Girl in orange jacket paddles a sit-on-top yellow kayak in glassy water beside snowy mountains on a Norwegian Discovery cruise.
reindeer on green grass seen on norway's fjords & arctic svalbard cruise
a flock of kittiwakes, a seabird, fly in the sky above an iceberg and the ocean, on the national geographic voyage to the northeast passage
polar bear jumping between floating ice pieces on norway's fjords & arctic svalbard cruise
full zodiac passes nearby seal on ice in norway's fjords & arctic svalbard cruise
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords Cruise

On this Norwegian Discovery expedition, seek polar bears, wild isles and picturesque fjords. Discover remote islands, iconic wildlife and legendary beauty. In the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes and follow nature’s rhythms in search of the most famous creature of the north—the polar bear—plus see walrus, seals and myriad seabirds. Kayak and Zodiac cruise for water-level exploration and, conditions and wildlife permitting, go ashore to hike. Continue to mist-shrouded Bear Island to encounter towering cliffs populated with thousands of seabirds. Then head further south to the coast of Norway and spectacular isles of Sørøya and Senja, where nature flourishes amid vibrant coastal cultures.

Sail to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard under the midnight sun in search of polar bears hunting along the pack ice. Zodiac cruise along the towering cliffs of Bear Island that rise straight from the sea and are home to tens of thousands of raucous seabirds. On Senja Island visit pristine Ånderdalen National Park to search for reindeer, elk, red foxes and more. Explore the lovely fjords of Sørøya by Zodiac and kayak, and hike on shore.

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance offers 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.

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 Main Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords Itinerary

The 11-day main 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

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

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

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

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

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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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 main 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.

2023 Reverse Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords Itinerary

The 11-day reverse 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.
Read More
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)

Read More
Day 3
Fly to Tromso & Embark

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated here. Explore this charming coastal city, then embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
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

Read More
Day 5
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 6
Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

Sail north 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
Days 7 - 9
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 10
Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly to Oslo

Disembark in Longyearbyen and 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. 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 11
Depart Oslo, Norway

After breakfast, 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; 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 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, to Oslo, Norway and from Oslo to Tromso, 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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 Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway (TOS), 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 Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR), 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 Tromso and Longyearbyen 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 Main Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard & The Northern Fjords Itinerary

The 13-day main 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.
Read More
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

Read More
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, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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 main 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.

Jun 27 - Jul 07, 2023
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Jul 04 - Jul 14, 2023
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Jun 13 - Jun 25, 2024
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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.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

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Norway’s Fjords Extension is a 7-day pre-cruise exploration of Bergen, Oslo, and Norway’s two longest fjords, with nightly hotel accommodation. Kayak, canoe and hike, and enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway, one of world’s most scenic train journeys.

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On this expedition cruise, link Iceland and Greenland with Svalbard. Step aboard 126-guest Nat Geo Resolution for stunning fjords, icebergs, remote villages and iconic wildlife including polar bears, walruses, reindeer and whales.

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Follow the Viking trail on this expedition cruise from Norway to Iceland, visiting the Faroes & other far-flung North Atlantic islands.

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