The Realm of the Polar Bear
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 8, 2017

Overview:

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always be on the lookout for wildlife that live in this polar wilderness, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year. Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales. Cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, and experience the midnight sun! Learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, and brave the Arctic waters with a polar plunge

Brief Itinerary:
July 8, 2017 – July 15, 2017
Day 01: July 08, 2017 – Longyearbyen / Spitsbergen
Day 02-07: July 09 – 14, 2017 – Spitsbergen
Day 08: July 15, 2017 – Spitsbergen / Longyearbyen

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

The Realm of the Polar Bear
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 8, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Independent Arrival into Longyearbyen
We are happy to offer you a complimentary airport transfer if you are arriving on Day 1 of the tour or have booked a pre-night accommodation through us. Upon arrival into Longyearbyen airport please collect your luggage, you will be met by a staff member and directed to the bus, transfer to the meeting point, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or relax at the hotel. In the afternoon join your fellow passengers and transfer to the port for late afternoon embarkation.
Please be sure to keep all your important documents (i.e. passport) and medication in your hand luggage, as your main luggage will be transferred separately to the ship.

Day 02-07: Spitsbergen
This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we’ll have our eyes peeled for polar bears – they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!
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, the group can cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore more of the archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwelling’s.

Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm. During these six days, we visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea. Jump into a Zodiac and head out to explore along the ice edge all the while keeping an eye out for seals and walrus, and in fjords with spectacular seabird cliffs. Expert Expedition staff will teach the group about the flora and fauna along the way.
Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.
The evening of our last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.

Day 11: Disembark in Spitsbergen and fly to Longyearbyen
After disembarkation at approximately 8:00am, you will be transferred to either the airport or the Radisson Blu Polar hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town center on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day. Luggage storage at the Radisson Blu Polar hotel will be available until time of departure.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

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The Realm of the Polar Bear
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
July 8, 2017

Rates:

2017 Rates:
Starting from approx. $4299 per person sharing

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

o 7 nights aboard the Expedition
o Arrival and departure transfers
o All meals, coffee, tea & water while onboard the Expedition
o Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
o Lectures and educational programs 
o Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 – 16 
o Expedition parka

Not Included:

o All international and domestic airfares; any airport arrival and departure taxes
o Passport and visa fees
o Individual airport transfers, meals and baggage handling outside the group travel itinerary
o Mandatory travel insurance (including medical, medical evacuation and accident)
o Excess baggage charges
o Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
o Personal items such as laundry, any alcoholic beverages or bar charges (unless specified above)
o Wi-Fi/email, telephone, fax calls
o Gratuities

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

July 8 - 15, 2017
Other departures available in 2016-2017. Contact Expedition Easy for your preferred dates of travel.