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Arctic Voyage – Searching for Polar Bears

Saturday 06 July 2019

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. You’ll explore this landscape, always on the lookout for wildlife that live in this polar wilderness, not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land that is dared to be explored only a few months out of the year.

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins


Itinerary

Day 01

Saturday 06 July 2019

Oslo

Arrive Oslo and Stay Oslo airport hotel.

Day 02

Sunday 07 July 2019

Longyearbyen / Spitsbergen, Norway

Transfer from Longyearbyen to the Expedition for a late afternoon embarkation.

Day 03

Monday 08 July 2019

Day 03 to 08

08 July 2019 to 13 July 2019, Monday to Saturday – Spitsbergen, Norway

This voyage is spent traveling the realm in which the polar bear survives. Wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting, you will explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra.

You’ll always be on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, you’ll have your eyes peeled for polar bears – they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join in the search!

Early-season voyages often provide the greatest opportunity to see large ice floes in the Arctic pack ice, which usually means excellent wildlife viewing. Later in the season, the group can cover more territory, which may allow the chance to explore more of the archipelago. This can lead into the less explored regions, or the continental edges where large whales are attracted by nutrient rich upwellings.

Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the archipelago. Because there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm. During these six days, visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and glaciers flowing into the sea.

The evening of your last full day of adventure will find the expedition ship anchored off Longyearbyen.

 

Day 09

Sunday 14 July 2019

Spitsbergen / Longyearbyen, Norway

On the departure day, there will be transfers available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled. Arrive Oslo & stay at airport hotel.

Day 10

Monday 15 July 2019

Take flight back to India OR

Extension to the Norwegian Fjords (at extra cost, on actual)

Take train to Flam from Oslo. On arrival proceed to your hotel for overnight stay on bed and breakfast basis. You have the afternoon to explore Flam

Day 11

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Morning explore Flam and then take afternoon train to Bergen. Stay bed and breakfast basis.

Day 12

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Explore Bergen on your own for the day.

Day 13

Thursday 18 July 2019

Morning to explore Bergen & afternoon train to Oslo. Stay Oslo airport hotel.

Day 14

Friday 19 July 2019

Fly back to India

Cost per person on twin sharing basis: Rs 1,27,501 + US$ 6729

DescriptionUS$Exchange rateRs
Cabin cost per person. Cabin: Category 2, Twin         6,199.00                 70.00   433,930.00
Oslo pre-tour night & post tour night             180.00                 70.00     12,600.00
Mumbai Oslo Mumbai & Oslo Longyearbyen Oslo: Airfare, economy class     85,000.00
Visa: Norway     12,000.00
Trip cancellation and emergency evacuation             350.00                 70.00     24,500.00
Insurance        2,000.00
GST     28,501.50
US$ Component         6,729.00
Rupee Component   127,501.50
Rs 1,27,501 + US$ 6729

 

 

Note:

  • Cabin cost will differ as per change in category.
  • No service is booked or blocked, rates as applicable at time of actual confirmation will be applicable.
  • Booking procedure for the cabin:
    • Deposit: US$ 1000 per person to confirm reservation. If booking is made 104 days or less prior to departure, full payment is due at time of booking.
    • Final Payment: Remaining balance is due 120 days before departure
    • Payment Policy is subject to change without notice by the shipping line
  • Cancellation Policy
    • All requests for cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure that the cancellation was received and are subject to change without notice. We strongly suggest you obtain trip cancellation insurance. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa, or air arrangements does not waive this policy.
    • 90 days or more: Lifetime Deposit held by the shipping company
    • 89-60 days: 50% of total services booked + Lifetime Deposit
    • 59 days or less: 100% cost of services booked + Lifetime Deposit
    • Please note that a Medical Form signed by your doctor may be required for participation in certain trips.
    • Cancellation Policy is subject to change without notice.
  • Cost for Norwegian Fjord extension is extra.

 

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Notes regarding the Arctic voyage

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:

As a requirement of participation on the expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property.

 

Included in the cabin cost:

Arrival transfer from the meeting point to the ship; shipboard accommodations; meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water; shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; complimentary parka; and gear on loan (insulated, waterproof boots supplied for US sizes 6-16). Subject to change without notice.

 

Not Included in the cabin cost:

Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, Wi-Fi; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea, and water); optional excursions; kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.

 

 

 

 

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