A Journey Into the Wild North aboard Small Ships Quest, Sjoveien, or Stockholm

Svalbard Expedition

Norway

9 Days

From $5,790

Level 1

Easiest

Overview

    Contact Us Download Itinerary

    Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

    BOOKING DISCOUNT
    $400 off per person for 2025 departures.
    Offer expires May 31, 2024

    Overview

    Arrive: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Depart: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Highlights

    • Small expedition ships allow for close-up views and access to more remote destinations than larger ships
    • Enjoy the expertise of knowledgeable guides during daily excurisions and evening presentations
    • Flexible itineraries allow for customized journeys—each departure is unique
    • Witness incredible wildlife including whales, seals, seabirds, and even polar bears

    Overview

      Contact Us Download Itinerary

      Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

      Itinerary

      Download Itinerary Expand All Days

      Note: This trip is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as an agent in booking your reservation with the operator. Please download the Rate Sheet in the Dates & Pricing section to see the full pricing details and contact our Cruise Collection Specialists to check availability.

      Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel.
      Board your ship and sail from Longyearbyen into the pristine waters of the Arctic. In true expedition style, locations and activities will depend entirely upon ice and weather conditions, with the goal of daily excursions by Zodiac and landings when possible. Your crew will navigate the western and northern coasts, islands, and coves of Svalbard, observing wildlife and exploring the flora and fauna of the area accompanied by guides. Each trip varies depending on weather, duration, etc., but some of the highlights may include: Alkhornet: A towering cliff standing over 1,300 feet tall on the west coast of Spitsbergen and covered in mossy tundra. It's also an Important Bird Area where thousands of seabirds seek shelter including barnacle geese, Brunnich's guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings, and tens of thousands of kittwakes. Arctic foxes can be seen here as well, scurrying in the rock crevices around the mountain. Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden: Kongsfjorden hosts a mixture of Arctic flora and fauna and the mixing of warmer and colder waters that flow in here create an incredibly biodiverse region. Marine mammals found here include seals, walruses, whales, and even polar bears. Krossfjorden is known for its grand tidewater glacier as well as an abundance of relics scattered around the shores—the first whaling station on Spitsbergen was established here in 1611. Prins Karls Forland: This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals. Raudfjorden: An area of immense natural beauty dominated by icy glaciers. Virgohamna: Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole began here and there are still interesting remnants from these expeditions. Bellsund: Little auks nest here by the tens of thousands. You may go ashore and walk across the tundra to get a closer look. Liefdefjorden: Meaning, "the fjord of love," this is magnificent fjord is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and you may cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier here. North Spitsbergen: Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. You have a much higher chance of sighting polar bears here. Southwest Spitsbergen: The grand fjords of Hornsund have spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks. On a clear day, you can see the summit of the highest mountain, Hornsundtind. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard's polar bears and bearded seals. For those looking for more physical activity, there may be a chance to explore by snowshoe, depending on timing and weather.
      In the morning, disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
      Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
      Days 2-8: Expedition Days in Svalbard
      Day 9: Longyearbyen / Depart

      Dates & Pricing

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      130 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 10% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • 7 nights on board your ship for the 9-day journey, 10 nights for the 12-day journey
      • 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
      • Lunch on Day 2
      • All meals onboard your ship
      • Coffee and tea throughout the day
      • Experienced Expedition leader and knowledgeable guides
      • Guiding ashore and talks on board
      • All excursions and activities
      • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
      • The trip is climate compensated
      Not Included
      • Flight to/from Longyearbyen
      • Transfers
      • Accommodations before or after the cruise
      • Travel and cancellation insurance
      • Optional gratuities
      • Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges
      • Expedition gear (waterproof parka and pants, rubber boots)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Quest

      Days 1-8 (8 nights)

      Originally built as a ferry to sail along the coast of Greenland, the Quest was completely refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship, including renovations to all the passenger areas in 2018. With a modern, ice-strengthened hull, this 50-passenger vessel has 26 comfortable cabins, each with a desk, a cupboard for...

