Small Group Safari

Kingdom of the Polar Bear

A 9 day wildlife-focused safari exploring Arctic Svalbard on either the M/S Stockholm or Sea Endurance in search of Arctic wildlife and ice-scapes.

Duration 9 days
Price From $5,798
When May - Jul
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Setting sail from Longyearbyen, travel into the icy north to discover stunning Arctic wildlife and breath-taking landscapes from your expedition ship. If that isn’t close enough, weather permitting, you’ll also have the chance to explore by Zodiac or on foot. Each expedition is led by a seasoned expert who will impart their knowledge during the day and through a series of evening presentations.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Choice of two, intimate expedition ships that can navigate further north than the larger ships.
  • Explore the untamed Arctic landscape by ship, zodiac and on foot.
  • Close encounters with the Arctic wildlife as you venture north into their territory.
  • Led by experts who offer a series of informal, informational presentations.

Learn all about Svalbard from your on-board expert guide and enjoy exploring this icy wonderland by boat.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Longyearbyen

Today you will arrive in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard and transfer to your hotel where you have the chance to relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure..

Overnight: Spitsbergen and around

Days 2-8

Spitsbergen Archipelago

Over the next seven days you have a flexible itinerary as it is subject to prevailing weather conditions, pack ice and the movement of wildlife. Maximising wildlife opportunities at all times is top priority. Explore northwest Svalbard, the home of 17th Century whaling activity and the start of two of the most courageous North Pole attempts. Svalbard offers visitors countless opportunities to see spectacular fjords such as Liefdefjorden, meaning “the fjord of love”. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in this area and if you’re lucky you may spot the rare king eider too. Dominated by beautiful glaciers it is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity. North of Spitsbergen you may meet the pack ice but this gives you a chance to marvel at the silence and grandeur of the icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as we sail along the ice floes and if the ice allows take a trip to the extensive cliffs home to thousands of Brunnich’s guillemots.

Overnight: M/S Stockholm B, L, D

Day 9

Depart Longyearbyen

Today you will return to Longyearbyen, reminiscing of the adventures of the last 9 days. Take a short transfer to the airport where you will say your goodbyes in time to catch your flight back home.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group aboard either the 53-passenger Sea Endurance or the smaller 12-passenger M/S Stockholm. 

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

 Date  Ship  Max Passengers  Price From 
 May 3 - 11  Sea Endurance  53  £4,495
 May 17 - 25  Sea Endurance  53  £4,495
 May 24 - Jun 1  Sea Endurance
 53  £4,495
 May 31 - Jun 8  M/S Stockholm
 12  £7,195
 Jun 7 - 15  Sea Endurance
 53  £4,495


Prices per person excluding international flights.

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