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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

On this 17-day Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard expedition, follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores. 

“The land divides us, the sea unites,” Norwegians have said for centuries. Here, the sea carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast), and on this expedition you’ll explore almost the full length of its varied contours, from the jaw droppingly lovely Norwegian fjordlands to the heart-pounding icescapes of Svalbard. 

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance and 148-guest National Geographic Explorer offer active exploration via hiking, walking, kayaking and Zodiac riding amidst stunning scenery. Explore under the sure guidance of expedition leaders, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their collective knowledge and passion paired with the unparallelled beauty of the Arctic region ensures an extraordinary experience on this once-in-a-lifetime Arctic cruise.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.



Itinerary

Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Itinerary

The main Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Cruise begins in Bergen, Norway, cruises northbound and ends in Longyearbyen, with a charter flight to Oslo, Norway.

Route map of main & reverse Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Norway small ship cruise, operating between Bergen and Oslo, Norway, with visits to Nordfjord & Kjenndal Glacier, Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord, Tysfjorden, Tromso, Bear Island & Svalbard.
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Day 1
Fly to Bergen, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen, Norway.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Bergen

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

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

dinner

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Day 3
Nordfjord & Kjenndal Glacier

Today enter lovely Nordfjord, the “gateway to the glaciers.” Spend the morning at the end of the fjord, then 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). Then walk to a tongue of the large Kjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as the ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 6
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 a naturalist guide. Over the years, this expedition 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
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 Vaeroy, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. Be on deck while cruising into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Tysfjorden

There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful. Today explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. Enter Tysfjorden, where mile after mile of vertical walls surround 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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 day-to-day movements here, and this flexibility is one of the great attractions of this expedition. National Geographic’s years of experience here affords the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Aboard the fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join 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 the 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Proceed to the airport for the charter flight to Oslo. Check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel.

Accommodations

SAS Radisson Blu Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 17
Depart Oslo, Norway

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as internet, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; passport, visa and immigration fees; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard begins in Bergen, Norway (BGO), with embarkation on day 2 of the itinerary. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California (LAX). Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 16 in Longyearbyen, Norway, followed by a charter flight to Oslo, Norway (OSL). Plan to depart Oslo anytime after breakfast on day 17 of the outlined itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs checked luggage and 18 lbs cabin baggage on the flight between Longyearbyen and Oslo.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Reverse Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Itinerary

The 17-day Reverse Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Cruise begins in Oslo, Norway, with a charter flight to Longyearbyen, Norway, and cruises southbound to end in Bergen, Norway.

Route map of main & reverse Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Norway small ship cruise, operating between Bergen and Oslo, Norway, with visits to Nordfjord & Kjenndal Glacier, Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord, Tysfjorden, Tromso, Bear Island & Svalbard.
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Day 1
Fly to Oslo, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Oslo, Norway

Upon arrival, check into the Hotel Bristol (or similar). Explore this charming city, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

Accommodations

Hotel Bristol or similar

Meals

n/a

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Day 3
Fly to Longyearbyen & Embark

Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen, Norway. Embark the ship and set out to discover the High Arctic of Svalbard.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 8
Exploring Svalbard

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, nature dictates day-to-day movements here, and this flexibility is one of the great attractions of this expedition. National Geographic’s years of experience here affords the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Aboard the fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join 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 the 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Bear Island

Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Tromsø

Tromsø 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Tysfjorden

There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful. Today explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. The nimble ship enters Tysfjorden to be surrounded by mile after mile of vertical walls, 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
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 Vaeroy, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. Be on deck while cruising into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 13 - 15
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 a naturalist guide. Over the years, this expedition 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 16
Nordfjord & Kjenndal Glacier

Today enter lovely Nordfjord, the “gateway to the glaciers.” Spend the morning at the end of the fjord, then 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). Then walk to a tongue of the large Kjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as the ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Bergen, Norway

Disembark in Bergen, Norway, which is set on a lovely fjord, and transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as internet, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; passport, visa and immigration fees; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to Longyearbyen for embarkation. Embarkation is in Longyearbyen on day 3 of the itinerary; times may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California (LAX). Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 17 in Bergen, Norway (BGO); plan to depart Bergen anytime after breakfast on day 17 of the outlined itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs checked luggage and 18 lbs cabin baggage on the flight between Longyearbyen and Oslo.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 24 - Jun 09, 2021
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The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability and sustainability as well as for in-depth education and an unmatched range of exploration in the polar regions.

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