The Norwegian Arctic offers a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. Historically used as a whaling base, the islands of the Norwegian Arctic are now celebrated as a breeding ground for many seabirds, marine mammals and Polar bears. Our expedition ship is the renowned One Ocean Navigator/Akademik Ioffe, perfectly suited for remote polar exploration. With her high ice classification we are able to push further to the north along the edge of the ice pack. Our voyage focuses on the western and northern coasts of Spitsbergen, boasting the highest concentration of wildlife and places of historic and scenic interest in the archipelago. It is here we frequently encounter the icon of the North – Polar bear, hunting for seals and other protein sources to sustain themselves during the Arctic summer.
Throughout our journey we enjoy comprehensive talks by Polar experts to complement our expedition days, some of which carry on towards easy dining conversations as we gather for meals in the dining room. Our adventure is filled with shore excursions, visits to historical sites and wildlife colonies all while viewing the exquisite native flora and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore are another feature along with cruising in zodiacs, or choosing a different view with our sea-kayaking program.