Voyage deep into and around the Svalbard Archipelago where Sven Lindblad and his team, on reconnaissance last March, were stunned by the beauty, the vistas of snow and ice, and the wonder of the changing light as the Spring sun mounts ever higher in the Arctic sky each day. Scan the icescapes for emerging bears, seals and other wildlife. Walk on a frozen sea. And capture it all with ace photographers. Been to Svalbard? Come see its even wilder season. And for Arctic ‘virgins,’ this is the purest Arctic experience possible.
Day 1 : Oslo, Norway Day 2 : Oslo | Longyearbyen | Embark Days 3-8 : Svalbard Days 9-10 : Longyearbyen | Disembark | Oslo
Visit the Svalbard Museum to know more about its history
Search for Svalbard's amazing wildlife such as polar bear and the walrus
View the changing light on Svalbard as the Spring sun mounts higher
Visit the Fram Museum in Oslo dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers
Fly overnight to Oslo. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, explore this charming city. Stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen.
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Endurance, your base for the next six days.
Your travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements remains flexible, depending on local conditions. The main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. Take your Zodiacs to cruise among beautiful icebergs and even set foot on the frozen ice right off the ship. Take advantage of the incredible, ever-changing light and exceptional photographic conditions.
Day 9-10 Longyearbyen | Disembark | Oslo
2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly, sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blue Airport Hotel.
After breakfast , proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S., or continue on to other adventures.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.