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Spitsbergen Polar Bear Photography Special

Spitsbergen Polar Bear Photography Special 14 Days

Prices From £9,450pp
May to June | 13 nights

Single Cabins Available

Spitsbergen Polar Bear Photography Special 14 Days

Aboard: Ultramarine

This unique itinerary offers you the chance to explore one of the Arctic’s most impressive destinations in true expedition style…with no set route or itinerary, just the goal of photographing as much Arctic wildlife as possible! Travelling aboard the mightily impressive brand-new Polar vessel, Ultramarine, you will explore in the company of experienced and professional photographic and wildlife guides along the coasts, inner fjords and ice edge of Svalbard’s largest island. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings, photography jaw-dropping landscapes and seek out sightings of Polar bears, walrus, Arctic birds and much more. With your vessel having 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, getting to land has never been easier, and with luxurious onboard amenities, fantastic viewing areas, kayaking options and a flexible itinerary to allow for maximum adventure, this is likely to be one of the very best Spitsbergen expeditions around.

Various departures available. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will begin and conclude in Helsinki, Finland. A pre-cruise overnight stay in Helsinki and return flights between Helsinki and Longyearbyen will be included.

Highlights

  • Sail aboard a new state-of-the-art Polar vessel
  • Enjoy a uniquely flexible itinerary allowing for a true Polar expedition experience
  • Advice and tips from expert photographers
  • Spectacular wildlife viewing, including polar bears and whales
  • Myriad birdlife
  • Hiking opportunities
  • Kayaking option available (fees apply)
  • Amazing scenery
  • Midnight sun

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • One night hotel accommodation in Oslo pre-voyage (Helsinki from 2023 onwards)
  • Charter flights from Oslo (Helsinki from 2023 onwards) to Longyearbyen and return
  • Group transfers to and from ship

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Arctic adventure for you.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

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.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike lives and breathes adventure travel and has a wealth of experience in some of the most exciting and inspirational destinations in the world. His expertise and first-hand experience afford him the skills to help build holidays to remember.

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Oslo (or Helsinki) to Longyearbyen
1 - 2Days

Oslo (or Helsinki) to Longyearbyen

Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel close to the airport for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.

On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard. Upon arrival there will be some time to explore this unique Arctic town before you board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you will get fantastic views of the mountainous background and dramatic landscapes of this remote settlement. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will instead depart from Helsinki, Finland. An overnight stay in Helsinki and return flights between Helsinki and Longyearbyen will be included.

Spitsbergen
3 - 13Days

Spitsbergen

For the next 11 days you will immerse yourself in the beauty of Spitsbergen, on a constant search for wildlife as we cruise around this spectacular remote island. Embracing the very nature of expedition cruising there will be no particular fixed itinerary for your time in Spitsbergen. We plan to circumnavigate the island, but if conditions are favourable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. The routes taken will be dependent on weather and ice, but some of the areas you can expect to visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. You will enjoy Zodiac excursions throughout, bringing you up-close to the spectacular landscapes of the island.

Each day will bring something new and exciting and your experienced expedition team will choose the best course for optimum wildlife viewing and the best places from which to get an insight into the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

The 14th of July Glacier will be of particular interest to birding enthusiasts as it is home to a multitude of species including purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and arctic terns, whilst the famous Alkefjellet cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots. This is also a great area from which to spot Polar bears as they join Arctic foxes on their hunt for free bird egg meals. Searching for polar bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, will be a constant activity throughout your expedition. Phippsøya, Isbukta & Hornsund are areas which almost guarantee a polar bear sighting, with these being their favoured places for hunting. We will also be on the lookout for reindeer, visiting sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet where you will want to have your camera ready for shots of these beautiful animals grazing on the lands. Walrus haul-outs are also very common round Spitsbergen and you will feel an air of excitement as you come across the noisy spectacle of these lumbering giants vying for a choice spot on the coastline.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen and one of the very best ways to experience this is to join an optional kayaking excursion through the more isolated pockets of the area, whilst hiking excursions and shore walks will bring you up close to Spitsbergen's surprising flora. Please note, kayaking incurs an additional charge and should be booked well in advance.

Whichever course your expedition team choose for your thrilling Spitsbergen adventure you can be assured of remarkable scenic sights, from polar flora to immense glaciers, exceptional wildlife viewing and a sense of true wilderness in these beautiful lands at the top of the world.

Longyearbyen to Oslo (or Helsinki)
14Day

Longyearbyen to Oslo (or Helsinki)

Our arrival back into Longyearbyen signals the end of our exciting Spitsbergen cruise. A group transfer will take you to the airport for your return charter flight to Oslo. Should you wish to spend more time in Longyearbyen there are numerous possibilities for more Arctic adventures so please feel free to ask for options and advice.

Please note: From 2023, this itinerary will conclude in Helsinki, Finland. The flight from Longyearbyen to Helsinki will be included.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Ultramarine
First class vessel

Ultramarine

The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers. Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre. 7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs. Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.

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