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Polar Cruise: The Realm of the Polar Bear

Starts: Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Finishes: Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Visit: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Cruises

Overview

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This exciting 8-day cruise to the Arctic waters of the Svalbard archipelago is a once in a life time opportunity to see polar bears and other arctic wildlife in their natural habitat while cruising along some of the most remote coastlines in the world. Our home for this incredible holiday is the very comfortable MS Expedition, a recently refitted and refurbished vessel, uniquely equipped to meet the demands of cruising in polar regions.

We board the boat in the world's most northerly town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen. From here we explore up and down the west coast of the island investigating the its many fjords and bays. From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region's plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of nonstop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife we will explore Svalbard not only by ship but also up close from small Zodiac boats and on foot. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land which is only accessible for just a couple months of the year.

Each day of our cruise there are presentations and informative talks from the expert expedition staff on the wildlife, history and environment of the area and these are followed up with excursions in the Zodiacs guided by the expedition staff. There are also opportunities for exploration on foot in the company of polar experts. Outfitted as a cruise ship, the MS Expedition provides an excellent base for polar exploration. With dining areas, presentation rooms, good sized cabins, and viewing decks, we will have plenty of space and entertainment whilst onboard. After our 8 day cruise through the Arctic waters of Svalbard, we dock at Longyearbyen and disembark with some very special memories.

Highlights

    • Travel on the MS Expedition, one of the best polar cruise ships
    • Zodiac and shore excursions around Spitsbergen
    • Wildlife viewing including Polar Bears and Whales around Svalbard
    • Expert team of expedition polar leaders onboard
    • If you've travelled on the MS Expedition before, ask about discounts available.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125350
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Finishes: Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Expert Expedition staff
  • Single timed airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All meals whilst on the MS Expedition
  • All Zodiac cruises on Svalbard with expert leaders
  • Waterproof boots supplied (different sizes available)
  • Lecture and guidance programs during the expedition
  • Arctic destination guide book
  • Expedition parka jacket

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,080 ($510/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Sharran D.  

I cannot stress enough how utterly amazing this trip was from the start and booking to the end. It was totally amazing, breathtaking and an experience that only comes along once in a life time. I was in tears on more than one occasion and am honoured to be part of the whole experience from the ship, the wildlife, the weather and the staff. Totally, totally recommended!!! Don't hesitate to book, you're in great hands.

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John D.  

Walruses. Zodiac excursions on calm fjords under the snouts of glaciers. Being given free access to the bridge of the ship. The day in Longyearbyen was most interesting. The scenery was awesome. The knowledgeable members of the team on the ship. All sorts of subjects were covered. having the use of a small gym on the ship to try and run some of the food off. While my wife's daughter fell about laughing at the thought of her getting into a Zodiac we experienced no trouble at all as reasonably fit 71 and 69 year olds.

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Anne 

Super holiday walking shoes not necessary as boat provide boots for landings. The expedition team went out of their way to ensure we had everything we could possibly need and that we saw as much as possible.

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David  

The arctic is a hostile (though beautiful) environment- that is why it is uninhabited and uninhabitable. The first duty of the expedition team is to keep us safe - with meticulous planning and attention to detail. Then they gave us an adventure. Cutting through the melting pack ice was mesmerising and seeing the polar bear in his natural realm at close quarters - with his fresh bearded seal kill on an ice floe - well I run out of vocabulary. Characters in the expedition team like John and David added more insight and joy into this sublime and unforgettable experience. My only advice for future travelers is don't risk a cock-up at Oslo airport and miss the boat - get to Longyearbyen a day or 2 early and enjoy the anticipation.

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Elizabeth  

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Polar Bears in natural habitat- stunning scenery. The bird cliff nesting grounds are stunning and travelling in june we were fortunate to see many of the flowers in bloom. Loved going through the sea ice in the ship. Glad I brought good binoculars though- absolutely essential as many of sitings of bears were several km away. There was more emphasis on the history of the area than I had expected and personally i would have enjoyed more lectures about in particular the geology of the area and glaciers. Ship was comfortable, food good and lovely people travelling from all parts of the world. I shared a cabin with a stranger- worked well and we will remain in contact. I added on my own extra night in Svalbard with kayaking and hiking and would recommend this for anyone that likes to be active (but do take care to make sure you have adequate fitness for proposed activities…

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Anne 

Super holiday walking shoes not necessary as boat provide boots for landings. The expedition team went out of their way to ensure we had everything we could possibly need and that we saw as much as possible.

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