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Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard with Nat Geo

Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard with Nat Geo

From AUD $26,720

Description

Sail Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high Arctic, where polar bears prowl and walrus haul-out on rocky shores. See two icons of the north in one voyage—the jaw-droppingly beautiful Norwegian coast and polar bears in their natural habitat. Plus, search for all the region’s other wildlife—reindeer, arctic foxes, fur seals, and rookeries teeming with thousands of birds.

Trip Name
Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard with Nat Geo
Days
16
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Passenger Capacity: 126 Built: 2020 A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities. The luxury of comfort on expedition National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.  Comfort & convenience in every room Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers. Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you. Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation. Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare.  Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers. Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope. Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views. Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean. Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity. Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch. Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment. Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures. Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system. Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge. Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers. Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year theNobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence ofthe King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslobegins with a stroll among the famed Vigelandsculptures—hundreds of life-size human figuresset in rolling Frogner Park. Next we visit the PolarShip Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegianexplorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening isfree to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn inearly. Overnight at the Hotel Bristol or similar. (L)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoybreathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen.Embark our ship and set out to discover the HighArctic of Svalbard. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3-7: Exploring Svalbard
Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where thesummer midnight sun never sets. In trueexpedition style, we let nature dictate our day-today movements here and this is one of the greatattractions of this expedition. Our flexible itineraryand years of experience here allow us to take thebest advantage of ice and weather conditions.With our fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship,we are able to probe deep into the ice where polarbears hunt. Join our spotters on the Bridge,scanning the ice and islands for huge walrus,bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, reindeer,some of the largest whales on Earth — and polarbears. A sighting brings everyone rushing inexcitement to the ship’s bow! Depending onconditions, we may sail deep into Hornsund,where even first-time kayakers can paddle in aquiet cove surrounded by sparkling bergs. Wemay venture to the stunning Monacobreen glacier,or get close-up views of the iconic creatures of theice by Zodiac. Back aboard, view underwatervideo from our ROV taken 1,000 feet below thesurface, or spend time on deck with aphotographer getting tips in an inspiringlandscape. Every day is different, every day anadventure. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 8: Bear Island
Zodiac around mist-shrouded Bear Island,populated by thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes,guillemots and gulls. This is a birdwatcher'sparadise. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 9: Tromsø
Tromsø is known as the “gateway to the Arctic”because so many Arctic expeditions originatedhere. Visit the Polar Museum and the ArcticCathedral, where the unique architecture evokessnow and icebergs. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 10: Tysfjorden
There’s no denying that the Norwegian fjords arebeautiful, and today we explore places along theNorwegian coastline that raise the standard oflandscape-pulchritude to new heights. Our nimbleship enters Tysfjorden, where mile after mile ofvertical walls surround us and only a few smallvillages cling to the rocky shores. Zodiac and kayak along steep-walled fjords, and findinspiration in the birch forests and tumblingwaterfalls. The u-shaped valley of Hellemobotncuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hikealmost to the border. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - DAY 11: Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchantinglandscape of picturesque villages ringed byjagged, granite peaks. Head ashore at Værøy,where fishing is still a major part of the economy;and search for Atlantic puffins, razorbills, andguillemots on a Zodiac cruise. Later, head to theship deck as we glide through Trollfjorden, one ofNorway’s most dramatic fjords. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - DAY 12-14: Exploring the Fjords of Norway
The coast of Central Norway is rugged withmountainous islands and steep-walled fjords. TheExpedition Leader and Captain will discuss withthe local Norwegian pilots our landing possibilitieswhere options are many: Zodiac along verticalrock faces, paddle serenely in a deep fjordsurrounded by cascading waterfalls, or ventureashore for a hike with our naturalist staff. Over theyears, we’ve discovered a number of specialplaces, including Melfjord. This narrow channel issurrounded by high granite cliffs polished smoothby massive glaciers, and is one of the mostspectacular spots on our voyage. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - DAY 15: Nordfjord
Today we enter lovely Nordfjord, the "gateway tothe glaciers". We spend the morning at the end ofthe fjord, where we are transported up the LoenValley via coach through some incredibly beautifulscenes: a turquoise-colored lake on one side andbreathtaking mountains all around. A number ofrelatively flat trails lead along valleys shaped bymassive glaciers (more strenuous hikes are alsoan option). And, we walk to a tongue of the largeKjenndal Glacier. This afternoon be on deck as ourship sails back out of the fjord amid high peaks.(B,L,D)
Day 10 - DAY 16: Bergen / Disembark / Home
Disembark our ship in Bergen, set on a lovelyfjord, and transfer to the airport for homewardbound flights. (B)
Day 11 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $26,720Category 1
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $27,290Category 2
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $33,570Category 3
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $37,270Category 4
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $41,350Category 5
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $41,940Suite A Solo
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $46,400Suite B Solo
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $47,480Category 6
18-05-202302-06-2023AUD $52,680Category 7

Inclusions

    • Sail into Norway’s spectacular fjords and explore secluded inlets and coves by kayak or Zodiac
    • Explore the rare northern fjords, threading the ice-carved narrows and standing on the bow as the captain noses up to glacier termini
    • Actively explore: hike, walk, and kayak through stunning scenery
    • Make for the wilds of Svalbard to see ice, bears, and Arctic wildlife
    • Enjoy superlative photo ops and onboard photo assistance

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