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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Trip Details:

Operator:   Quark Expeditions
Price From:  5,395 USD
Fitness Needs:  Light Impact
Program duration:  9 day

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About this program

Venture on a 9-day voyage that gives you an introduction to all that the Arctic can offer. As you hike and explore the Arctic tundra, watch for reindeer, walrus and even enjoy a Polar Bear safari!

Each day, you’ll have the opportunity to watch presentations from the expedition team on the ship, and then observe wildlife on land.

The Arctic presents an enormous amount of incredible photo opportunities, experience continuous daylight, take a zodiac ride, and delight in the breathtaking landscapes and scenery.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. As you embark, you’ll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.

Days 2 to 8: Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, we do have some favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas, and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Poolepynton is great for walrus viewing and photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you’re itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.

Day 9: Depart Longyearbyen

The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Country Fast Facts

Norway

Flag  flag_of_norway-svg
Continent: Europe
Official Language(s) Norweigan, Sami
Capital: Oslo
Population 5,214,900
Climate(s) Tundra, Subarctic, Subpolar
Major Airport(s): Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL), Bergen Airport (BGO),
Economic Driver(s): Resources, Oil Fields,
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