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Norway and Svalbard by Small Ship

11 days with Alexander+Roberts   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Welcome to Oslo, Norway
On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Thon Hotel Opera. Join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel. (D)
 
Day 2 - Tasting tour of Oslo
Experience Oslo’s history and culture through its food, from the vibrant Aker Brygge waterfront to the trendy Grünerløkka district. (B+L+D)
 
Day 3 - Board the Ocean Atlantic
Fly to Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Islands. Tour Longyearbyen and board the ice-class Ocean Atlantic to begin your voyage. (B+D)
 
Day 4 - Into the Kongsfjorden
Sail through the Kongs Fjord to visit Ny Ålesund and its scienti?c research stations. Conditions permitting, make another landing at Ny London, home to Arctic terns. (B+L+D)
 
Day 5 - Nordvest-Spitsbergen
In the secluded bay of Virgohamna, you’ll learn about its infamous history as the starting point for several failed attempts to reach the North Pole. On Fugelsongen Island, you’ll find Svalbard’s largest colony of little auks, a diminutive black and white bird that can dive up to 95 feet into the sea. (B+L+D)
 
Day 6 - North to the 80th Parallel
Even before Hampton Sides published his gripping account of the USS Jeanette’s 1879 attempt to reach the North Pole, the 80th Parallel has been a lure for world adventurers. Today we’ll navigate as far north as sea conditions allow – possibly bringing us to within 10 degrees of the North Pole – and 5 degrees farther than the Jeanette’s ill-fated voyage. (B+L+D)
 
Day 7 - Fjords, Islets + Glaciers
Navigating the pristine waters of northern Svalbard as far east as possible, we hope to explore the Wood Fjord, where walruses can be spotted, and the Andøyane Islets, a nesting ground for migratory birds. Sailing deep into the Liefde Fjord would bring you close to the Monaco Glacier. (B+L+D)
 
Day 8 - Spitsbergen’s Western Coast
Going ashore on the so-called Blomstrand Peninsula, we’ll ?nd that it is now an island – the result of a receding glacier. A hike up the 1,263-foot peak of Irgens?ellet is rewarded with a view of rugged mountains, icy seas and the Kongs Glacier. Later, if conditions permit, a Zodiac excursion will show you the impressive curved face of the Lilliehöök Glacier. (B+L+D)
 
Day 9 - Svalbard’s Southwest Coast
Sailing into Bellsund Inlet, you’ll go ashore at Vårsol Bay with our Expedition Team to explore the moss-covered tundra and a rocky cliff where hundreds of thousands of little auks have built their nests. Along the majestic Recherche Fjord, a Zodiac landing at Calypsobyen reveals an important cultural and historic site that bears witness to the early 20th-century mining exploits of the Northern Exploration Company. (B+L+D)
 
Day 10 - Husky Adventure + Tromsø
Disembarking in Longyearbyen, A+R guests will enjoy a special Husky adventure. Learn to harness these hard-working dogs and set out across the Arctic landscape in wagons specially built to keep the dogs trained and exercised when the snow is gone. Then fly to Tromsø and check in to the Clarion Hotel The Edge. Tonight we take you to Whale Island to experience and photograph the Arctic wilderness under the magical light of the Midnight Sun. Enjoy a hearty dinner and Nordic tales around the camp fire. (B+D)
 
Day 11 - Fly back to Oslo
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight back to Oslo. (B)
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All This Included
We’ve uniquely combined our private touring in Oslo + Tromsø with a Svalbard cruise. Our ice-class ship and maneuverable Zodiacs are built to explore these Arctic fjords with their rich wildlife + amazing landscapes.
  • Our exclusive Taste of Oslo tour, Husky Adventure and Midnight Sun Wilderness Experience with expert guides and never more than 16 guests
  • Complete program of shore landings and Zodiac excursions with our experienced Expedition Team
  • 27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 3 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
  • 7 nights in your choice of stateroom aboard the ice-class Ocean Atlantic
  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all 3 internal flights
  • Luggage handling, hotel taxes, airline fees for your 3 included flights, and all shipboard gratuities
Highlights
  • Experience Norwegian life, history and culture as our engaging guide takes you on a tasting tour through Oslo.
  • Thrill to the majesty of Svalbard’s pristine fjords, glaciers, and jagged mountains.
  • Hear the dramatic, sometimes tragic stories of the intrepid adventurers who set out from Svalbard to reach the North Pole.
  • With a full fleet of Zodiacs, our fine Expedition Team can get you closer to the scenery and wildlife.
  • Set out across the Arctic landscapes with a team of huskies in wagons specially built to keep them trained during the summer.
  • Experience the beauty of Whale Island under the magical light of the Midnight Sun.
Accommodations
Oslo: Thon Hotel Opera
Cruising: Cabin onboard Ocean Atlantic
Tromsø: Clarion Hotel The Edge
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.