Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light & Epic Ice

National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance
126 Passengers

Voyage deep into and around the Svalbard Archipelago where, on reconnaissance last March, we were stunned by the beauty, the vistas of snow and ice, and the wonder of the changing light as the Spring sun mounts ever higher in the Arctic sky each day. Scan the icescapes for emerging bears, seals and other wildlife. Walk on a frozen sea. And capture it all with ace photographers. Been to Svalbard? Come see its even wilder season. And for Arctic ‘virgins,’ this is the purest Arctic experience possible.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Home/Oslo, Norway
Day 3 Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark
Days 4 to 9 Svalbard
Day 10 Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Day 11 Oslo/Home

Days 1 & 2 — Home/Oslo, Norway

Fly overnight to Oslo (flight not included). Upon arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, explore this charming city. Stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

Day 3 — Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark

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 Endurance, your base for the next six days.

Days 4 to 9 — Svalbard

Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, 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. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs to cruise among beautiful icebergs and even set foot on the frozen ice right off the ship. We will take advantage of the incredible, ever-changing light and exceptional photographic conditions.

Day 10 — 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 airport hotel.

Day 11 — Oslo/Home

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight home (flight not included), or continue on to other adventures.

Flexibility is a hallmark of our Svalbard tour expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee. 

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Full$11,970Full$14,600Full$16,200Full$17,990Full$20,700Full$22,990Full$18,250Full$20,250Full$890 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Oslo
$11,600Limited$11,970Limited$14,600Limited$16,200Limited$17,990Limited$20,700Limited$22,990Limited$18,250Limited$20,250Limited$890 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Longyearbyen
$19,420Limited$19,990Limited$24,440Limited$27,130Limited$30,110Limited$34,630Limited$38,440Limited$30,550Limited$33,910Limited$490 
Photography, Kayak
$7,970Limited$8,200Limited$9,990Limited$10,990Limited$12,200Limited$13,990Limited$15,530Limited$12,490Limited$13,740Limited 
Photography, Kayak
$7,970Limited$8,200Limited$9,990Limited$10,990Limited$12,200Limited$13,990Limited$15,530Limited$12,490Limited$13,740Limited 
Photography
Charter air: Longyearbyen/Oslo
$19,420Limited$19,990Limited$24,440Limited$27,130Limited$30,110Limited$34,630Limited$38,440Limited$30,550Limited$33,910Limited$490 
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Oslo/Tromso $490
Nome/Anchorage $350
$34,750Full$35,780Full$43,660Full$48,460Full$53,780Full$61,850Full$68,780Full$54,580Full$60,580Full$840 
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Charter air:
Anchorage/Nome $350
Tromso/Oslo $490
$34,750Full$35,780Full$43,660Full$48,460Full$53,780Full$61,850Full$68,780Full$54,580Full$60,580Full$840 
Photography
Charter air: Oslo/Tromsø
$23,870Full$24,590Full$29,990Full$33,290Full$36,950Full$42,490Full$47,160Full$37,490Full$41,610Full$490 
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   Category 1
Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 183 square ft.
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Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 205 square ft.
   Category 3
Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
   Category 4
Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
   Category 5
Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
   Category 6
Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed. 344 square ft.
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Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet. 430 square ft.
   Category A Solo
Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.
   Category B Solo
Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.