Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||2 night hotels, 13 nights aboard 110-passenger expedition vessel|
|Meals:||All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard|
|Activity:||Small Ship Cruising, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History|
12-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours, excursions by Zodiac
- Search for Svalbards’s legendary wildlife: seals, walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, and our ultimate goal—polar bears
- Photograph dramatic landscapes, including chiseled fjords, glittering glaciers, lush tundra blazing with purple saxifrage and moss campion
- Explore by Zodiac to discover hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, murres, dovekies, puffins, and rare ivory gulls
- Visit colorfully-painted villages and tiny fishing hamlets steeped in Viking history
- Cruise down Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Norway’s most scenic natural wonders
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
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Dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and charming villages are the hallmarks of Norway's breathtaking coastal realms. The long days of Arctic summer allow ample time for exploration of magnificent landscapes by ship, during expeditionary Zodiac cruises, and on foot. We meet the hearty residents of timeless fishing villages and towns steeped in the history of maritime trade and exploration. On our Svalbard excursion, wildlife is plentiful and the focus of our time, as the area is home to a wealth of species—including polar bears.
Days 1-2, May 30-31, 2015
Fly to Bergen, Norway
Fly to Bergen, Norway. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 3, June 1
Bergen / Embark Sea Adventurer
After a leisurely morning and lunch at the hotel, we set out to explore Norway’s second largest city. We pass by venerable King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and the old wharf of Bryggen—a World Heritage Site whose picturesque medieval gable houses date back to the time of the Hanseatic League. After a drive past gracious suburban homes and gardens, and a stroll in the fresh air, we visit the Troldsal concert hall for a short performance by a Norwegian pianist. In the evening we embark on the Sea Adventurer.
Day 4, June 2
Geiranger Fjord / Geiranger
The serpentine route through the 12-mile-long Geiranger Fjord is one of Norway’s premier scenic wonders, with mountains laced with numerous breathtaking waterfalls towering on both sides. Take a short tour of the tiny village of Geiranger, then board coaches and climb the road to Flydalsjuvet Gorge for breathtaking views.
Day 5, June 3
The island of Runde has a mere 160 human inhabitants, but it is home to more than half a million seabirds representing more than 230 different species—puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, fulmars, storm petrels, razorbills, shags, and guillemots. From Zodiacs, we look for the seals that rest on some of the smaller offshore islands. This afternoon we sail the western coast of Norway, weaving among the dramatic fjords with their verdant slopes and towering cliffs.
Day 6, June 4
Weather permitting, we board Zodiacs to explore the intriguing inlets, rocky shorelines, and deserted coves of this wildly rugged and pristine coast.
Day 7, June 5
Kjerringøy / Røst, Lofoten Islands
Officially north of the Arctic Circle, the 19th-century trading station of Kjerringøy lies on a sleepy peninsula bathed by turquoise seas and backdropped by soaring granite peaks. We tour the historic district, most of which has been preserved as an open-air museum. This afternoon the Sea Adventurer arrives at Røst, one of the 356 islands and rocky outcrops that make up the southern edge of Lofoten. By Zodiac, we explore the shores of this northern oasis that basks in the heart of the Gulf Stream, its mild climate attracting two million nesting seabirds to the cliffs of the outer islands.
Day 8, June 6
Reine / Stamsund / Trollfjord
Go ashore in Reine on Moskenesøy Island, one of the four main Lofoten Islands. Often hailed as the most scenic spot in Norway, the town sits on the shores of a blue-green lagoon surrounded by pinnacled mountain peaks. On an adjacent island, we visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, built at the site of an ancient Viking farm discovered in the early 1980s. This evening, we watch for orca, minke, and pilot whales as the ship cruises along the shores of Nordland and Trollfjord.
Day 9, June 7
This morning we disembark in Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” A cable-car ride up 1,800-foot Mount Storsteinen offers amazing views. Visit the unique Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965 and famous for its dazzling wall of blue and gold stained glass. At the Tromsø Museum, exhibits offer a look at the fascinating Sami culture, a northern people whose livelihood depends on reindeer herding.
Day 10, June 8
Skarsvaag / North Cape
This morning we go ashore in Skarsvaag and board a coach for the drive up to the 1,000-foot-high plateau that rises from the Barents Sea. The community of North Cape (Nordkapp) is commonly referred to as the northernmost point of the European continent. Here an impressive edge-of-the-world Visitors Center features historical exhibits and a film about the region. We return to the Sea Adventurer in time for lunch and set sail northward, across the Barents Sea.
