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LAND OF THE ICE BEARS - Lindblad Nat Geo cruise - 24 Jun 19

Go deep into the experience of Arctic wildlife in its natural habitat - discovering and observing polar bears, and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice.

Go deep into the experience of Arctic wildlife in its natural habitat - discovering and observing polar bears, and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice. And, this itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth:
- Polar bear and walrus sightings ensured by our skilled veteran spotters
- Arctic wildlife & natural history
- True expedition adventure - daily flexibility and spontaneity
- Active exploration - using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
- Superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance
- Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all

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LAND OF THE ICE BEARS Cruise-Only package includes:
- 1 nights accommodation at the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel, Oslo including breakfast
- Afternoon sightseeing tour of Oslo including Frogner Park & the Fram Museum
- Welcome dinner and cocktail reception on first evening in Oslo
- Return charter flights: Oslo - Longyearbyen - Oslo (*** extra charge $950 AUD per person - not included in cruise fare prices ***)
- Return transfers Longyearbyen airport - port - airport
- 7 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard the 148 guest National Geographic Explorer round trip from Longyearbyen including: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages | Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer voyages. Please call for details. | Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water | 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand | Hors d`oeuvres & snacks during Recap | Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship | Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces | The guidance and company of our expedition staff | The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations | Sightseeing & entrance fees | Special access permits, park fees, port taxes | The expertise of the Lindblad National Geographic expedition staff | All excursions | Zodiac & kayak explorations | Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
- 1 nights post-cruise accommodation at the SAS Radisson Blu Hotel

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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
(subject to local weather conditions)

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
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home, or continue on to other adventures. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Apr18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. International airfare/taxes and any other items not listed here are not included. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included in package prices. Charter flights are additional and prices are listed in the inclusions as a best estimate. Offer subject to availability at time of booking.

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Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Apr18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. International airfare/taxes and any other items not listed here are not included. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included in package prices. Charter flights are additional and prices are listed in the inclusions as a best estimate. Offer subject to availability at time of booking.