Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

Go deep into the experience of arctic wildlife in its natural habitat––discovering and observing polar bears, and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice. This itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth:

• Polar bear and walrus sightings ensured by our skilled veteran spotters
• Arctic wildlife & natural history
• True expedition adventure––daily flexibility and spontaneity
• Active exploration––using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
• Superlative photo ops & on-board photo assistance
• Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all

Incomparable wildlife experience
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.

Over the past 30+ years, our ace spotters have given our guests multiple opportunities to experience close sightings. In 2009, we had a seasonal record of 105 bears in Svalbard. In 2010 we observed a staggering total of 229 bears. And in 2011 and 2012, we saw seasonal totals of 156 and 210, respectively. But it’s not the number of bear sightings that count, it’s the quality, and the fact that you can count on us to deliver this extraordinary experience. In addition to the bears, we’ll have the opportunity to see and observe walrus, fascinating creatures and wonderful photo subjects. Reindeer, elusive arctic foxes, fur seals, and a glory of birds––we’ll nose up to rock wall rookeries teeming with thousands of birds, see pelagic birds from the ship’s rail when we’re underway, and Zodiac cruise near a cloud of feeding Arctic terns.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day we’re in Svalbard, weather permitting. The islands of the archipelago are ideal for walking, with some hikes revealing artful, sculptural arrangements of whale bones on pebbled beaches, and the ghostly remains of trapper’s huts. Your expedition leader will enable daily Zodiac cruises and kayak expeditions, too––enabling you to experience the wonders with all your senses, at water level or eye level. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join––for a movable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center. See what it's like.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating Arctic region is the key to your extraordinary experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Home/Fly Overnight to Oslo
Day 2Oslo Norway
Day 3Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
Days 4 to 9Exploring Svalbard
Day 10Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Day 11Oslo/Home

Day 1: US/Fly Overnight to Oslo

Fly from Newark to Oslo on an overnight flight.

Day 2: Oslo, Norway/Thon Hotel Bristol

Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures--hudnreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we 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 hotel.

Day 3: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship

Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark the ship.

Days 4 - 9: Exploring Svalabard

Our 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.

Our 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. 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 10: Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before we fly to Oslo. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Oslo/Home

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S., or continue on to other adventures.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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