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Svalbard Polar Bear Voyage

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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


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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

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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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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