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Polar bears in the Arctic

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 in their native habitat: the sea ice. Look for these legendary bears from the proximity and safety of the decks of your ship, the National Geographic Resolution. Observe all manner of behavior, from hunting for seals amid the floes to frolicking cubs. On this 10-day expedition cruise, spot polar bears as well as other distinctive Arctic wildlife, from whales and seals, to Arctic foxes and reindeer, to several species of seabirds. 
Beautiful Hornsund, NorwayHiking in SpitsbergenVisit the colorful town of Longyearbyen in the far northWalking through vast arctic landscapes. Walruses huddled together on the icePolar bears in the Arctic
  • Enjoy polar bear & walrus sightings with our skilled veteran spotters
  • Learn about the Arctic wildlife and natural history
  • Take part in active exploration using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
  • Enjoy incredible photography opportunities and on-board photo assistance
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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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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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611


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
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.

Cost Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  •  personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.

Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Entrance fees
  • Port Fees
  • Use of Kayaks
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Staff
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Service Taxes 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Rubber Boots: Please bring your own. 



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