We arrive in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, before transferring to our hotel. Overnight stay at BaseCamp Spitsbergen, where meals are on your own.
No other expedition in the world is dedicated to spending as much time amidst ice floes and glaciers in one of the last wild and frozen frontiers on earth - Svalbard. We plan our expeditions in April and May in Svalbard when the ice is beginning to break up. Our expeditions are an ice lover’s dream. Besides seeing the Isbjørn (Norwegian for polar bear), we will also encounter walruses on drifting ice floes and on shore. The walrus population has been on the increase over the past 20 years, and we will linger as long as possible to get close to these massive mammals to observe and photograph in detail. During our landings, we will search for the stocky Svalbard reindeer and timid Arctic foxes. We hope to encounter various seals species as well as whales. Svalbard is also home to large concentrations of Arctic seabirds including little auks, Brünnich's guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, ivory gulls and fulmars.
Our adventure starts with spending two nights and a full day in Longyearbyen. We will enjoy an action packed day on snowmobiles across the southern part of Spitsbergen where we might see Svalbard reindeer, seals, ptarmigan and maybe even a polar bear. After our return back to Longyearbyen, we will enjoy a dinner together in the cozy and rustic restaurant at the Basecamp.
The next day we will board the M/S Freya which will be our home during the expedition. It will take us along the western side of the island of Spitsbergen. Because drift and fjord ice conditions vary from year to year, we will travel to either the southern or northern fjords to search for polar bears, our main goal. Our captain and crew are highly experienced and have traveled these arctic waters for many years.
Because we specialize in exclusive small group travel (14 passengers maximum), we have freedom and extra flexibility on our Svalbard expedition that may not be enjoyed with larger groups. We can linger as long as we like at wildlife sightings. We have time to capture the perfect light while enjoying or photographing the majestic landscapes. We will look for calving glaciers and stunning icy landscapes during our expedition. Because pack ice is dynamic and always changing, each day will bring a new adventure allowing us to have a glimpse into the life of the earlier Arctic explorers.
Svalbard is Wild Focus Expeditions’ flagship tour and usually fills far in advance. Please don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime-experience; Svalbard should be on every adventurer’s and nature lover’s bucket list.
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