Arctic polar bear cruise, Spitsbergen

“A week long small ship cruise from Longyearbyen to go wildlife watching in and around Spitsbergen during summer months.”

Highlights

Longyearbyen | Spitsbergen | Wildlife watching Svalbard archipelago | Zodiac trips | Polar bears | Arctic foxes | Arctic birdwatching | All cabins with port holes or ocean facing windows

Description of Arctic polar bear cruise, Spitsbergen

This Arctic polar bear cruise takes place on board the M/S Expedition, an ice strengthened ship with maximum 134 passengers on board, all in comfortable ensuite cabins. You will be spending plenty of time on deck on this trip, however, with lots of observation space to take in the extraordinary landscapes of Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago, home to the polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, whales and myriad Arctic birdlife. This includes a 360 degree top observation deck.

On this small ship cruise you will also be travelling through some of the planetís most dramatic landscapes, with icebergs, fjords and ice floes, many of which you can see up close on zodiac trips or on walking excursions, all accompanied by expert guides drilled in Arctic safety.

Every day brings something new on this Arctic cruise, where you will also have lectures and educational programmes, and we will provide you with winter gear including insulated boots and a warm winter jacket. Cabins on board are a mix of singles, doubles, triples and quads, as well as some luxurious suites. Do talk with us about all available options on your chosen sailing date.

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2019: 27 May, 1 Jun, 3 Jun, 9 Jun, 10 Jun, 13 Jun, 17 Jun, 20 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 7 Jul, 15 Jul, 24 Jul
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Arctic polar bear cruise, Spitsbergen

Environment

During this voyage you will learn how to respect and appreciate the delicate environment you will be visiting. The Expedition team will provide daily lectures and landings where you will gain a better understanding of the region and the changes that are currently occurring. The effects of global warming can clearly be seen in the Arctic and by witnessing this first hand we hope that you will become an ambassador in promoting sustainable and responsible living to minimise the lasting effects that are having such a large impact on this region and around the world in general.

During the trip we will abide by the strict rules of the Association of Arctic Cruise Operators (AECO) which is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards. All of the crew and expedition team act as stewards of the environment and adhere to the strict environmental protocols on board and on land.

All passengers will be shown an AECO video at the start of the trip with guidelines on how to witness wildlife in the region. The trained expedition team will accompany passengers on all excursions and ensure the strict rules are adhered to ensuring no trace is left and that any wildlife is witnessed safely and left undisturbed.

On the ship, all paper and toilet paper is recycled non chlorine bleached paper and the ship operates on marine gas oil which generates lower emissions than regular diesel.

Community

We hand pick our partners to ensure all operations support the local environment and community and during this voyage local operators and services will be used wherever possible to benefit these locals. Should you wish to book any pre or post cruise accommodation, tours or transfers which will also help support local businesses we can arrange this for you no problem.

At the end of the cruise if you do not wish to keep your expedition parka you can leave it on the ship and at the end of the season all parka's will be donated to a local community. An auction will also be held at the end of each departure where the Captainís Sea Chart together with expedition books signed by the staff, the flag from the bow of the ship and many other items as souvenirs of the voyage will be auctioned off. All proceeds are then donated to support the Bear Health project and the Save the Albatross campaign.

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