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Realm Of The Polar Bear

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,699 pp/do*

2016 Dates: Jun 12; July 6, 2015

Ships: M/S Expedition

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8 DAYS,LONGYEARBYEN TO LONGYEARBYEN

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of nonstop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and by Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a couple months of the year.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights aboard the M/S Expedition
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lecture and educational programs
  • Longyearbyen airport transfers depending on your flight details
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men’s USA sized 8-14 & women’s USA sized 3-9
  • Arctic destination guide book
  • All meals included on board the ship.
  • MS Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole/window) (7 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-sized berths and are outside facing. Suites have one queen bed.
  • MS Expedition, Zodiac, local bus.
  • Expedition staff, expert guides.

 

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Day 1 Arrive Longyearbyen (1D)

Embark the MS Expedition in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.

Day 2-7 Svalbard Archipelago/Spitsbergen (6B,6L,6D)

Visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, you may have the opportunity to see polar fox or Svalbard’s unique reindeer.

Our goal is to give our guests the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Spitsbergen archipelago. Ice conditions sometimes allow us to sail through Hinlopen Strait towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet towards the south. However this is not always the case and on many departures we decide to explore alternative routes to maximize our 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 we can cover more territory, which may allow us to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead us to the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitoya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

Day 8 Depart Longyearbyen (1B)

On departure day, we will offer transfers to Longyearbyen Airport for all passengers with flights scheduled after 0400 in the morning.

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