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Discover the secrets of magical Svalbard, with Aurora Expeditions and New Scientist, deeply exploring magnificent fjords abundant with wildlife.  Zodiac cruise past enormous glaciers, spot beluga whales surfacing in the crystalline waters and witness thousands of guillemots nesting in dramatic cliff faces.  Enter the pack ice to spot seals and the iconic polar bear.  Walk through the tundra’s beautiful microflora, keeping watch for reindeer and arctic fox, and discover long-lost exploration camps and old trapper huts.

Your onboard expedition team will help you experience a range of activities including Zodiac boat safaris (investigating coves, glaciers and wildlife), guided hikes (exploring pristine beaches and stunning wilderness) and photography (helping you to improve your skills with a camera). They will aim to deliver two shore excursions every day.

Onboard Expert

On this unique expedition cruise, you'll be joined by marine biologist, writer and broadcaster, Dr Helen Scales. Helen is the author of several books including the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time, New Scientist book of the year Eye of the Shoal, and the children’s book, The Great Barrier Reef. She writes for National Geographic Magazine, the Guardian, and New Scientist, among others. On the radio, she has presented several documentaries for the BBC.

She teaches at Cambridge University and is a science advisor for the marine conservation charity Sea Changers. Her research focus is on marine conservation and the inter-relations between people and oceans, particularly in the context of habitat protection and the international wildlife trade. She has previously worked for several conservation organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, TRAFFIC International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and Natural England.

Your Arctic Expedition is carefully curated with a mixture of incredible landings, Zodiac cruises, and insightful talks on board. Helen will accompany you on the activities and will give a series of private talks, as well as fireside chats covering a broad range of polar science such as:

  • How not to freeze: the science behind ice-proof fish and how other polar animals survive
  • The Arctic deep-sea: exploring the Gakkel Ridge, Loki's Castle and the world's most northerly black smokers
  • Climate change and the future of the Arctic ecosystems
  • The role of local indigenous people in Arctic research
  • Arctic whales: how the lives of great cetaceans are changing
  • The science of rejuvenating cold water therapy
  • Under the ice: What ice cores tell us about the world's history and future

Highlights

  • Search for polar bears, seals and walrus in the Arctic pack ice venturing 80° north
  • Zodiac cruise past spellbinding glaciers and through stunning fjords
  • Discover wonderful wildlife including guillemots, puffins, seals, reindeer, arctic fox, seabirds and whales
  • See historic exploration camps, whaling sites and trapper huts
  • Experience a kingdom full of varied terrain and wildlife, discovering polar desert, ice caps and arctic tundra
  • Travel with a team of experts from New Scientist

Quick Itinerary

Days 1: Oslo
Day 2: Longyearbyen
Days 3-11: Svalbard archipelago
Day 12: Longyearbyen
 

Price Includes

  • 1 night Oslo pre-voyage hotel stay at the Radisson Blu Oslo Airport
  • Cruise package with Aurora onboard Greg Mortimer expedition ship
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • A unique programme of educational lectures
  • Hosted by New Scientist featuring guest speakers and onboard experts
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000 or enquire here

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Greg Mortimer
7th June 2023 - 19th June 2023

Prices from £8,970 pp

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We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


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Why book with Polar Routes?

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
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  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.