Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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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.

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  • The National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class vessel that allows us to probe the floes in search of resident wildlife, including walruses, seals, and the majestic polar bear—the very symbol of the Arctic.
  • Discover unusual Arctic flora and tidewater glaciers on walks with naturalists, and spot huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, and reindeer.
  • Experience the legendary midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer, when the sun never sets.
  • With the guidance of a National Geographic photographer, take advantage of incredible photo opportunities beneath the midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer, when the sun never sets.

Itinerary

Itinerary

A high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snow-capped mountains, massive sheets of ice, and magnificent polar bears. From Oslo, head to the land of the midnight sun to explore these glittering islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Get up close to polar wildlife and spectacular landscapes in kayaks, Zodiacs, and on foot, and experience nature in its purest form.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./Oslo, Norway

Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo and check in to our hotel upon arrival. On an afternoon tour of this charming city, visit the Fram Museum to learn about early Norwegian polar expeditions and stroll Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to more than two hundred life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Breakfast, Dinner)
Accommodations:Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (2018) or Clarion Hotel- The HUB (2019)
Day 3: Oslo/Longyearbyen

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight, and enjoy views of the southern fjords en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide to visit the Svalbard Museum and an art gallery in the area. Embark the National Geographic Explorer, our floating base camp for the next six days.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 4-9: Exploring Svalbard

This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; and our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to the region's fascinating geologic features and the wildlife and wildflowers that flourish during the summer months.

With our National Geographic photographer and staff of seasoned naturalists, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the rugged coastlines. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra, and scan the edges of the pack ice for walruses, seals, reindeer, and polar bears—the iconic emblem of the arctic. Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet to observe these majestic creatures in their natural environment, and we're likely to spot several throughout the course of our trip.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 10: Longyearbyen/Oslo

Disembark in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. Get a taste of Arctic culture during a visit to a nearby wilderness camp, where we will enjoy local refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dogs that reside here. Fly back to Oslo this afternoon.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Day 11: Oslo/U.S.

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

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Iceland's Natural Wonders Extension
    4 days from $4,910
  • Norwegian Fjords Extension
    5 days from $4,590
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