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

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Svalbard is the best place on the planet to see polar bears—wild, majestic, in their native habitat: the sea ice. And see them we do––during our season in Svalbard, we observe all manner of behavior from hunting for seals amid the floes to frolicking cubs––all viewable from the proximity and safety of our ship’s deck rail.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Enjoy Polar bear & walrus sightings ensured by our skilled veteran spotters
  • Experience the Arctic wildlife and natural history
  • Take part on active exploration––using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
  • Superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance

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National Geographic Endurance

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A polar bear leaps across ice floes Cruising the arctic waters in the Zodiac Seal relaxing on shore A polar bear swims in the Arctic Sea Kayaking. National Geographic Explorer.

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and check in to the Continental Hotel. For the remaining part of the morning you can rest in your comfortable hotel room. Highlights of an afternoon tour include a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures set in park lands and a visit to the Polar Ship Fram Museum, with its excellent exhibits on the history of Arctic exploration. This evening try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early.

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 Explorer, your base for the next six days

Day 3-8 Exploring Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design. This is as far north as it is possible to travel without an icebreaker, and you'll experience the legendary midnight sun. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions.

Your 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. At any time an announcement may be made that a polar bear has been spotted. This is a call for everyone to come on deck to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Often they are on the pack ice searching for a meal, but a few times each season we find a bear that has recently caught a seal.

Cruising in Svalbard's fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our 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 Longyearbyen | Disembark | Oslo

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. Here, you’ll 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 Blu Airport Hotel.

Day 10 Oslo, Norway

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

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Flexible Cancellation Policy
For new reservations made by April 30, 2020, for travel between April 1- Dec 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure and 100% of your expedition fare will transfer to a credit to be applied to a future expedition. 
Applies to all 2020 departures

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Notes

Cost Includes: Includes two hotel nights. Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of the expeditions’ leader, Naturalist staff, and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Cost Not Included: Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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