Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Discovery: Expedition
Book by 3 July 2017 and Quote promo code EB2018 to save 20% on the 2018 departure.
Book by 3 July 2017 and Quote promo code EB2018 to save 20% on the 2018 departure.
Day 1 - Bergen Welcome to Bergen, in Norway's fjordland. Embark in the afternoon to begin your adventure. We recommend arriving to Bergen early to explore on your own. Landing in Oslo? Travel to Bergen the scenic way by combining this itinerary with the 3-day “Oslo to Bergen Add-on” (contact us for details). There will be a welcome desk set up to greet passengers on arrival day between 09:00 and 12:00 at the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. We can assist with baggage drop-off and provide information on what to do in Bergen for the morning. Day 2 - Bergen/Flåm Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district. The Flåm Line is a 20km (12.4 mi) route between Myrdal and Flåm. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation different of 863m (2,831 ft). Day 3 - Flåm/Olden Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to the glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake. Stretch out your legs on a walk from the Birksdal area to a nearby glacier. For the first 20-30 mins of this walk (moderate to strenuous), the grade is slightly uphill but the footing is easy. If you'd rather not make the trek, hop on the trolley to take you most of the way. As you approach, you'll need to walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort! Day 4 - Olden/Geiranger Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. The fjord is 15 km (9.3 mi) long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities. Day 5 - Trondheim Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking to the Sverresborg Folk Museum or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Opt to explore the area on your own, perhaps visiting Munkholmen. Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. Day 6 - Torghatten/Svartisen The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life. The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Day 7 - Svartisen/Sanna/Vikingen Visit Svartisen, Sanna and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 20 meters above sea level (in 2007). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee. Visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Article Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles. Explore Sanna, with walking opportunities for the energetic. Opt for a bit of a hill climb over easy terrain looking for views of white-tailed sea eagles or a more gentle walk through lowland meadow wildflowers to a cave lookout. The island has an abandoned fishing village which is now used mostly as summer homes. Day 8 - Lofoten The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac to the village of Å. Visit Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls. Enjoy a coach tour across the Lofoten Islands visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum (Stockfish Museum) and Svolvær. Stop for photos and other visits along the way including the Viking Museum at Bøstad. Day 9 - Lofoten Continue exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands, spending time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife. Day 10 - Lofoten/Tromsø Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own. Spend the day exploring Norway's largest northern city. Choose between hiking on the mountain top overlooking Tromsø, or wandering the city's streets before taking a cable car to the mountain top. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional open faced sandwiches while gazing over the city. Everyone will have a chance to visit some of the major sites including the Polar and Tromsø Museums and (weather permitting) enjoy a stunning view from a cable car. Day 11 - Tromsø/Hornsund Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya by Zodiac - the weather is temperamental, so this is a 50/50 chance. Bear island even from afar has spectacular views, thousands of species of birds like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic. Day 12 - Hornsund, Spitsbergen Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears. Our flexible itinerary and experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Each season we attempt to discover new landing sites to explore to enhance your expedition experience. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring us up close to mystical landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife. Day 13 - Hornsund/Bellsund Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home. Day 14 - Bellsund/Longyearbyen Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard. Day 15 - Longyearbyen - disembark Disembark the G Expedition in the morning. After disembarkation at approximately 8:00am, you will be transferred to either the airport or the Radisson Blu Polar hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town centre on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed, and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Raddison Blu Polar hotel will be available until time of departure. We are pleased to offer an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport for those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen around 2:30am (dependent on airline schedules). Transfers to Longyearbyen Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation.
The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions. The Expedition's spacious confines can hold as many as 140 passengers, but our commitment to keeping group sizes small means you'll never have to share it with more than 131 others. Many expedition cruise operators offer you a choice of space, comfort or expertise; the M/S Expedition delivers all three at a price few can top.