Enjoy the combination of discovering one of the most beautiful and varied coastlines in the world and of exploring the crown of the Arctic, Svalbard.
The Rugged Coast of Norway
Norway has an incredibly long coastline, stretching from 58° to 71°N. This rugged shoreline features a hugely diverse landscape, from lush fjords to steep mountains, islands, skerries, and Arctic wilderness. Starting in historic Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords, we sail deep into the Dalsfjord. This fjord lies at the heart of western Norway with an excess of dramatic fjord scenery. In this area, you will experience lush hills, high mountains, powerful waterfalls, and charming little villages.
North of the Arctic Circle and Toward the Top of the World
After visiting an abandoned fishing village and a legendary mountain, we cross the Arctic Circle and continue on to one of the most famous island groups of Norway. The beauty of the Lofoten islands is simply staggering, characterized by jagged mountains and peaks, deep fjords, sheltered inlets, white beaches, and idyllic fishing villages.
A bit further north you can experience more pristine beauty at the Arctic paradise islands of Sommarøy. A day later you will find yourself at the northernmost point of the European mainland. For centuries the North Cape has been a great adventure destinations for travelers, who traveled great distances to take in the view and stand on the steep mountain cliff that rises over 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean.
The Arctic Ocean, Isolated Bear Island, and the Realm of the Polar Bears
As we cross the Arctic Ocean, we will try to go ashore on the very isolated Bjørnøya (Bear Island). This volcanic island is smack in the middle between the Norwegian mainland and Svalbard. Despite its isolation, Bjørnøya is very lively, as an astronomical number of breeding birds spend their summer here. At last, we reach Svalbard, where the elements rule – a land of ice and snow that is the natural habitat of the mighty polar bear. Here you can explore some of the most scenic fjords, visit the settlement of Ny-Ålesund (which is the northernmost community on earth) and end the expedition in lively Longyearbyen.