      Stockholm

      Days 1-8 (8 nights)

      Traveling aboard the Stockholm is like being on a private yacht with likeminded friends, all venturing into the Arctic together. The ship's classic maritime details give her a charming atmosphere, and her small size allows her to navigate waters that other larger ships are unable to access. With a maximum...

      Sjoveien

      Days 1-8 (8 nights)

      A classic ship with years of experience navigating Arctic waters, the Sjøveien was completely refurbished in 2017. Carrying a maximum of just 12 passengers, her eight comfortable cabins have private bathroom facilities and nautical-themed décor. Spacious outdoor decks are excellent for viewing wildlife, including a higher vantage point from on...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 1, Easy. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb in and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as uneven, rocky beaches.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Book your trip today

      Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

      Itinerary

      Submit the form below to download itinerary

      Hidden

      Hidden


      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

      {"trip":{"TripID":10501,"Trip_Code":"SVALEXPE","Trip_Name":"Svalbard Expedition","TripYear":"2024","BrandName":"Wilderness Travel","BrandID":1,"Trip_Tag_Line":"see custom fields","Start_Location":"Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen","End_Location":"Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen","Number_Days":9,"Number_Nights":8,"DisplayOnWeb":true,"Book_On_Web":false,"Featured":false,"SpecialEvent":false,"BestSeller":false,"Short_Description":"<p><\/p>","Long_Description":"<p>Embark on an expedition-style journey into the Arctic, allowing ice conditions, wildlife, and weather to dictate your landings and activities. On board a small expedition ship&mdash;either a 53-passenger vessel or an intimate 12-passenger vessel&mdash;you&#39;ll enjoy access to remote coves, secluded islands, and pristine bays. Choose from a 9-day springtime adventure when wintry wonderlands still sparkle with ice formations, mountains are covered in snow, and wildlife is bursting with new life, or an 11-day summer journey in the glow of the midnight sun. In July and August, as the ice begins to loosen its grip, you&#39;ll be able to explore the seldom visited eastern parts of the archipelago. During this time, a larger number of whales frequent the waters, you can take longer walks onto magnificent landscapes, and warm summer sunsets are perfect for photography. No matter which journey you choose, you&#39;ll be in the company of excellent naturalists who will enrich your days and nights in this wild and wondrous northerly realm.<\/p>","ActivityHighlight":"9-day or 11-day cruise, nature walks, Zodiac cruises","TripType":"Cruise Collection","HeaderImage":"","HeaderImageAltTag":"","ThumbnailImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/thumb-SVALEXPE-svalbard-spitsbergen-glacier-waterfall-cruise.jpg","MapImage":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/SVALEXPE-map-011824.jpg","MapImageAltTag":"","FloatingImage":"","VideoLink":"","GroupSize":"","tripURL":"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.com\/trip\/norway-svalbard-expedition-cruise","ThisYear_Year":"2024","ThisYear_PriceDetails":"<p><\/p>","ThisYear_PriceDetails2":"<p><\/p>","Price":"5790","SingleSupplementPrice1":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2":"0","SingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","SingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","AirPrice":"0","AirPriceCaption":"","FeePrice1":"0","FeePrice2":"0","FeePrice3":"0","FeeName1":"","FeeName2":"","FeeName3":"","ShowNextYearsPrice":true,"NextYear_Year":"2024","NextYear_PriceDetails":"<p><\/p>","NextYear_PriceDetails2":"<p><\/p>","PriceNextYear":"5790","SingleSupplementPrice1NextYear":"0","SingleSupplementPrice2NextYear":"0","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice1Caption":"","NextYearSingleSupplementPrice2Caption":"","NextYearAirPriceCaption":"","AirPriceNextYear":"0","NextYearFeePrice1":"0","NextYearFeePrice2":"0","NextYearFeePrice3":"0","NextYearFeeName1":"","NextYearFeeName2":"","NextYearFeeName3":"","TripSavings":true,"TripSavingsDescription":"<strong>BOOKING DISCOUNT<\/strong><br>$400 off per person for 2025 departures.