Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Ultramarine Premium Expedition Cruise Ship
Ultramarine
200 Passengers
Starting Summer 2021

This unique 13-day voyage invites guests to embrace a true expeditionary spirit: rather than follow a set itinerary, together we’ll allow our search for polar bears and other wildlife to determine our route and shore landings in the pristine Norwegian Arctic. You’ll be experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and luxurious onboard amenities.

Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as we pursue our quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; cliff-dwelling Arctic birds in the thousands; and small herds of reindeer loping across the colorful tundra. Plus, there will be snow-topped mountains, massive glacier fronts, deep-walled fjords, and vast swaths of untouched tundra waiting to be photographed. Exploring this awe-inspiring region never ceases to impress visitors with its raw beauty.

Highlights
• View iconic arctic wildlife, like polar bears, walrus and arctic fox
• Enjoy continuous daylight, perfect for photography buffs
• Cruise in a Zodiac for closer views of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
• Hike the colorful arctic tundra
• Learn techniques and tips from onboard photographers

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Oslo, Norway
Day 2 Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Days 3 to 13 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 14 Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Day 1 — Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 13 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is graced with an unspoiled beauty that’s just waiting to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences.

Every expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice conditions, but we do hope to visit a few of our favorite landing sites, which will be chosen as much for their optimal wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical significance and hiking activities. With no itinerary (unusual amongst polar cruises), our main goal will be to sail in a constant search for polar bears on the prowl. This means we may not move the ship every day as we do on regular voyages, especially if we find abundant wildlife in one place. Like true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide our route! Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more hard-to-reach areas frequented by the elusive polar bear.

Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that await, and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active for the duration of the expedition. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises visitors with stretches of colorful tundra that burst with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close—though never obtrusively—to the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates.

Day 14 — Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Gratuities & wine/beer with dinner included onboard.

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost in Explorer Categories and 2x the cost in all other Suite categories. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin, note that shared cabins are only available in the Explorer category.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR Paddling - $195 pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking spaces are limited and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Included adventure activities:
Paddling (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)
Flightseeing (all departures 6/25/21 to 8/31/21)
Heli-Landing (6/25/21 + all departures 8/2/21 to 8/31/21)
Heli-Hiking (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)
Ice Sheet Experience (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)
Additional paid activities:
Alpine Kayaking $595: (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)
Mountain Biking $595: (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)
Greenland Camp Experience $795 (7/10/21, 7/17/21 & 7/24/21)

Snowshoeing & Hiking – Included and no pre-booking required.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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    Ultra Suite
Located on Deck 6, this suite is perfect for guests who want to travel without compromise. Our largest and most luxurious suite features the most sleeping, entertainment and storage space onboard the ship. It is perfect for families or travelers who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.
Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

563 sq ft / 52.3 m² + 46 sq ft / 4.3 m² Balcony
    Owner's Suite
Located on Deck 6, this suite is perfect for guests who want it all. A large, luxurious suite featuring a private bedroom, full bathroom, powder room, and two separate living spaces. This suite is perfect for families or couples who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.
Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

446 sq ft / 41.4 m² + 46 sq ft / 4.3 m² Balcony
  Penthouse Suite
The only suite category to be located on Deck 7, these suites are perfect for guests wanting to wake up to unobstructed polar views from the warmth and comfort of their bed onboard the ship. These suites offer the best of everything—views, spacious interiors, full bathrooms and generous balcony sizes—as well as easy access to the wellness center.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

369 sq ft / 34.3 m² + 67 sq ft / 6.2 m² Balcony
  Terrace Suite
Located on Deck 6, these suites are perfect for guests wanting generous interiors with a wide layout and the largest balconies on the ship. Centrally located, guests will enjoy minimal movement and motion from the comfort of these suites.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private extra-wide balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

350 sq ft / 32.5 m² + 100 sq ft / 9.3 m² Balcony
  Deluxe Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, these suites are perfect for guests wanting a larger living space, full bathroom, and a substantial balcony. Deluxe Balcony Suites are the first suite type to offer additional privacy in the bathroom with an enclosed toilet, a full bath and shower to make it easier for guests to get ready together in the morning.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

299 sq ft / 27.8 m² + 70 sq ft / 6.5 m² Balcony
  Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, these entry-level balcony suites are one of the largest available on a ship of this class. These suites are perfect for guests who are looking for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. There are four connecting suites in this category, making this an excellent option for families or groups wanting to stay connected to each other during their expedition.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

226 sq ft / 21 m² + 52 sq ft / 4.8 m² Balcony
  Explorer Suite
Located on Deck 3, these suites are perfect for people traveling together or solo guests looking to share with like-minded individuals. These suites maximizes interior living space while still offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors. Our entry-level twin suites are the largest available on a ship of this class.
Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

285 sq ft / 26.5 m²
  Explorer Triple
Located on Deck 3, these suite are perfect for guests traveling solo who want to share their experience with other like-minded travelers of the same gender, or for groups of three traveling together. Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.
Features: three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

285 sq ft / 26.5 m²
  Solo Panorama
Located on Deck 6, these suites are perfect for solo guests who appreciate privacy and want to wake up to sweeping views from the comfort of their bed. These are the only solo suites with floor-to-ceiling windows available onboard any ship in its class.
Features: single bed, floor-to-ceiling window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

132 sq ft / 12.3 m²