Small Group Safari

Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer with Kate Humble

Join naturalist and broadcaster Kate Humble on the first female-led and female-guided trip to Svalbard, a groundbreaking expedition that will see you search for polar bears while exploring the High Arctic.

Duration 11 Days
Price From $10,911
When Aug 2019
Destination Svalbard

Safari Overview

Join NWS in Svalbard for a female-led and female-guided trip to the High Arctic (the first of its kind) on board the M/S Freya. We've brought together a team of three intrepid expedition leaders – Eva Molin Westerholm, Pernille Søegaard and Annette Bombosch – while naturalist and broadcaster Kate Humble will be leading the trip. Kate journeyed to Svalbard with us in 2018, and has also spent time in Arctic Canada, presenting live from the freezing tundra surrounding Churchill.

Kate is passionate about climate change, has explored some of the most remote and wonderful reaches of the planet, and will be on hand throughout your journey to impart her knowledge of Arctic wildlife; talk about conservation efforts to protect polar bears; and chat about her work in the field as a writer, traveller and television presenter. Sailing north from Longyearbyen you'll have the chance to explore the western coast of Spitsbergen, seeking out large colonies of walrus before moving on to the pack ice in search of polar bears. As your trip departs during the heart of the Arctic summer, the sea ice will have broken up enough for you to navigate the fjords and perhaps even witness polar bears, walrus and seals passing on ice floes.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Travel through the icy waters of Svalbard on board a well-equipped small ship.
  • Learn from your naturalist guide, Kate Humble, throughout the trip.
  • Take in the sights of breathtaking fjords and glacial waterfalls.
  • Witness a plethora of Arctic wildlife including the mighty King of the Arctic, the polar bear.
  • Be part of a pioneering female-led and female-guided expedition to shatter the "ice ceiling".

Explore the Svalbard Archipelago in search of Arctic wildlife with your guide, Kate Humble.

Kate Humble & Natural World Safaris

In July 2018, we were lucky enough to have veteran BBC presenter Kate Humble join us as specialist leader on one of our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expeditions, on board the M/S Freya. Kate’s passion for wildlife and the natural world has seen her feature in a cavalcade of much-loved television programmes like Springwatch and Animal Park, while she also involves herself in charity work for a number of conservation organisations, from the RSPB to the Marine Conservation Society.

Upon returning from her trip, Kate shared the following words with us:

”As you know, the beauty of great wildlife encounters is that they are unpredictable, and although knowledge and experience of a place can up your chances, there are no guarantees. The first talk I did for the guests was absolutely about that – that even with a BBC Natural History team, cameras, specialist guides and equipment, there is no certainty that you are going to find what you are looking for, and even if you do, see it doing something that is interesting enough to film. But the combination of knowledge of both the landscape, and the ice, with some luck, and a flexible itinerary, meant we not only saw over 30 polar bears throughout the trip, we also witnessed some really wonderful behaviour.

It was this that made our Svalbard safari a completely stand-out wildlife-watching experience.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Longyearbyen

Today you will arrive in Longyearbyen, ready to board your expedition ship in the afternoon. Meet Kate and your fellow passengers, settle in, and set sail through the spectacular fjords of the Svalbard Archipelago on the adventure of a lifetime!

Overnight: M/S Freya D

Days 2-10

Exploring Svalbard

Spend your time exploring Svalbard in search of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Your expedition team will be on hand to teach you about the wildlife you encounter along the way, as you explore ice-filled fjords, witness bird cliffs with colonies of seabirds numbering in the tens of thousands, and search for the mighty polar bear hunting along the shores and pack ice. Your exact itinerary will depend on the weather conditions, the density or scarcity of the pack ice, and the wildlife-viewing opportunities. You may spend time hiking across the green tundra in search of Arctic fox and reindeer, enjoying zodiac cruises around huge glaciers and icebergs, or simply watching for whales and bears from the deck of the Freya.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Day 11

Depart Longyearbyean

After arriving back into Longyearbyen overnight, you’ll disembark the ship after breakfast and say your farewells. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a little time in town to buy some last-minute souvenirs before you begin your journey home.

Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group wildlife expedition. The M/S Freya is a small and intimate ship perfect for exploring the icy shores of the Svalbard Archipelago, ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. Carrying a maximum of just 16 passengers, the size and maneuverability of your expedition ship allows for unrivalled up-close encounters with Arctic wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures

 Date   Cabin  Price 
Aug 10-20  Triple  £8,995 
 Twin (Private)  £9,495 

Our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expedition is just one way for you to explore the stunning Svalbard Archipelago in 2019. Our intimate ship charters on board the M/S Freya and M/V Kinfish focus on sightings of the amazing polar bear and other Arctic wildlife. Various dates are available on our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expeditions from May – August 2019.

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