Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Oslo, Norway

We departed from the United States on an overnight flight to Oslo. We arrived in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway.

We spent the afternoon on a tour of this charming city, strolling among the famed Vigeland sculptures—which are hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parklands.

Afterwards, we visited the Fram Museum, which showcases the worlds most famous polar ship, the Fram and is dedicated to one of the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

After our trip to the museum, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Oslo.

Journal Entries | Day 1 - Day 2

Day 3 — Oslo/Longyearbyen

We departed Oslo on a private charter flight, and enjoyed breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen.

Upon arrival to Longyearbyen, we embarked the National Geographic Explorer.

Journal Entry | Day 3

Days 4 through 9 — Exploring Svalbard

Our voyage was undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course.

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. Aboard a fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we were able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day itinerary remained flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions.

Zodiacs and kayaks were used to take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers that flourish during the summer months.

With a seasoned naturalist staff, we ventured to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers, kayaked among sparkling icebergs, and explored fjords that split the rugged coastlines.

We hiked through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra; and searched the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Nowhere could the polar bear be seen more reliably living in its natural environment than here.

Journal Entries | Day 4 - Day 5 - Day 6 - Day 7 - Day 8 - Day 9

Day 10 — Longyearbyen/Oslo

In Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard, we disembarked the National Geographic Explorer and explored Longyearbyen before we flew back to Oslo.

Founded by an American coal executive in 1906, this is one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth.

Journal Entry | Day 10

Day 11 & 12 — Oslo/U.S.

After breakfast, we proceeded to the airport for the flight back to the U.S. aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines, to continue on to other adventures...

Journal Entry | Day 11 - Day 12



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