Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise


Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise



6 months ago


11 Days


May - June


USD 10,220.00 per person


Jun 15, 2017
Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise
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Land of the Ice Bears is a small ship expedition cruise to Arctic Svalbard. A remote archipelago situated just over 350 miles north of Norway's North Cape, Arctic Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, mountains and massive sheets of ice. During summer, when the sun never sets, the tundra experiences a warm awakening. It is carpeted with wildflowers. Ice-peppered fjords ring with the thunderous sound of glacial ice crashing to the sea. Walrus raise their sleepy heads to observe us. And everyone holds their breath as a polar bear is spotted and cameras click wildly. Experience nature in its purest form in the High Arctic.

This is as far north as it is possible to cruise without an icebreaker, and you’ll experience the legendary midnight sun. Cruise the Arctic aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, a fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship that is able to probe the ice in search of wildlife. This small-ship cruise is undertaken in the spirit of discovery. Nature is full of wonderful surprises and you'll be guided by her. The pace is unhurried and each day's options are many, so the Land of the Ice Bears itinerary is a thoughtfully considered framework based on National Geographic and Lindblad's long experience in this region.


Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $10220 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: U.S. & Fly Overnight To Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Fly from Newark to Oslo aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines.


MEALS: n/a

Day 2: Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway

Arrive this morning in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Your introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll amid the famed Vigeland sculptures- hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next, visit the Polarship Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to explore Oslo on your own. Overnight at the Thon Hotel Bristol, or similar.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Thon Hotel Bristol or similar

MEALS: breakfast

Day 3: Depart Oslo & Embark Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Upon arrival, board the National Geographic Explorer to begin your Land of the Ice Bears Arctic Cruise.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-9: Exploring Svalbard
Svalbard Archipelago, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

This cruise in the Svalbard archipelago is truly exploratory by design. This is as far north as it is possible to cruise without an icebreaker, and you’ll experience the legendary midnight sun. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, the National Geographic Explorer, travelers are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions.

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. In true expeditions style, we let nature dictate our day-to-day movements here, which is one of the great attractions of the expedition. We remain flexible to maximize our opportunities to observe the Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Keep eyes pealed for 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. Take the Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly To Oslo
Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

End the Land of the Ice Bears cruise in Longyearbyen. Explore Longyearbyen on your own before flying to Oslo. Overnight Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Radisson Blu Hotel

MEALS: breakfast and lunch

Day 11: Oslo/U.S.
Oslo, Norway

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S. aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines.


MEALS: breakfast


  • one night pre-cruise and one night post cruise hotel in Oslo
  • shipboard accommodation
  • meals
  • bar tab
  • gratuities to the ship's crew
  • shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage including kayaks
  • leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • presentations by noted naturalists and other experts
  • Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions
  • comprehensive pre-departure information kit and Arctic handbook
  • group transfers and baggage handling as per itinerary
  • all port charges and service taxes


Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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