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Svalbard in Spring

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Oslo | Longyearbyen | Embark
Days 3-8 : Svalbard
Days 9-10 : Longyearbyen | Disembark | Oslo

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Colorful houses of Svalbard Kittiwake bird in flight Walking through vast arctic landscapes. Arctic fox during spring in Svalbard

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 2 Oslo | Longyearbyen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3-8 Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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. 

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2019/2020 departures.

Per person starting at
$11,600
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Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

Notes

Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of your expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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