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Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear
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Norway,United Kingdom

Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear

Set sail from Scotland and its beautiful isles en route to the Norwegian fjords and the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling 21-day odyssey along the fjord coastline of Norway. Explore the glaciers that carved the stunning landscapes, visit arctic islands by Zodiac in search of wildlife, walk through history at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and so much more. Every day of this journey reveals a new icy wonderland on the water. From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife that live in this polar wilderness, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year.
Enjoy the best of Scandinavia, with its buzzing capitals and stunning Norwegian Fjords. You’ll be treated to rich heritage that seamlessly blends with nature, complementing the glassy waters and the wild greens.

Experience nature’s sounds at its purest in Norway. Make lasting memories with a group of excited travellers, and find joy in exploring new paths.
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  • Duration
    22 Days
  • Starting From
    $10,399
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Gateway to the Fjords of Norway
Highlight #1
Gateway to the Fjords of Norway
Explore Bergen which has the ideal combination of nature, culture and interesting urban attractions.
Edinburgh: a historical, fantastical intro to Scotland
Highlight #2
Edinburgh: a historical, fantastical intro to Scotland
The Scottish capital bewitches with its historical grandeur, silvery lochs, whisky bars, winding roads and wild beauty.
The South Shetland Islands
Highlight #3
The South Shetland Islands
Thanks to their spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and proximity to Tierra delFuego, the South Shetlands are one of Antarctica’s most visited areas.
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Scandinavia: Soul Laid Bare

Flit through beautiful landscapes, across ancient towns, and waterfalls within snow-capped ranges

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Itinerary

Edinburgh

The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Kirkwall/Orkney

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Olden

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate hike to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Geiranger

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Torghatten/Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. 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, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Svartisen/Vikingen

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

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Tromsø

Tromsø, 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

At Sea/Bjørnøya

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

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Svalbard

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.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

Spend your day relaxing on board the G Expedition or head out to explore Longyearbyen, the starting point for many early explorers on expedition to the North Pole. Embark on your journey to Spitsbergen in the late afternoon.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Spitsbergen/Longyearbyen

On the departure day, there will be transfers available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 21 nts aboard the G Expedition

  Meeting point to ship transfer

  Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team

  Lectures and educational programs

  Orkney Islands guided tour of ancient ruins

  Shetland Islands visit

  Ålesund visit

  Rauma Railway excursion

  Trondheim visit

  Vega Island visit

  Svartisen glacier excursion

  Local village visit (Lofoten Islands)

  Tromsø city tour

  Wildlife spotting opportunities

  Hornsund excursion

  Bellsund visit

  Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16

  Expedition parka

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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Start date

29 May 2021

End date

19 Jun 2021

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22 Days / 21 Nights

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