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.
Price based on 28 June, 15 July and 11 August 2018 Departures
Trip Code XVCASX
Is this tour for you?
Travel Style: Marine
Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.
Physical Rating: 2 – Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Age requirement: 10+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1 – Longyearbyen
Day 2 – 10 – Spitzbergen
Days 11 – Longyearbyen
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.
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).
Need help getting to the Arctic? We’ve reserved space on roundtrip flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen that will get you to the G Expedition in time for embarkation. Speak to your sales agent or GCO to book your spot.
Embarkation of the G Expedition 16:00
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.
Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.
Transfer by local bus from the meeting point in the city to the port.
Meals included: Dinner
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 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.
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 G 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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
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 Lufthavn 15m-30m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation aboard the G Expedition in a twin share ocean facing cabin
Zodiac excursions with expert expedition team
Lectures and education programs
Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 - 16
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
One expedition team member per 10 guests
*Terms and conditions Apply
Prices vary dependent on availability and cabin configuration (single/twin/triple/quad share).
Itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather.
Exclusions apply. Please check with your Adventure Traveler consultant for full details.