Wild Norway & Svalbard

Sea Adventurer Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer — Z
120 Passengers
Adventure Options

Dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and charming villages are the hallmarks of Norway adventure travel. The long days of Arctic summer allow ample time for exploration of magnificent landscapes by ship, during expeditionary Zodiac cruises, and on foot. Meet the hearty residents of timeless fishing villages and towns steeped in the history of maritime trade and exploration. On our Svalbard tour, wildlife is plentiful and the focus of our time, as the area is home to a wealth of species—including polar bears.

Norway & Svalbard Expedition Highlights:
• Search for the Svalbard Archipelago’s legendary wildlife: seals, walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, and our ultimate goal—polar bears.
• Photograph dramatic landscapes, including chiseled fjords, glittering glaciers, and lush tundra blazing with purple saxifrage and moss campion.
• Discover hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, dovekies, puffins, and rare ivory gulls.
• Explore Svalbard by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot to fully appreciate the varied landscapes of this wild, nearly uninhabited realm.
• Cruise down Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Norway’s most scenic natural wonders.

INCLUDED:
• Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
• All gratuities
• All accommodations
• World-class lecture and expedition team
• All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
• All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
• Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
• Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
• Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Note: International airfare is NOT included and must be arranged independently of this itinerary (e.g. USA/Bergen & Oslo/USA).

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA via Independent Flight
Day 2 Bergen, Norway
Day 3 Bergen / Embark Sea Adventurer
Day 4 Geiranger Fjord / Geiranger
Day 5 Runde
Day 6 Expedition Stop
Day 7 Kjerringøy / Røst, Lofoten Islands
Day 8 Reine / Stamsund / Trollfjord
Day 9 Tromsø
Day 10 Skarsvaag / North Cape
Day 11 Bear Island (Bjørnøya)
Days 12 to 15 Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago
Day 16 Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Day 17 Oslo / USA via Independent Flight

Day 1 — Depart USA via Independent Flight

Board your independent, overnight flight to Bergen, Norway.

Day 2 — Bergen, Norway

Arrive in Bergen this afternoon and transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 3 — Bergen / Embark Ocean Adventurer

After a leisurely morning and lunch at the hotel, set out to explore Norway’s second largest city. Pass by venerable King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and the old wharf of Bryggen—a World Heritage Site whose picturesque medieval gable houses date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. After a drive past gracious suburban homes and gardens, and a stroll in the fresh air, visit Troldsalen Concert Hall for a short performance by a Norwegian pianist. Embark the Ocean Adventurer this evening.

Day 4 — Geiranger Fjord / Geiranger

The serpentine route through the 12-mile-long Geiranger Fjord is one of Norway’s premier scenic wonders. Mountains laced with numerous breathtaking waterfalls tower on both sides. Take a short tour of the tiny village of Geiranger, then board coaches and climb the road to Flydalsjuvet Gorge for breathtaking views.

Day 5 — Runde

The island of Runde has a mere 160 human inhabitants, but it is home to more than half a million seabirds representing over 230 different species—puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, fulmars, storm petrels, razorbills, shags, and guillemots. From Zodiacs look for the seals that rest on some of the smaller offshore islands. This afternoon we sail the western coast of Norway, weaving among the dramatic fjords with their verdant slopes and towering cliffs.

Day 6 — Expedition Stop

Weather permitting, board Zodiacs to explore the intriguing inlets, rocky shorelines, and deserted coves of this wildly rugged and pristine coast.

Day 7 — Kjerringøy / Røst, Lofoten Islands

Officially north of the Arctic Circle, the 19th-century trading station of Kjerringøy lies on a sleepy peninsula bathed by turquoise seas and backdropped by soaring granite peaks. Tour the historic district, most of which has been preserved as an open-air museum. This afternoon the Ocean Adventurer arrives at Røst, one of the 356 islands and rocky outcrops that make up the southern edge of Lofoten. By Zodiac explore the shores of this northern oasis that basks in the heart of the Gulf Stream, its mild climate attracting two million nesting seabirds to the cliffs of the outer islands.

