Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Expedition
  • Expedition Ship
  • 132 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 30 Wed
    • 2015
    • Jun 12 Fri
    • Jun 19 Fri
    • Jul 6 Mon
    • Jul 23 Thu
  • Price from
  • $3,449

Summary : Embark on a voyage with an expedition spirit, as each day is planned to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers, to the unique Arctic wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Birders will delight in sights of Ivory gulls and spectacular bird cliffs. Cruise aboard Zodiacs near the ice edge to view seals or walrus. Along the journey, the sights of polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds in this stunning landscape will truly be experiences to remember.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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AARP Discount: Members of AARP save $100 per person. Not combinable with other discounts.

Prices from
$3,449 to $8,199

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Arrive in one of the world’s northernmost towns. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on Svalbard. A very friendly and international atmosphere reigns here where there is a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. Most of its inhabitants are Norwegians, but some are Russians. Located in the Advent Fjord at the entrance of the Advent Valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities for visitors.

Embark the Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

Day 2 – 7
Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen

During these six days, visit ice-covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea around you. 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. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites.

This is also a land of history from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war. Visit intriguing historic sites. You may 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. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Straiit, Ny-Ålesund, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund and Bellsund are just a few of the places that you may visit. By not having a set itinerary, you take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. The evening of your last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.

Day 8
Longyearbyen

Return to Longyearbyen where the journey began. Say farewell and reflect on your extraordinary Arctic adventure.

Notes

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 USD and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

German Language Program Departure: (7/23/2015)
Select departures will include 2 German speaking Expedition Staff to provide educational content in German.

Kayaking Supplement: $729 per person (7/6/2015, 7/23/2015)
Limited to just 10 people per cruise, you'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by experienced and skilled leaders. Space is limited, however, so be certain to book in advance. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.

Included:
Spacious accommodations on the Expedition; all meals onboard (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; complimentary rubber boots on board; round-trip Longyearbyen airport transfers depending on your flight details; expedition parka; and a Arctic destination guidebook.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; kayaking.