<br>Offer expires May 31, 2024","VariablePricing":false,"PricingNoteTitle":"<p><\/p>","PricingNotes":"<p><\/p>","NewTrip":false,"MinAge":0,"TripRatingID":2,"TripRatingName":"1","TravelFromDate":"2022-01-01","TravelToDate":"2050-12-31","BookFromDate":"2022-01-01","BookToDate":"2050-12-31","EventID":30,"EventName":"","AccountingGroup":"Cruise Collection","DepositRule":1,"DepositAmt":"25","FinalDays":130,"AutoConfirm":false,"AutoConfirmAmount":"0","PrivateAvailable":false,"OperationMonths":"","AccmRating":"","TripStatus":"Active"},"itinerary":[{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":1,"Headline":"Longyearbyen","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Exploring Svalbard","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Board your ship and sail from Longyearbyen into the pristine waters of the Arctic. In true expedition style, locations and activities will depend entirely upon ice and weather conditions, with the goal of daily excursions by Zodiac and landings when possible. Your crew will navigate the western and northern coasts, islands, and coves of Svalbard, observing wildlife and exploring the flora and fauna of the area accompanied by guides. Each trip varies depending on weather, duration, etc., but some of the highlights may include:\n\nAlkhornet: A towering cliff standing over 1,300 feet tall on the west coast of Spitsbergen and covered in mossy tundra. It's also an Important Bird Area where thousands of seabirds seek shelter including barnacle geese, Brunnich's guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings, and tens of thousands of kittwakes. Arctic foxes can be seen here as well, scurrying in the rock crevices around the mountain.\n\nKongsfjorden and Krossfjorden: Kongsfjorden hosts a mixture of Arctic flora and fauna and the mixing of warmer and colder waters that flow in here create an incredibly biodiverse region. Marine mammals found here include seals, walruses, whales, and even polar bears. Krossfjorden is known for its grand tidewater glacier as well as an abundance of relics scattered around the shores&mdash;the first whaling station on Spitsbergen was established here in 1611.\n\nPrins Karls Forland: This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals.\n\nRaudfjorden: An area of immense natural beauty dominated by icy glaciers.\n\nVirgohamna: Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole began here and there are still interesting remnants from these expeditions.\n\nBellsund: Little auks nest here by the tens of thousands. You may go ashore and walk across the tundra to get a closer look.\n\nLiefdefjorden: Meaning, \"the fjord of love,\" this is magnificent fjord is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and you may cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier here.\n\nNorth Spitsbergen: Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. You have a much higher chance of sighting polar bears here.\n\nSouthwest Spitsbergen: The grand fjords of Hornsund have spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks. On a clear day, you can see the summit of the highest mountain, Hornsundtind. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard's polar bears and bearded seals.\n\nFor those looking for more physical activity, there may be a chance to explore by snowshoe, depending on timing and weather.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Longyearbyen \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In the morning, disembark in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your flight home.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true}],"itinpdf":[{"ItinYear":"","docType":"6","FileName":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/portal\/Svalbard-Expedition-2024-2025.pdf"}],"whattoexpect":[{}],"highlights":[{"DisplayOrder":1,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Small expedition ships allow for close-up views and access to more remote destinations than larger ships","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31140,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":2,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Enjoy the expertise of knowledgeable guides during daily excurisions and evening presentations","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31140,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":3,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Flexible itineraries allow for customized journeys&mdash;each departure is unique","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31140,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":4,"HighlightText":"","Description":"Witness incredible wildlife including whales, seals, seabirds, and even polar bears","Image":"","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":31140,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":10,"HighlightText":"","Description":"10-SVALEXPE-polar-svalbard-tourists-hiking-excursion-cruise.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/10-SVALEXPE-polar-svalbard-tourists-hiking-excursion-cruise.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12244,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":11,"HighlightText":"","Description":"11-SVALEXPE-svalbard-spitsbergen-glacier-waterfall-cruise.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/11-SVALEXPE-svalbard-spitsbergen-glacier-waterfall-cruise.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12245,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":12,"HighlightText":"","Description":"12-SVALEXPE-kongsfjorden-arctic-svalbard-polar-bear-wildlife-cruise.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/12-SVALEXPE-kongsfjorden-arctic-svalbard-polar-bear-wildlife-cruise.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12246,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":13,"HighlightText":"","Description":"13-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-guided-hiking-cruise.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/13-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-guided-hiking-cruise.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12247,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":14,"HighlightText":"","Description":"14-SVALEXPE-prins-karl-forland-bearded-seal-wildlife-svalbard.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/14-SVALEXPE-prins-karl-forland-bearded-seal-wildlife-svalbard.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12248,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":15,"HighlightText":"","Description":"15-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-hiking-wildflowers.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/15-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-hiking-wildflowers.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12249,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":16,"HighlightText":"","Description":"16-SVALEXPE-krossfjorden-arctic-svalbard-wildlife-walruses.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/16-SVALEXPE-krossfjorden-arctic-svalbard-wildlife-walruses.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12250,"caption":""},{"DisplayOrder":17,"HighlightText":"","Description":"17-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-polar-bear-safari-cruise.jpg","Image":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/trips\/17-SVALEXPE-arctic-svalbard-polar-bear-safari-cruise.jpg","VideoLink":"","ImageAltTag":"","image_id":12251,"caption":""}],"weather":[{}],"accommodations":[{"VendorID":73288,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Quest","CustomFields":{"Custom_Location":""}},{"VendorID":73302,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Sjoveien","CustomFields":{"Custom_Location":""}},{"VendorID":73306,"Day_Number":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"Description":"Standard Room","VendorName":"Stockholm","CustomFields":{"Custom_Location":""}}],"inclusions":[{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"E","Description":"Flight to\/from Longyearbyen","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"E","Description":"Transfers","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"E","Description":"Accommodations before or after the cruise","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"E","Description":"Travel and cancellation insurance","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"E","Description":"Optional gratuities","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"E","Description":"Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":7,"Type":"E","Description":"Expedition gear (waterproof parka and pants, rubber boots)","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":1,"Type":"I","Description":"7 nights on board your ship for the 9-day journey, 10 nights for the 12-day journey","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":2,"Type":"I","Description":"1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":3,"Type":"I","Description":"Lunch on Day 2","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":4,"Type":"I","Description":"All meals onboard your ship","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":5,"Type":"I","Description":"Coffee and tea throughout the day","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":6,"Type":"I","Description":"Experienced Expedition leader and knowledgeable guides","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":7,"Type":"I","Description":"Guiding ashore and talks on board","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":8,"Type":"I","Description":"All excursions and activities","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":9,"Type":"I","Description":"Comprehensive information material before the expedition","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""},{"DisplaySequence":10,"Type":"I","Description":"The trip is climate compensated","Highlight":0,"AdditionalText":"","Category":"","ProductType":0,"ImagePath":"","ImageAltTag":""}],"destinations":[{"DestinationID":231,"Name":"Arctic"},{"DestinationID":164,"Name":"Norway","Type":"Country"},{"DestinationID":44,"Name":"Polar Regions","Type":"Region"},{"DestinationID":241,"Name":"Spitsbergen"},{"DestinationID":262,"Name":"Svalbard"}],"activities":[{"ActivityID":221,"Name":"Wildlife & Natural History","Primary":0},{"ActivityID":228,"Name":"Small Ship Cruising","Primary":0}],"guides":[{}],"guestreviews":[{}],"Extensions":[{}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10501,"SimilarTripID":10459,"Trip_Code":"ARCTWILD","Trip_Name":"Arctic Wildlife Safari"},{"TripID":10501,"SimilarTripID":10516,"Trip_Code":"CHURCHPO","Trip_Name":"Churchill Polar Bear Expedition"},{"TripID":10501,"SimilarTripID":11155,"Trip_Code":"NORPASSA","Trip_Name":"Northwest Passage Expedition"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73401,"ProductID":84249,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Vendor Ops Payment","Vendor":"Polar Quest","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Svalbard Expedition","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":8,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73306,"ProductID":86678,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Cabin Category","Vendor":"Stockholm","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Cabin Category","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"Traveling aboard the Stockholm is like being on a private yacht with likeminded friends, all venturing into the Arctic together. The ship&#39;s classic maritime details give her a charming atmosphere, and her small size allows her to navigate waters that other larger ships are unable to access. With a maximum of just 12 passengers, the Stockholm&#39;s cabins have private bathroom facilities and small porthole windows. There is a comfortable dining room and lounge area, and plenty of deck space to enjoy the exquisite scenery and wildlife of the northern waters. The crew is welcoming, the guides are great enthusiasts, and two Zodiacs are available to take passengers deep into the wilds of the stunning Arctic.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-polar-quest-stockholm-exterior2.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73288,"ProductID":86697,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Cabin Category","Vendor":"Quest","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Cabin Category","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"Originally built as a ferry to sail along the coast of Greenland, the Quest was completely refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship, including renovations to all the passenger areas in 2018. With a modern, ice-strengthened hull, this 50-passenger vessel has 26 comfortable cabins, each with a desk, a cupboard for storage, and private bathroom. Delicious meals and hot coffee and tea are served in the dining room, and the panorama lounge has a well-stocked bar, a small library, and large windows for viewing landscapes and wildlife. Spacious observation decks are perfect for taking in the spectacular scenery, and passengers are always welcome on the bridge with the captain and crew. With five Zodiacs on board and expert guides, excursions to bays, coves, and inlets are an excellent opportunity to witness the wonders of the Arctic.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-polar-quest-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73302,"ProductID":86712,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Cabin Category","Vendor":"Sjoveien","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Cabin Category","Day":1,"Sequence":0,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"A classic ship with years of experience navigating Arctic waters, the Sj&oslash;veien was completely refurbished in 2017. Carrying a maximum of just 12 passengers, her eight comfortable cabins have private bathroom facilities and nautical-themed d&eacute;cor. Spacious outdoor decks are excellent for viewing wildlife, including a higher vantage point from on top of the bridge. Three meals a day are served in the dining room, and you can enjoy coffee and tea in the lounge where lectures and presentations are given by the expedition team. The ship also has an outdoor wood-fired hot tub, perfect for a soak after a day of exploration.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-sjoveien-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":11,"ProductID":54,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Single Supplement","Vendor":"Wilderness Travel","Address1":"1102 Ninth Street","Address2":"","City":"Berkeley","State":"CA","Postal":"94710","Product":"Single Supplement","Day":1,"Sequence":2,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"","ItinBlock":"<p><\/p>","VendorPhoto":"","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73288,"ProductID":85353,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Quest","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"PropertyDescription":"Originally built as a ferry to sail along the coast of Greenland, the Quest was completely refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship, including renovations to all the passenger areas in 2018. With a modern, ice-strengthened hull, this 50-passenger vessel has 26 comfortable cabins, each with a desk, a cupboard for storage, and private bathroom. Delicious meals and hot coffee and tea are served in the dining room, and the panorama lounge has a well-stocked bar, a small library, and large windows for viewing landscapes and wildlife. Spacious observation decks are perfect for taking in the spectacular scenery, and passengers are always welcome on the bridge with the captain and crew. With five Zodiacs on board and expert guides, excursions to bays, coves, and inlets are an excellent opportunity to witness the wonders of the Arctic.