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review 25 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing polar bears, including one mother with cub, and being in Packice, and among icebergs in a zodiac! An emotional roller coaster.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Throw yourself into all the activities, follow the advice of the expedition team, relish meeting lovely people , including other travellers and the crew.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We spent our pre-embarkation night in a local hostel in Longyearbyen. The expedition took great care to minimise our impact, including recycling, refilling water bottles , reusing towels etc. Also in avoiding disturbing the wildlife and plants. They take part in citizen science, sending information to arctic research projects. Great care was taken not to contaminate the fragile environments we experienced, even shaming those of us who did not clean our wellies properly. If you weren't already passionate about conservation you would be after such an amazing opportunity .

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Outstanding. Very emotional because of the wildlife, but everything was first class, from the wonderful food to the kindness of the crew , the care taken of us by the expedition staff when on zodiac operations to their knowledge and their patience. Expensive but if you love wildlife highly recommended.

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