A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Sail into the heart of the Norwegian fjords on an 8-day cruise, discovering extraordinary landscapes of sheer cliffs, snowcapped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and picturesque villages.

Starting at: $6,450 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The fjord near Bergen  Bryggen, the historic wharf in Bergen. Credit: Jens Henrik Nybo/Innovation Norway  The lively harbor of Bergen, Norway

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

From Bergen to Oslo Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville

8 days from $6,450

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Sail into the heart of the Norwegian fjords on an 8-day cruise, discovering extraordinary landscapes of sheer cliffs, snowcapped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and picturesque villages.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2022 Departure
Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland and visited top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Growing out of a groundbreaking three-part series in The New Yorker (which won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the category Public Interest), Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done, and how we can save our planet. She explains the science and the studies, draws frightening parallels to lost ancient civilizations, unpacks the politics, and presents the personal tales of those who are being affected most—the people who make their homes near the poles and, in an eerie foreshadowing, are watching their worlds disappear. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review. Her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year and is number one on the Guardian’s list of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of all time. The Sixth Extinction also won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014. As with Field Notes from a Catastrophe, The Sixth Extinction began as an article in The New Yorker.

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the spring of 2005 and won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award. In 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category and was awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship. In September 2010, Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award which recognizes individuals who are addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities and natural processes on the environment. She has also been awarded a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category for her work in The New Yorker, and the Sierra Club’s 2011 David R. Brower Award. She recently won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism.

Elizabeth Kolbert’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Mother Jones, and have been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Political Writing. She edited The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009. Prior to joining the staff of The New Yorker, Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times.

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2022 Departure
Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren is Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle.  He was the first holder of the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies.  Terje earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of North Texas and taught at the University of Oslo before joining the UW in 1977.  He served as co-general editor of the University of Washington book series, “New Directions in Scandinavian Studies,” which published eleven books during his tenure.  He served as Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies from 1995 to 2010.   Terje has published extensively in Norwegian and Scandinavian-American history and culture, most recently a new revised edition of the “Historical Dictionary of Norway.”   He has traveled extensively in northern Europe and appeared on several television documentary programs about Scandinavia from the Vikings to World War II broadcast on PBS as well as the History Channel.