A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice glowing under the midnight sun. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Embark on this 10-day voyage and experience Arctic nature in its purest form.
Day 1 : Arrive in Oslo, Norway Day 2 : Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Embark Days 3-8 : Exploring Svalbard Day 9 : Disembark in Longyearbyen | Fly to Oslo, Norway Day 10 : Return Home
View polar bears on the pack ice, their natural habitat, from the ship deck
Observe walruses, reindeer, arctic foxes, fur seals, and a glory of birds
Actively explore: hike, walk, Zodiac cruise, and kayak in stunning scenery
Enjoy superlative photos opportunities and on-board photo assistance
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 charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, 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, 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 an expert presentation on the polar bear before meeting some of the friendly sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Embark National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days.
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.
Day 9 Disembark in Longyearbyen | Fly to Oslo, Norway
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Museum and Art Gallery. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blue Airport Hotel.
Day 10 Return Home
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight home, or continue on to other adventures.
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!