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Circumnavigating the Realm of the Polar Bears

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Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $7,233 pp/do*

2016 Prices From: $5,365 pp/do*

2016 Dates: July 22, 29, August 5, 12, and 19

Ships: MS Fram
Hurtigruten Ships

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Circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island in Svalbard.

Polar Bears of Spitsbergen

Travel within a few hundred kilometers of the geographic North Pole to find untouched wilderness – nature reserves and parks that protect the natural habitat for the indigenous inhabitants of Spitsbergen! And I know you’re asking yourself, “But where IS Svalbard and Spitsbergen?” Svalbard is the series of islands North of Norway. The largest island in the chain is Spitsbergen, where the capital city of Longyearbyen is located. Much of the island is protected habitat, home to native Arctic foxes, reindeer and polar bears.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2: Oslo/Longyearbyen

Take an evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, where you’ll stay overnight before embarking on the MS Fram, heading clockwise around the island.

 

Day 3-4: Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

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The North West Corner is a collection of islands, fjords and beaches. This was the first part of Svalbard discovered in 1596. There are many possible landing points – it just depends on the elements you can’t plan ahead for, like weather. There is a High Arctic research station and natural wonders like fjords and glaciers to explore.

 

Day 5-7: Expedition Days in Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves and South Spitsbergen National Park

This region is highly protected. The rules are strict. But you’ll be instructed before leaving the ship on how you can best appreciate the area and wildlife with respect. Watch for polar bears, birds, walruses and whales!

 

Spitsbergen, 17 - 25 June, 2010Day 8: Isfjorden

Explore the extensive fjord system, as well as valleys carved out by glaciers, now home to large populations of reindeer! The crew will try to find a suitable scenic spot to host your farewell barbecue!

 

Day 9: Disembark in Longyearbyen

Take the early morning flight back to Oslo after disembarking.

Photo Credit: Hurtigruten Cruises