Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth 11 daysAboard: MS Expedition
This really is the classic Spitsbergen expedition with lots of opportunities to see polar bears close up on the ice as well as other spectacular wildlife including different species of whales - fin, minke, humpback and even blue and beluga, plus walrus, seals, Arctic fox and myriad birdlife. This on top of amazing mountain, glacial and tundra scenery, make the voyage an unforgettable experience.
Please note: this sailing is bi-lingual, English and German
- Great chances of seeing polar bears
- Whales, walrus, Arctic fox and other wildlife
- Myriad birdlife including rare ivory gull and others
- Spectacular mountain and glacial scenery
- Exciting Zodiac excursions
- Midnight sun
- Kayaking option available
- All meals and accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of lectures by experts
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- Transfers to and from ship
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Embark in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen in the evening.
Our itinerary over these days is dependent on ice, sea and weather conditions and will be determined on a day by day basis - this is true expedition sailing. We will visit ice-covered fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers. Spend time sailing through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, we hope to see Arctic fox and Svalbard's unique reindeer.
Ice conditions sometimes allow us to sail through Hinlopen Strait towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet towards the south. However this is not always the case and on many departures we decide to explore alternative routes to maximise our time in this remote destination. Early season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season we can cover more territory, which may allow us to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead us to the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitoya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.
All the time, we are on the lookout for wildlife and with near 24 hour daylight, there are lots of opportunities, so be prepared to be called at any time for close up polar bear or whale sightings. We will also see lots of birds, including hopefully, the rare and lovely ivory gull, plus little auks, guillemots, puffins and more.
Arrive in the morning and disembark.
A view from Above
The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, all cabins have ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Common areas include 360 degree observation deck, lounge, dining room, library, bar, gift shop, clinic, computer room, gym, sauna, gift shop and mud room. Passengers also have access to rubber boots. The ship has ice-strengthened hull, forward looking sonar and stabilisers.
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