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-polar-quest-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73306,"ProductID":85398,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Stockholm","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"PropertyDescription":"Traveling aboard the Stockholm is like being on a private yacht with likeminded friends, all venturing into the Arctic together. The ship&#39;s classic maritime details give her a charming atmosphere, and her small size allows her to navigate waters that other larger ships are unable to access. With a maximum of just 12 passengers, the Stockholm&#39;s cabins have private bathroom facilities and small porthole windows. There is a comfortable dining room and lounge area, and plenty of deck space to enjoy the exquisite scenery and wildlife of the northern waters. The crew is welcoming, the guides are great enthusiasts, and two Zodiacs are available to take passengers deep into the wilds of the stunning Arctic.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-polar-quest-stockholm-exterior2.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false},{"VendorID":73302,"ProductID":85429,"SelectType":"Operational","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Accommodation","Vendor":"Sjoveien","Address1":"","Address2":"","City":"","State":"","Postal":"","Product":"Standard Room","Day":1,"Sequence":10,"Duration":8,"PropertyDescription":"A classic ship with years of experience navigating Arctic waters, the Sj&oslash;veien was completely refurbished in 2017. Carrying a maximum of just 12 passengers, her eight comfortable cabins have private bathroom facilities and nautical-themed d&eacute;cor. Spacious outdoor decks are excellent for viewing wildlife, including a higher vantage point from on top of the bridge. Three meals a day are served in the dining room, and you can enjoy coffee and tea in the lounge where lectures and presentations are given by the expedition team. The ship also has an outdoor wood-fired hot tub, perfect for a soak after a day of exploration.","ItinBlock":"","VendorPhoto":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/vendors\/10-sjoveien-exterior.jpg","ProductPhoto":"","OnRequest":"Option","Overhead":false,"BookingNotes":"","TicketSession":"","TicketTimeOfDay":"","TicketRound":"","TicketCategory":"","TicketDate":"","TicketLocation":"","NotTicketOnly":false,"Inactive":false}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_TC_Detailed_Itin_URL":"","Custom_Trip_Name_Addendum":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Addendum":"","Custom_Trip_Level_5":"","Custom_Welcome_Email_Send_List":"","Custom_FI_Optional_Donation_Text":"","Custom_Final_Docs_Letter_Send_List":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_TP_Trip_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"Emergency evacuation insurance is required for this cruise.","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"","Custom_Carry-On":"","Custom_Hiking_Poles":"","Custom_Daypack":"","Custom_Vaccination_Card":"","Custom_FB_Packing_Reminders_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Additional_Notes_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Arrival":"","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"","Custom_Extra_Services":"","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"norway-svalbard-expedition-cruise","Custom_Meta_Description":"Explore Svalbard on a small ship expedition in the Arctic. Get close-up views of wilderness and wildlife including whales, seals, and polar bears.","Custom_List_Description":"Explore Svalbard on a small ship expedition in the Arctic. Get close-up views of wilderness and wildlife including whales, seals, and polar bears.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Svalbard Expedition Cruise | Arctic Wildlife Tour on Spitsbergen","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>9-Day Itinerary-in-Brief<\/body>","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><strong>Day 1:<\/strong> Longyearbyen, Svalbard<br><strong>Days 2-8:<\/strong> Expedition Days in Svalbard<br><strong>Day 9: <\/strong>Longyearbyen \/ Depart<\/body>","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"","Custom_Passport":"","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"","Custom_Money":"","Custom_Tipping":"","Custom_Food":"","Custom_Communications":"","Custom_Electricity":"","Custom_Laundry":"","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"","Custom_Luggage":"","Custom_Clothing":"","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"","Custom_Equipment":"","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"","Custom_Optional_Items":"","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"A Journey Into the Wild North aboard Small Ships Quest, Sjoveien, or Stockholm","Custom_Lodging":"7 or 10 nights on board an expedition vessel, depending on departure","Custom_Meals":"All meals aboard ship included","Custom_Difficulty":"9-day or 11-day cruise, nature walks, Zodiac cruises","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-12T22:02:38 --><p>This trip is rated <strong>Level 1, Easy<\/strong>. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb in and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as uneven, rocky beaches.<\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"","Custom_Accommodations":"","Custom_Cuisine":"","Custom_Transportation":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<body><p>At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost<br \/>130 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 10% of trip cost<br \/>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}