Two guests will enjoy an in-depth exploration of Arctic Svalbard aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Go deep into the Arctic to experience wildlife in its natural habitat – discovering and observing polar bears, and the other incredible animals of the Arctic ice.
This itinerary is focused on delivering an in-depth, exceptional experience:
Choose from four 2019 dates: June 2, 9, 16, or 23, 2019
- Polar bear and walrus sightings with skilled veteran spotters
- Arctic wildlife and natural history
- True expedition adventure – daily flexibility and spontaneity
- Active exploration – in kayaks and Zodiacs, by hiking and walking
- Superlative photo opportunities and onboard photo assistance
- Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team will illuminate it all
- Enjoy consummate comfort and amenities:
- The service & expertise of Explorer’s expedition team
- A fleet of Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, and a suite of tools for undersea exploration: Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splash-cam and more
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Fair Market Value: $22,960
Day 1: Oslo, Norway/Clarion Hotel - The HUB
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital city where the annual Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Check in to the Clarion Hotel - The HUB. Our introduction to Oslo begins in the afternoon with a stroll around the famed Vigeland sculptures - hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next, we visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. That evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner (includes breakfast & dinner).
Day 2: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
Depart Oslo (chartered flight excluded) and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Visit the Svalbard Museum and learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research, and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Days 3-8: 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 primary 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 Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner daily).
Day 9: Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll 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. Return to Oslo (charted flight excluded) and stay overnight at the SAS Radisson Blue Airport Hotel (includes breakfast & lunch).
Day 10: Oslo/U.S.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport.
Photo credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins