Long, thin and sliced with steep finger-like inlets, in Norway you are never far from the mountains or the sea. Nowhere in the world is the incomparable Arctic more accessible than from Norway's northern islands, and even in cultured Oslo a bounty of fjords, lakes and forests lies within minutes of the city centre. Norway's Western Fjords defy superlatives: a cruise through landscapes like Sognefjord, spiked with waterfalls, the ice clear sky doubled in mirror-like water will leave you gobsmacked. And before you decide to write off winter, remember: here cross-country skiing isn't a sport, it's a way of life (oh and Telemark is a place). From traditional villages set in deep valleys to high mountain glaciers, this is a land any Viking could love.
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)
Similar to our 'Realm of the Polar Bear' itinerary (XVRPNX), you'll enjoy three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.
Highlights: Make the most of your time in the high Arctic with 11 days to explore, take a turn on ‘polar bear watch’ with one of our expert guides, take an optional polar plunge, capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder, enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun, learn from lectures on history and the natural sciences
Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX)
From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always on the lookout for exotic animals, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year.
Highlights: Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra