Into the Polar Bear’s Realm

This well priced 9-day introduction to Svalbard is a popular option with its early season departures guaranteeing plenty of ice. Choice of two expedition ships, one of which has benefitted from a multi million dollar refurbishment. Optional kayaking and hiking come highly recommended.

9 Days

$5,395

Into the Polar Bear’s Realm - 9 - $5,395

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days exploring Svalbard
  • June departures
  • Choice of 2 outstanding ships carrying 68 & 134 guests
  • Kayaking (extra cost), hiking & snowshoeing
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Longyearbyen and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Into the Polar Bear’s Realm

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you'll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.


Days 2-8: Exploring Spitsbergen

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, we do have some favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox.

Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won't forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you're itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit.

You can visit a memorial erected in 1906: this historical site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you'll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.


Day 9: Depart Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. 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.


About The Ship

  • A 4* vessel suitable for up to 134 guests
  • A spacious ship with extensive public areas
  • High 1A ice class
  • Rounded stern & stabilisers = superior stability
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
John Newby

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

John Newby Polar Specialist

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.

Quad
Triple
Standard Twin
Private Twin
Premier Twin
Superior
Deluxe
Premium Suite
Owner's Suite
June 2018
22-Jun-2018 Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full
June 2019
1-Jun-2019 Full $5,795 $7,295 $7,995 $8,895 $9,795 $10,895 Full Full
9-Jun-2019 Full $5,795 $7,295 $7,995 $8,895 $9,795 $10,895 Full Full
23-Jun-2019 $5,395* $5,595 $7,495 $7,995 $8,495 Full Full Full Full
July 2019
15-Jul-2019 Full $5,795 $7,295 $7,995 $8,895 $9,795 $10,895 Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5395

Optional Adventure Activities

Sea Kayaking ($695 per person) - limited places

Hiking & Snowshoeing (complimentary) - snowshoeing depends on snow conditions


Single Supplement & 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.

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

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • 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?