Across the Arctic Circle: Norway to Svalbard

Join this spring journey from Bergen in southern Norway all the way north to finish in Svalbard, deep inside the Arctic Circle. En route explore in depth Norway’s dramatic glacially sculpted coastline, UNESCO sites and the charming villages of the Lofoten Islands.

15 Days

$4,951

Across the Arctic Circle: Norway to Svalbard - 15 - $4,951

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 9 full days in Norway & 3 days in Svalbard
  • Only one spring departure per season
  • Starts in Bergen, Norway and finishes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • We like this 134-guest ship for its spaciousness and top-notch staff
  • Complimentary parka jacket & rubber boot loan

Start from Bergen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Across the Arctic Circle: Norway to Svalbard

Operator's Itinerary

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".


Day 2: Flam

Hop on the Flam Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.


Day 3: Olden

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Briksdal 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.


Day 4: 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.


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.


Day 6: Torghatten/ Vega Island

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.


Day 7: Svartisen/Lovund/Vikingen

Visit Svartisen, Lovund and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.


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 A. 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.


Day 9: Vesteralen

Continue exploring the beautiful Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands, spending time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife.


Day 10: Tromso

Tromso, 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.


Day 11: Tromso/Hornsund

Sail past mist-shrouded Bjornoya (Bear Island) - a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.


Day 12: Hornsund

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.


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 the ship in the morning.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

About The Ship

  • A 3-4* expedition vessel for 134 guests
  • 360 degree Observation Deck
  • 1B ice class rating
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Sauna and large heated mudroom
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
John Newby

I really like this ship's style. A proper expedition vessel with all the kit and caboodle that goes with that.

John Newby Polar Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Quad
Triple
Twin
Superior Twin
Suite
Premier Twin
May 2019
30-May-2019 $4,951* $5,603 $7,101 $7,818 Full $10,034

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £3799

Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.6 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: Children aged 10 years old or over can join this voyage.

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Arrival transfer
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • International flights to & from the start/finish points
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage

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