Explorer, Land of the Ice Bears ex Oslo Return

Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship
National Geographic Explorer
Cruise Departs
10 Jun 2019
Other Dates
Cruise Duration
9 Nights
Embark Ship
Oslo, Norway
Disembark Ship
Oslo, Norway
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Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
10 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway
Hotel
11 Jun 2019
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Embark
12 Jun 2019
Svalbard
13 Jun 2019
Svalbard
14 Jun 2019
Svalbard
15 Jun 2019
Svalbard
16 Jun 2019
Svalbard
17 Jun 2019
Svalbard
18 Jun 2019
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Disembark
18 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway
Hotel
19 Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

7 Night Cruise sailing from Longyearbyen roundtrip aboard National Geographic Explorer.

DAY 1: Oslo, Norway/SAS Radisson Blue Hotel
Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Check in to the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel. In the afternoon, our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures–hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next we visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. (L,D)

DAY 2: Oslo/Longyearbyen/Embark Ship
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, 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 Explorer, your base for the next six days. (B,L,D)

DAY 3-8: 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 9: Longyearbyen/Disembark/Oslo
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide 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 dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the SAS Radisson Blue Airport Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 10: Oslo
(B)

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the newest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 356 feet
  • Tonnage: 2686
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 148
  • Ship Registration: Bahamas

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Private Facilities

Ship Facilities

  • Bistro Bar
  • Chart Room
  • Restaurant
  • Global Gallery
  • Library
  • Lounge with Bar
  • Mud Room
  • Observation Loung
  • Open Bridge
  • Ship’s Doctor
  • Undersea Specialist
  • LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler
  • Internet Cafe
  • Laundry
  • Fitness Centre
  • Wellness Specialists
  • LEXspa Treatment Rooms & Sauna

For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

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