Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Oslo
- 119 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Rooftop terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
With enough avant-garde design to make the most discerning art collector turn green, impressive views steal your attention every way you turn at The Thief. From inspiring contemporary art gracing guestrooms to Julian Opie animations playing in the elevators and an Andy Warhol piece sitting in the restaurant – and not forgetting those fjord panoramas – this is Oslo’s exciting, cutting-edge design hotel. Facing the water’s edge in the Tjuvholmen district, now deemed a hotspot for innovative design, with the Astrup Fearnely Museum of Modern Art next door and superb restaurants scattered among pedestrianised streets and squares, this boutique bolt-hole fits perfectly into its creative environment. Closely tied to its Norwegian setting, The Thief is adorned with local designers’ furniture while the restaurant’s seasonal menu is peppered with regional accents. Drinks and views then come hand in hand up at the gorgeous roof terrace, though each room and suite also offers private vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies. Scenery isn’t the only thing your room provides either. Infused with gadgets, carefully chosen artwork and luxuries including rainforest showers, bespoke woollen blankets, slippers and bathrobes, the accommodation here is superb.
This privately guided tour of Norway's capital will be structured with your interests in mind. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the city's most important and interesting sites. You could take a tour of the Viking Ship Museum and learn all about the Scandinavians who explored Europe by its seas and rivers. Stop in at the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum, the country's largest museum of cultural history, where there are a variety of exhibitions of folk art, costumes, toys and Sami culture. Or spend some time in the Vigeland Sculpture Park which boasts more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron, all crafted by Gustav Vigeland. You can also take a turn past Holmenkollen ski jump hill and the Ski Museum below it. The museum's exhibitions outline 4000 years of ski history.
Private transfer to Oslo airport
Flight from Oslo to Svalbard
Private transfer to the port
Your Expedition Ship
- Viewing deck
- Wood-fired hot tub on deck
- All inclusive stays
The Sjoveien is a beautiful yet indomitable ship, providing you with the perfect sanctuary from the harsh wilderness beyond its sturdy walls, and the perfect platform from which to absorb the awe of the arctic as it passes you by. Translating to ‘Sea way’ in English, the Sjoveien was built in 1964 in Bergen, originally for the Norwegian government, and has taken on many roles since. After being used as a training ship for mariners from 1979 to 1995, the ship was then used for the Norwegian Coast Guard before becoming a hotel ship. After a few years as a hotel ship, it was refurbished in 2017 as a cruise ship. Its colourful history certainly provides guests with more character – such as the spacious vintage wooden decks – while still providing the best comforts and style found in any modern ship. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 28 passengers in an array of different private cabins, such as outside-facing private cabins, lower deck twin cabins with portholes, larger twin cabins on the main deck and one superior cabin with a double bed. All cabins have private facilities and windows from which to admire the endless scenery. A stay on the Sjoveien is all inclusive and you’ll dine on the main deck dining area or lounge area where you can relax with warm and enjoy educational talks by the guides. You can also enjoy access to the viewing deck found on the ships bridge, which is the perfect place for spotting arctic marine life swim by, as well as offering wonderful views of the magical Svalbard landscape. Or for a truly unparalleled arctic experience, sail past icebergs as you relax in the wood-fired hot tub out on deck.
Today you'll embark on the expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden. The exact itinerary depends on weather factors and on the wildlife encountered. The aim is to make landings every day. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
Svalbard offers its visitors countless spectacular fjords. During your journey you will explore a few of them such as the Liefdefjorden, which means “The fjord of love”. This fjord is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here you will cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in this area. In Krossfjorden you will revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. While Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.
The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship and there are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this fascinating site for you to discover.
The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap which fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
Private transfer to the airport
Flight to Tromso
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Tromso
- 214 guestrooms
- Two restaurants
- Conference facilities
Perfectly placed along the waterside, Scandic Ishavshotel enjoys a fantastic setting just two minutes from the city’s shops and restaurants and is surrounded by beautiful mountain and Straits of Tromso views. Soak up these vistas from your room – or balcony if you opt for a suite. Modern facilities are strewn throughout the property, from well appointed rooms to heated bathroom floors to excellent restaurants. Breakfast is an utter feast here, while traditional Norwegian specialties provide tasty meals during the rest of the day. If you’re after a glimpse of the Northern Lights, ask reception for an Aurora wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss a second of the magical sight.
This morning head into Tromso to acquaint yourself with the vibrant city and visit some of its best museums. During the tour you will see the Polar museum and Polaria, the world's most northerly aquarium.
Private transfer to the airport