Wild Norway & Svalbard: May 17—Jun 02, 2019
Aboard the Ocean Adventurer
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Sensational scenic wonders and birding and wildlife viewing are featured attractions of a voyage that combines the legendary beauty of the Norwegian fjords with the High Arctic frontier of Spitsbergen.
Among the most striking landscapes on earth, the Norwegian fjords capture the imagination of all types of travelers. Farther north, Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago, exists as a bastion of High Arctic wilderness, an untrammeled land of rock and ice, the domain of some of the planet’s most charismatic animals.
On this late spring voyage, we’ll partner with Zegrahm Expeditions to present an “Ultimate Norway” travel experience. In the past, we’ve offered trips to Spitsbergen and the Norwegian mainland, but never before have the two been available in a single departure. Traveling aboard the lovely Ocean Adventurer, we’ll cruise the length of the fabled Norwegian coast from Bergen to Tromso, exploring fjords and channels of arresting scenic splendor and calling at wild coastal islands. Complementing our experiences farther south, we’ll spend four days in remote Spitsbergen searching for the High Arctic’s most iconic birds and wildlife including Walrus, Arctic Fox, Polar Bear, Ivory Gull, and Dovekie.
Our travels present exposure to places of incredible beauty like Geiranger Fjord, where snow-capped mountains laced with waterfalls line a long serpentine waterway; Reine in the Lofoten Islands, a village on the edge of a blue-green lagoon surrounded by glacially-honed mountain peaks; and North Cape, a thousand-foot plateau that overlooks the Barents Sea. On the mainland, birders will seek birds of forest and field, such as European Golden-Plover, Redwing, and Ring Ouzel. Along coasts and on islands we’ll discover colonies of breeding seabirds containing hundreds of thousands of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Black Guillemots, Thick-billed Murres, Razorbills, and Atlantic Puffins. Excursions to museums, cathedrals, and centuries-old fishing villages will be available to those with a keener interest in culture.
All nights aboard ship; very good accommodations and cuisine; cruising time mixed with Zodiac and shore excursions; options for cultural excursions; weather ranges from sunny and mild to cold and rainy.