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Polar Bear Safari aboard the World Explorer

Overview

This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic adventure begins in Oslo, Norway's vibrant capital. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants, and green spaces to explore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Embark / Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, your group will transfer to the airport and board a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 9
Exploring Spitsbergen

Over the next week, you’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places you may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

Coming across a walrus haul-out is an awesome experience. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Day 10
Disembark in Longyearbyen / Fly to Oslo

Disembark in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice, and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage, but please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Highlights

Highlights

Encounter unique arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer
Take advantage of continuous daylight
Hike in the magical icescapes of the tundra
Cruise in a Zodiac amid towering glaciers
Enjoy optional kayak adventure opportunities

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6495  
Arrive: Oslo, Norway
Depart: Oslo, Norway
Lodging: 8 nights aboard a vessel, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

10-day cruise, Zodiac cruises, optional sea kayaking
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