Svalbard Polar Bear Safari

This early season Svalbard voyage is a ‘classic’ providing ample time for near guaranteed polar bear sightings, alongside encounters with the region’s other plentiful wildlife and exploring its dramatic scenery. Phippsoya, 14th of July glacier and Hinlopen Strait are all popular sites you are likely to visit.

11 Days

$6,995

Svalbard Polar Bear Safari - 11 - $6,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 9 full days exploring Svalbard
  • May and June departures all but guarantee big ice (bears hunting ground)
  • Ice strengthened small expedition ship 
  • Kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Svalbard Polar Bear Safari

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Oslo

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel as part of the transfer package.


Day 2: Embarkation day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning the group will transfer to the airport and board a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement. There will be time to explore before you board the ship. Views of the rugged, glacier-topped mountains as you sail off on your adventure are stunning.


Days 3-11: Exploration of Spitsbergen

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet 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 a moment you won’t soon forget. 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 12: Return to Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here a transfer to the airport for the group flight back to Oslo.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

What our customers think

About The Ship

  • A 4* vessel suitable for up to 128 guests
  • A spacious ship with extensive public areas
  • High 1A ice class
  • Rounded stern & stabilisers means superior stability
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
Ben Rowley

What I liked most were this ship’s vast outer decks - brilliant for spotting wildlife - and her superior stability.

Ben Rowley Arctic Consultant

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple
Lower Deck Twin
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Superior Twin
Deluxe
Premium Suite
Owner's Suite
May 2020
20-May-2020 $6,995* $8,495 $9,495 $9,995 $11,495 $12,495 $13,495 $15,995 Offer available
30-May-2020 $6,995* Full $9,495 $9,995 $11,495 $12,495 $13,495 $15,995 Offer available
June 2020
14-Jun-2020 $7,495 $8,995 $9,995 $10,995 $12,495 $13,495 $14,995 $16,995 Offer available

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6995

Additional Notes

Transfer Package

Please note that in addition to the cost of the cabin there is a mandatory transfer package which includes the first night in Oslo as well as return flights between there and Longyearbyen, this is priced at US$895/€800/£700 per person.


Optional Adventure Activities:

Sea Kayaking - US$195 for a single outing or US$695 per person for a full programme (limited places)

Hiking - complimentary

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2m must be met. 

Includes

  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

Questions about this Voyage?