Into the Polar Bear’s Realm

This popular introduction to Svalbard is keenly priced and with early season departures guarantees plenty of ice. Sail onboard one of the newest ships in polar waters and spot bears from the plentiful deck space. Optional kayaking and hiking come highly recommended.

10 Days

$6,495

Into the Polar Bear’s Realm - 10 - $6,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days exploring Svalbard
  • Transfer package includes first night in Oslo and flights to Svalbard
  • June and July departures
  • Kayaking (extra cost), hiking & snowshoeing
  • Choice of vessels including a brand new purpose built polar expedition ship
  • Complimentary parka jacket

Start from Oslo and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Into the Polar Bear’s Realm

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway

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 the airport hotel included in the transfer package.


Day 2: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Along with your fellow travellers you will fly north to Longyearbyen, inside the Arctic circle and where you board your ship in. As you embark, you'll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.


Days 3-9: 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 10: 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 the charter flight back to Oslo.


PLEASE 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

  • Launched in 2019, a state-of-the-art ship purposely built for expedition cruising
  • Majority of cabins have a private balcony
  • Glass-domed Observation Lounge for spotting wildlife in warmth
  • Optional activities for active adventurers: kayaking, camping & stand-up paddle boarding
  • Daily off ship excursions are complemented by impressive onboard health & wellness facilities
Ben Rowley

The huge observation lounge with floor to ceiling windows will make it hard to miss anything and four zodiac loading bays means it's super quick to operate excursions and landings.

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. See below for additional transfer package.

Triple
Infinity
Veranda
Superior Twin
Deluxe
Owner's Suite
June 2020
11-Jun-2020 $6,495* $9,495 $9,495 $11,495 $24,990 $27,990
19-Jun-2020 $6,495* $9,495 $9,495 $11,495 $24,990 $27,990
July 2020
9-Jul-2020 $6,495* $9,495 $9,495 $11,495 $24,990 $27,990
17-Jul-2020 $6,495* $9,495 $9,495 $11,495 $24,990 $27,990

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6495

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 $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 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2 metres 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 and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and 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)

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