Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer
Recognizing that our wildlife encounters in the Arctic, as with any natural environment, would be subject to chance, we tried to manage expectations going in, telling ourselves that we’d be happy no matter what.
Luckily, those expectations were exceeded beyond imagination.
We saw polar bears in multiple different settings: feeding on a whale carcass, sleeping on land, strolling along the shore, hopping from iceberg to iceberg, swimming across a stretch of sea, leading a cub, and – most exhilarating of all – sniffing out our vessel from just a few meters away. The “Polar Bear Explorer” certainly lived up to its name. What’s more, we had similarly incredible sightings of walruses, whales, foxes, reindeer, puffins, and several types of birds.