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In The Realm of the Polar Bear

10 Days FROM USD 4,315

Overview

Experience the incredible beauty of Svalbard during the Arctic Spring. On board the MS Spitsbergen you will undertake an incredible voyage into a surreal and unforgettable Arctic Paradise. Discover the realm of the mighty polar bear under the Midnight Sun. Experience the Arctic Spring in all its glory as dramatic glaciers, mountain formations, deep fjords and Arctic tundra contrast with beautiful colours. A truly transformative experience, the remote island of Svalbard offers a raw expedition experience, as you travel magical landscapes in search of incredible wildlife, reminiscent of the explorers of old. 

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Trip Code: ACHUSRPB

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic; Svalbard

Ship: SPITSBERGEN

Flights: Return economy flights between Longyearbyen & Oslo included in cruise package. Contact us to find out more

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Experience the beauty of Svalbard during Spring, where a vibrancy of colours clash with dramatic landscapes of jagged mountain peaks, crystal glaciers and incredible Arctic tundra.

  • Undertake a true expedition experience on board the MS Spitsbergen, an extremely comfortable vessel ideal for exploring polar waters.

  • Discover the incredible wildlife of Svalbard, search for Arctic fox, reindeer, scan for seals and of course keep your eyes peeled for the mighty polar bear. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

This Arctic Circumnavigation starts with an evening flight from Oslo. Norway's capital is often called 'the blue, the green and the city in between' because of its idyllic setting, nestled between fjord and forest. Spend a day checking out the museums, parks and intriguing architecture, or relax in one of the many cafés or bars. Then, set foot in an entirely different world when you arrive in Longyearbyen after your flight. This tiny town perched on the edge of the Arctic wilderness is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with first-class facilities, charming architecture, an internationally renowned museum and several bars and restaurants.

Oslo – Longyearbyen

After an overnight stay in one of our hotels, you can join an exciting excursion to get to know this unique town and the surrounding area. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but the town maintains a lively cultural life in spite of its remote position. Longyearbyen is often called an antidote to modern-day life and serves as a prime destination for adventure travelers. Enjoy the singular atmosphere of this colourful frontier outpost before boarding your ship.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Spitsbergen´s North West Corner is scattered with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. This is true wilderness, so the Captain will work with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We hope to visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, with mighty glaciers calving icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountain formations. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international centre for research, that hosts a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

Perhaps we will call on the Magdalenafjorden and Gravneset areas, where the hardy may have a chance to swim and earn a rare Arctic swimming certificate. Wherever we explore, the Expedition Team will offer great chances to join in landings, ice-cruising and more.

North West Spitsbergen National Park - Day 3 & 8

We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. In the inner parts of Isfjorden, the landscape changes constantly. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by the giant glaciers that covered the area some ten thousand years ago, are home to large populations of Svalbard Reindeer.

The Isfjord

Every good explorer's voyage comes to an end. You will probably sense that time has passed faster than expected. Many report a subtle exhilaration due to having taken a journey to the very top of the globe, just a few hundred miles from the Geographical North Pole. The transfer vehicle takes you early in the morning to the airport for your flight back to Oslo.

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen
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Pricing & date

In The Realm of the Polar Bear from USD 4,315
Departing Ending Duration
29 May 2020 07 Jun 2020 10
04 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021 10
12 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021 10
20 Jun 2021 29 Jun 2021 10
28 Jun 2021 07 Jul 2021 10

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board MS Spitsbergen
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings & excursions
    Guiding & lectures by expedition team and leader 
    Return economy flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo
    One hotel night in Longyearbyen before the voyage including breakfast and lunch
    All transfers in Longyearbyen including an excursion before the voyage
    Wind and water-resistant jacket (yours to keep)
    Complimentary use of boots during length of voyage


    Exclusions

    International flights
    Airport arrival or departure taxes
    Travel insurance
    Beverages (other than tea & coffee) 
    Optional activities not mentioned in itinerary
    Personal expenses such as laundry, on board communication
    Gratuities for the crew

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season & availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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