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Land of the Ice Bears - Arctic Svalbard

Arctic
,  North Pole
,  Svalbard
,  Artic
,  Polar Bears
,  whales
,  seals
,  glaciers
,  Spitsbergen
,  cruise
,  expedition
,  Lindblad
,  cruises
,  vessel
,  ship
,  Oslo
,  Norway
,  Barents Sea
,  Polar
,  Pole
,  fjords
,  Salvbard
,  Quark Expeditions, Norway

from $10,430* per person 11 Days May-August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: AdventureSmith Explorations 100 people max
  • Norway
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
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, are 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 we are guided by her. Our pace is unhurried and our options are many, so the day-by-day itinerary below is a thoughtfully considered framework based on our long experience in this region.

We offer a few longer alternative Arctic cruise itineraries for travelers interested in a more in depth exploration of the Arctic. Alternative Arctic cruises are posted below this itinerary, and dates are marked with crosses. Call our Arctic small ship cruise experts for more information.

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Arctic , North Pole , Svalbard , Artic , Polar Bears , whales , seals , glaciers , Spitsbergen , cruise , expedition , Lindblad , cruises , vessel , ship , Oslo , Norway , Barents Sea , Polar , Pole , fjords , Salvbard , Quark Expeditions, Norway

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Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S./Fly Overnight to Oslo
Fly from Newark to Oslo aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Day 2 - 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. Our 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 Continental Hotel, or similar.

Accommodations: Continental Hotel
Included Meals: n/a

Day 3 - Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
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
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-9 - Exploring Svalbard
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, and by this, 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
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
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
Included Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 11 - Oslo/U.S.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S. aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Accommodations: n/a
Included Meals: breakfast

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