Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Arctic Svalbard Cruise

  • Stockholm
  • Research Ship
  • 12 Capacity
  • 9 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Svalbard, a remote and spectacular archipelago of immense glaciers, narrow fjords, sheer mountain cliffs and abundant wildlife, has lured many explorers into its enticing web. The overwhelming scenery, extraordinary wildlife and unpredictable encounters with animals such as polar bears and walruses combine to make a trip of a lifetime. From aboard the 12-passenger Stockholm, experience the land of the polar bear up for a nine-day journey. Welcome to a magic world of midnight sun and pack ice, of glittering glaciers and abundant wildlife. This is truly the High Arctic - your nearest neighbor is the North Pole!

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 – 8
Exploring Svalbard

Start by exploring the High Arctic capital of Longyearbyen and embark your expedition ship in the afternoon. You are now in a part of the world where activities are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. The goal is to make landings each day with Zodiacs and the following are examples of exciting places you may visit:

In Kongsfjorden, famous for its beauty, find the scientific settlement Ny Ålesund. Arctic terns nest by the main street and wild reindeer are often seen grazing. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords such as Liefdefjorden, Krossfjorden and Raudfjorden. These are areas of immense natural beauty, dominated by beautifully sculptured glaciers. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area, and if lucky, you will see the rare king eider. North of Spitsbergen, you may meet the massive pack ice edge. Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes. If the ice allows, enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, a sheer, basaltic cliff, which is the home for some 200,000 Brunnich’s Guillemots.

Day 9
Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen early in the morning, disembark the ship and begin your journey back home.

Notes

Please, read this itinerary as a guide only; your exact route and program will vary depending on ice and weather conditions--and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition.

Included:
7 nights on board the ship; 1 night in hotel in Longyearbyen; all meals; all wine, beer and drinks; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guide; lectures on board and on shore; all shore excursions and activities by Zodiac; customary gratuity to the ship’s crew; an illustrated post-expedition log.

Not Included:
Flight to/from Longyearbyen; travel and cancellation insurance; personal expenses.