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Land of the Ice Bears:

An in-depth exploration of Arctic Svalbard

July 23, 2010 - August 2, 2010

A remote archipelago situated just over 350 miles north of Norway's North Cape, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, mountains and massive sheets of ice. During summer, when the sun never sets, the tundra experiences a warm awakening. It is carpeted with wildflowers. Ice-peppered fjords ring with the thunderous sound of glacial ice crashing to the sea. Walrus raise their sleepy heads to observe us. And everyone holds their breath as a polar bear is spotted and cameras click wildly. Experience nature in its purest form in the High Arctic.

This is as far north as it is possible to travel without an icebreaker, and you'll experience the legendary midnight sun. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife. This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery. Nature is full of wonderful surprises and we are guided by her. Our pace is unhurried and our options are many, so the day-by-day itinerary below is a thoughtfully considered framework based on our long experience in this region

Artic travel is an adventure in contrasts. Explore some of the planet's great wonders from the sparkling ice shelves of Norway's Svalbard archipelago, to the volcanic landscapes of Iceland, and the far reaches of the Canadian Arctic. Trace the fjords of Greenland, navigate the eastern entrance to Canada's Northwest Passage, or take to the Arctic waters high above coastal Norway under the midnight sun in the archipelago of Svalbard. Watch for polar bears and whales, explore by Zodiac and kayak, and visit little-known towns and hamlets where hardy communities maintain their traditional way of life amid the harsh conditions.

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Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1 - July 23

U.S./Fly Overnight to Oslo

Fly from Newark to Oslo on an overnight flight aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

DAY 2 — July 24

Oslo, Norway/Continental Hotel

Arrive in Oslo and check in to the Continental Hotel. For the remaining part of the morning you can rest in your comfortable hotel room. Highlights of an afternoon tour include a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures set in park lands and a visit to the Polar Ship Fram Museum, with its excellent exhibits on the history of Arctic exploration. This evening try one of the harbor restaurants or turn in early. (B)

DAY 3 — July 25

Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship

Depart Oslo on our private charter flight over beautiful vistas to Longyearbyen. Embark our ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 4-9 — July 26 -31

Exploring Svalbard

Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions.

Our main focus is the search for Svalbard's amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruising in Svalbard's fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 — August 1


Disembark the National Geographic Endeavour and explore Longyearbyen before we fly to Oslo. Overnight in the Radisson SAS Airport Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 11 — August 2


After breakfast, proceed to the airport for the flight to the U.S. aboard SAS Scandinavian Airlines, or continue on to other adventures. (B)

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Cost and Program Inclusions

From . . . . $7,260*
$500 discount offered to all guests under the age of 18

*Can take one of the following discounts with above fare:

Choose the following Savings Options: (discounts can not be combined)

15% discount on all cabin categories (rates begin at $6,171)


Family Savings: Kids go for 50% fare when accompanied bu a full fare adult

Included features:

  • The rates include charter flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen to Oslo;
  • All accommodations aboad ship or in hotels per itinerary;
  • All meals aboard ship;
  • All shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Tranfers to and from group flights;
  • Use of Kayaks
  • All tips (except to ship’s crew)
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Bryn Mawr Study Leader

Dr. Donald C. Barber
Dr. Donald C. Barber

Associate Professor of Geology on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Policy, and Director of the J.A. Harris Program in Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Don Barber conducts research and teaches courses on recent and ongoing changes in earth system processes and environments. Using various geophysical, geochemical and computational techniques, Barber and his students study coastal sea-level rise in North Carolina, New Jersey and the Persian Gulf, and they also investigate the ocean's role in global climate change. Barber advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to society's environmental concerns, and he encourages students to develop off-campus collaborations with 'real-world' practitioners. Prof. Barber's own public outreach includes presentations on global climate change and other issues in venues including local network television, state and local government hearings, print-media interviews, and K-12 and adult education school programs.

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Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions has robust travel philanthropy programs in Alaska, Antarctica, Baja, Central America and Galapagos. We have also spent decades working for local conservation, raising more than $5 million with our guests in the last 10 years alone. In an effort to raise more money for conservation and sustainable tourism projects around the world, Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic recently launched a new joint fund. Explore with us and discover the ways that tourism and conservation go hand-in-hand.

