A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice––glowing under the midnight sun during our season there. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. It’s Arctic nature in its purest form.


  • Polar bear and walrus sightings ensured by our skilled veteran spotters
  • Arctic wildlife & natural history
  • True expedition adventure––daily flexibility and spontaneity
  • Active exploration––using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
  • Superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance
  • National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, guest speaker onboard
  • Day 1

    Oslo, Norway

    Arrive in Oslo, the introduction begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures-- hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free to try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. Stay on Thon Hotel Bristol overnight. 

  • Day 2

    Oslo & Longyearbyen, Embark Ship

    Depart Oslo on private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Ship embarks. Overnight on National Geographic Explorer. 

  • Day 3 to Day 8

    Exploring Svalbard

    Travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. The main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. Usually, all passengers take Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. Overnight on National Geographic Explorer. 

  • Day 9

    Longyearbyen & Disembark, Oslo

    Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and explore Longyearbyen before fly to Oslo. Stay on Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo overnight.

  • Day 10


    After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home, or continue on to other adventures.


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Aboard ship

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not included on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations


  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff


  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge



  • International and internal airfare (with exception of group airfares at an additional cost per the voyage itinerary)

 Pre- and post-expedition

  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities

Aboard ship

  • Alcoholic beverages (except aboard Sea Cloud and National Geographic Orion Europe voyages)
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
  • Cappuccinos and lattes are not available on the Delfin II

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