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Wild Norway and Svalbard (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Bergen, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Dates: 17 May 2019 - 02 Jun 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
17 May 2019
Air travel

Board your independent flight to Norway.

DAY 2
18 May 2019
Bergen, Norway

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

DAY 3
19 May 2019
Bergen, Norway

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 Rosenkrantz 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
20 May 2019
Geiranger, Norway

The 12-mile-long Geirangerfjord 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
21 May 2019
Runde, Norway

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
22 May 2019
Scenic Cruising

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

DAY 7
23 May 2019
Kjerringoy, Norway
Røst Island, Norway

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
24 May 2019
Reine, Norway
Stamsund, Norway
Lofotr Viking Museum, Norway
Stamsund, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway

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
25 May 2019
Tromso, Norway

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
26 May 2019
Skarsvåg, Norway
North Cape (Cruising), Norway
Skarsvåg, Norway

This morning go ashore in Skarsvåg 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 visitor centre 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
27 May 2019
Bear Island, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

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 in a Zodiac along the eroded cliffs and make an island landing for a tundra walk among seasonal Arctic wildflowers to search for Arctic foxes.

DAY 12
28 May 2019
Liefdefjorden, Norway
DAY 13
29 May 2019
Monacobreen, Norway
DAY 14
30 May 2019
Moffen Island, Norway
DAY 15
31 May 2019
Poolepynten, Norway

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 Park, 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
01 Jun 2019
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

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
02 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway
Air travel

After breakfast, board your independent flight homeward.

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About the Ship

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Ocean Adventurer

The 120-guest Ocean Adventurer will be refurbished in 2017 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment's notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view and en suite bathroom.

What's Included

Included

  • Daily activity options; all gratuities; all accommodations; all meals; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; transfers; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

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  • Airfare; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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