With flying times from the UK to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard less than six hours away, and no long sea journeys involved, it is possible to experience the true majesty of the Arctic, just 500 miles from the North Pole, without having to travel to Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Russia. Boasting stunning glaciers, spectacular fjords and scenic mountains, combined with a plethora of wildlife – including the mighty polar bear – the Norwegian Arctic has all the ingredients for a truly memorable adventure.
One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is known for the large number of wildlife sightings on its voyages around Svalbard, as well as their ability to get up close to the likes of polar bears*, seals, beluga whales, puffins and walrus, all of which are featured on two OOE voyages in June 2018. It’s a perfect time to travel during the midnight sun, with the extended hours of daylight enabling guests to participate in a range of varied activities each day.
Focusing on the western and northern coasts of Spitsbergen, which boast the highest concentration of wildlife, as well as places of historic and scenic interest, OOE’s itineraries include hikes and zodiac cruises; visits to wildlife colonies and even the opportunity to sea kayak these infamous waters.
Prices for the nine-night Spitsbergen Encounter, departing on 19 and 28 June 2018, start from US$5695pp triple share and from US$7195 based on twin share. The first departure also includes a Photography Symposium designed for passengers wishing to improve their photographic techniques, which is led by award-winning polar photographer, Daisy Gilardini.
All prices include accommodation, all meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, use of expedition gear (which saves clients approximately US$1,000 worth of purchases and 8kg/16lbs worth of luggage!), airport transfers, shore excursions, landings, educational presentations and guided walks. http://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/voyages/regions/arctic