Lindblad Expeditions is a pioneering expedition travel company providing voyages in Galápagos, Antarctica, Baja California, Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. The company works in partnership with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet by providing innovative marine expedition programs and by promoting conservation and sustainable tourism around the world

Lindblad Expeditions (, a leader in sustainable tourism, has announced a comprehensive climate change action plan focused on lessening the company's environmental footprint while simultaneously increasing awareness of global environmental issues. The climate change action plan – which includes measurement, education, carbon offsets and policy components - was produced in conjunction with Clean Air-Cool Planet, the leading non-profit organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming.

Lindblad Expeditions recently launched a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan focused on lessening the company's environmental footprint while simultaneously increasing awareness of global environmental issues. The Climate Change Action Plan – which includes measurement, education, carbon offsets and policy components – was produced in conjunction with Clean Air-Cool Planet, the leading non-profit organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming

Supporting Local People through Innovative Projects

Lindblad Expeditions (LEX) has long believed in the importance of supporting the local communities we visit with our guests. One way we've chosen to give back to the regions in which we travel is through the support of local micro-enterprise initiatives. Below are brief descriptions of some of the community development projects currently underway:

Galapagos Reflections

In 2007, Lindblad Expeditions established a foundation in Ecuador, FUDECA (Fundación de Artesanos Ecuatorianos), with the goal of supporting the development of skilled artisans. LEX founded Reflections, a local gallery in Galápagos, designed to promote traditional craft production in the region and to generate economic growth at the local level. Reflections, established as a non-profit organization, aims to create enterprise opportunities for local artisans living on the Galápagos Islands who are interested in making and selling artisanal products to the growing tourism sector.

Glass Recycling Project

Launched in 2008, the Glass Recycling Project is based in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galápagos. This project seeks to reuse glass waste by transforming it into jewelry and art object (which will be sold to the local tourist market); and glassware (which we envision selling to local restaurants and hotels). Lindblad Expeditions is working with master glassmaker, John Gilvey, the founder of Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, NY on this project.

Fund For Local Conservation Action (FALC)

Lindblad established the Fund for Local Conservation Action (FALC) to provide small grants for locally initiated conservation-oriented projects from small enterprises in Galápagos. Grants range in size from $100 to $2000, and the number of grants depends on the size of the fund each year. The idea behind FALC is to encourage those who live in the Galápagos to become involved in the conservation of their home islands. In the last several years, more than $150,000 has been given to FALC projects with an emphasis on micro-enterprise to support projects such as recycling of motor oil and tires, fishermen wives' cooperatives and tortoise care. Back to the top »

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer — the ship that 40 years of expedition experience built — debuted in August 2008. The newest addition to the fleet, it is designed for 21st-century exploration offering guests an environment of adventure, comfort and informality. A state-of-the-art 1A ice-class expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate remote passages, and carries the most innovative tools for exploring from polar to tropical regions and the undersea. Capacity: 148 guests in 81 cabins Registry: Bahamas

Public Areas: Main Lounge and glass-enclosed Observation Lounge, Chart Room, Library, Global Gallery, Fitness Center and Wellness Spa with two treatment rooms, sauna and relaxation area.

Meals: Guests are accommodated in a single seating in the Dining Room and Bistro, with no assigned seats for relaxed and easy mingling. Meals are international with local flair.

Cabins: All ocean-view cabins with windows or portholes, some with Balconies, have a stylish and comfortable ambience, decorated in warm woods. Each cabin has private facilities and climate controls An Elevator connects all guest decks.

Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft and kayaks, hydrophones, HD underwater cameras and video microscopes, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can dive up to 1,000 feet.

Special Features: Internet access, business center, full-time Doctor, laundry service, an Undersea Specialist and Wellness Specialist, LEXspa Therapist and Video Chronicler Our "Open Bridge" policy allows guests to learn about the art of navigation and state-of-the-art navigational equipment from our Captain and Officers.

Travelers choose our expeditions for their adventurous aspects. However, once on board, they discover that ship life affords a double dose of something we all need these days: comfort and ease. Our lounges and dining rooms become social hubs. The libraries are a refuge for the more solitary, and observation spaces on deck are perfect spots to make new friends. Fitness Centers and Massage Treatment Rooms offer options to be rigorous, indulgent or both.

Dining on board is excellent. Gary Jenanyan, our Executive Consulting Chef, frequently travels to each of our ships, coaching our chefs to be certain each meal is prepared to perfection. Full buffet breakfasts, casual lunches, and leisurely dinners are served in our comfortable dining rooms, on deck or even ashore on a remote beach.

Our on board style is always informal. There is no assigned seating at any meal, and no dress code. Casual clothes and casual attitudes, mixed with curious travelers and intelligent conversation combine for an exceptional expedition Back to the top »