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 (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
Norwegian Fjord Hiking (ENFH)
The Vikings were some of the toughest people to ever walk this earth, and looking at the land that spawned them, it’s not hard to see why. Carved by the relentless North Atlantic for eons, the Norwegian fjordlands are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. This trip will put you on intimate terms with the great green hills, monstrous peaks, enormous glaciers and flat-out gorgeous scenery of this isolated chunk of Scandinavia. Lace up your hiking boots and set forth in search of your own personal Valhalla.
Highlights: Stunning views across the Hardangerfjord, walking on the blue ice of the Foglefonna Glacier, hiking to the summit of Melderskin in the Rosendal Alps, admiring the sheer size of Langfoss Waterfall