Realm of the Polar Bear

From Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Spitsbergen
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Join on us on this voyage into the land of the polar bear. Cruise from the remote and quaint town of Longyearbyen, population just over 2000 and explore the island of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, polar bear population around 3000! High up in the Arctic, this is the realm of the polar bear, not people!

Over eight awe inspiring days, navigate the bays and inlets of Spitsbergen, always on the look out, checking the shoreline and every drifting ice flow for polar bears! The landscapes are rugged and wild, and glaciers are plentiful. Explore the Arctic by zodiac venturing through the ice, getting close to cliffs teeming with birdlife, or perhaps spot an Arctic fox hunting. Walk on land, where you will discover historic sites, beautiful Arctic flowers and other flora, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, or walrus wallowing on the beach!

Viva's Best Bits...

Have a great chance to spot the legendary polar bear - population in Svalbard is around 3000

Make use of the midnight sun - it doesn't really get dark, so you have the chance to spot wildlife at any time of the day or night

"Kayaking in the Arctic was a surreal experience, so calm, peaceful, just the sound of my paddle dipping the water, a nearby seal, and the creaking of ice from the nearby glacier – an experience not to be missed!” Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Longyearbyen

This morning you will need to check-in at the meeting point between 9am - 12pm. Arrival into Longyearbyen a day before departure is recommended. Enjoy the morning to explore Longyearbyen at leisure before a group transfer to the port where your journey will begin.

Welcome dinner

Day 2-7
Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

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 can cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore more of the archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm. During these six days visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea.

Possibility to cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs.

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

All meals included

Day 8
Disembark Longyearbyen

Sadly your journey comes to an end upon arrival this morning in Longyearbyen. Today we will provide group transfers to Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with departing flights.

Breakfast is included today

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 7 nights onboard the G Expedition
  • Included Copy 31 Same sex cabin shares available ideal for solo travellers
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, tea, coffee and water whilst onboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Group Transfer from Longyearbyen town to port on Day 1
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures and educational programs
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka (yours to keep)
  • Included Copy 20 Use of Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Included Copy 20 Shore landings
  • Included Copy 7 Mandatory insurance
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
  • Included Copy 31 Optional extra: Kayak in the Arctic
Transportation
G Expedition | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

134 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Lectures on all things Artic: history, geology and wildlife
  • Included Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels
  • Included Zodiac excursions, or optional kayaking (additional)
  • Included Forward deck viewing platforms - observe wildlife and landscapes 24/7 in the midnight sun
  • Included Cruise through stunning fjords and past massive glaciers
  • Included Be daring - take a polar plunge
  • Included Wildlife opportunities: polar bears, arctic fox, walrus, reindeer, seals, perhaps a beluga whale!
  • Included Amazing birdlife: guillemots, northern fulmars, kittiwakes, little auks and more
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$4,199 USD

Per person, sharing

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