Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light & Epic Ice
See Svalbard the way few have ever seen it, during its spring awakening—a true Arctic refuge, covered in snow, surrounded by sea ice. Watch for polar bears returning to the spring hunting grounds to coincide with the seals pupping. Be stunned by astonishing light, as the spring sun mounts higher each day. Capture it all with ace photographers or view it from our exclusive polar igloos.
Search for adult male polar bears hunting on the pack ice
Walk on the frozen sea in the Arctic, an adventure only possible in early spring
Take advantage of the exceptional light and pristine ice to capture incredible photos, and learn from our team of photography experts
See the Arctic at a time of year few ever have, thanks to our ship’s ice class, technology, and the experience of our captains
Voyage deep into and around the Svalbard Archipelago where Sven Lindblad and his team were stunned by the beauty, the vistas of snow and ice, and the wonder of the changing light as the Spring sun mounts ever higher in the Arctic sky each day. Scan the icescapes for emerging bears, seals and other wildlife. Walk on a frozen sea. And capture it all with ace photographers. Been to Svalbard? Come see its even wilder season. And for first-time Arctic visitors, this is the purest Arctic experience possible
Arrive in Oslo and transfer to our centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, our introduction to Norway begins with a tour of Oslo, including a visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian pole explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your leisure. (L)
Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, have a private lunch and then enjoy a panoramic drive through the town. We will stop for photo ops along the way, including to take in the views of the Svalbard mountains. Embark our ship, your base of exploration for the next six days. (B,L,D)
Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design and our exact day-today movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. Our main focus will be to explore and absorb the stunning early season sea and landscapes each day under near-ideal light for photography. Like the icons of this icy realm, the walrus and the polar bear, our movements will be in reaction to the frozen seas and the shifting currents as we search for the creatures who thrive in this wintry wilderness. The polar bears will be returning to spring feeding grounds when/where the seals are pupping and our ace staff will be on constant lookout. We will use our agile Zodiac fleet to cruise among the small ice floes and icebergs and maybe even set foot on the frozen ocean (only possible in the early season). The Arctic light at this time of year is exceptional and ever-changing and you'll have the rare opportunity to witness it. We'll chase the light and near pristine conditions with a National Geographic photographer by your side to help you capture your best photographs. (B.L,D)
Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Disembark in Longyearbyen and have a photo op outside the Seed Vault before transferring to the airport. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. The next day, walk across the street to the airport for flights home. (Day 9: B,L,D; Day 10: B)
Join us and celebrate your great milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, retirements, and more. Beginning in 2023, groups of 8 or more traveling together in celebration receive 5% off and a complimentary group photograph, while the cabin-of-honor receives onboard ship credit, beautiful cake, and more onboard celebrations. Milestone celebration must be communicated at time of booking. Milestone amenity package is one per group, intended for the guest celebrating the Milestone event. Group discount is applicable to cruise portion only, and does not apply towards additional services such as hotels, extensions, airfare, etc. Group cancellation terms also apply. Not combinable with certain offers.