Day-By-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity


Flexibility is a hallmark of our Svalbard tour expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.  


  • DAY 1: U.S./Fly Overnight to Oslo

    Fly to Oslo on an overnight flight.

  • DAY 2: Oslo, Norway/SAS Radisson Blu Hotel

    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 SAS Radisson Blu Hotel. In the afternoon, our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures--hundreds of life-size human figures set in rolling parklands. Next we visit the Polar Ship Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is free. (B,D)

  • DAY 3: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship

    Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, 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 an expert presentation on the polar bear before meeting some of the friendly, sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Embark National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4-9: 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. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo

    Disembark in Longyearbyen and visit the Museum and Art Gallery. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blue Airport Hotel. (B,L)

  • DAY 11: Oslo/U.S.

    After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S. aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines, or continue on to other adventures. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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