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Antarctic landings on the Ocean Victory


Linn Wilson at Cruise Norway documented a zodiac launch and a wet landing while sailing aboard the Ocean Victory in Antarctica. Take a look if you ever wondered about how you get from the ship to the shore in polar waters.



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NORWAY OPENS BORDERS


Starting January 26th Norway is dropping the quarantine requirement for entry to the country. Please see below for changes to entry requirements as of January 26th 2022. Note that restrictions can quickly change so please always check the following link for the most up to date information https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/koronavirus-covid-19/travel-to-norway/id2791503/#tocNode_2

What are the entry requirements?

Scenario 1: Fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19, without verifiable COVID-19 certificate (the US CDC vaccine card is not recognized in Norway so vaccinated Americans fall in this category)

Rules for people over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, but CANNOT document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate:

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REFERRAL PROGRAM


REFER A FRIEND

Do you have friends and relatives who love to travel? You earn $100 for referrals to Antarctica or the Arctic and your friends get $200 off the cabin price! For Norway Coastal Voyages, you get $75 for referrals while your friends get $100 off the cabin price. Of course, you have the option to pass on your referral reward to your friends.

Cruise Norway's REFER A FRIEND PROGRAM allows you to earn cash when you refer your friends and family. Your friends save on the cruise cost and enjoy a life changing experience while you get a cash reward which you can keep or pass on to friends. What better way to gift the love of travel and earn at the same time. A true win-win.

Contact our team today for more information.

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EXPLORE NORWAY WITH CRUISE NORWAY


Norway is well known for its beautiful and unspoiled nature. Look closer and you will also find cozy villages clinging to the steep hillsides and lively modern cities. Join us for spectacular sailings that go deep into the magnificent Norwegian fjords, the most spectacular fjords in the world. Experience the Midnight Sun in the summer or the Northern Lights in the winter.

Fjord Norway has its name from the many beautiful fjords. But what exactly is a fjord? And how were they created?

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AURORA BOREALIS


Also known as the Northern Lights, this natural phenomenon is visible in the Arctic parts of Norway from October through March.

The “lights” vary in color and intensity and are quite unpredictable and unique. The Northern Lights in Norway are solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky that can be visible with the naked eye.

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ARCTIC SEASONAL WILDLIFE


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

SPRING (APRIL/MAY)

April

Great for dog sledding and snowmobiling. You can find some ski options in Spitsbergen and East Greenland. Great time for Arctic fox sightings!

May

Temperatures range around from -7°C to -2°C. Driest month in the Arctic – purple saxifrage can be seen starting to bloom. There are migratory birds returning to nest, including Puffins, Brünichs and Common Guillemots. And even chances to see humpback whales, polar bears and icebergs.

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DARING THE DRAKE


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

Sir Francis Drake in 1578, may or may not have dared to cross the passage now named for him at the bottom of the world, some say opting instead to take the Strait of Magellan in his southern voyages. If you are travelling to Antarctica however, you will most likely make the crossing via Ushuaia, Argentina. Infamous for its volatility and mythology, the Drake Passage has become one of the most talked about sailing routes in the world.

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EXPEDITION CRUISING – IS IT FOR ME?


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

When cruising as a true vacation holiday began, a variety of “entertainment” options on board your vessel were generally available. Theater/nightclub type shows, casinos, trivia night/bingo, art auctions, and more were typical, and more elaborate ballroom dancing, Captain’s cocktail hours, holiday or festival-themed performances also evolved over the years.

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ANTARCTIC PENGUINS


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

Of the 17 worldwide species of penguins, Antarctica can claim only four.

By far the most common is the chinstrap penguin, which owes its name to the narrow black band under its head. The second-most populated is the Adélie penguin, numbering approximately 2.3 million pairs in Antarctica. Other penguin species on the continent include the emperor penguin and the Gentoo penguin. There are three other species that live and nest on the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands: the macaroni penguin, the rockhopper penguin, and the king.

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ANTARCTICA SEASONAL WILDLIFE


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

If traveling to Antarctica by ship, you will likely be sailing between October and March, which is considered spring through summer months around the Continent. Although most travelers assume the weather will be quite cold, temperatures range from approximately 15 degrees to around 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) during this time (-9 to +10 Celsius).

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PACKING FOR ANTARCTICA OR THE ARCTIC


Illustrations by Denise Shaw

Packing for your Antarctica or Arctic cruise can be tricky, especially if your trip begins or ends in a more temperate climate.  Charter flights, often included, can have luggage weight limitations, so choosing items wisely that go further will help maximize valuable suitcase real estate.  Below are some suggestions, but of course you should adjust for the region and duration of your polar adventure.

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