Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer
Get close to Arctic wildlife on this unique small group expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago. Sail on a small ship – max 12 passengers – accompanied by an expert naturalist guide.
Longyearbyen cruise the Svalbard Archipelago Spitzbergen Island Krossfjord Prins Karls Fordland Raudjorden Monaco Glacier Hornsund Edgeoya Hinlopen Strait Alkefjellet
Arctic Cruises, Norway, Spitsbergen
9 and 10 Day trips also available - please enquire for dates. Some trips are specialist photography departures with world renowned photographers - please ask for details.
Description of Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer
2022: 23 May, 5 Jun, 22 Jun, 12 Jul, 19 Jul, 1 Aug
1 Reviews of Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by Lisa Bromwell
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
22 Polar bears! And sadly this was a year when the sea ice melted early so I was afraid we wouldn't see any. Also foxes, walruses and reindeer, all seemingly unconcerned with humans so we were quite close.
Spectacular scenery - glaciers, icebergs, tundra - lovely ship with a great crew and food better than I expected. Also, most importantly, the guides couldn't have been better.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for ever changing weather conditions.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Svalbard is serious about preserving the area as a true wilderness and the operator seemed committed to the same
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe always encourages clients to respect and appreciate the environment they are in; on this trip there are presentations in the evening. Our UK operations reflect our standards abroad in that we aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We attempt to do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove. When on excursions we ensure that all passenger abide by a 'leave nothing behind' policy. Any litter must come back to the ship and be disposed of correctly.
Wherever possible we use environmentally friendly local accommodation in Svalbard. It is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. We look to use locally owned hotels that employ staff from the local area.
We always ensure that clients are aware that polar bears are dangerous and wild animals. Clients are given rules to abide to ensure they do not come into danger and they do not make polar bears associate humans with food. A donation from each trip sold goes to helping preserve Polar Bears and the environment in which they live. All trips to Svalbard are approved by the Sysselmannen (Governor of Svalbard) ensuring that they are running responsible tourism practices. It is also necessary to have qualified guides that are using sustainable practices with all wildlife. We ensure that we respect distances between us and the wildlife at all times. If polar bears are present then local guides are fully qualified and trained to try and scare them away.
The aim of travelling to an area such as the Arctic is to educate our guests about how fragile an environment it is and that we are lucky to be able to carry our tourism in areas such as Svalbard. We hope that they can go back and speak with people and as such raise awareness environmental issues.
Responsible tourism is the way forward for travel in the 21st Century; as we destroy more and more of our natural environment we slowly begin to realise how much we need it. When visiting destinations we bear this in mind and remember how privileged we are to be able to see the wildlife and nature that you are visiting, and, in a few years, if no action is taken, the fact that it will no longer be there...
PeopleThe purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact.
The Expedition Leader and guide on this trip are local to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard. Where possible we will always hire local guides. We do not believe in taking jobs from local populations in order to provide for western needs. We encourage our clients to tip all local guides and they are also paid fairly and to industry standards.
We use a local supplier in Longyearbyen for day trips and we encourage clients to eat in local restaurants to eat local food. We believe the best way to learn about and enjoy the experience of being on safari with us is to make the effort to mingle with the local people, taste new foods and try new experiences.
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