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

Description of Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer

Explore the wildlife capital of the Arctic on this 11-day wildlife focused trip, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. You will travel aboard one of the smallest expedition ships to cruise the icy waters of the Svalbard Archipelago. True gems of the Arctic, the M/S Malmo, M/S Freya, M/S Sjoveien and MV Kinfish carry a maximum of 12-16 passengers creating a unique and intimate wildlife experience. Start the adventure by heading north from Longyearbyen in search of the mighty polar bear, as well as other Arctic wildlife, including colonies of walrus, seals, whales, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic fox.

This trip departs during the Arctic summer when the sea ice breaks up sending ice floes southwards. These ice floes are the principle hunting grounds for the polar bear and the M/S Malmo or M/S Freya bring unrivalled up-close encounters with this regal animal. You will also visit bird cliffs with huge colonies, watch for whales in the icy seas and enjoy walking and sailing through incredible landscapes and breathtaking fjords and waterfalls.

This departure is led by an expert naturalist making sure that you are in the right place at the right time for the ultimate Arctic wildlife experience. The exact route of this trip will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. We always strive to maximise your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer


We always encourages clients to respect and appreciate the environment they are in; on this trip there are presentations in the evening. We reflect this in the running of the office in the UK where everything that can be recycled is and careful consideration is given to the environment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...


The 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.

1 Reviews of Arctic wildlife holiday, Polar bear explorer

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

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?


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