mountain flowers blooming near coastal town on norway's fjords & arctic svalbard cruise
kayaker near glacier on norway's fjords & arctic svalbard small ship cruise
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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 sister ships National Geographic Endurance and Resolution, plus their predecessor 148-guest Nat Geo 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 unparalleled beauty of the Arctic region ensures an extraordinary experience on this once-in-a-lifetime Arctic cruise.

For a more compact journey, consider the alternative 11-day Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard and the Northern Fjords itinerary. Start by exploring the southern tip of the Svalbard archipelago before continuing to Bear Island. Then head farther south to the lesser-visited islands of Sørøya and Senja, known for their pristine wilderness and charming fishing villages. For an epic alternative 17-day option, experience the Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands and Iceland, skipping Svalbard in lieu of a multitude of birds en route to breathtaking Iceland. And for a 10-day option that also skips Svalbard, cruise from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway with visits to the bird- and history-rich Orkney and Shetland Islands along the way, on the Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles cruise.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises, Cruises to northern Norway and Svalbard and Arctic trips.



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 boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages ringed by jagged, granite peaks. Head ashore at Værøy, where fishing is still a major part of the economy; and search for Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. Later, head to the ship’s deck while she glides through Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords.

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-beauty 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; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard cruise 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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, National Geographic Resolution

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, National Geographic Resolution

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, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Tromso

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, National Geographic Resolution

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-beauty 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, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord

The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages ringed by jagged, granite peaks. Head ashore at Værøy, where fishing is still a major part of the economy; and search for Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. Later, head to the ship deck as we glide through Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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, National Geographic Resolution

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; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard cruise 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords Itinerary

The alternative Norwegian Discovery cruise begins with a charter flight from Oslo to embark the ship in Longyearbyen, explores Svalbard, cruises southbound with a visit to Bear Island and time along the Norwegian fjords before disembarking in Tromso, with a charter flight back to Oslo, Norway.

Route map of Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords cruise, operating round-trip from Oslo, Norway.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Oslo, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo and check into the Hotel Bristol (or similar) upon arrival (Day 2). In the afternoon, embark on a tour of Norway’s capital city. Stroll through Frogner Park among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian polar explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Hotel Bristol (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Longyearbyen & Embark

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the history of Svalbard and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern scientific research. Explore the Svalbard Art Gallery, home to a permanent collection of historic items as well as contemporary exhibitions of local artists. Later, embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 6
Exploring Svalbard

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. Here, in true expedition style, nature guides the course. This flexible itinerary and trip leaders with years of experience in the archipelago enable the itinerary to shine based on ice and weather conditions. With a fully stabilized, ice-class ship, probe deep into the ice in search of wildlife. Join spotters on the bridge, scanning the edges of the pack ice for huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer and polar bears. Venture ashore to hike the tundra, abloom with wildflowers. Sail deep into beautiful fjords and kayak quiet coves surrounded by sparkling icebergs. Board Zodiacs to view tidewater glaciers and spectacular ice formations. With onboard photographers, experts and seasoned naturalists, make the most of the days here. Enjoy nightly recaps and talks about the natural wonders being encountered, and view underwater video footage taken some 1,000 feet below the surface by the ship’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV). On this extraordinary voyage, every day is different and every day is an adventure.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

Sail south to isolated Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. Board a Zodiac to explore the coves and inlets of this mist-shrouded island. Gaze up at sheer cliffs and use those binoculars to take in the spectacular sight of tens of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes and murres.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Sørøya Island

Off Norway’s northern coast lies the mountainous island of Sørøya, known for its scenic bays, pristine nature reserves and long sandy beaches. It also is renowned for its large populations of skrei, or cod, which migrate to these waters during winter and spring. Plan to make an in-depth visit to this beautiful island, with opportunities to explore its surrounding fjords by Zodiac and kayak, and hike on shore.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Senja Island

Senja, the second largest island in mainland Norway, is characterized by dramatic mountains, colorful fishing villages and a coastline split by beautiful fjords. In the southern part of the island, find Ånderdalen National Park—more than 70 square miles of pristine wilderness that is home to reindeer, elk, red foxes and more. Spend a day exploring the island and fjords, and, if desired, join the naturalists on a spectacular hike.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Tromso & Fly to Oslo

Disembark in Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated here. Explore this charming coastal city, then board the charter flight to Oslo and check in to the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Accommodations

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Depart Oslo, Norway

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two hotel nights in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation, including one-way charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and one-way charter flight from Tromso to Oslo, Norway (total $850 per person in 2022 & 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to embark the ship in Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR), on Day 3 of the itinerary. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 10 in Tromso, Norway (TOS), followed by a charter flight to Oslo, Norway (OSL). Plan to depart Oslo anytime after breakfast on Day 11 of the outlined itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen and Tromso to Oslo are 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 Oslo and Longyearbyen. For the flight between Tromso and Oslo, there is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland Itinerary

The alternative Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins with a charter flight from Oslo to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway, and explores Norway’s fjords and most of Iceland, with the Shetland and Faroe islands in between, before disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Route map of Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise from Tromso, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Oslo, Norway & Explore

Fly overnight to Oslo and check into the Hotel Bristol (or similar) in the heart of the city. On an afternoon tour, stroll amid the city’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The evening is free to explore Oslo on your own.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Hotel Bristol (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Tromso & Embark

