Friday, June 21, 2013: U.S./ Oslo, Norway
Fly independently to Oslo.
Saturday, June 22: Oslo
Upon arrival, check in to the Continental Hotel (or similar). Later, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures set in parklands and make a visit to the Polar Ship Fram Museum.
Sunday, June 23: Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark
Take a private charter flight to Longyearbyen and embark the ship. (B,L,D)
Monday, June 24 – Saturday, June 29: Exploring Svalbard
In true expedition style, we will let nature dictate our day-to-day movements and remain flexible, maximizing our opportunities to observe Svalbard’s abundant wildlife. With a fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship, we probe the ice in search of seals, Arctic foxes, and the very symbol of the Arctic — polar bears. Once spotted, the scene is one of sheer excitement and reverence for these great animals. They are often seen on the pack ice searching for a meal, but a few times each season we sight a bear which has recently caught a seal. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords in the legendary land of the midnight sun, we venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. Zodiac and kayak among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife, and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)
Sunday, June 30: Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Disembark and explore Longyearbyen before we fly to Oslo. Overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)
Monday, July 1: Oslo / Home
Depart for home after breakfast. (B)