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Norwegian Arctic Encompassed

15 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Edinburgh/Kirkwall
The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

The expedition begins near Scotland's incomparable capital city. Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. The G Expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets. (D)

Day 2 Kirkwall/Orkney
Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Shetland Islands
Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Ålesund
Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the best view of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Åndalsnes
A full day to explore the town of Åndalsnes and the surrounding mountains. Board the Rauma Railway taking you into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains, or explore on foot in "The Alp town by the fjord". (B, L, D)

Day 6 Trondheim
Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Torghatten/Vega
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Svartisen/Vikingen
Visit Svartisen, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Tromsø
Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 11 At Sea/Bjørnøya
Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.

Sail past Bear Island. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya by Zodiac - the weather is temperamental, so this is a 50/50 chance. Bear island even from afar has spectacular views, thousands of species of birds like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Hornsund
Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears.

Our flexible itinerary and experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Each season we attempt to discover new landing sites to explore to enhance your expedition experience. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring us up close to mystical landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Svalbard
Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the Arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Svalbard/Longyearbyen
Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Longyearbyen
Disembark the G Expedition in the morning.

Transfers to Longyearbyen Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation. (B)
Map
All This Included
Set sail from Scotland and its beautiful isles en route to the Norwegian fjords and the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling 15-day odyssey along the fjord coastline of Norway. Explore the glaciers that carved the stunning landscapes, visit arctic islands by Zodiac in search of wildlife, walk through history at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and so much more. Every day of this journey reveals a new icy wonderland on the water.
  • 14 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Meeting point to ship transfer
  • Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Orkney Islands guided tour of ancient ruins
  • Shetland Islands visit
  • Ålesund visit
  • Rauma Railway excursion
  • Trondheim visit
  • Vega Island visit
  • Svartisen glacier excursion
  • Local village visit (Lofoten Islands)
  • Tromsø city tour
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities
  • Hornsund excursion
  • Bellsund visit
  • Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka.
  • Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, Triple-, Twin-share cabins
    Or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 14 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners.
  • Transportation: G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, coach, walking.
Highlights
  • Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness on the remote island of Kirkwall
  • Wander through fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life
  • Search cliffs for trolls
  • Enjoy some of the world's most beautiful scenery along Norway's rugged coastline
  • Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya — a bird watcher's paradise featuring spectacular views
Accommodations
Aboard the G Expedition in 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-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.
Notes
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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