Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

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Icebergs and glaciers and plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights.  Exploring landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist.

Days
11

Style
Marine

From
$4999

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

11 days, Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife that live in this polar wilderness, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year.

Map of the route for Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

The island has an Arctic climate, although with significantly higher temperatures than other places at the same latitude. The flora benefits from the long period of midnight sun, which compensates for the polar night. Svalbard is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also supports polar bears, reindeer and marine mammals. Six national parks protect the largely untouched, yet fragile environment. The island has many glaciers, mountains and fjords.

Tour 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

Full Itinerary

Get a first glimpse of the midnight sun in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s capital. Transfer from the city to the G Expedition for a late afternoon embarkation.

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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).

Embarkation of the G Expedition 16:00 Afternoon
In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers to take your group transfer and begin your journey on the G Expedition. Please refer to your welcome letter or the joining instructions posted in the lobby of the start hotel. Make sure you have your passport handy as you are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Arrival Day
Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.
Local bus Longyearbyen
Transfer by local bus from the meeting point in the city to the port.
Meals included: Dinner

Days 2–10  Spitsbergen
Each day is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historical extravaganzas.

Spend the next nine days exploring the remote polar regions. Visit ice-sculpted fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers crashing into the sea. Spend time exploring pack ice edges in search of polar bears hunting seals. At one or more of the stops, it’s possible to encounter Svalbard’s arctic fox and the region’s unique reindeer.

Our goal is to give travelers 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.

Svalbard & Spitsbergen Exploration 
Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth and diversity of natural and cultural history sites. During these nine days, visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers flowing into the sea.

Spend time moving through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. Ivory gulls will be a highlight for the birders. Keep a constant lookout for walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. Ice permitting, visit spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots), as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Shore stops will be highlighted with tiny tundra flowers. The Expedition team will be on hand to answer any questions about this spectacular wilderness.
Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs
Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.
G Expedition Spitsbergen
Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 Longyearbyen
On departure day, transfers to the Longyearbyen airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled.

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).

Local bus Longyearbyen – Svalbard Lufthavn15m-30m
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Departure Day Morning

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

  •  On board 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.
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

  • 10 nights aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer

Extras

  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 – 16
  • Expedition parka

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International air fare

Meals

  • Allow USD25-35 for meals not included.
  • Drinks and tips on board not included

Optional Extension : Arctic Kayaking - From $699.00

Kayaking isn’t just an outdoor adventure, it’s an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. A limited number of lucky adventurers will venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by our experienced and skilled leaders. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

 

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: June 28, 2018

From: $4999 USD

Days: 11

Style: Marine

Physical Rating: +2 Light

Age Requirement: +18

At A Glance

  • 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

Aug 1, 2018 $6,299 $5,194
June 28, 2018 $5,999 $4,999
Aug 11, 2017 $5,499
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