Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance
126 Passengers

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. The sea here carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast) and on this expedition, we’ll explore almost the full-length of its varied contours––from the jaw-droppingly lovely Norwegian fjordlands to the heart-pounding icescapes of Svalbard. On our Norway Fjord itinerary, we venture far off the beaten track plied by big cruise ships, our nimble ship enables us to:
• Explore the rare northern fjords, threading the ice-carved narrows and standing on the bow as the captain noses up to glacier termini
• Actively explore: hike, walk, and kayak through stunning scenery
• Follow the bucket-list-worthy glacially-carved coast
• Make for the wilder wilds of Svalbard to see ice, bears, and Arctic wildlife
• Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Home/Bergen, Norway
Day 2 Bergen, Norway/Embark
Day 3 Nordfjord
Days 4 to 6 Exploring the Fjords of Norway
Day 7 Lofoten Islands
Day 8 Tysfjorden
Day 9 Tromso
Day 10 Bear Island
Days 11 to 15 Exploring Svalbard
Day 16 Longyearbyen/Oslo
Day 17 Oslo/Home

Day 1 — Home/Bergen, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen (flight not included).

Day 2 — Bergen, Norway/Embark

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

Day 3 — Nordfjord

Today we enter lovely Nordfjord, the "gateway to the glaciers". We spend the morning at the end of the fjord, where we are transported up the Loen Valley via coach through some incredibly beautiful scenes: a turquoise-colored lake on one side and breathtaking mountains all around. A number of relatively flat trails lead along valleys shaped by massive glaciers (more strenuous hikes are also an option). And, we walk to a tongue of the large Kjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as our ship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.

Days 4 to 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 our naturalist staff. Over the years, we’ve discovered a number of special places, including Melfjord. This narrow channel is surrounded by high granite cliffs polished smooth by massive glaciers, and is one of the most spectacular spots on our voyage.

Day 7 — Lofoten Islands

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

Day 8 — Tysfjorden

There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords are beautiful, and today we explore places along the Norwegian coastline that raise the standard of landscape-pulchritude to new heights. Our nimble ship enters Tysfjorden, where mile after mile of vertical walls surround us and only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Zodiac and kayak along steep-walled fjords, and find inspiration in the birch forests and tumbling waterfalls. The u-shaped valley of Hellemobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hike almost to the border.

Day 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.

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.

Days 11 to 15 — Exploring Svalbard

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expedition style, we let nature dictate our day-to-day movements here and this, by the way, is one of the great attractions of this expedition. Our flexible itinerary and years of experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. With our fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe deep into the ice where polar bears hunt. Join our spotters on the Bridge, scanning the ice and islands for huge walrus, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer, some of the largest whales on Earth — and polar bears. A sighting brings everyone rushing in excitement to the ship’s bow! Our expert staff gets you out daily. Depending on conditions, we may land on Edgeøya to hike the tundra, abloom with summer wildflowers. We often sail deep into Hornsund, where even first-time kayakers can paddle in a quiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. We may venture to the stunning Monacobreen glacier, or get close-up views of the iconic creatures of the ice by Zodiac. Back aboard, view underwater video from our ROV taken 1,000 feet below the surface, or spend time on deck with a National Geographic photographer getting tips in an inspiring landscape. Every day is different, every day an adventure.

Day 16 — Longyearbyen/Oslo

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then, proceed to the airport for our charter flight to Oslo. Check into your hotel.

Day 17 — Oslo/Home

Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
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Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
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Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
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Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen
$19,420Limited$19,990Limited$24,440Limited$27,130Limited$30,110Limited$34,630Limited$38,440Limited$30,550Limited$33,910Limited$490 
Photography, Kayak
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Photography, Kayak
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Photography
Charter air: Longyearbyen/Oslo
$19,420Limited$19,990Limited$24,440Limited$27,130Limited$30,110Limited$34,630Limited$38,440Limited$30,550Limited$33,910Limited$490 
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Nome/Anchorage $350
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Charter air:
Anchorage/Nome $350
Tromso/Oslo $490
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Charter air: Oslo/Tromsø
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Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 183 square ft.
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Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 205 square ft.
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Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
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Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
   Category 5
Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
   Category 6
Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed. 344 square ft.
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Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet. 430 square ft.
   Category A Solo
Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.
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Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.