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

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A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice glowing under the midnight sun. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Embark on this 10-day voyage and experience Arctic nature in its purest form.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark
Days 3-8 : Exploring Svalbard
Day 9 : Disembark in Longyearbyen | Fly to Oslo, Norway
Day 10 : Return Home

Highlights

  • View polar bears on the pack ice, their natural habitat, from the ship deck
  • Observe walruses, reindeer, arctic foxes, fur seals, and a glory of birds
  • Actively explore: hike, walk, Zodiac cruise, and kayak in stunning scenery
  • Enjoy superlative photos opportunities and on-board photo assistance

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A young polar bear snuggles up to its mother Travelers photographing walrus relaxing on the bank. A polar bear and her playful cub. Taking a kayaking trip around Monaco Glacier on Spitsbergen Island. Looking for polar bears in the zodiac

Day 1 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 Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight (not included in cruise fare) over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark your ship.

Day 3-8 Exploring Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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 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 Return Home

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

National Geographic Explorer

Oslo

Per person starting at
$10,220
National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
Cat 1
$10,220
Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
Cat 2
$10,880
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
Cat 3
$11,320
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
Cat 4
$11,990
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 5 Upper Deck Cabin.
Cat 5
$14,150
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
Cat 6
$16,530
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
Luxurious Catagory 8 Suite
Cat 7
$18,890
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
Cat SA
$13,600
C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
Cat SB
$14,150
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.

Notes

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

Fare Includes:
  • Two hotel nights
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

Rates do not include:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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