Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise


Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise



11 months ago


11 Days




USD 10,740.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard Adventure Cruise
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Land of the Ice Bears is an 11-day 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 and becomes 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 you. 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.

Cruise the Arctic aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, a fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, able to probe the ice in search of wildlife. This small ship cruise is undertaken in the spirit of discovery because Nature is full of wonderful surprises. 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 the Arctic region.

While crusing as far north as it is possible to cruise without an icebreaker, experience the legendary midnight sun, discover Arctic culture and history, and be prepared to witness some of the most magnificent wildlife on earth.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $10740 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: U.S. & Fly Overnight To Oslo
Oslo, Norway
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Fly to Oslo on an overnight flight.


MEALS: n/a

Day 2: Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway
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Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel. In the afternoon, your introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll amid the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next, visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. This evening, join fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

ACCOMMODATIONS: SAS Radisson Blu Hotel or similar

MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 3: Depart Oslo & Embark Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway to the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research and tourism. Tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark the National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-9: Exploring Svalbard
Svalbard Archipelago, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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This cruise in the Svalbard archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. The 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. Take Zodiacs and kayaks among beautiful icebergs and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to 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. The fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship National Geographic Explorer is perfectly equipped for this adventurous exploratory style of cruising.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Explorer

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Disembark Longyearbyen & Fly To Oslo
Longyearbyen, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Radisson Blu Hotel or similar

MEALS: breakfast and lunch

Day 11: Oslo/U.S.
Oslo, Norway
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After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight home or continue on to other adventures.


MEALS: breakfast


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  • two hotel nights
  • all accommodations aboard ship
  • meals as indicated
  • alcoholic beverages (except premium brands)
  • gratuities to the ship's crew
  • shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage including kayaks
  • services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • entrance fees
  • all port charges and service taxes


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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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