Set sail from Bergen – the gateway to Norway's fjords – to the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling 15-day odyssey along the fjord coastline of Norway. Explore the glaciers that carved the stunning landscapes, visit subarctic islands by Zodiac in search of wildlife, walk through history at UNESCO-protected historical sites, and much more. Don’t merely pine for the fjords; find them.
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
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
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.