Realm of the Polar Bear In-depth

 

Overview

Location: Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway)
Destination: Spitsbergen Cruises
Starting at: $5,199

 

Description

This cruise is similar to the "Realm of the Polar Bear" cruise but with the benefit of 3 additional days of exploration. Discover Spitsbergen's wealth of wildlife including iconic Arctic species including polar bears, walrus, reindeer and seals. Cruise through spectacular fjords, glaciers and mountains on this 11-day journey in the Land of the Midnight Sun!

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Ship

M/S Expedition M/S Expedition
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 134

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

Category 1A - QUADCategory 1 - TRIPLECategory 2 - TWINCategory 3 - TWINCategory 4 - TWINCategory 5 - SUITES
Aug 6, 2014 - Aug 16, 2014$5,399
 
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Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 6, 2015$5,199
 
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Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 23, 2015$5,199
 
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Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015$5,399
 
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Aug 9, 2015 - Aug 19, 2015$5,399
 
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen

Get your first glimpses of the midnight sun in Spitsbergen's capital Longyearbyen. Embark the M/S Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening. (D)

Days 2–10: Svalbard Archipelago/Spitsbergen

Each day will be 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. We will spend the next nine days exploring the remote polar regions. Visit ice covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers crashing into the sea around us. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, we hope to see Svalbard’s polar fox and their unique reindeer.

Our goal is to give our guests the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Ice conditions sometimes allow us to sail through Hinlopen Strait towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet towards the south. However this is not always the case and on many departures we decide to explore alternative routes to maximize our time in this remote destination. 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 we can cover more territory, which may allow us to explore the entire Archipelago. This can lead us to the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitoya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Depart Longyearbyen

We arrive in Longyearbyen in the morning for disembarkation. (B)

Included

  • 10 nights aboard the M/S Expedition
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lecture and educational programs
  • Longyearbyen airport transfers depending on your flight details
  • Arctic destination guide book
  • Complimentary expedition parka, yours to keep
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sized 8–14 and women's USA sized 3–9
  • All meals included on board the ship
  • Quad, triple, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (10 nights). Please note that all cabins consist of twin sized berths and are oceanview. Suites have one queen size bed

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:  $699 per person (June 26, 2015 Cruise only)

Highlights

  • Cruise narrow arctic fjords, past the towering faces of massive glaciers
  • Visit arctic research stations and historic settlements
  • Travel to within 540 miles of the North Pole
  • Experience thronging seabird colonies and walrus haul outs
  • Watch the solitary arctic hunters, polar bears, as well as ringed and bearded seals, walrus, reindeer, arctic fox, and several species of whales and seabirds

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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