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Svalbard Polar Bear Voyage

Svalbard Polar Bear Voyage

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime - to explore the unexplored!

Prices from $8,445

The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the most beautifully hostile places on Earth. Two thirds of its surface is covered by glaciers and the soil is frozen to depths of up to 500m. Despite the unquestionably tough topography there are numerous reasons that make a visit to the region a must. The gorgeously bleak hinterlands for one, and the largest land based mammal for another.
The seven-day voyage set out below gives you the best chance to see the ‘King of the Arctic’ as well as a magnificent opportunity to visit one of the toughest places on the planet!
On this trip you should also expect to see huge glaciers, a plethora of Arctic animals, unexplored Arctic shelves, and even the Northern Lights. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime - to explore the unexplored!  

•    The best chance in the world to see Polar Bears!
•    Enjoy lectures on the region from experts
•    Visit magical glaciers and uninhabited islands
•    Enjoy all of the above on board a comfortable ex-research vessel


Location    Longyearbyen, Norway
•    Voyage around breath taking Arctic surroundings
•    Learn practical and theoretical skills about the region from experts
•    Get your sea legs aboard a genuine research vessel         

Transport      Airport Pick-up from Longyearbyen

Accommodation     Cabin/Hotels around the archipelago    


Before you go
•    Rubber boots and snow shoes!
•    Pre-departure support
•    Travel advice & documentation
•    Kit advice
•    Discounted medical kit
•    Free Frontier T-shirt (UK Only)

•    Airport pick up
•    Accommodation
•    Local orientation & comprehensive project training
•    24 hour in-country support
•    International HQ emergency support & back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Your project will be based mainly on an arctic research vessel. The 7 day itinerary will give you the chance to visit the majority of the Svalbard archipelago both  on foot and by boat!

Whilst aboard you will have a host of experts to give you detailed information on the region, from the topography to the fascinating arctic animals that you can expect to see!

Your project will start and finish in Longyearbyen with many fascinating stops in between!


You will start your journey on the largest town in the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first Minke whale of your voyage!

Over the next 7 days you will see; multiple fjords, (almost certainly) Polar Bears and the famous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favourite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground!

As well as the above your trip will feature; stopping on the Seven Islands, seeing reindeer, foxes and seabirds and finally sail into the famous Hiplopen Strait!  


On arrival you will be met by one of our local representatives. You will get your induction on the research vessel and be introduced to your fellow voyagers!


Your stay will be mixed between hotels on the archipelago and of course on our beautiful ship!

Three meals a day will be provided whilst aboard the vessel.

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Whilst on project you will have the chance to take a casual stroll along the Polar shores, or challenge yourself with a more advanced trek. We offer a variety of snow-shoeing treks to suit your experience and your desired level of activity. No snow-shoeing experience? No problem!


7 days $8,445

29th May 2018 – 5th June 2018
4th June 2018 – 11th June 2018    FULLY BOOKED
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12th June 2018 – 19th June 2018
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19th June 2018 – 26th June 2018
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29th June 2018 – 6th July 2018
12th June 2018 – 19th June 2018
29th August 2018 – 5th September

7 Days
Before you go
Rubber boots and snow shoes!
Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

Airport pick up
Lectures from Arctic experts
Meals on board
In-country emergency support
24-hours international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION       Longyearbyen, Svalbard



Nearest airport(s): Longyearbyen (LYR)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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