Day 8 — Reine / Stamsund / Trollfjord

Go ashore in Reine on Moskenesøya Island, one of the four main Lofoten Islands. Often hailed as the most scenic spot in Norway, the town sits on the shores of a blue-green lagoon surrounded by pinnacled mountain peaks. On an adjacent island visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, built at the site of an ancient Viking farm discovered in the early 1980s. This evening, as the ship cruises along the shores of Nordland and Trollfjord, watch for orca, minke, and pilot whales.

Day 9 — Tromsø

This morning disembark in Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” A cable-car ride up 1,800-foot Mount Storsteinen offers amazing views. Visit the unique Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965 and famous for its dazzling wall of blue and gold stained glass. At the Tromsø Museum, exhibits offer a look at the fascinating Sami culture, a northern people whose livelihood depends on reindeer herding.

Day 10 — Skarsvaag / North Cape

This morning go ashore in Skarsvaag and board a coach for the drive up to the 1,000-foot-high plateau that rises from the Barents Sea. The community of North Cape (Nordkapp) is commonly referred to as the northernmost point of the European continent. Here, an impressive edge-of-the-world Visitors Center features historical exhibits and a film about the region. Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail northward, across the Barents Sea.

Day 11 — Bear Island (Bjørnøya)

For nearly three centuries, Bear Island—which sits halfway between North Cape and Spitsbergen—was the home of a major Barents Sea whaling station. Today, thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, murres, dovekies, and multiple varieties of gulls make their home on the jagged cliffs and rocky pinnacles that rise vertically from the sea. Cruise by Zodiac along the eroded cliffs and make an island landing for a tundra walk among seasonal Arctic wildflowers to search for Arctic foxes.

Days 12 to 15 — Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago

Spend four days exploring the rugged coastline, spectacular narrow fjords, and offshore islands of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The primary goal is to locate wildlife, which is found here in abundance during the short summer season. The nature of polar expeditions requires flexibility regarding the daily schedule of activities, and landings may be dependent on weather, tide, and ice conditions. Though specific stops are not guaranteed, the following are places visited on past expeditions:

Liefdefjorden - Liefdefjorden is a dramatically scenic fjord, where rugged mountains rise from the permanent ice cap and Monaco Glacier—named for Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, who led an expedition to Svalbard in 1906—spills into the sea at the deepest part of the waterway. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts, and the Monaco Glacier honors the expedition, and the prince. This is a favored feeding ground for thousands of kittiwakes, and whales and seals are also common sights.

Moffen Island - A small, atoll-like island just a few feet above sea level, Moffen is a protected walrus sanctuary. Photographic opportunities abound with these massive creatures hauled out on the gravel shores. Polar bears and the rare Sabine’s gulls may also be found on this island.

Poolepynten - Part of Forlandet National, this area is known for great walrus viewing and photography. Though sightings are never guaranteed, this area is known as a popular haul-out for these lumbering giants. They often create quite a rowdy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

Day 16 — Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo

Disembark this morning in Longyearbyen, with free time to explore on your own. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo, with dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 17 — Oslo / USA via Independent Flight

After breakfast, board your independent flight homeward.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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All gratuities are included in the trip cost.

Kayaking is free subject to availability. There are 16 spots, first come first served.

A limited number of Single cabins are available in Categories 2, 3 & 4 with no single supplement.

Additional singles in may be available (call for details and availability).

A limited number of triple cabins are available (call for details and availability).

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Category 1
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)

   

Category 2
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)

   

Category 3
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m)

   

Category 4
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)

   

Category 5
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)

   

Category 6
Located on the Upper Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)

   

Category 7
Located on the Captain’s and Upper Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Captains Deck
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) on Upper Deck

   

Suite
Located on the Captain’s Deck. One queen bed, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Suites have shower stalls.
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m)

   

Owner's Suite
Located on the Bridge Deck. One queen bed, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 230 sq. ft. (21 sq. m)