Realm of the Polar Bear

Marine, Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always 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.

What’s included

  • 7 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka

Highlights

  • Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales
  • Cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers
  • Experience the midnight sun
  • Learn about arctic history and ecology from our expert guides
  • Brave the arctic waters and take the polar plunge
  • Enjoy the silence of the arctic tundra

Itinerary

Day 1 Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen (1D) Please make sure you drop your checked luggage off at the meeting point between 9am - 12pm. A local representative will be in the luggage storage room. They can provide general information about the town or your embarkation process. All passengers will be transferred to the ship as a group for embarkation at 4pm. Please ensure that for embarkation you have your passport accessible (not in your luggage which is being transferred separately to the ship). Included Activities: Arrival Day Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport: Transfer by local bus from the meeting point in the city to the port. Local bus
Days 2-7 Spitsbergen 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 upwellings. 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 visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea. Possibility to cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. The evening of our last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen. Included Activities: Zodiac Excursion (Arctic) Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 8 Spitsbergen/Longyearbyen (1B) On the departure day, there will be transfers available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled. Additional Notes: General disembarkation from the vessel is 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 centre on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Raddison Blu Polar hotel will be available until time of departure. Due to restrictive airline schedules for flights departing from Longyearbyen, we are pleased to offer an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport for those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen around 2:30am (dependent on airline schedules). Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle
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