Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Bergen, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Air travel

Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen.

Bergen, Norway

Arrive in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. Stroll historic Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before embarkation. (D)

Loen, Norway
Kjenndalsbreen, Norway
Loen, Norway

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. (B,L,D)

Smøla, Norway

Visit the scenic little island of Smøla, where we have been specially invited by the locals to make a rare ship call. (B,L,D)

Scenic Cruising

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: Cruise by inflatable boats 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 it is one of the most spectacular spots on our voyage. (B,L,D)

Scenic Cruising
Værøy, Lofoten, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway

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 Værøy, 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. (B,L,D)

Tysfjorden, Norway
Hellemobotn, Norway

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. (B,L,D)

Tromso, Norway

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Bear Island, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island, populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, and gulls. This is a birdwatcher's paradise. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

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. This is in fact 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. 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 13
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 14
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 15
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 16
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Museum. Then, proceed to the airport for our charter flight to Oslo. Check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 17
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard map

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