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.
Depart Oslo on a private charter flight (not included in cruise fare) over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark your ship.
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.
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before your return charter flight to Oslo. Overnight in the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight home, or continue on to other adventures.
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