POLAR BEARS & ARCTIC ADVENTURES
JUN-JUL 2020 • 12 GUESTS
Take a journey on a genuine Arctic Fairy tale. Sail through dramatic landscapes dominated by tundra, with majestic mountain formations, fjords and towering glaciers that are host to wildlife that is both rich and extremely varied. A place where the Iconic Polar Bear outnumbers people, Walrus are seen along the shoreline, Millions of sea bird’s nest on towering cliffs and Arctic foxes and Reindeer roam freely. Follow pods of Whales and watch the seals at play on our private small ship charter. A life changing journey sailing the isles and inlets of the Svalbard archipelago awaits.
Our expedition starts just north of the Arctic Circle at 78° N latitude in the small coal-mining town of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard archipelago. Here we will embark on our elegant, little ship catering to only 12 guests for an entirely different experience compared to that onboard the conventional cruise ships; small and strong she is able to reach some of the most inaccessible and remote areas of Svalbard giving us the most intimate experience in order to maximise our time on shore and out on the zodiacs. Spend an incredible ten nights sailing through small fjords, cruising past glacier fronts, keeping an eye out for the incredible marine mammals found in these waters, Beluga and Minke whales, ringed seals and bearded seals to name but a few. See iconic Arctic wildlife from the Regal and iconic Polar bear, largest of the land carnivores, to the wallowing Walrus with their long-curved tusks. Hike across the Arctic tundra in search of Arctic foxes and Reindeer and marvel at the surprisingly beautiful flora, including purple saxifrage and the bright yellow Arctic poppy. Svalbard, has some of the world’s largest colonies of nesting sea birds numbering 3-5 million birds; experience the sights, smells and sounds of thousands of nesting Brunnich’s guillemots and kittiwakes as you drift along immense rocky cliffs and dolerite towers standing 100metres tall in a zodiac.
With a flexible itinerary, a small, maneuverable ship, along with the expertise and experience of the Captain and Expedition Leader, this is a trip of a lifetime. Breathtaking landscapes, shimmering ice-bergs, and magnificent wildlife under the Midnight sun.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join us on this epic Wild Earth Arctic Adventure.
- Sail in comfort and style on our elegant, intimate and highly manoeuvrable exclusively chartered ship
- Explore dramatic and unique landscapes, with mountain formations, fjords and glaciers
- See Polar Bears, Walrus, Arctic foxes and Reindeer
- Observe Beluga and Minke whales as well as Ringed and Bearded Seals
- Watch thousands of nesting birds including Brunnich’s guillemots and Kittiwakes
- Take zodiacs on intimate journey’s through jaw dropping rocky cliff’s and dolerite towers
- Visit Viking museums & traditional fishing communities
PLEASE NOTE THIS EXPEDITION IS STILL IN THE PLANNING PHASE. THE FULL CONFIRMED ITINERARY WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING MONTHS
PRE-EXTENSION – OSLO, LOFOTEN ISLANDS AND TROMSØ
Start your polar expedition in Norway’s Capitol Oslo where you’ll enjoy the city highlights and a special visit to the iconic Fram Museum. See how intrepid explorers before you have conquered the icy waters of Arctic and Antarctic paving the way for your voyage. Fram is a symbol of Norway’s significant participation in the heroic age of exploration. The Fram has sailed on numerous expeditions with the famous Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup. Go onboard and see how this strong wooden ship compares to the modern-day vessels and the trials the explorers of this time faced.
Venture well inside the Arctic Circle to the dramatic, jagged ridges, wild coastlines and sunny beaches of the granite mountain islands in the Lofoten archipelago. In the ‘Land of the midnight sun’, where Cod is king, visit tiny fishing settlements with colourful houses, cod drying racks and kittiwakes nesting on roof tops. Using a series of underground tunnels and bridges that connect the islands, ‘island hop’ from Viking museums to active fishing communities. See antique boats and the famous Blacksmith of Sund with his legendary beautiful handmade cormorants in wrought iron. Visit the quaint village of Nusfjord which is so beautiful it has earned the distinction of being elected a UNESCO World Heritage site
We end our Pre-Extension at 69,6492° North, in Tromsø, a spirited town with street music, cultural happenings and more pubs per capita than any other place in Norway. From Tromsø we fly to Longyearbyen to meet our ship and enter the realm of the Polar Bear.
ADVANCED BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES
Our trips are designed for small groups which maximises our experience and the flexibility we have on the trip but it does also mean our trip fill quickly. Contact us and let us know if you'd like us to hold a space for you with an Advanced Booking of $500, fully transferable until we announce the expedition.
WILD EARTH LEADERS
CEO / Founder, Expedition Leader & Dive Instructor
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TRAVEL WITH THOMAS
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