INTRODUCTION TO SPITSBERGEN: POLAR BEAR SAFARI

This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.
 
Expedition in Brief:
• Encounter unique arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer
• Take advantage of continuous daylight
• Hike the tundra
• Cruise in a Zodiac
• Enjoy optional kayak adventure opportunities
 
Brief Itinerary:
Day 1           Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2 to 8 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 9           Depart Longyearbyen

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Longyearbyen, Norway
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.
 
Days 2 to 8: Exploring Spitsbergen
You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, we do have some favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.
 
Day 9: Depart Longyearbyen
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

This expedition includes:

· Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
· All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
· All shore landings per the daily program
· Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
· All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
· Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
· Photographic journal documenting the expedition
· Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
· Official parka to keep
· Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
· Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
· Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
· All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
· All luggage handling aboard the ship
· Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
· Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
· Transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship on embarkation day
· Group transfer from the ship to Longyearbyen airport or a designated drop-off location downtown on disembarkation day

This expedition excludes:

· International airfare
· Passport and visa expenses
· Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
· Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
· Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
· Excess-baggage fees on international flights
· Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
· Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
· Phone and Internet charges
· Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
· Additional overnight accommodation
· Optional kayaking activities

Tour Dates:

ARCTIC 2017:
Jun 15 – Jun 23, 2017 from US$ 7.895 aboard Ocean Nova
Jun 20 – Jun 28, 2017 from US$ 5.295 aboard Ocean Adventurer 
Jul 18 – Jul 26, 2017 from US$ 6.895 aboard Ocean Adventurer

ARCTIC 2018:
Jun 04 – Jun 12, 2018 from US$ 5.395 aboard Ocean Nova
Jun 14 – Jun 22, 2018 from US$ 5.795 aboard Ocean Adventurer
Jun 22 – Jun 30, 2018 from US$ 5.795 aboard Ocean Adventurer
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