- Make landing and set foot on the pristine landscape of the Arctic. As you contemplate preserving this biosphere, observe the animals and nature that call this ice home.
- Explore the magnificent Arctic as you hike up coast lines. Arctic fox and Svalbard Reindeer.
Witness polar bears playing on the ice sheets as you contemplate the delicacy of this ecosystem.
- Feel the exhilaration as you leap into the sub-freezing waters during the famous Polar Plunge.
Venture to the top of the world as you follow in the footsteps of some of the bravest explorers in history and cross the Arctic Circle for a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Observe the massive icebergs and glaciers while viewing the abundance of Arctic wildlife including whales, puffins, polar bears, and seals as we cruise through the icy waters in Zodiac boats.
Countries: Norway & Arctic Region
Host City: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 6+ Days
Adventure Activities: Trekking, Zodiac Cruising, and Kayaking
Adventure Activity Level: Moderate*
Trip Activity Level: Moderate*
*Please refer to our Trip Activity Level Guide or speak to one of our Adventure Consultants at 855-208-6800 to determine if this is the right trip for you.
Sample Itinerary Overview
Welcome to Oslo, the Capital City of Norway! Oslo offers a rare combination of city life with modern architecture. Join us as we tour the city and take you back into time to its rich Viking history!
Enjoy a city tour of Oslo in the morning and afterwards take advantage of the free time to explore Nordic cuisine and the vibrant and friendly social scene. Perhaps visit the Noble Peace Museum or the FRAM Museum.
In the morning, we will board a flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Longyearbyen is the capital city of Svalbard. The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and unique wildlife in a setting that is both rugged and fragile at the same time.
Upon landing, we will trek across the tundra in search of wildlife. This will get us prepared for the adventure that awaits as this afternoon we board our cruise ship. As you travel through the Arctic, observe the picturesque glaciers and rocky isles.
Enjoy waking up to the blue sky, crisp air, and icy surroundings as Svalbard’s largest island, Spitsbergen, greats you with mystery and delight. Discover the intricate system of Hornsund, a 12 km wide fjord cutting directly through gagged edged mountain formations that date all the way back to the Precambrian eon. Ride zodiacs right up to the sheer vertical cliffs that flank both sides of the fjord. Take in the majestic scenery on kayaks as you witness the breathtaking glacial ice machine that protrudes 70 meters high from the ocean’s crest.
During the night, make your way around the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, north through the Storfjorden straight towards anchor position in Edgeøya. Greet the morning with resident walruses and reindeer as you begin your operation riding zodiacs towards the shore. Share the beaches with a gregarious walrus population, as they digest the thousands of clams they’ve eaten on the Storfjorden sea floor that morning.
Awake to the balmy gulf stream waters along the west coast of Spitsbergen as you make your way towards the northern shores of Krossfjord. Keep an eye out for humpbacks, and blue whales as you enjoy lunch while nestled between dominant glaciers on either side of the ship. Anchor in an area known as “Stefan’s Garden” where cliffs face generally southward and are thereby exposed to direct sunlight 24 hours per day.
You can obtain more information on our Arctic Cruise options by clicking HERE.
Cruise Start Dates
- 2024 and 2025 dates available
To inquire on a custom date, please CONTACT US!
- From $5,959 USD per person.
*To inquire on pricing, please CONTACT US!
Clarion Hotel The Hub
With an unbeatable location, just about as central as you can get in Oslo, you’ll be within easy reach of Oslo’s central hub, Oslo Central Station. From Jernbanetorget just outside the hotel, you can also access the tram, metro and bus network to reach Oslo’s various neighbourhoods and suburbs. In other words, you really won’t be able to get closer to the great range of attractions available here in Norway’s capital city. At the Clarion Hotel The Hub, you will be able to enjoy exciting food with local flavours and Norway’s coolest lobby and meeting space. And you’l have plenty of bars, cafés, shops and restaurants just around the corner. Thousands of local residents and tourists pass by here every day, and we look forward to inviting everyone in to our fabulous lobby and unique restaurant and bar offering stunning views of the Oslo Fjord and the city’s skyline. The Clarion Hotel The Hub will be a meeting place, and a natural place to mingle for Oslo’s local residents, visitors and conference guests alike!
Facts about the Clarion Hotel The Hub
- Located in the heart of Oslo with good communications including the tram (Trikken), the metro, buses, transfer buses to Gardermoen Airport right outside the door. The hotel is just 2 minutes from Oslo Central Station.
- 810 new and modern hotel rooms including three high security floors that can be closed off to the public for private use.
- 24 meetings rooms that can accommodate up to 1,850 people.
- Major investment into innovative solutions and modern technology throughout the hotel.
- 3 exciting food and drinks concepts, including a fabulous restaurant on the 13th floor providing views of the Oslo Opera House, Bjørvika and the Oslo Fjord.
- Trendy pop-up concepts.
- New and well-equipped gym and relaxation area
- Sustainable, clean and local produce that offers a true taste of Oslo.
Radisson Blue Airport Port Hotel
Linked to the Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL) terminal by a covered walkway, the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel is just steps from bus and train stations. You can reach the vibrant city center in about 20 minutes via Flytoget, the Airport Express train. The 500 soundproof rooms and suites include amenities such as minibars and free high-speed wireless Internet.
ENJOY MODERN FACILITIES
Indulge in light, refreshing cuisine and Scandinavian à la carte selections at AfterGate Restaurant. The Lobby Lounge offers an inviting atmosphere where you can relax with a drink while doing some aircraft spotting. Keep up with your fitness regimen at the Fit4Flight wellness center. The hotel offers new, modern Meeting & Events facilities. A total of 31 well-equipped conference rooms are fitted with the newest in audio-visual technology and can accommodate up to 350 delegates.
The hotel’s location makes it the perfect accommodation for those with an early flight who still want to explore the Norwegian Capital. A short train ride takes you to the city center, ready to discover popular attractions such as the Vigeland Park and Museum, the Frogner Park and the Astrup Fearnley Museum. The latter is right next to the Sneak Peak watchtower, which offers a panoramic view of Aker Brygge (the old wharf), Oslo City Hall and the Harbor.
Inaugurated in 2008, The Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship. Her design and equipment is the result of almost 200 years of collective expedition experience.
Originally built for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, her excellent maneuverability and just-right size made her a natural choice for addition to our fleet. Drawing on our nearly 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise, we completely redesigned and rebuilt her. The Explorer is uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions we explore. She provides a peerless expedition cruise trip.
At 367 feet with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer startling views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Explorer instantly fosters a welcoming environment where enthused and curious passengers share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.
Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined library and observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship, plentiful observation decks (including easy access to the bow), and the forward facing chart room, offering a 24-hour beverage station. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. Our dining room and adjacent bistro easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining.
While Explorer’s interiors are certainly elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like a state-of-the-art fitness center, laundry and public-area wifi make packing and traveling more convenient.