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Take part in a mystical north Atlantic journey aboard the exceptional G Expedition and explore the various medieval towns of the Norwegian coast before heading north to the island of Spitsbergen. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife including the elusive polar bear
Witness the spectacular wildlife and scenery of the Svalbard
Keep your eyes open for roaming Polar Bears
Visit Bjørnøya a birdlovers paradise
Enjoy Geiranger Fjord a UNESCO World Heritage site
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive in Bergen
Day 2: Bergen - Flam
Day 3: Flam - Olden
Day 4: Olden - Geiranger
Day 5: Trondheim
Day 6: Torghatten - Svartisen
Day 7: Svartisen - Sanna - Vikingen
Day 8: Lofoten
Day 9: Lofoten
Day 10: Lofoten - Tromso
Day 11: Tromso - Hornsund
Days 12: Hornsund
Day 13: Hornsund - Bellsund
Day 14: Bellsund - Longyearbyen
Day 15: Disembark in Longyearbyen
Day 1: Arrive Bergen
Welcome to Bergen, in Norway's fjordland. Embark in the afternoon to
begin your adventure. We recommend arriving to Bergen early to explore
on your own.
Day 2: Bergen and Flam
Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.
Day 3: Flam and Olden
Cross the famous North Sea - through one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world. Depending on time and weather, stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier.
A trolly-like car is available for people who are unable to walk the full distance.
Day 4: Olden and Geiranger
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site at Geirangerfjord. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and it is 15 km (9.3 mi) long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities.
Day 5: Geiranger and Torghatten
We continue on to Trondheim. It is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. You can choose between taking an afternoon hike to the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoy a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300.
Day 6: Torghatten and Svartisen
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. Our goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations
in Norway and a significant local landmark. We will also try to move
towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life.
Day 7: Svartisen and Lofoten
Visit Svartisen and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Enjoy a scenic walk to a glacier or if you prefer there is also a more demanding walk all the way around a lake below the glacier. From the lake there's a great view of the glacier, perfect for photos. After, continue to Sanna, a remote island that offers great walking opportunities and a chance to search for interesting wildlife.
Day 8: Lofoten
The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore to the island of Å, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, be sure to be on deck as we cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord and search the cliffs for Norway's mythical beings.
Day 9: Lofoten
Today we continue exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands, spending time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife.
Day 10: Lofoten and Tromso
Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Spend the day learning about the history of past expeditions and exploring Norway's largest northern city. Choose between hiking on the mountain top overlooking Tromsø, or wandering the city's streets before taking a cable car to the mountain top. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional open faced sandwiches while gazing over the city. Everyone will have a chance to visit some of the major sites including the Polar and Tromsø Museums and (weather permitting) enjoy a stunning view from a cable car.
Day 11: Tromso and Hornsund
Sail past Bear Island, Explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya—a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.
Days 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.
Day 13: Hornsund and Bellsund
Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like walruses and whales plus land mammals like polar bears, the arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home.
Day 14: Bellsund and Longyearbyen
Our adventure continues as we explore the icy wonderland of Svalbard.
Day 15: Longyearbyen
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Ship Cabins: G Expedition
Category 1A Quad
2 x bunk beds
Category 1 Triple
1 x bunk, 1 single bed
Category 2 Twin
2 x single beds
Category 3 Twin
2 x single beds
Category 4 Twin
2 x single beds
Large Private bathroom
Category 5 Suite
Second room / office
Large Private bathroom and shower
Walk in robe
Ship Deck Plan
Recently renovated in 2009 with $13million refurbishment
Among the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class
Large common areas and observation decks provide superior views
Crew among the most experienced and skilled in the industry
Safe, stable and fast
Responsible. Environmental policies that meet and exceed industry regulations
The G Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising
experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins,
each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite
facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic
views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote
regions. The Expedition's spacious confines can hold as many as 140
passengers, but our commitment to keeping group sizes small means you'll
never have to share it with more than 131 others. Many expedition
cruise operators offer you a choice of space, comfort or expertise; the G
Expedition delivers all three at a price few can top.
Facilities and amenities
360° Observation Deck
All cabins with private ensuite and outside views
Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck
Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines
Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise
Complimentary destination guides for every passenger
Large headed Mud Room
Lonely Planet Library
Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
Large aft deck with barbeque facilities
Polar Bear Pub
Computer Room with internet where available
With a focus on safety, comfort and the unique demands of polar
travel, the crew of the G Expedition is committed to the ship’s
continued safe operation.
Forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of its grounding on uncharted reefs or rocks.
Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service in sea ice.
Four totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers
and crew, while six liferafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.
Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew
Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 (2009)
Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B
Length: 105m (345 ft)
Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft)
Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft)
Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT
Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots
Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG
Max Group Size: 132
(Max Passenger Capacity: 140)
All meals throughout the voyage
Activities/shore excursions as specified
Lectures and presentations by expedition leaders and naturalist staff
Waterproof boots on loan
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable