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Norwegian Fjords And Polar Bears

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Trip Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $4,949 pp/do*

2016 Prices From: $4,999 pp/do*

2016 Dates: May 29

Ships: M/S Expedition

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The Polar Bears of Norway

15 DAYS,EDINBURGH TO LONGYEARBYEN

Take part in a mystical north Atlantic journey and explore the various medieval towns of the Norwegian coast before heading north to the island of Spitsbergen. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife while searching for the elusive polar bear.

What’s Included

  • 14 nights aboard the expedition ship
  • Edinburgh meeting point to ship transfer
  • Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Guided tour of ancient ruins in the Orkney Islands
  • Visit to a local village in the Lofoten Islands
  • Guided tour of Tromsø including museums, a cathedral and a cable car
  • Longyearbyen airport transfer depending on your flight details
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men’s USA sized 8-14 & women’s USA sized 3-9
  • All meals included on board the ship.
  • Quad, triple, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (14 nights). Please note that all cabins consist of twin sized berths and are outside facing. Suites have one queen size bed.
  • M/S Expedition, Zodiac, and local buses.
  • 10:1 = Guest/Expedition staff ratio.

 

 

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gadv-norweigan-bears-mapDay 1 Arrive Edinburgh, Leith (1D)

Ship departs in the evening.

Day 2 Kirkwall (1B,1L,1D)

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island—the standing stones of Stennes, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the village of Skara Brae.

Day 3 Lerwick (1B,1L,1D)

The Shetlands are an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia, with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant bird life and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.

Day 4 Nordfjorden (1B,1L,1D)

We may stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier. A trolly-like car is available for people who are unable to walk the full distance.

Day 5 Geiranger (1B,1L,1D)

Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, into the mainland. The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6 Monks Island and Austratt (1B,1L,1D)

Today you will sail towards Monks Island which is just off the shore of Trondheim. The Benedictine monks built a monastery in the 11th century. Today it is a recreational area. Later we visit Austratt, which has been a residence for many noblemen and noblewomen who played a significant role in Norway’s development.

Day 7 Torghatten & Alstahaug (1B,1L,1D)

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful nature. The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking scenery and our Captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac shore landing options. Our goal is to visit Torghatten one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. We will also try to move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands.

Day 8 Svartisen & Vikingen (1B,1L,1D)

Svartisen has a beautiful walk to a glacier with the chance of an easy walk along a road. It also has a more demanding walk all the way around a lake below the glacier. Vikingen has the globe marking the Arctic Circle.

Day 9 Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer & Trollfjord (1B,1L,1D)

The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Today we go ashore via coach on the island of Aa, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening be sure to be on deck as we cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls.

Day 10 Tromso (1B,1L,1D)

Explore this northern haven and be sure to visit the Arctic Cathedral, whose unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs.

Day 11 At Sea (1B,1L,1D)

Sail past Bear Island, Explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya—a birdwatcher’s paradise featuring spectacular views.

Days 12-13 Hornsund and Bellsund (2B,2L,2D)

Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeers, Arctic foxes, and of course polar bears.

Day 14 Isfjord – Festningen and Alkhornet (1B,1L,1D)

The highlight of Festningen (the fortress) is an impressive dike of rock that runs along the top of a small cliff where fossilized footprints of dinosaurs have been found.

Alkhornet features a towering horn of rock which is the nesting site for thousands of Guillemots and Kittiwakes, while foxes and reindeer take advantage of the lush tundra vegetation below the cliffs.

Day 15 Depart Longyearbyen (1B)

Disembarkation on our final day is scheduled for 0800. Passenger are asked to schedule flights no earlier then 1000 that morning.

We will offer transfers to Longyearbyen Airport for all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation on that day.

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