Depart on an overnight flight to Copenhagen. Settle into the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Radisson Blu Hotel (Day 2: D)
Today, take a private charter flight (included) to Longyearbyen in the high Arctic and embark the National Geographic Orion.
The focus of these days is to search for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes, and polar bears living among the deep fjords, mountains, and massive ice sheets of Svalbard. Our itinerary is flexible to allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Shore walks and Zodiac and kayaking adventures bring us up close to rugged landscapes and passing icebergs.
We'll now set our sights toward coastal Norway,discover the coves and inlets of mis-shrouded Bear Island, populated by hundreds of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and guillemots.
Tromsø is known as the "gateway to the Arctic" because so many Arctic expeditions originated here. Visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral, whose unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs. Enter Tysfjorden to explore its inlets and the village of Hellemobotn. Cruise into the dramatic Trollfjorden, one of the most famous fjords in Norway before navigating the Lofoten Islands. Once there, travel by Zodiac to view Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots.
The coast of central Norway is rugged with mountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, paddle a kayak past waterfalls that tumble into a serene fjord, or venture ashore for a hike with our naturalists. Explore hidden gems like Melfjorden, a narrow channel that cuts between high granite cliffs polished smooth by massive glaciers—one of the most spectacular spots on our voyage.
Glide through the little-visited Nordfjord and travel overland to see the jagged peaks and turquoise lake of Olden Valley. Hike through deep glacially carved valleys to Jostedals Glacier.
After arriving in the Hanseatic town of Bergen, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.