Image of polar bears on ice

Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Aboard National Geographic Resolution

Dates: June 10-20, 2023

A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice––glowing under the midnight sun during our season there. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. It’s Arctic nature in its purest form.

  • Search for polar bears and walrus alongside our skilled veteran spotters

  • Explore under the midnight sun—and take advantage of spectacular photo ops with tips from a National Geographic photographer

  • Sail up to rock-wall rookeries teeming with thousands of birds, see pelagic birds from the ship’s rail when we’re underway, and Zodiac cruise near a cloud of feeding arctic terns

  • Actively explore––kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike, and walk

  • Even discover the seldom-seen undersea via video shot by an ROV

Aboard National Geographic Resolution

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Cost and Inclusions

Pricing includes accommodations aboard ship; two hotel nights with breakfast in Oslo; all meals and beverages aboard ship, including alcohol (certain premium brands excluded); meals on land as indicated; transfers to/from airport if traveling on group flights; all shore excursions, sightseeing, and entrance fees; use of kayaks; taxes, service charges, and all gratuities; services of the ship physician and our expedition staff. Unused services or items included in this program are non-refundable

Prices listed below are per person

Cabin Category Double Occupancy+ Single Occupancy
01 $12,350  
02 $12,750  
03 $15,510  
04 $17,180  
05 $18,900  
06 $21,910  
07 $24,320  
SO A   $19,330
SO B   $21,430

$1,500 Advance Payment per person

Bring the Kids: Sharing the expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience.  Take $500 off the double-occupancy price for each person under the age of 18.


All cabins face outside with large windows, private bathroom, and climate controls. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with iPad tablets, multiple electrical and USB outlets, TVs, with on demand entertainment, phone, Wi-Fi, clock, barometers, hygrometers, vanity mirror, mini refrigerator, small safe, ice bucket, glasses, hair dryer, reading lights, and an atlas. Luxury linens and pillows. Bathrooms are outfitted with Rain showers and hand-held shower, botanically inspired shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion. Complimentary insulated water bottles. Balcony cabins have hammocks, chairs, and a table.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.


Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, check into the Thon Hotel Bristol. Explore this charming city and stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen.

Depart Oslo on a charter flight and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn about the history of Svalbard, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research, and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Resolution, your base for the next six days.

This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. With a fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife. Our exact day-today itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us close to experience the region’s geologic features and the wildlife that flourishes during the summer months. With a world-class photographer and a seasoned naturalist staff, venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the coastline. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra, and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to observe majestic polar bears in their natural habitat.

Disembark in Longyearbyen and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dogs that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home. 


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