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Carsons at MelfjordOn 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.



Nyhavn Canal, CopenhagenBefore 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.

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