Polar Bear Express - Antarctic Cruise

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This "express" Arctic adventure cruise takes 6 days to explore the icy waters and landscapes of Svalbard. The cruise is operated by Ocean Albatros, an ice-class expedition ship that can withstand the Arctic pack ice. On this cruise, you will get to experience the unique ecology of Svalbard, including its mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. You will have the chance to see whales, walruses, polar bears, and Arctic birds. The highlight of the cruise is the sighting of polar bears. You will also get to explore the majestic glacial landscapes and go on fascinating landings on the shore.

Day by day

Day 1: Longyearbyen

Arrival in Longyearbyen - the capital of Svalbard, possibly the most northern'real town' on earth.

Ocean Albatross docks close to town. The Expedition Leader provides information on the cruise and ship routines, as well as safety and security procedures, after the welcome drink. There will be an obligatory safety drill before sailing. Your Arctic Adventure begins when the Captain leaves Advent Fjord.

Day 2: Smeerenburg & Ytre Norskoya

The wildlife, scenery and history of the Svalbard coast in the northwest are always worth a visit. Since the 1600s, this part of Svalbard has been a major center for whale hunting, with "Blubber Town", the primary target being oil-rich Bowhead Whales, which are the Arctic's sole resident baleen species.

New Alesund, the "town", is located on King's Bay (Kongsfjorden) and it's well worth visiting. This is the northernmost permanent civil settlement on earth. It has a population in summer of around 120 people and an even more hardy population during the winter of 35. It was originally the coal-mining town of King's Bay and played an important role in arctic exploration and exploitation, particularly flight.

It is now the centre of Arctic research and one of the world's most northern communities. Send a postcard to the most northern Post Office in the World.

Day 3: Alkefjellet & Torrelnesset

You're in high arctic if you venture north or east. The north and east of Svalbard are the areas that receive the least amount of visitors. This is because they're closed to exploring for part of the year due to dense pack ice.

The terrain here is dominated by the "polar desert". Permanent ice covers much of the area, and when it melts, there's very little greenery on the landscape, which has been carved out over many millions of years.

This part of Svalbard, despite its lack of protection, is worth exploring, because it is home to a variety of wildlife. Here, Arctic geese and ducks nest and the largest concentration of walruses in the Arctic gathers on the coast. Also, polar bears and seals can be seen here. Minke and Beluga Whales are common.

Sjuoyane is the group of islands that are located at Svalbard's most northern point. They have always been a great place to see Polar Bears.

The north coast of Spitsbergen is often the first place ships head to when they reach the edge of the pack ice later in the season.

Day 4: Monaco Glacier, Liefde Fjord

The wildlife, scenery and history of the Svalbard coast in the northwest are always worth a visit. Since the 1600s, this part of Svalbard has been a major center for whale hunting, with "Blubber Town", the primary target being oil-rich Bowhead Whales, which are the Arctic's sole resident baleen species.

New Alesund, the "town", is located on King's Bay (Kongsfjorden) and it's well worth visiting. This is the northernmost permanent civil settlement on earth. It has a population in summer of around 120 people and an even more hardy population during the winter of 35. It was originally the coal-mining town of King's Bay and played an important role in arctic exploration, particularly flight.

It is now the centre of Arctic research and one of the world's most northern communities. Send a postcard to the most northern Post Office in the World.

Day 5: NY Alesund & NY London

The wildlife, scenery and history of the Svalbard coast in the northwest are always worth a visit. Since the 1600s, this part of Svalbard has been a major center for whale hunting, with "Blubber Town", the primary target being oil-rich Bowhead Whales, which are the Arctic's sole resident baleen species.

New Alesund, the "town", is located on King's Bay (Kongsfjorden) and it's well worth visiting. This is the northernmost permanent civil settlement on earth. It has a population in summer of around 120 people and an even more hardy population during the winter of 35. It was originally the coal-mining town of King's Bay and played an important role in arctic exploration, particularly flight.

It is now the centre of Arctic research and one of the world's most northern communities. Send a postcard to the most northern Post Office in the World.

Day 6: Longyearbyen
The ship returned early in the morning to its starting point at Longyearbyen. Disembarkation takes place after breakfast, and the crew and expedition team are wished farewell. The transfer to the airport is organized.

Itinerary Map

Polar Bear Express

Includes

  • Embarkation shuttle transfer to the vessel from Ushuaia city centre
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation from the ship to Ushuaia city centre or airport
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, as per itinerary, guided by our Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots loan scheme
  • Briefings and lectures by our Expedition Leader and Team
  • English-speaking Expedition Team
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soda at dinner (selected labels and brands, served at our a-la-carte dinners)
  • Free tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Taxes and landing fees
  • Special photo workshops
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties

Does not Include

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Albatros Polar Spa services, Albatros Ocean Boutique purchases)

Highlights

  • Explore the icy waters and landscapes of Svalbard, including its glaciers, fjords, and mountains.
  • Spot whales, walruses, and polar bears, the iconic Arctic wildlife.
  • Learn about the Arctic from experienced naturalists.
  • Go on fascinating landings on the shore, where you can explore the tundra and see the local wildlife.
  • Enjoy the midnight sun in the summer months.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
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Activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Snowshoeing
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Photography
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
Yoga
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Polar Bear Express
6 Days
From $4,290.00 per person