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Norway

Dramatic fjords, magnificent mountains, gigantic glaciers, colourful coastlines dotted with traditional wooden huts. Norway's stunning landscapes are one of the most beautiful in the world.

Norway’s natural beauty has beguiled visitors for years, with the famed fjords being one of the main draws to this Scandinavian country. The fjords of western Norway are easily accessible by ship and are often featured on cruise itineraries in Norway. The stunning Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are both listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.  There is also the allure of northern Norway’s endless midnight sun and the beautiful fishing villages brightening the rocky coastline. 

Another UNESCO-listed site is the Vega Archipelago with its protected islands and known for a prolific bird life. Picturesque lighthouses, fishing village and great natural beauty make this destination a treat for nature photographers and ornithologists!

Our expedition cruises take you to the most remote region of Norway, Svalbard, the arctic archipelago known for its large population of polar bears, awe-inspiring landscapes and rich arctic wildlife. Find out more below.

Population: 4.7 million

Capital city: Oslo

Language: Norwegian

Currency: Norwegian crown

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Regions

Svalbard
The archipelago of Svalbard lies in the far north and is one of the world's wildest, most beautiful and fascinating places. These islands form the final frontier for active travellers! Albatros Expeditions has many years of experience in arranging travel to Svalbard, and all of our tour guides are experienced travellers with a love of the Arctic. In order to protect the nature and wildlife, much of Svalbard has been set aside as national parks, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and plant conservation areas. Because these areas have enjoyed protection for so long much of the wildlife remains unafraid of humans, making it possible to get quite close to the birds and mammals. This means there is a great chance of encountering walruses, bearded seals and small whales, which tend to live along the coasts near the ice. Furthermore we can observe large flocks of sea birds, as well as reindeer and arctic foxes on the vast tundra. But first and foremost Svalbard is known as one of the world's best places to see polar bears. About half of the estimated 3,000 polar bears living by the Barents Sea nurture their young on Svalbard’s isolated islands. We will be able to observe these magnificent creatures if we go ashore and, of course, our guides are well trained in taking all the precautions to make this as safe an experience as possible. The name Svalbard means ‘cold shores’ and was first mentioned in the early Icelandic Sagas. The archipelago is located in the Arctic Ocean between the 74 and 81 degrees north of latitude, and is comprised of nine large and 90 smaller islands - from Bjørnøya in the south to Rossøya in the north. Svalbard has a total area of approximately 63,000sq km and around 60 percent of this is permanently covered with ice, with ice-free areas generally being found along the coasts.
Lofoten
The archipelago of Lofoten is situated in the Nordland country in northern Norway. The diverse and magnificent landscapes of peaks, bays, fjords, small charming fishing villages and rich wildlife make this a popular destination. The archipelago consists of the following islands: Hinnøya, Austvågøy, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøya, Moskenesøya, Værøy and Røst the latter two being smaller islands to the south. The entire area has a population of just 24,500. Millions of sea birds nest in these islands, including sea eagles, puffins and cormorants.