Day 11, June 9
Bear Island (Bjørnøya)
For nearly three centuries, Bear Island—which sits halfway between North Cape and Spitsbergen—was the home of a major Barents Sea whaling station. Today, thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, murres, dovekies, and multiple varieties of gulls make their home on the jagged cliffs and rocky pinnacles that rise vertically from the sea. We cruise by Zodiac along the eroded cliffs and make an island landing for a tundra walk among seasonal Arctic wildflowers to search for Arctic foxes.
Days 12-15, June 10-13
Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago
We spend four days exploring the rugged coastline, spectacular narrow fjords, and offshore islands of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The primary goal is to locate wildlife, which is found here in abundance during the short summer season. The nature of polar expeditions requires flexibility regarding the daily schedule of activities, and landings may be weather and tide dependent. This list serves as a guideline of the places you may experience:
Spitsbergen’s southernmost fjord, Hornsund, is backdropped by soaring mountain peaks and rolling tundra that bursts into bloom during the summer. The Polish research station, established here in 1957, is a base for international research and exploration. Numerous seabirds soar overhead and Arctic foxes and groups of reindeer are often spotted in the vicinity.
This seldom-visited and spectacular waterway with its tidewater glaciers is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. Watch for foraging reindeer on land, while dovekies busily tend to their cliffside nests, hidden among the rocks.
A small, atoll-like island just a few feet above sea level, Moffen is a protected walrus sanctuary. Photographic opportunities abound with these massive creatures hauled out on the gravel shores. Polar bears and the rare Sabine’s gulls may also be found on this island.
A dramatically scenic fjord where rugged mountains rise from the permanent ice cap and the Monaco Glacier spills into the sea, a favored feeding ground for thousands of kittiwakes. Whales and seals are common sights.
Day 16, June 14
Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Disembark this morning in Longyearbyen and explore this Arctic mining town and capital of Svalbard. The brightly colored buildings house a variety of small shops and restaurants, as well as the Svalbard Museum. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 17, June 15
Oslo / Depart
After breakfast board your homeward-bound flight.
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What the Trip is Like
This trip is level 1, Easy. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as cobblestones and uneven, rocky beaches. We have designed shore excursions to accommodate both those who wish moderate strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. In June, temperatures will range from the low 50sF–mid-60sF, cooling slightly as you travel north. Flexibility is a must, as itineraries are subject to change, and landings may be tidal or weather dependent.
May 30-Jun 15, 2015 Sea Adventurer
Prices are for 2015
Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
Single Category 4: $16,580
- Twin cabins on Main and A-Deck are similar in amenities and average about 136 square feet; all cabins on Promenade Deck are slightly larger and average 165 square feet; suites are 211 square feet.
- All cabins have: a bathroom with shower, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, an intercom system for announcements, European-type outlets (two round sockets) at 220 volts, ample wardrobespace, full length mirrors, locked drawer, emergency buttons to call reception, desk and chair, and hair dryer.
- All cabins have two twin lower beds. A few triple cabins are available.
- Ocean view: cabins on A-Deck have two portholes, 12 inches in diameter; cabins 200-211 have one porthole, 12 inches in diameter; cabins 212-231 have one window, 24 inches by 17 inches; and cabins on Promenade Deck and the suites have one window, 22 inches by 16.5 inches.
Trip Cost Includes:
- All gratuities
- Accommodations in hotel and on board the Sea Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary
- All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
- Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
- Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
- All group activities and excursions
- Landing and port fees
- $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance
Trip Cost Does Not Include:All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages other than listed above, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: 25%
130 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Arrival & Departure Information
Arrival & Meeting Place
Radison Blue Norg Hotel
Date: May 31, 2015 (Day 2)
Flight arrival time: Anytime
Suggested Arrival Airport
Bergen, Norway (airport city code BGO)
For this program, Day 1 is a day of travel, assuming you are flying from the United States. The trip actually begins on Day 2 (May 31, 2015). Embarkation aboard the Sea Adventurer is the late afternoon of Day 3 (June 1, 2015).
Longyearbyen, Norway (LYR)
Date: June 14, 2015 (Day 16)
Disembark: In the morning
Suggested Airport for Departure
Oslo, Norway (OSL)
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo. You should book this flight with your international ticket, or you can request to have it purchased with your cruise arrangements (cost to be advised). In Oslo, a transfer will be provided from the airport to the Hotel Radisson Blue. The hotel overnight is included in your trip price and departing flights are recommended anytime on June 15, 2015 (Day 17).
The 110-guest Sea Adventurer is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-hardened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. The vessel is outfitted with satellite navigation and communication equipment. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft permits us to land anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. Each cabin has an ocean view, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom. Facilities on board the Sea Adventurer include a dining room, lounge, library, gift shop, laundry, and small gym.