Arctic polar bear cruise, Spitsbergen

“A week long small ship cruise from Longyearbyen to go wildlife watching in and around Spitsbergen during summer months.”

Highlights

Longyearbyen | Spitsbergen | Wildlife watching Svalbard archipelago | Zodiac trips | Polar bears | Arctic foxes | Arctic birdwatching | All cabins with port holes or ocean facing windows

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2020: 27 May, 31 May, 1 Jun, 3 Jun, 6 Jun, 7 Jun, 9 Jun, 12 Jun, 14 Jun, 17 Jun, 19 Jun, 24 Jun, 6 Jul, 23 Jul, 25 Jul, 24 Aug, 28 Aug
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Arctic polar bear cruise, Spitsbergen

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

During this voyage you will learn how to respect and appreciate the delicate environment you will be visiting. The Expedition team will provide daily lectures and landings where you will gain a better understanding of the region and the changes that are currently occurring. The effects of global warming can clearly be seen in the Arctic and by witnessing this first hand we hope that you will become an ambassador in promoting sustainable and responsible living to minimise the lasting effects that are having such a large impact on this region and around the world in general.

During the trip we will abide by the strict rules of the Association of Arctic Cruise Operators (AECO) which is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards. All of the crew and expedition team act as stewards of the environment and adhere to the strict environmental protocols on board and on land.

All passengers will be shown an AECO video at the start of the trip with guidelines on how to witness wildlife in the region. The trained expedition team will accompany passengers on all excursions and ensure the strict rules are adhered to ensuring no trace is left and that any wildlife is witnessed safely and left undisturbed.

On the ship, all paper and toilet paper is recycled non chlorine bleached paper and the ship operates on marine gas oil which generates lower emissions than regular diesel.

Community

We hand pick our partners to ensure all operations support the local environment and community and during this voyage local operators and services will be used wherever possible to benefit these locals. Should you wish to book any pre or post cruise accommodation, tours or transfers which will also help support local businesses we can arrange this for you no problem.

At the end of the cruise if you do not wish to keep your expedition parka you can leave it on the ship and at the end of the season all parka's will be donated to a local community. An auction will also be held at the end of each departure where the Captain’s Sea Chart together with expedition books signed by the staff, the flag from the bow of the ship and many other items as souvenirs of the voyage will be auctioned off. All proceeds are then donated to support the Bear Health project and the Save the Albatross campaign.

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Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing a polar bear in the wild and the amazing scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take something warm for those chilly boat rides and a camera with really good zoom.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it did benefit some local people. I think that cruises have a big impact on the environment and I'm not sure that it is in a good way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was amazing. For us though we would have liked a smaller boat (200 people did not allow for much time on land and in the Zodiacs.)

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019 by

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