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Svalbard and the Northern Fjords - Endurance


Combining the spectacular, fairytale-green Norwegian Fjords with icy Svalbard and polar bears is a real treat. Travel there on a state-of-the-art ship with National Geographic-level guiding.

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The Arctic: Drink It In

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National Geographic Endurance

Discover the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway on an expedition that balances the region’s iconic wildlife with Norway’s legendary beauty. In the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, spend several remarkable days amid the ice floes and follow nature’s rhythms in search of the most famous creature of the north—the polar bear—plus see walrus, seals, and myriad seabirds. Kayak and Zodiac cruise for water-level exploration, and, conditions and wildlife permitting, go ashore to hike. Continue to mist-shrouded Bear Island to encounter towering cliffs populated with thousands of seabirds. Then head further south to the coast of Norway and spectacular isles of Sørøya and Senja, where nature flourishes amid vibrant coastal cultures.
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    • On Senja Island visit pristine Ånderdalen National Park to search for reindeer, elk, red foxes, and more!
    • Zodiac cruise along the towering cliffs of Bear Island that rise straight from the sea and are home to tens of thousands of raucous seabirds.
    • Explore this region with one of the world's most skilled expedition teams on one of the world's most cutting-edge ships.

Travel Curator’s Insights:


From $16,726 per person
Policies and protocols provided before you book.

June 13-25, 2024
June 14-26, 2025
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May, June
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Trip Sustainability Awards 



Offsets 100% of operations and is carbon neutral



100% free of single-use plastics!



Sources all food and seafood sustainably and locally


Day 1: Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, and transfer to our centrally located hotel. After lunch, our introduction to Norway begins with a tour of Oslo, including a visit to the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner.

Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2: Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark Ship
Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas over icy fjords and the Barents Sea enroute to Longyearbyen. On arrival to this Arctic outpost, explore the world's northernmost settlement, which has morphed from a coal mining hub to a base for exploration and science in recent history. Witness daily life and delve into this history before embarking the ship.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Days 3-8: Exploring Svalbard
We operate in true expedition style, letting nature dictate our day-to-day movements within an immense Arctic wonderland. Our fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship probes deep into the ice where the polar bears forage, walrus sun themselves, and the Svalbard reindeer roam. Join our spotters on the Bridge as we scan the floes and islands for these iconic creatures, along with bearded and ringed seals; Arctic fox; and whales that call these waters home, like beluga, fin, and minke. There’s no greater thrill than a sighting that brings everyone rushing to the bow or Bridge for a close-up view. Sail deep into protected bays and fjords, where even a novice kayaker can comfortably paddle surrounded by sparkling bergs and dramatic mountains. Video from our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) allows you to peer into the mysterious world that exists 1,000 feet below us during Recaps with our multi-talented field staff.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bear Island (Bjørnøya)
Sitting at the confluence of the Norwegian and Barents Seas, Bear Island is ironically known as a birdwatcher's paradise. The island also houses one remote meteorological station.  With conditions permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the southernmost member of the Svalbard archipelago and revel at the bird cliffs, home to countless thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, and guillemots.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Days 10-11: Sørøya and Senja Islands
Off Norway's coast, two of its largest islands offer stunning landscapes, challenging and rewarding hikes, and protected fjords to explore. The mountainous island of Sørøya, known for its scenic bays, pristine nature reserves, and large populations of skrei, or cod, welcomes us to its shores as we make our way south from Bear Island. After exploring this gateway to Finnmark, Norway's northernmost county, we head south to Senja Island. Capture panoramic landscapes along your certified photo instructor, glide amongst islands in a kayak, or explore village streets and shops as we get to know Norway's second-largest island.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tromsø / Disembark Ship
Disembark our ship in Tromsø and transfer to the airport for flights home.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Please Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond this operator's control at the sole discretion of this operator.

Sample Airfares in USD:

Economy: from $1,150pp

Business: from $3,250pp

Charter(Oslo/Longyearbyen and Tromso/Oslo): from $850pp

Airfares are subject to change.

Children: Take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.

Group Rates: Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from regular policies.

National Geographic Endurance

The first new polar build in this operator's 50-year history, National Geographic Endurance is named to honor explorer Ernest Shackleton and his legendary Transantarctic Expedition. A fully stabilized vessel of the highest ice class (PC5 Category A), she will enable adventurous guests to go where few have or can. Endurance’s most striking exterior feature is her distinctive profile, the patented X-Bow®, a game-changing design that guarantees the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions.

• Capacity: 126 guests
• Cabins: 69 outside cabins, 53 cabins with balconies
• Specialists: Nat Geo Experts, Full-Time Doctor, and Wellness Coach


2019 Condé Nast Traveler - "Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the World"
2019 Travel + Leisure - "Best Small Ship Ocean Cruise Line"
2018 Cruise Critic - "Best for Adventure"

"The brand new, state-of-the-art X-Bow ship, the National Geographic Endurance, offers one of the most exciting, cutting-edge expedition experiences available. With her spacious, beautifully appointed cabins, expedition equipment, and National Geographic-level experts onboard, the NG Endurance is an outstanding choice for any of her far-flung destinations. Highly recommended!"

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Two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415

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Large Balcony Suite with sofa bed, bathtub, 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717

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Two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427

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Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713

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Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513

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Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524

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Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710

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Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

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You'll see so many breathtaking landscapes on this program. Seeing polar bears and the Norwegian Fjords in one trip will be hugely thrilling, plus shorten your bucket list by 2!

Joy Martinello, Founder



What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

Two hotel nights in Oslo; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Travel Insurance (recommended) Air transportation; Charter(Oslo/Longyearbyen and Tromso/Oslo): from $850pp; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD.

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