Summary : Go deep into the experience of Arctic wildlife in its natural habitat––discovering and observing polar bears and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice. This itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth. Scout for polar bear and walrus sightings alongside skilled veteran spotters.
Experience Arctic wildlife & natural history. This is a true expedition adventure––daily flexibility and spontaneity keep it interesting! You'll actively explore using kayaks and Zodiacs, as well as going on hikes and walks. Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance are a highlight of the adventure as your Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team are there to illuminate it all.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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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. Check in to the Hotel Bristol (or similar). In the afternoon, our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures--hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next we visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception then the evening is at leisure for dinner dinner on your own.
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days.
Travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and your 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. Cruise in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. Take Zodiacs and kayaks among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic.
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly, sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at an airport hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the 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.
One pre-cruise hotel night in Oslo, one post-cruise hotel night in Oslo; transfer between airport and ship if booked on recommended flights; walking transfer from hotel to airport on recommended departure flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; some meals in Oslo, extensions; security fees; visa and immigration fees; premium alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; visa and passport expenses; items of a personal nature such as email, laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (polar bear, caribou, Zodiac); © Michael S Nolan (polar bear with cubs, walrus, photographers, kayaks)