Svalbard – A Polar Bear Quest (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Oslo, Norway to Oslo, Norway
Dates: 10 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018

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10 Jul 2018
Air travel

Board your independent flight to Norway.

11 Jul 2018
Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to our hotel. Lunch and the remainder of the day are at leisure to enjoy this fascinating and colorful city. Gather this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

12 Jul 2018
Oslo, Norway
Air travel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Longyearbyen. Explore this Arctic mining town and capital of Svalbard; the brightly colored buildings house a variety of small shops and restaurants, as well as the Svalbard Museum. Embark the Ocean Adventurer in the late afternoon.

13 Jul 2018
Poolepynten, Norway
14 Jul 2018
Liefdefjorden, Norway
15 Jul 2018
Moffen Island, Norway
16 Jul 2018
Lågøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Jul 2018
Phippsøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Jul 2018
Alkefjellet, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 10
19 Jul 2018
Hinlopen Strait, Norway
DAY 11
20 Jul 2018
Edgeøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Spend nine days exploring the rugged coastline, spectacular narrow fjords, and offshore islands of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The primary goal is to locate wildlife, which is found here in abundance during the short summer season. Many varieties of seabirds nest in great profusion along the steep cliffs surrounding the islands. In addition to walrus haul-outs, bearded, ringed, and harp seals can be seen basking on ice floes. We will also keep an eye out for polar bears. The nature of polar expeditions requires flexibility regarding the daily schedule of activities, and landings may be dependent on weather, tide, and ice conditions. Though specific stops are not guaranteed, the following are places visited on past expeditions: Poolepynten – Part of Forlandet National Park, this area is known for great walrus viewing and photography. Though sightings are never guaranteed, this area is known as a popular haul-out for these lumbering giants. They often create quite a rowdy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. Liefdefjorden – Liefdefjorden is a dramatically scenic fjord, where rugged mountains rise from the permanent ice cap and Monaco Glacier—named for Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, who led an expedition to Svalbard in 1906—spills into the sea at the deepest part of the waterway. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts, and the Monaco Glacier honors the expedition, and the prince. This is a favored feeding ground for thousands of kittiwakes, and whales and seals are also common sights. Moffen Island – A small atoll-like island just a few feet above sea level, Moffen is a protected walrus sanctuary. Photographic opportunities abound with these massive creatures hauled out on the gravel shores. Polar bears and the rare Sabine's gulls may also be found on this island. Lågøya Island – Zodiacs bring you to Lågøya to search for the elusive polar bear, which has been spotted hunting here in the past. Hinlopen Strait – Glaciers, chiseled fjords, and icebergs hallmark this desolate and exquisitely beautiful region. Board Zodiacs to watch for, and photograph, bearded, harp, and ringed seals. Alkefjellet – These impressive sheer basalt cliffs are a haven for breeding seabirds. Tens of thousands of Brünnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres) raise their young here, as well as glaucous gulls and kittiwakes. Keep an eye out for opportunistic Arctic foxes hunting for eggs at the base of the cliffs. Phippsøya Island – At the far northern edge of the Svalbard Archipelago, Phippsøya Island boasts a classic High Arctic environment—a barren rocky landscape with some coastal plains, but otherwise mountainous, with steep slopes. The lowlands support mostly lichens mosses, some of which are quite colorful, and small patches of Svalbard poppy and saxifrage are scattered among the jumble of rocks. There are also small colonies of seabirds including Atlantic puffins, dovekies, and rare ivory gulls. Edgeøya Island – Edgeøya is the third-largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago and home to large herds of reindeer, which in turn supports a healthy population of predators, including polar bears.

DAY 12
21 Jul 2018
Svalbard, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 13
22 Jul 2018
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Air travel
Oslo, Norway

Disembark this morning in Longyearbyen, with free time to explore on your own. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo, with dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

DAY 14
23 Jul 2018
Oslo, Norway
Air travel

After breakfast, board your independent flight homeward.

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Polar Bear
Ocean Adventurer

The 120-guest Ocean Adventurer will be refurbished in 2017 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment's notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view and en suite bathroom.

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With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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