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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Trip Details:

Operator:  Quark Expeditions
Price From: 7,895 USD
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 13 days

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About this program

Explore the Arctic like a true Arctic adventurer. This 13-day trip is entirely determined by the search for polar bears and other iconic Arctic wildlife. The route will follow the locations of the polar bears, and your onshore explorations will be your best chance to view wildlife in their natural habitats.

Discover the “land of the midnight sun” as you cruise the fjords of Spitsbergen and coastlines of this arctic paradise. Hike through the arctic tundra, explore glacier mountains, sail through icy seas and marvel at the breathtaking surroundings.

This trip is made for photographers, professional or amateur! With numerous opportunities to snap incredible shots of the landscapes and wildlife, you’re sure to go home with more than just memories!

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Your arctic adventure starts in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement and one of the northernmost communities on the planet. Have your camera handy as you embark on your journey—picturesque peaks surround this town in the bay of Svalbard’s second-longest fjord.

Days 2-12: Exploring Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen has an unspoiled beauty that’s just begging to be discovered. On this one-of-a-kind cruise, you’ll sail along the west coast of this magical island, exploring the coastal fjords and smaller, outlying islands. Each day will be a surprise, treating you to spectacular new sightings and experiences. Every expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice conditions, but we do hope to visit a few of our favorite landing sites, to be chosen as much for their optimal wildlife-viewing opportunities as for their stunning scenery, historical significance and hiking activities. With no itinerary (unusual amongst polar cruises), our main goal will be to sail in a constant search for polar bears on the prowl. This means we may not move the ship every day as we do in regular voyages if we find abundant wildlife in one place. Like true explorers, we’ll let the wildlife and pack ice—not a set schedule—guide our route! Viewing the ice bears is almost guaranteed in a region where they outnumber the people. Our small expedition ship allows us to navigate shallower waters and tighter spaces, so we expect to explore the more hard-to-reach areas the bears may favor. Presentations by onboard experts will prepare you for the adventures that await, and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore. A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offers unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates.

Day 13: Depart Longyearbyen

Returning to where your adventure began, Longyearbyen, you’ll have time to bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends before disembarking. 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
Population5,214,900
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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