Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Cruise Ship
Expedition
126 Passengers
Adventure Options

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of nonstop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and by Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a couple months of the year.

Day 1 — Arrive Longyearbyen

Embark the M/S Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

Days 2 - 7 — Svalbard Archipelago/Spitsbergen

Visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, you may have the opportunity to see one of Svalbard’s species of reindeer. The final itinerary is dependent on ice and weather conditions, which have to be assessed during the voyage.

Early-season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, the group can cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and, as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm. During these six days visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea.

Possibility to cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea, or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs.

The evening of our last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.

Zodiac Excursions: Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Head along the edge of the ice to view seals and walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. The expert Expedition staff will teach the group about the wildlife and Arctic flora and fauna along the way. This activity depends on weather and ice conditions.

Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs
Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.

Day 8 — Depart Longyearbyen

Arrive in the morning to disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Single Supplement is 1.6 times the regular price. Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises. Kayaking Excursion limited to 10 people at a rate of $699 and must be booked prior to departure.  Restricted to participants 18 and older.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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$3,699 $4,299 $5,099Full$6,149 $7,199 $7,999 
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Single Supplement is 1.6 times the regular price. Please note that evacuation insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Kayaking Excursion limited to 10 people at a rate of $699 and must be booked prior to departure. Restricted to participants 18 and older.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Expedition Deck Plan