 | Disembark | Oslo

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then, proceed to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo. Check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 16 Oslo | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
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Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2018/2019 departures.

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Notes

Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Costs Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation - please contact us for current rates from Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion
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