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Svalbard – Spitsbergen Polar Bear Expedition

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

Summary : Experience the highlights of Spitsbergen while exploring the western edge of the island; home to polar bears, reindeers and walrus. The remarkable islands of the Svalbard archipelago are part of Norway, lying far to the north of the Norwegian mainland and high above the Arctic Circle. This remarkable island hosts an astonishing array of Arctic wildlife, protected within six national parks. The island itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with frequent shore landings and Zodiac cruises, as well as options for snowshoeing and sea kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic.”

**Price includes most drinks and expedition parka.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking


Prices from
$999,999,999 to $0

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Day 1
Longyearbyen / Embark

Board the expedition ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside village.

Day 2 – 8
Exploring Spitsbergen

This itinerary focuses on a constant search for wildlife. Expeditions will be highlighted by encounters with colonies of rare seabirds, hauled-out walrus and hunting polar bears. Explore a large part of Western Spitsbergen, which is also home to huge glaciers and impressive fjords.

Weather and ice conditions are highly changeable and thus dictate the daily itinerary of each expedition. Destinations may include14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Straight.

Destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Hornsund is a preferred hunting areas for polar bears and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird-egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget! These boisterous beasts can eat as much as 110 pounds (50 kilos) of shellfish every day. Svalbard reindeer, unique to these islands, live amid the vast wilderness and are often seen grazing near rugged coastline.

Hike amongst the colorful wildflowers found at the 14th of July Glacier or, perhaps, stand in the presence of the giant Monaco Glacier to help put the scale of the Arctic into perspective.

At Smeerenburg, visit a historical site built more than 100 years ago to commemorate the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. Each day there is something new to discover!

Day 9
Longyearbyen / Disembark

End the adventure as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport for the return flight home.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Sea Kayaking Option: $595 per person
Pre-booked option; minimum age 16 years. Available all departures. For experienced kayakers; please advise at time of booking; places strictly limited.

Snowshoeing: 6/14/2015 only
Included in cruise rate. Anyone can take part, no previous experience necessary. Receive a full introduction and choose to join excursions of varying degrees of difficulty. Equipment and lessons are provided.

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals on board throughout your voyage; shore landings per the daily program; Expedition Leader; Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; complimentary selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; pre-departure materials; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation; on embarkation day transfer from hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship; on the day of disembarkation, group transfer from the ship to the airport or local designated drop-off location. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; optional kayaking ($595 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.

*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.

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