Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

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  • Be one of the first guests to travel aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Endurance, exploring Svalbard in springtime as the archipelago comes to life.
  • Search for wildlife including walruses, bearded and ringed seals, reindeer, and the legendary creature of the north—the polar bear.
  • Glide in a Zodiac beneath tidewater glaciers, kayak amid icebergs, and don snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore snow-blanketed landscapes.
  • Enjoy expert guidance from a National Geographic photographer as you frame spectacular icescapes and wildlife.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Traveling aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, voyage to the far-flung archipelago of Svalbard, where fantastic formations of snow and ice set the stage for a remarkable adventure. As the spring sun rises higher in the Arctic sky each day, we let nature guide our course during this spectacular season. Probe the floes in search of polar bears, walruses, seals, and other wildlife. Walk on a frozen sea, kayak amid sparkling icebergs, and capture the dazzling springtime light alongside a National Geographic photographer.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./OSLO, NORWAY

Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo and check in to our hotel upon arrival. In the afternoon, embark on a tour of Norway’s capital city. Stroll in a terraced park among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Then visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Breakfast, Dinner)
Accommodations:Clarion Hotel The Hub
Day 3: OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the natural and cultural history of Svalbard and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern scientific research. Explore the Gallery Svalbard, home to permanent collections as well as exhibitions of local artists. Later, the embark National Geographic Endurance.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

National Geographic Endurance through Day 9

Days 4-9: EXPLORING SVALBARD

Our travel in the Svalbard archipelago is exploratory by design; we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife in the water and on the ice: walruses, seals, reindeer, and polar bears. We explore serene fjords in Zodiacs and kayaks, gliding beneath tidewater glaciers and cruising around beautiful icebergs, and we step right off the ship onto the ice.

As we travel north of the Arctic Circle, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience. Alongside our National Geographic photographer, we take advantage of the incredible, ever-changing light of spring and the exceptional photographic conditions. With our seasoned captain, crew, and expedition leader at the helm, we navigate local ice and weather conditions with expertise. Our undersea specialist brings back images of the deep, revealing the marine life beneath the ice, and our naturalists are always on the lookout for wildlife that may be observed from the deck of the ship.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 10: LONGYEARBYEN/OSLO

Disembark in Longyearbyen and travel by bus to a nearby wilderness camp. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings including a gamme, a traditional round hut with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, a temporary tent of the Sami people. Enjoy local refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dogs that reside at the camp. Fly back to Oslo this afternoon.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Radisson Blu Airport Hotel
Day 11: OSLO/U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast