Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

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• Search for polar bears and walrus alongside our skilled veteran spotters • Explore under the midnight sun—and take advantage of spectacular photo ops with tips from a National Geographic photographer • Sail up to rock-wall rookeries teeming with thousands of birds, see pelagic birds from the ship’s rail when we’re underway, and Zodiac cruise near a cloud of feeding arctic terns • Actively explore––kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike, and walk • Even discover the seldom-seen undersea via video shot by an ROV

Capacity: 126

Sail to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, the best place on the planet to see polar bears—wild and majestic in their native habitat. Over the past 30+ years, our ace spotters have given our guests multiple opportunities to experience close sightings. In addition to the bears, we’ll have the opportunity to see and observe walrus, fascinating creatures and wonderful photo subjects, reindeer, elusive arctic foxes, fur seals, and a glory of birds. The islands of the archipelago are ideal for walking, with some hikes revealing artful, sculptural arrangements of whale bones on pebbled beaches, and the ghostly remains of trapper’s huts.

• Search for polar bears and walrus alongside our skilled veteran spotters • Explore under the midnight sun—and take advantage of spectacular photo ops with tips from a National Geographic photographer • Sail up to rock-wall rookeries teeming with thousands of birds, see pelagic birds from the ship’s rail when we’re underway, and Zodiac cruise near a cloud of feeding arctic terns • Actively explore––kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike, and walk • Even discover the seldom-seen undersea via video shot by an ROV

31 May, 2023 to 09 June, 2023
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 6
£ 16219 GBP pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7
£ 18015 GBP pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Suite B Solo
£ 15875 GBP pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite A Solo
£ 14325 GBP pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 5
£ 14005 GBP pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4
£ 12725 GBP pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 1
£ 9145 GBP pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 3
£ 11489 GBP pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 2
£ 9455 GBP pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
07 June, 2023 to 16 June, 2023
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite A Solo
£ 14045 GBP pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 5
£ 13735 GBP pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4
£ 12479 GBP pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 1
£ 8975 GBP pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 3
£ 11269 GBP pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 2
£ 9275 GBP pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Suite B Solo
£ 15579 GBP pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 7
£ 17675 GBP pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Category 6
£ 15915 GBP pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
14 June, 2023 to 23 June, 2023
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 6
£ 15615 GBP pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7
£ 17329 GBP pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Suite B Solo
£ 15275 GBP pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite A Solo
£ 13779 GBP pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 5
£ 13469 GBP pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4
£ 12245 GBP pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 1
£ 8805 GBP pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 3
£ 11055 GBP pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 2
£ 9089 GBP pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
21 June, 2023 to 30 June, 2023
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 5
£ 13469 GBP pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 2
£ 9089 GBP pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 3
£ 11055 GBP pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 1
£ 8805 GBP pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 4
£ 12245 GBP pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Suite A Solo
£ 13779 GBP pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite B Solo
£ 15275 GBP pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 7
£ 17329 GBP pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Category 6
£ 15615 GBP pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
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DAY 1: Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Check in to the Hotel Bristol (or similar). In the afternoon, our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next we visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception then th
DAY 2: Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark Ship
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Endurance or National Geographic Resolution, your base for the next six days. (B,L,D)
DAY 3-8: Exploring Svalbard
Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. Our 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. Cruise in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)
DAY 10: Oslo / Home
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home. (B)
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

National Geographic Endurance

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Passenger Capacity: 126

Built: 2018

A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

The luxury of comfort on expedition

National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. 

Comfort & convenience in every room

Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.

Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare. 

Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.

Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.

Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

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