Take a charter flight to Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” due to the large number of Arctic expeditions that originated here. Visit the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs; and peruse the Polar Museum, which showcases the ships, equipment and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers. Embark the ship this afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Tysfjorden

This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions; and explore Hellemobotn Fjord, which reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Lofoten Islands

Start the day on deck as the ship glides into Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. Continue to the Lofoten archipelago, which boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages framed by jagged, granite peaks that rise straight from the sea. Explore the many islets, and reposition to Værøy for walks and kayaking. Seek out Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Exploring The Fjords of Norway

Carved by glaciers over millions of years, Norway’s northern coast is laced with steep-walled fjords, mountainous islands and chiseled peaks. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, kayak through serene fjords, or go ashore on a secluded sandy beach to hike amid verdant valleys and birch forests.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
At Sea & Shetland Islands, Scotland

Spend a relaxing morning at sea as the ship sails toward the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of about one hundred islands and islets located north of the Scottish mainland. Glide past the towering cliffs of Noss to view murres, puffins, kittiwakes and other seabirds. This evening, dock overnight in Lerwick.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Lerwick & Foula

Lerwick is a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle. Explore the town, delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives, or embark on a bird-watching or geology walk. Alternatively, venture to the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof to examine its Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. In the afternoon, continue to Foula, a stark but spectacular island edged with towering cliffs and blanketed with peat bogs, where people are drastically outnumbered by puffins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Exploring The Faroe Islands

This morning, arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The legacy of the Vikings persists here, reflected in the language of the Faroese and their love of the sea. Visit Torshavn, the colorful capital of the Faroe Islands, where even the government buildings are crafted in the traditional design of wooden siding with a turf roof. Visit the 12th-century St. Olav’s Church alongside the ruins of Kirkjubøur Cathedral, which was never completed. Explore one of the outer islands in this tiny archipelago to see some of the incredible, dramatic sea cliffs and deep fjords that characterize the coastline. Take Zodiacs to look for cliff-nesting puffins, gannets and northern fulmars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
At Sea & Iceland: Seyðisfjörður & Grimsey

After a day at sea, awake along Iceland’s rugged eastern coast, an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves and hills that beckon hikers. Visit Seyðisfjörður , a colorful fishing village located in the mouth of a majestic fjords and surrounded by dramatic mountains. Choose to explore the town or visit Skalanes Nature Reserve to see its incredible wildflowers and bird cliffs. Continue to Grímsey on the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Ísafjörđur & Flatey Island

Located in the Westfjords region, the town of Ísafjörđur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water against a backdrop of steep hills. Spend time hiking and watching for nesting seabirds in this remote setting. The next day, visit Flatey island, a fishing and trading post for centuries. Navigate the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Westman Islands

Spend the day in the Westman Islands, one of the world’s younger archipelagos, formed by undersea volcanos some 11,000 years ago. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off the harbor. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock. Also spy Surtsey, one of the world’s youngest islands, which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either hike the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano; explore the Reykjanes Geopark; or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation, including one-way charter flight from Oslo to Tromso, Norway (total $490 per person in 2022 & 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway (TOS), on Day 3 of the itinerary. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on the final day, in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), followed by included daytime activities. Plan to depart Reykjavik anytime after 5:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The charter flight from Oslo to Tromso 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 two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat on the flight between Oslo and Tromso.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 02 - May 11, 2023
National Geographic Resolution • 10 days
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May 17 - Jun 02, 2023
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May 28 - Jun 13, 2023
National Geographic Resolution • 17 days
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Jun 27 - Jul 07, 2023
National Geographic Endurance • 11 days
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Jun 29 - Jul 15, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 17 days
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National Geographic Endurance

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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National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Deals

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Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more on National Geographic expeditions in this special deal.

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Save 10% when you book two consecutive cruises aboard a National Geographic expedition ship.

Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts So You Know What To Expect

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Expert Aboard: National Geographic Resolution & Endurance Ship Review

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"National Geographic Cruises Are My First Choice"

National Geographic cruises are my first choice. My cousins travel a lot and invited me to consider this Norway trip. I have always wanted to go to Norway, so it was an easy choice.

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[I most enjoyed] Of course Svalbard, since we had good weather, a captain who loved to challenge the ice and allowed us to see wildlife as promised!

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise options are available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Bergen Extension is a 1-day pre- or post-cruise exploration of the picturesque and historic city with one hotel night. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including highlights like the Bryggen area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before a stunning funicular ride and special dinner.

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Extension is a seamless 4-day post-cruise exploration of the geological wonders in the heart of the Icelandic wilderness: towering glaciers and gushing hot springs, boiling mud pools, lava fields and thundering waterfalls.

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The North Pole

Few places have called to explorers more than the North Pole. On this historic voyage, your aim is to stand at 90° North. Cruise aboard the 50 Years of Victory, one of the world's most powerful icebreakers, through dense pack ice searching for polar bear and walrus.

From $33495USD
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Pack in the excitement of an epic long Arctic cruise into only 7 days along the western coastline of Spitsbergen—featuring magnificent fjords, towering sea cliffs, polar bears and walruses—aboard the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer.

From $4995USD
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Spitsbergen In Depth

This 14-day voyage around the Svalbard archipelago aboard the 200-guest Ultramarine or the 128-guest Ocean Adventurer seeks out polar bears and remarkably diverse landscapes, exploring everything from jagged mountain peaks to sweeping polar deserts.

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