Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by July 31, 2019. Please call for details.

  • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer (2019 departures) or the new National Geographic Endurance (2020 departures), venture north to seek out Arctic wildlife—including walruses, seals, reindeer, and polar bears—with our highly skilled naturalists.
  • Board Zodiacs or kayaks and glide into islets and coves hidden among Norway’s soaring fjords.
  • Capture stellar images of epic landscapes and wildlife, enhancing your technique as you shoot alongside a National Geographic photographer.
  • Glide beneath the seabird-dotted cliffs of the Lofoten islands, and discover colorful fishing villages.

Itinerary

Itinerary

On a carefully-crafted itinerary that we’ve perfected over time, set out to explore some of the most stunning landscapes of the north aboard the National Geographic Explorer or the new National Geographic Endurance. Follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast from charming Bergen to Tromsø, discovering tiny fishing villages on our way to the icy shores of Svalbard. Spend five days exploring Svalbard with a world-class expedition team, kayaking deep into ice-fringed inlets; hiking windswept islands; and searching for iconic wildlife—including the majestic polar bear.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./BERGEN, NORWAY

Depart on an overnight flight to Bergen, the gateway to the fjords of Norway. Ringed by seven mountains, this beautiful city was once an important Hanseatic trading center. Discover Bergen’s maritime history on a guided walk of Bryggen—the city's colorful old wharf, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, embark our ship.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Dinner)
Accommodations:

National Geographic Endurance or National Geographic Explorer through Day 15

Day 3: NORDFJORDEN

Glide through the little-known Nordfjorden and travel overland to see the jagged peaks and turquoise lake of Lodalen Valley. Hike through deep, glacially carved valleys to Kjenndal Glacier.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 4-6: EXPLORING THE FJORDS OF NORWAY

Along the dramatic coast of central Norway, cruise in a Zodiac beneath vertical rock faces, paddle a kayak past countless waterfalls, and go for a hike with our naturalists. Explore hidden gems such as Melfjorden, a spectacular narrow channel that cuts between high granite cliffs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 7: LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Travel among the islets by Zodiac to view Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and murres; and go ashore at the island of Værøy. Later, cruise into the dramatic Trollfjorden, one of the most famous fjords in Norway.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: TYSFJORDEN

This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Explore a U-shaped valley whose fjord reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: TROMSØ

Tromsø is known as the “gateway to the Arctic” for the numerous Arctic expeditions that originated here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: AT SEA/BJØRNØYA (BEAR ISLAND)

We now set our sights on the high Arctic, taking advantage of opportunities to explore Bear Island. Glide a Zodiac into the coves and inlets of this mist-shrouded island, populated by tens of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and murres.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-15: EXPLORING SVALBARD

Spend five days searching for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes, and polar bears among the deep fjords, mountains, and ice sheets of Svalbard. Our itinerary is flexible, which allows us to maximize wildlife sightings. Walks along shorelines, as well as Zodiac and kayak excursions, bring us up close to untouched landscapes and passing icebergs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 16: LONGYEARBYEN/OSLO

Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Svalbard Art Gallery and Svalbard Museum. Then board our charter flight to Oslo and check in to our hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Day 17: OSLO/U.S.

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

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Iceland's Natural Wonders Extension
    4 days from $4,910
Iceland's Natural Wonders Extension

Post-Voyage

Discover some of Iceland's most geothermally active areas on a post-trip extension. Wander among twisted lava stacks and caves near Lake Mývatn, and stroll the black-sand shores of Kleifarvatn Lake. Explore historic landmarks in Reykjavík and set out into the surrounding countryside for a tour of the famed Golden Circle.

Day 1: Oslo, Norway/Reykjavík, Iceland/Akureyri

Depart from Oslo and arrive at the Reykjavík airport, then fly on to Akureyri, a port city on Iceland’s northern coast. Check in to our hotel and enjoy stunning views of snow-capped peaks that descend into the sea.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Kea Hotel Akureyri or similar
Day 2: Lake Mývatn/Akureyri

Today, head east to explore the Mývatn geothermal area, dominated by volcanic craters and natural lava sculptures. The mineral-rich waters of Lake Mývatn provide a sanctuary for flora and fauna, including colonies of unique algae balls called Marimo and more than 10 species of duck. Return to Akureyri to enjoy a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Kea Hotel Akureyri or similar
Day 3: Reykjavík

Fly to Reykjavík this morning and explore the world’s northernmost capital. Visit the Parliament House of the Althing, the oldest parliament in the world. Gaze up at the impressive tower of the Hallgrímskirkja church, one of the city’s best known landmarks. In the afternoon, choose to soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Borg or similar
Day 4: Reykjavík

Set out on a tour of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle to explore the dramatic landscapes that inspired the country’s nickname—“the land of fire and ice.” Stand in the spray of thundering Gullfoss Waterfall and walk between steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots in the Geysir geothermal area, namesake of all the world’s geysers. At Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, view the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and learn about the early democracy of Viking settlers in Iceland.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Borg or similar
Day 5: Reykjavík/Reykjanes Peninsula

This morning, choose to relax in your hotel, or join an excursion to the wild Reykjanes Peninsula. Discover the vivid hot springs, deep craters, and bright red, green, and yellow soils of the Krýsuvík geothermal area. Stroll on the black-sand beach at the edge of Kleifarvatn, one of the country’s largest and deepest lakes. Visit the Kvikan House of Culture and Natural Resources in the fishing village of Grindavík to learn the surprising history of saltfish, once one of Iceland’s most vital economic exports. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch