Situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice––glowing under the midnight sun during our season there. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. It’s Arctic nature in its purest form

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Experience arctic wildlife in its natural habitat

Cruise Svalbard's fjords and cruise among beautiful icebergs

Experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give colour and vitality to the High Arctic

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Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

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Day 1

Oslo

Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures-- hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen nd Amundsen. The evening is free to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. Overnight at the Thon Hotel Bristol, or similar. (B)

Day 2

Oslo - Longyearbyen

Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark our ship. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Exploring Svalbard

Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. Our main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give colour and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Exploring Svalbard

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Day 5

Exploring Svalbard

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Day 6

Exploring Svalbard

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Day 7

Exploring Svalbard

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Day 8

Exploring Svalbard

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Day 9

Longyearbyen - Oslo

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before we fly to Oslo. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)

Day 10

Oslo

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home, or continue on to other adventures. (B)

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