Head north, into the ice and experience the legendary midnight sun. With our fully stabilized ice-class Arctic cruise ship, we are able to probe the ice to see the tundra undergo a warm awakening in summer. It is carpeted with wildflowers. Ice-peppered fjords ring with the thunderous sound of glacial ice crashing to the sea. Walrus raise their sleepy heads to observe us, and reindeer are seen running along the shore.
DAY 1 — Fly to Oslo, Norway
DAY 2 — Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures–hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. Overnight at the Continental Hotel, or similar.
DAY 3 — Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark our ship.
A voice announces softly over the ship’s PA, “Ice bear spotted ahead.” The captain kills the engines, and drifts in noiselessly as everyone holds their breath and cameras click wildly. See wild polar bears, prowling the pack ice in pristine Arctic Norway, just over 350 miles from Norway’s North Cape.
DAY 4-9 — Exploring Svalbard
Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions.
Our main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic.
DAY 10 — Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Disembark the ship and explore Longyearbyen before you fly to Oslo. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel before heading home.
Photos Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions