Summary : Experience nature in its purest form in the High Arctic. A remote archipelago situated just over 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, mountains and massive sheets of ice. During summer, when the sun never sets, the tundra experiences a warm awakening as wildflowers carpet the earth, walrus raise their sleepy heads to observe you, and fjords ring with the thunderous sound of glacial ice crashing to the sea. This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and nature is full of wonderful surprises. The pace is unhurried and your options are many, so the day-by-day itinerary below is a thoughtfully considered framework. All departures are photo expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
New starting 2017: Most beverages and crew tips included
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$10,220 to $18,890
Fly to Oslo on an overnight flight.
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 your private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark National Geographic Explorer.
Your travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and the exact day-to-day movements will 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 out Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic.
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before flying to Oslo. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S., or continue on to other adventures.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Travel with a National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor—at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. And, take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the expert photographers and instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Norwegian Fjords: The rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway—are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowey peaks offer wonderful photo ops. From $4,390 per person. (5 Days)
Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Iceland's Natural Wonders: Explore the geological wonders in the heart of the Icelandic wilderness: towering glaciers and gushing hot springs, boiling mud pools, lava fields, and thundering waterfalls. From $3,760 per person. (4 Days)
Accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary; meals aboard ship (starting in 2017 most alcoholic beverages); shore excursions and sightseeing; entrance fees; special access permits; gratuities except to crew (crew gratuities included starting in 2017); transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks; gratuities; taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; extensions; security fees; visa and immigration fees; meals in Oslo; travel insurance; visa and passport expenses; gratuities to ship's crew (included starting in 2017); items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages (most included starting in 2017), email, laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Ralph Lee Hopkins; © Michael S Nolan (Walrus)