Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - Expedition

Spend 9 glorious days searching for polar bears in their favorite habitat, Spitsbergen. This simple ship attracts active travelers who don't mind a casual, college dorm-like atmosphere.

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7.6*

ECO SCORE

134

PASSENGERS

11

DAYS

3/5

ACTIVITY LEVEL

The Arctic: Drink It In

Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Always on the lookout for wildlife that live in this polar wilderness, you'll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year. Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales. Cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers. Experience brilliance of the midnight sun.
 
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Travel Curator’s Insights:

    • With a look and feel like a college dorm this simple ship offers an active trip at a great value.
    • Spend nine glorious days looking for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in this breathtaking icy region.
    • This ship always offers a very happy and enthusiastic expedition staff!

SPECIAL OFFER

Rates:
From $5,899 per person
Cancel and rebook your trip with no added costs closer to the time of departure. Policies and protocols provided before you book.

Ask us for 2023 dates.

June-July 2023

Departures:

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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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CARBON

Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.

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ENERGY

On the East African Energy Renewal Board

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EDUCATION

Runs local educational facilities for children.

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Itinerary 

Day 1: Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

Get a first glimpse of the midnight sun in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's capital. Transfer from the town to the Expedition for a late afternoon embarkation. In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers to take your group transfer and begin your journey. Make sure you have your passport handy as you are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. (This day includes Dinner.)


Days 2-10: Spitsbergen

Each day is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historical extravaganzas. Spend the next nine days exploring the remote polar regions. Visit ice-sculpted fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers crashing into the sea. Spend time exploring pack ice edges in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, it's possible to encounter Svalbard's Arctic fox and the region's unique reindeer.


Our goal is to give travelers the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Svalbard archipelago. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, the group will cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

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Days 2-10: Spitsbergen (Continued)

Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. During these nine days, visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers flowing into the sea. Spend time moving through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals.


Ivory gulls will be a highlight for the birders. Keep a constant lookout for walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. Ice permitting, visit spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots), as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Shore stops will be highlighted with tiny tundra flowers. The Expedition team will be on hand to answer any questions about this spectacular wilderness.


The evening of our last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.


Included Activities:


Zodiac Excursion: Jump into a Zodiac, and head out to explore. Keep an eye out for wildlife. The expert Expedition staff will teach the group about the flora and fauna along the way. This activity depends on weather and ice conditions.


Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs: Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.

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Day 11: Longyearbyen

On the departure day, there will be transfers available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled. Climb aboard a local bus, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (This day includes Breakfast.)


Please Note: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary as described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip.


Physical Rating: Moderate. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.


Age requirement: 10+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Activity Option: (Extra Cost)


Arctic Kayaking: Kayaking isn't just an outdoor adventure, it's an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. A limited number of lucky adventurers will venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by our experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment! This activity is offered on select departures and must be booked prior to your trip, see Tour details for more information.

Rate: From $749pp

 

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CATEGORY 1A QUAD

160sq ft/15 m2, 2 upper/2 lower berths, porthole.

Rates from in USD:

$5,899pp

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CATEGORY 3 TWIN

160 sq ft/15 m2, 2 lower berths, window. Solo Supplement: $6,579pp

Rates from in USD:

$9,399pp

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CATEGORY 1 TRIPLE

160sq ft/15 m2, 1 upper/2 lower berths, porthole.

Rates from in USD:

$6,799pp

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CATEGORY 4 TWIN

160 sq ft/15 m2, 2 lower berths, large window. Solo Supplement: $17,697

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$10,199pp

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CATEGORY 2 TWIN

160 sq ft/15 m2, 2 lower berths, porthole.

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CATEGORY 5 TWIN

320 sq ft/30 m2, queen, lounge, large windows. Solo Supplement: Waitlist

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I've had many happy clients return from adventures on the Expedition with rave reviews. The key is for me to make sure the traveler I'm speaking with is just right for and knows exactly what to expect on this fun yet simple ship.

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
10 nights aboard the Expedition; Arrival transfer; Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team; Lectures and educational programs
Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16; Expedition parka; 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.

NOT INCLUDED
Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included. Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some beverages, some meals, gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), alcohol, airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.