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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard
Few places remain in the world where you can be assured that nature will provide highlight after unexpected highlight. The majestic fjords of Norway and the stunning glaciers of Arctic Svalbard are just such a wilderness.

Then high above coastal Norway under the midnight sun lies the archipelago of Svalbard, a wilderness region that few Americans know: towering ice caps, deep
fjords mountains and massive sheets of ice, just 600 miles from the North Pole. read more Few places remain in the world where you can be assured that nature will provide highlight after unexpected highlight. The majestic fjords of Norway and the stunning glaciers of Arctic Svalbard are just such a wilderness.

Then high above coastal Norway under the midnight sun lies the archipelago of Svalbard, a wilderness region that few Americans know: towering ice caps, deep fjords mountains and massive sheets of ice, just 600 miles from the North Pole.
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Day 1 - U.S. to Bergen, Norway

Day 2 - Embark Bergen

Day 3 - Nordfjord & Jostedals Glacier

Day 4 - Smola

Day 5 - Exploring the Fjords of Norway

Day 6 - Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord

Day 7 - Tysfjorden

Day 8 - Tromso

Day 9 - Exploring at Sea

Day 10 - Bear Island

Days 11 - 15 - Exploring Svalbard

Day 16 - Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo

Day 17 - Fly Home from Oslo


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Day 1 - U.S. to Bergen, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen , Norway, via Copenhagen.
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Day 2 - Embark Bergen

Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the fjordlands and known as the city of seven hills. Stroll historic Bryggens Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before embarkation.
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National Geographic Explorer
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lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Nordfjord & Jostedals Glacier

Today enter lovely Nordfjord, included on this itinerary since it is less touristed. Spend the morning at the end of the fjord, then transport 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, walk to a tongue of the large Jostedalsl Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as the National Geographic Explorer sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Smola

Visit the scenic little island of Smola, where you have been specially invited by the locals to make the first-ever ship call.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Exploring the Fjords of Norway

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 the ship's naturalist staff. Over the years, the Explorer has 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 this voyage.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord

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

Day 7 - Tysfjorden

There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and on the days to come explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. National Geographic Explorer 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 unspoiled Hellemobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hike almost to the border.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Tromso

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.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Exploring at Sea

Having explored the High Arctic, your sights are now set for coastal Norway. If weather conditions allow, search for marine mammals in more wildlife-frequented areas the National Geographic team has found over the years.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Bear Island

Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. This is a birdwatcher's paradise.
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National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 11 - 15 - Exploring Svalbard

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, nature dictates your day-to-day movements here, and this flexibility is one of the great attractions of this expedition. National Geographic's years of experience here allows them 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 Explorer's 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!

National Geographic's expert staff gets you out daily. Depending on conditions, you may land on Edgeøya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. The ship often sails deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. Perhaps 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 Explorer's 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.
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National Geographic Explorer
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breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16 - Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly to 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.
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SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
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breakfast and lunch

Day 17 - Fly Home from Oslo

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for a flight home, or on to other adventures.
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breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Beyond the North Cape cruise begins in Bergen and ends in Oslo, Norway. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 16 of the outlined itinerary.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       May 19 - Jun 04, 2015National Geographic Explorer$15170 - $27750View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $15170

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $15990

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $16820

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $18120

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category 1 Solo - $19990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $20690

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 2 Solo - $21020

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $24150

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $27750

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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Included

Flights from Longyearbyen to Oslo. One night pre-cruise and one night post cruise hotel in Oslo; Shipboard accommodation, meals, shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage; Leadership by experienced expedition staff; Presentations by noted naturalists and other experts; Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions; Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and Arctic handbook; Group transfers and baggage handling as per itinerary; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.

Exclusions

International airfare, required charter flights; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals in Oslo; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Room Configuration

We will make arrangements for roommate shares for solo travelers at the double occupancy rate in categories 1 and 2. We match you with a cabin mate(s) of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Families & Children

Travelers aged 17 years old and under save $500. Specially skilled staff who are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. These staff members have gone through a course designed by travel experts with years of experience in childhood and environmental education. This course has also been created in conjunction with the National Geographic Education department and NG Kids Magazine. And don't worry – even though these are educational travel gems, the primary emphasis is on "fun". After all, you are on a family cruise vacation!

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to confirm a reservation. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date (120 days for 2015 departures). Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. 2014 cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $150, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-30 days - 50% of trip cost
29-0 days - No refund

Departures in 2015 are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days - $750, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
179-120 days - Advance payment cost
119-90 days - 25% of trip cost
89-60 days - 50% of trip cost
59-0 days - No refund

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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