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Realm of the Polar Bear
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Wildlife, Off the beaten track
This 8-day itinerary offers the perfect opportunity for those wanting to get away for just a week without compromising on seeing the Arctic's absolute highlights. Sail the incredible landscapes of the Svalbard Archipelago in search of its most magnificent inhabitant: the beautiful polar bear.
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Meet your expedition crew and fellow explorers in Longyearbyen, the capital of the Svalbard Archipelago and set sail for your Arctic adventure. The following days will be spent exploring the wild Arctic landscapes in search of the rare and elusive polar bear as it stalks the ice edge and shoreline in search of seals and walruses. Whales, seals, nesting seabirds and a myriad of Arctic wildlife populate this remote wilderness, just waiting to be discovered.
Day 1 : Fly to Longyearbyen
Fly to Longyearbyen, connecting in Oslo.
Day 1 - 2 : Set sail from Longyearbyen
Stay at M/S Expedition - Arctic Cruise for 1 night
Depending on your arrival time, you are met at the airport and either transferred straight to the ship for embarkation or dropped in the centre of Longyearbyen to explore at leisure. Referred to as Longyear by locals and visitors alike, Spitsbergen's capital is home to several shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as the highly regarded Svalbard Museum. At the agreed time, board the M/S Expedition and set sail this afternoon bound for the west coast of the Svalbard Archipelago. Hugging the coast of Spitsbergen, you make your way through the stunning Arctic wilderness in search of the ‘monarch of the north’, the mighty polar bear.
Days 2 - 8 : Svalbard Archipelago
Spend the next six days discovering the secrets of Svalbard. As your experienced captain and expedition leaders navigate the icy Arctic waters, paying close attention to the dynamic sea and weather conditions, they will steer a course along the west coast of Spitsbergen, getting as close to the sea ice as possible. Keep a look out from the observation decks of the ship for the whales, walruses and seals that frequent these inky depths, or hop in a zodiac for a closer look. On your ship-to-shore trips, discover abandoned whaling and trapping settlements dotted across the tundra, a relic from years gone by. As you walk on the islands, you may spot playful Arctic foxes or herds of reindeer grazing on the tundra. Undoubtedly, the ultimate quarry is the majestic polar bear, most likely spotted hunting for seals and walruses hauled out on the edge of the sea ice. Keep your cameras at the ready should you come across the Arctic’s most famous resident. On board the ship, expert expedition staff will lead lectures and educational programmes to help you understand more about the spectacular flora and fauna that surrounds you in this unique part of the world.
Day 8 : Disembark & fly home
Arriving back in Longyearbyen, bid farewell to your expedition team and fellow passengers as you transfer back to the airport and begin your onward journey home.
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland and voyages to the Russian High Arctic begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting the iconic polar bear.
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From $3584 per person
Price is subject to seasons and availability and is based on an entry level cabin category.
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.