May 29, 2013, we flew from Las Vegas to Copenhagen, Denmark for
the start of a 14 day cruise up the coast of Norway and over to
the Svalbard Archipeligo in the high Arctic. The cruise was with
Linblad Expeditions on the National Geographic Explorer. This is
the same ship that we sailed on to Antarctica so now we are "Bi-Polar"!
The ship holds 148 passengers and there were 10 naturalists on board,
2 National Geographic photographers, and an underwater photographer.
In addition to the spectacular scenery, our cruise featured interesting
lectures on the wildlife of the area - both land, air, and underwater
creatures. And the National Geographic photographers shared their
knowledge and skills with on-board sessions as well as one-on-one
help while on excursions and hikes.
the cruise, we spent 3 days on our own in Copenhagen. And after
the cruise 3 days in Oslo, Norway. The ship went into beautiful
fiords where we either hiked, kayaked or explored in Zodiaks. We
visited small fishing villages and historic cities, hiked birch
forests, tundra and snowfields. We
crossed the Arctic Circle and experienced the "Land of the
Midnight Sun" with 24 hours of daylight. But the highlight
of the cruise was when the ship sailed into ice floes and we spotted
polar bears, seals and walrus on the ice.
To read about each place we visited and see a few photos from that
area, go to Norway Newsletters
You can view more photos from our trip by going to the
Photo Gallery. And if you want to see a full size picture, just
click on the photo.
There is a map of our route at Norway Map.
Locations Visited Photos Map