A high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snow-capped mountains, massive sheets of ice, and magnificent polar bears. From Oslo, head to the land of the midnight sun to explore these glittering islands onboard the National Geographic Explorer. Get up close to polar wildlife and spectacular landscapes in kayaks, Zodiacs, and on foot, and experience nature in its purest form.

The highlight includes:

  • 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 01 to Day 02

    Oslo, Norway

    Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo and check-in to the hotel upon arrival. In the afternoon, you could visit the Farm Museum to learn about early Norwegian polar expeditions and stroll Vigeland Park. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. 

    Lodging: Clarion Hotel The Hub

    Meals included: Day 02 - Breakfast and Dinner (B,D)

  • Day 03

    Oslo / Longyearbyen and Embark Ship

    Depart Oslo on a private charter flight, and enjoy views of the southern fjords en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide to visit the Svalbard Museum and an art gallery in the area. Embark the National Geographic Explorer for the next six days.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04 to Day 09

    Exploring Svalbard

    This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets. With fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, you are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; and the exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take you closer to the region's fascinating geologic features and the wildlife and wildflowers that flourish during the summer months.

    With the National Geographic photographer and staff of seasoned naturalists, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the rugged coastlines. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra, and scan the edges of the pack ice for walruses, seals, reindeer, and polar bears—the iconic emblem of the arctic. Svalbard is one of the best places on the planet to observe these majestic creatures in their natural environment, and you're likely to spot several throughout the course of our trip.

    Meals included: Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 10

    Disembark Longyearbyen / Oslo

    Disembark in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard. Get a taste of Arctic culture during a visit to a nearby wilderness camp, where you will enjoy local refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dogs that reside here. This afternoon, you will fly back to Oslo. 

    Lodging: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch (B,L)

  • Day 11

    Oslo

    After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the return flight back home. 

    Meals included: Breakfast (B)

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Cruise Line: National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions

Cruise Ship: National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. 
Guest: 148
Cabins: 81

Route details
Round-trip Oslo

Dates (10 nights)
2020 departures are available from June to July

Included

Onboard

  • 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

Ashore

  • 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

Activities

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

Excluded

Airfare

  • 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

Onboard

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • 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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