Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth tour
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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 4,499 $ 409 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Take a turn on "polar bear watch" with a member of the expedition staff
  • Opt to challenge yourself with a polar plunge
  • Capture a herd of svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder
  • Enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun
  • Learn from lectures on history and natural sciences

Short Description

Similar to our "Realm of the Polar Bear" tour, but with three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Longyearbyen
End City Longyearbyen

Destinations

Norway

Cities & Attractions

Spitsbergen

Age Requirement

Minimum age of 10 years for this trip.

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • 10 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

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Itinerary

Day 1 Longyearbyen (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 the 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: Embarkation of the G Expedition Arrival Day Transport: Transfer by local bus from the meeting point in the city to the port. Local bus

Days 2-10 Spitsbergen

Our goal is to give travellers the best possible opportunity to see wildlife in and around the Svalbard archipelago. Ice conditions sometimes allow for sailing through the Hinlopenstretet towards the east coast of Spitsbergen, then through Freemansundet towards the south. However, this is not always possible. Some departures will explore alternative routes to maximize time in this remote destination. 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 will cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore the entire archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions of Nordaustlandet and Kvitøya, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings. Included Activities: Svalbard & Spitsbergen Exploration Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition

Day 11 Longyearbyen (1B)

On departure day, transfers to the Longyearbyen airport will be offered to 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 Transport: Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours)

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Jun-27-2019Jul-07-2019$ 4,499Yes5 spots left Reserve
Jul-14-2019Jul-24-2019$ 4,499Yes8 spots left Reserve
Jul-31-2019Aug-10-2019$ 4,649Yes7 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2019Aug-20-2019$ 4,649Yes26 spots left Reserve
Jun-26-2020Jul-06-2020$ 5,999Yes69 spots left Reserve
Jul-13-2020Jul-23-2020$ 5,999Yes56 spots left Reserve
Jul-30-2020Aug-09-2020$ 6,199Yes79 spots left Reserve
Aug-09-2020Aug-19-2020$ 6,199Yes69 spots left Reserve

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, walking.

Local Flights

Your local flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen are not included in this tour. We recommend arriving at least 1 day prior to the sailing of the ship to guarantee your arrival. While flight delays are not common sometimes they do happen.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 126

Max 134 aboard the G Expedition.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 10 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.

Guides

One Expedition team member per 10 guests.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 10 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Please note: While it is our intention of adhere to the route described above , there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day of your tour, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview. - The Expedition is an adventure Expedition ship and does not offer an elevator - On the August 10, 2019 departure, the ship will be delaying departure to honour any passengers arriving on flight SK4494 at 20:20. All other passengers will embark at the regular time, and we will depart from Longyearbyen once all guests have boarded. BOOTS FOR ZODIAC LANDINGS: - Complementary used waterproof boots will be supplied in the following sizes: - USA size 4 - 16 - EURO size 35 - 49 Please be advised that there are limited numbers of the smallest and largest sizes. If you wish to bring your own boots, you should follow the guidelines below: Rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knees (12-16” high or 30-41cm) with a strong, ridged non-skid sole are essential for wet landings via Zodiac. You usually have to step from the Zodiac into water, which can be up to 1 ft or 30 cm high on most landings. Do not bring heavy, cumbersome boots that make it difficult to walk. Do not bring boots with metal cleats as they cannot be used for the landings. Try out your boots before your voyage. - The electricity onboard is 220AC electrical outlets, with European 2 pin round holes, as well as 110-volt shaving sockets in the bathroom for electric razors only. You may wish to bring an international adapter. A limited supply of electrical adapters are available to borrow free of charge at the Purser's Desk. KAYAKING EXCURSIONS For the more adventurous, our kayaking trips provide the opportunity to encounter the intimacy and power of the polar regions in ways very few people can lay claim to having experienced. For more details about this extra optional activity, including prep notes and full terms and conditions, please visit our Polar Excursions page. Please note: Arctic Kayaking Excursions (offered on select departures) must be confirmed prior to your trip. You may include this extra to your itinerary at the time of booking. If you wish to add this extra after you have confirmed your trip, please contact your travel agent.

Meals

Onboard our expedition ship you’ll find a diversity of gourmet international cuisines prepared and catered by professional chefs; all meals are included in the price of your expedition. Dining is casual, tables are unassigned and the dining room is capable of seating the entire passenger compliment at one time. There is always a selection of different meals available, and vegetarians will find plenty of options. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice, please advise us at time of confirmation. Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are not included and can be purchased in the dining room, pub, or in the lounge.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

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10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

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