Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Cruise

A young polar bear snuggles up to its mother
Michael S. Nolan
Travelers photographing walrus relaxing on the bank.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
A polar bear and her playful cub.
Michael S. Nolan
Taking a kayaking trip around Monaco Glacier on Spitsbergen Island.
Looking for polar bears in the zodiac
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.


  • Polar bear and walrus sightings ensured by skilled veteran spotters
  • Arctic wildlife & natural history
  • Active exploration––using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
  • True expedition adventure––daily flexibility and spontaneity

Go deep into the arctic on this 10-day voyage to experience wildlife in its natural habitat; discover and observe polar bears, walrus, reindeer, and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice. And, this itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth aboard this Arctic expedition cruise on the National Geographic Explorer.

Day 1

  • Breakfast

Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Your introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures - hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. Overnight at the Thon Hotel Bristol, or similar.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard / Embark

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight (not included in cruise fare) over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark your ship.

Days 3-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring Svalbard

Your travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and your exact day-to-day movements remain flexible depending on local conditions.

The main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic — majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard's fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. Take Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic.

Day 9

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Disembark in Longyearbyen / Fly to Oslo, Norway

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before your return charter flight to Oslo. Overnight in the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Return Home

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight home, or continue on to other adventures.

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Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Fare Includes:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of your expedition staff.

Rates do not include:
Air transportation, group charter flights mentioned above, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.