Day 1: Longyearbyen, NorwayArrive in Longyearbyen and relax in your hotel with your evening at your leisure.
Day 2: Longyearbyen / BarentsburgAfter an included breakfast, you’ll have some time to explore Longyearbyen on your own or the possibility to discover its surroundings during an optional excursion. Afterwards enjoy an included lunch at your hotel before being transferred to the pier for embarkation.
Enjoy your first stop on the voyage at the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Svalbard is Norwegian sovereign land; however, due to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920 all signatory states have equal right to establish themselves with activity in Svalbard. This Russian “company town” has existed since 1935, but you can go back even further in time and find history of coal exploration in Grønfjorden (Green Harbor) where Barentsburg is situated. The town is constructed around the entrance of the coal mine and you will find an exotic collection of Russian artifacts and architecture.
Day 3: Northwest Spitsbergen National ParkNorth West Spitsbergen National Park in local slang is called The Northwest Corner. Scattered with islands, fjords and beaches, it has a long history of exploration. When Willhelm Barentz discovered Svalbard in 1596, this was the land he saw. He named it Spitzbergen, reflecting the sharp and steep mountains in the area. Magdalenefjorden is one of the fjords that we aim to visit. Experience whaling’s important role in the cultural heritage at a whaling station from the 16th century.
Discover the high latitude islet of Moffen situated above the 80th parallel features a bird sanctuary with a known walrus haul-out. Its atoll-like shape with a lake in the middle made it the perfect spot for early whalers to seek shelter in foul weather.
Day 4: Hornsund, SvalbardWelcome to another beautiful day in the Arctic. The landscape of Hornsund is largely alpine with the majestic Hornsundtinden rising high above. Discover Mt. Bautaen which in English means obelisk and its resemblance to a giant Viking sword. Let your imagination run wild while spending the day in these extraordinary surroundings.
Day 5: Bjørnøya Island, SvalbardIsolated and situated the furthest south in the Svalbard Archipelago, Bjørnøya Island has been noted to have the largest concentration of sea birds in the Northern Hemisphere. The overhanging cliffs represent an extremely important breeding habitat where the cold waters from the Arctic Ocean meet the warm Gulf Stream currents.
Day 6: Tromsø, NorwayThe Gateway to the Arctic with a high frequency of Northern Lights activity, Tromsø is a lively, colorful town rich in Arctic history. Surrounded by the dramatic Lyngen Alps, blue fjords and hundreds of islands, Tromsø’s forests are an array of fall colors come September with crisp frost shimmering in the morning light.
Day 7: Bleiksøya / TindsøyaSpend the morning whale watching around Bleiksøya, a small uninhabited island outside of Andøya in Vesterålen. The island is a nature reserve and home to a 160m (525ft) active bird cliff. After lunch, make a boat landing at Tindsøya and visit its two villages: Skipnes and Tinden. Historically, Skipnes was a fishing and farming village, but has been rebuilt for leisure and local tourism. Tinden was protected as a cultural heritage site in 1994 – enjoy its main house and wharfs from the late 1800’s.
Day 8: Trollfjord / Svolvær / ÅDuring the early morning hours, visit magnificent Trollfjord. To the west are the Raftsundet Alps climbing 1,200m (3,937ft) above sea level. The Trollfjord slices right into these mountains. Navigate into its narrow entrance where mountain walls rise directly out of the sea and you feel as though you can reach out and touch its sides.
After breakfast visit Svolvær, a town of 6,000 inhabitants making it the largest town in Lofoten. It is a cultural center with many artists, art workshops, galleries and schools. Enjoy the terraces of the waterside cafés and restaurants while soaking up spectacular mountain views and the bustling life in the harbor.
Å is situated in the outermost part of the Lofoten Islands and is one of Norway's most authentic traditional fishing villages. There may be time this evening to spend strolling around and taking in the unique atmosphere of this charming village.
Day 9: Hamarøy / KjerringøyHamarøy is probably best known as the home of Knut Hamsun, the famous writer and winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Dominated by small fjords, woodland and coastal mountains, there are several nature reserves and a few small villages. The Knut Hamsun Centre is situated among a beautiful landscape surrounded by nature that remains virtually untouched since Hamsun’s days. The Centre’s tower offers an impressive view over the area that provided inspiration to write his prize winner Growth of the Soil.
Discover Kjerringøy, a peninsula with only 300 inhabitants. Kjerringøy is an old trading center containing 15 historic buildings in a unique setting. Gain insight into Norwegian coastal culture and see how everyday life was at the end of the 19th century.
Day 10: Træna / LovundTræna holds more than 1,000 islets, rocks and skerries and less than 500 inhabitants. Situated on the Polar Circle, 33 nautical miles off the coast of Sandnessjøen, arrive at Træna in the morning and weather permitted go ashore. Spend the afternoon in Lovund best known for its puffin colony on the rocky north slope of the island. Around 390 people live in Lovund with salmon farms providing their main livelihood with plentiful valleys and mountains as recreational areas.
Day 11: FrøyaFrøya’s charm is in its people and plentiful small hills. Surrounded by more than 5,400 islets and reefs, its highest point is only 74m (242ft). Visit their community center and learn more about the archipelago and their way of life.
Day 12: ÅndalsnesSpend the day in Åndalsnes, a popular destination at the foot of northwest Norway’s spectacular mountains. With peaks rising 1,800m (5,905ft), it is a natural hub for various mountain sports.
Day 13: Bergen, NorwayArrive in Bergen in the morning and disembark the ship. Explore Bergen on your own in this charming international city surrounded by seven mountains. Founded in 1070, stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy famous sites like Håkon’s Hall, Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, Bergen Harbor and the famous fish market.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
1 hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch; transfer from hotel to ship in Longyearbyen; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket.
International and local flights; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.