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Spitsbergen - Realm of the Polar
Spitsbergen - Realm of the Polar OverviewAn 11-day wildlife expedition to the high Arctic, including a 10-day voyage around the island of Spitsbergen in search of breeding seabirds, Polar Bears, Walrus and spectacular scenery.
This is the ultimate wildlife cruise – a unique 11-day cruise onboard the ice-strengthened m/v Ortelius around the spectacular Arctic island of Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard archipelago. This dramatic land of jagged mountains, awe-inspiring glaciers and deep fjords lies just 600 miles south of the North Pole and is home to an exciting range of polar wildlife. Huge colonies of Little Auks, Brünnich’s Guillemots and other seabirds crowd the coastal cliffs, whilst inland Grey Phalarope and Barnacle Goose breed. Pack-ice lingers offshore throughout the summer, the hunting ground for the magnificent Polar Bear and home to Walrus, Harp Seal, Beluga Whale and the rare Bowhead Whale.Exclusively chartered small ship cruise focusing solely on wildlife & scenery A chance to see Polar Bears in the wild Visit Little Auk & Brünnich’s Guillemot colonies Ivory & Sabine’s Gulls, Grey Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua & much more Walrus, Harp, Bearded & Ringed Seals Beluga Whale likely; previous groups have seen Blue & Bowhead Whales! Huge glaciers such as Monaco & King’s Glacier Wonderful photographic opportunities Enjoy the midnight sun & 24-hour daylight Expert guidance by Naturetrek naturalist guides & expedition staff