Empty yellow inflatable kayaks fan out over calm water with snowy mountains in the background during the Norway Fjords Arctic Svalbard voyage.
mountain flowers blooming near coastal town on norway's fjords & arctic svalbard cruise
Mother polar bear & cub lay on floating ice on a sunny day during the Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard small ship cruise.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

On this 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 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 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. And for a shorter option that 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 (contact us for the day-by-day itinerary).

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

2023 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

Read More
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

Expedition parka to keep; 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. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Charter flight Longyearbyen to Oslo ($490 per person in 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2023 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.

2024 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
Embark Bergen, Norway

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 Resolution

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 5
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 10 - 14
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
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

Read More
Day 16
Depart Oslo, Norway

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for a flight home, or on to other adventures.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; one hotel night in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flight Longyearbyen to Oslo ($490 per person in 2024, subject to change);immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2024 Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard cruise begins in Bergen, Norway (BGO), with embarkation on Day 1 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 15 in Longyearbyen, Norway, followed by a charter flight to Oslo, Norway (OSL). Plan to depart Oslo anytime after breakfast on Day 16 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.

2023 Reverse Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Itinerary

The 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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Expedition parka to keep; 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. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Charter flight Oslo to Longyearbyen ($490 per person in 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2023 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 Oslo to Longyearbyen 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.

2024 Reverse Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Itinerary

The 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
Arrive 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. This evening, join fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your leisure.

Accommodations

Hotel Bristol or similar

Meals

lunch

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Day 2
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 7
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 14
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
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

Expedition parka to keep; one hotel night in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flight Oslo to Longyearbyen ($490 per person in 2024, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2024 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 2 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 16 in Bergen, Norway (BGO); plan to depart Bergen anytime after breakfast on Day 16 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 Oslo to Longyearbyen 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.

2023 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

Expedition parka to keep; 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. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and from Tromso to Oslo, Norway (total $850 per person in 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2023 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 are 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.

2024 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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Day 1
Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, your introduction to Norway
begins with a tour of Oslo, including a visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen. This evening, join fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your leisure.

Accommodations

Hotel Bristol (or similar)

Meals

lunch

Read More
Day 2
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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 3 - 8
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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
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

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
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

Read More
Day 13
Depart Oslo, Norway

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; two hotel nights in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and from Tromso to Oslo, Norway (total $850 per person in 2024, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 2024 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 2 of the itinerary. Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 12 in Tromso, Norway (TOS), followed by a charter flight to Oslo, Norway (OSL). Plan to depart Oslo anytime after breakfast on Day 13 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 are 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.

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.

May 02 - May 11, 2023
National Geographic Resolution • 10 days
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May 17 - Jun 02, 2023
National Geographic Endurance • 17 days
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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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May 02 - May 17, 2024
National Geographic Resolution • 16 days
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May 17 - Jun 01, 2024
National Geographic Resolution • 16 days
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May 31 - Jun 15, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 16 days
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Jun 13 - Jun 25, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 13 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
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.

Expedition Ship
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.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Groups Save 5% On National Geographic Expeditions

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% On Two Consecutive National Geographic Expeditions

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

Todd Smith • June 17th, 2022
Expert Aboard: National Geographic Resolution & Endurance Ship Review

Firsthand review of the National Geographic Resolution & Endurance. Learn what makes these the best-in-class next generation expedition ships. From X-Bow design to on deck igloos, this in depth ship review covers what you need to know.

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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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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise option is 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-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.

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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
Jul
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11 - 14 Day Cruise
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.

From $11495USD
May Jun Jul
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16 - 18 Day Cruise
Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition

Crush through pack ice and reach the North Pole in luxury, aboard the 245-guest, modern, hybrid-electric ship Le Commandant Charcot. With a variety of included activities—such as kayaking, citizen science and ice fishing—and the ease of round-trip charter flights from Paris, this North Pole expedition will not disappoint.

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Choose from one of four voyages to discover the jewels of the Arctic aboard cutting-edge small expedition ships. From Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland, to routes focused on the remote Jan Mayen or Northern Lights, there is something for every traveler to discover. Add-ons like kayaking, SUP, rock climbing and scuba diving make the journey even more rewarding for the adventurous.

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Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

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