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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth 11 days

Prices From £3,999pp
14 JUL, 2019 | Up to 10 nights

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth 11 days

Aboard: MS Expedition

Similar to the Realm of the Polar Bear itinerary but with 3 extra days of exploring and higher chances of completing a Svalbard circumnavigation, this really is the ultimate Spitsbergen expedition. This fantastic itinerary offer 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

Highlights

  • 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 options available
  • Photo workshops and shore excursions with photography experts

What's Included

  • 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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Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

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Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

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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. Each day will be spent exploring by Zodiac or on foot experiencing once-in-a-lifetime encounters and scenic opportunities.

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On the morning of day 11 your ship will have arrived back in Longyearbyen where sadly it is time to disembark and bid farewell to your new-found friends. A transfer will be provided to the airport for those with homeward flights or to a downtown location for those wishing to stay on in Longyearbyen to experience more of this unique town and the many Arctic adventures that it holds. For more information on land-based Arctic adventures available in Longyearbyen please talk to one of the Wildfoot team who will be happy to point you in the right direction.

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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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