Venture to the arctic north of Norway and be stunned by Spitsbergen, a gem within the Svalbard Archipelago
Join Intrepid on an unforgettable adventure to Spitsbergen, an Arctic playground found halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Located within the Svalbard Archipelago, this far-flung destination offers more than just a spectacular assortment of glaciers, cliffs and peaks – also spot wildlife such as bearded seals, walruses, Arctic fox and pink-footed geese. The mighty polar bear, however, is the star the show, and even if one doesn’t appear, the anticipation gives the expedition an exciting edge. With onboard experts providing context and insight, and ample time time to make use of the kayaks and snowshoes provided, Arctic Unveiled is an adventure that will check all the right boxes for any lover of Arctic exploration.
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Soak up the awe-inspiring landscapes of Spitsbergen, from the quirky northernmost city of Longyearbyen to the dazzling marvels of nature like the ‘14th July Glacier’
Embrace the strange novelty of 24 hours of sunlight, one of many bonus thrills of arctic life
Comb sheet after sheet of ice in search of the true king of the Arctic – the magnificent polar bear
Arctic foxes, breaching whales, reclining walruses, and soaring seabirds on the cliffs of Alkefjellet are all a strong chance for sightings
Experience the island from more than one angle, with kayaks and snowshoes provided for you to use as you please
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are freezing. Expedition boots are provided, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing as well as a suitable waterproof jacket. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you. If you catch sight of a bear never approach it – stay calm and immediately inform your guide. Lastly, never leave food anywhere in an attempt to lure polar bears.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Atlantic
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Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking and snow shoeing are available to book on this voyage. This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.
Your voyage is operated in conjunction with our partner company, Chimu Travel.