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Norway's Kingdom of the Polar Bear'

(Tour code: SNO17)An incredible 12-day adventure

Explore the Arctic wilderness of Spitsbergen, where the polar bear reigns king. Starting in Bergen, we soon leave the cities behind as our tour takes in Norway's wild side. Enjoy the iconic Flåm Railway, breathtaking landscapes, and the beauty of Svalbard's fjords on this incredible 12-day adventure.

Tour Highlights
  • Bergen
  • The Flåm Railway
  • Naeroyfjord cruise
  • Svalbard
  • Champagne tasting in Spitsbergen
  • 4-night Hurtigruten cruise
  • Barentsburg folklore show
  • Magdalenefjord
  • Kongsfjorden & Arctic evening in Advent Valley
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 7 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 4-night Hurtigruten cruise

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Days 1-2

London to Bergen

We take a flight directly to Bergen today. Departing from London, we transfer to our hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal, on arrival. The city of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and is based around its harbour. In the historic district there are well-preserved Hanseatic wharf buildings. On the other side of the harbour is the Klosteret area, which has beautiful 18th century wooden houses and charming alleys, where you can take a stroll out to the Nordnes peninsula. The city centre extends from the main square (Torget) to the Nygård area, where most of the shops and restaurants can be found.

We set out to discover more of Bergen on Day 2's guided walking tour. We begin at the delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city's old Hanseatic trading wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic quarter, with its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen - with some buildings dating back to the 15th century. Your afternoon is then free to continue exploring.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 2 - Guided Walking Tour
Day 3

Bergen to Flåm along the Naeroyfjord

We embark on a full-day excursion that encapsulates Norway in a nutshell today. Travelling along one of the steepest lines in existence on the Bergen Railway, we travel to Voss. From here, we continue by coach along a scenic route to Gudvangen, where we take to the water for a spellbinding cruise along Norway's tranquil Naeroyfjord to Flåm.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Flam Railway
Day 4

The Flåm Railway to Oslo

We leave Flåm today and continue our journey on the iconic Flåm Railway, one of the most scenic routes in the world. Arriving at Oslo station, we walk to our hotel for the night, the Thon Hotel Opera, located across from the station, close to the Opera House, Oslofjord and Karl Johans Gate.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5

Spitsbergen and a Champagne tasting

We check out of our hotel after breakfast this morning, transferring by coach to Oslo airport for a flight to Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen. This remote archipelago of Svalbard rests at a halfway point between Norway's mainland and the North Pole, with the Gulf Stream providing a delightfully mild climate that supports a wide range of local wildlife, from seals to reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses and the infamous wild polar bears. Known in some circles as 'the Kingdom of the Polar Bear', Spitsbergen is home to a larger population of these predators than of human inhabitants, yet the sight of these powerful creatures is relatively rare. On arrival, we transfer to the Spitsbergen Hotel, home to the world's northernmost wine cellar. After settling in, we enjoy a splendid Champagne tasting in the hotel's famous cellars this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7

Sightseeing and a Barentsburg folklore show

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing in Longyearbyen, one of the world's northernmost settlements. On Day 7, we explore the town on a guided tour. Driving through the region's beautiful yet icy valleys, we may be lucky enough to spot reindeer that reside in the area. Our knowledgeable guide will give their insight into the flora and fauna of this unique landscape, as well as highlighting points of interest on the route, such at the Gruve 7 coal mine and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an iconic structure where over 750,000 samples of seeds from 4,000 plant species are maintained, frozen for emergency use in a time of crisis. We then board our ship late in the afternoon, to begin our 4-night fjord cruise. We pause en-route at Barentsburg, where you may choose to join an optional excursion to the Pomor Museum, which tells the history of trade relations between Norway and Russia (payable locally). Later, we enjoy a traditional folklore show, before cruising along the Prins Karls Forland.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8


Today we cruise to one of the most scenic spots in Svalbard, as we pause at beautiful Magdalenefjord. With a frosty, semi-Alpine atmosphere and picturesque beach, Magdalenefjord has attracted travellers for centuries. As part of our exploration, we uncover the region's history as part of the whaling trade, including a visit to the site of three 17th-century blubber ovens, as well as the graves of former visitors from the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Polar Bear
Day 9

On board our ship

Today is spent on board, as we sail along some of Norway's northernmost fjords. As we travel through the chill waters of Woodfjorden and Liefdefjorden, we pass the natural summer nest of eider ducks, whose eggs are an attraction for otherwise elusive polar bears. Here, if conditions permit, we pass the latitude of 80 degrees north.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10


We cruise to Kongsfjorden today, a 16-mile (26km) inlet famed for its icy natural beauty, summed up in the majesty of two incredible glaciers - Kronebreen and Kongsvegen. Two of the largest glaciers in Svalbard, Kronebreen and Kongsvegen merge here, as each slowly moves at an average of 6.5ft (2 metres) per day. Framed by typical Norwegian mountains, we also see Ny-Ålesund, a former mining settlement, nestled on Kongsfjorden's southern shore. Whilst originally dedicated to mining, this permanent settlement now hosts a number of research facilities, with ten countries represented by the companies housed here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

An Arctic evening

We return to Longyearbyen today, disembarking from our ship and returning to Spitsbergen, where we spend the final night of our holiday at the Radisson Blu Spitsbergen. After time to relax, we are picked up from our hotel and transferred to Camp Barentz, situated in the Advent Valley, roughly 6 miles (10km) from Longyearbyen. Here we enjoy a thrilling final evening, enjoying a true taste of Arctic culture. Seated around a bonfire, we are treated to a warming dish of reindeer, along with hot coffee and cake, as our host gives a presentation on polar bears, and recounts traditional tales from Svalbard.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12

Return to London

We bid the Arctic a fond farewell today, as we make our way home to the UK. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport at Longyearbyen, for our scheduled flight to London, travelling via Oslo. On arrival in the UK, our tour comes to an end.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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