Velkommen! I recently returned from an epic adventure to the Svalbard Archipelago and the beautiful Fjords of Norway with National Geographic Expeditions. This trip was phenomenal because we not only explored the land of the midnight sun where we hiked on the arctic tundra and took a late night stroll on the fast ice, we also witnessed a polar bear take a bearded seal. Polar bears are difficult to see under any circumstances but to actually witness a successful hunt is truly a rare event. After heading south past Bear Island, we arrived at the northern end of mainland Norway with our first stop in sunny Tromsø. From there, we took the ship into many of the infamous fjords with towering, snow-capped mountains, beguiling forests and quaint fishing villages, whose residents welcomed us with open arms and loads of Norwegian waffles!
Below is a collection of images that tell the story of our journey by ship as we explored this beautiful area of the world. Enjoy!