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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

11 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Longyearbyen
Get a first glimpse of the midnight sun in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's capital. Transfer from the city to the G Expedition for a late afternoon embarkation.

Please make sure you drop your checked luggage off at the meeting point between 9am - 12pm. A local representative will be in the luggage storage room. They can provide general information about the town or the embarkation process. All passengers will be transferred to the ship as a group for embarkation at 4pm. Please ensure that for embarkation you have your passport accessible (not in your luggage which is being transferred separately to the ship). (D)

Days 2-10 Spitsbergen
Each day is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historical extravaganzas. Spend the next nine days exploring the remote polar regions. Visit ice-sculpted fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers crashing into the sea. Spend time exploring pack ice edges in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, it's possible to encounter Svalbard's Arctic fox and the region's unique reindeer.

Our goal is to give travellers the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Svalbard archipelago. Ice conditions sometimes allow for sailing through the Hinlopenstretet towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet towards the south. However, this is not always possible. Some departures will explore alternative routes to maximize time in this remote destination. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, the group will cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Longyearbyen
On departure day, transfers to the Longyearbyen airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled. (B)
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All This Included
Similar to our "Realm of the Polar Bear" tour, but with three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.
  • 10 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka.
  • Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, Triple-, Twin-share cabins
    Or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 10 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.
  • Transportation: G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, walking.
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.
Highlights
  • Take a turn on "polar bear watch" with a member of the expedition staff
  • Opt to challenge yourself with a polar plunge
  • Capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder
  • Enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun
  • Learn from lectures on history and natural sciences
Accommodations
Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, Triple-, Twin-share cabins
Or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 10 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
Notes
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.