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Polar Bears #13,14, 15, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway
Polar Bears #13,14, 15, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway
ExpeditionsLand Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard

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

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Sail to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, one of the best places on the planet to see polar bears in their native habitat. Over the past 50+ years, our ace spotters have given our guests multiple opportunities to experience close sightings. In addition to the bears, we’ll be on the lookout for walrus, reindeer, elusive arctic foxes, fur seals, and numerous species of birds. The archipelago offers unique hikes, with artful, sculptural arrangements of whale bones on pebbled beaches and the ghostly remains of trapper’s huts.

Highlights

Adult male walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) on multi-year ice floes off Bölscheöya Island in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Barents Sea, Norway. While isolated Atlantic males can weigh as much as 4,000 lb, most weigh between 1,500 and 3,500 lb. Females weigh about two thirds as much as males. The most prominent physical feature of the walrus is its long tusks, actually elongated canines, which are present in both sexes and can reach a length of over 3 ft and weigh up to 12 lb....
  • Search for polar bears and walrus alongside our veteran spotters

  • Explore under the midnight sun and take advantage of spectacular photo ops with tips from a National Geographic Photography Expert

  • 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

  • Hike the spongy tundra in search of reindeer, Arctic fox, and a variety of endemic plants

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$13,803

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duration
10 Days
starts at
Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)
ends at
Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)

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starts at
Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)
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The first new polar build in Lindblad’s 50-year history, National Geographic Endurance is named to honor explorer Ernest Shackleton and his legendary Transantarctic Expedition. A fully-stabilized vessel of ice class PC5 Category A, she will enable adventurous guests to go where few have or can. National Geographic Endurance’s most striking exterior feature is her distinctive profile, the patented X-Bow®, a game-changing design that guarantees the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions; and since it eliminates bow impact, a quieter ride, as well.

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138

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The sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, she explores polar & temperate regions

One of two new ships expressly built for polar waters, National Geographic Resolution is named to honor the second voyage of the legendary Captain James Cook.  A fully-stabilized vessel with ice class PC5, Category A, she will enable adventurous guests to go where few have or can. National Geographic Resolution’s most striking exterior feature is her distinctive profile, the patented X-Bow®, a game-changing design that guarantees the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions—and, since it eliminates bow impact, a quieter ride as well. 

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