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Adventures Afloat: Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

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Program #19044RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Parkas are being provided by G Adventures to all passengers on this program. In order to receive your parka you must notify your program provider of your parka size. You may do so by calling 866-359-5966 or by emailing your size or order form to programinfo@roadscholar.org If Road Scholar does not receive a parka size for you, you will not receive a parka on board the ship. To make sure you receive the perfect sized parka, please refer to the sizing sheet and order form at the back of this packet. The deadline for submitting parka information is May 1, 2014. Parkas will be delivered to your cabin upon your embarkation and are yours to keep after the cruise. Please plan accordingly for your time in Svalbard prior to obtaining your parka onboard. Waterproof boots are provided on board for use: Men's USA size 8-14 Women's USA size 3-9

Itinerary for Jun 10 — Jun 20, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, June 10 - Depart US
In Transit: In Flight

Type: Hotel

Description: Svalbard's historic Spitsbergen Hotel is centrally located in Haugen in Longyeardalen, with superb views across the waters of Adventfjorden and the striking peak of Hiortfjellet. The hotel is within easy reach of the town centre, local attractions and tax-free stores.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, 9171 Norway
phone: +47 ) 79 02 62 00
web: www.rica-hotels.com/hotels/svalbardlongyearbyen/spitsbergen-hotel/

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, shower, toilet and wireless internet access

Facility amenities: Number of rooms: 88 Number of handicap rooms: 1 Non-smoking rooms: 88 Number of restaurants: 1 Number of bars: 1 Number of cafes: 0 Number of nightclubs: 0 Number of meeting rooms: 5 Lobbybar Conference facilities Lift Spa Swimming pool Children's pool Sauna Gym Solarium Free bike rental Wireless Internet Cleaning service Parking All night reception Roomservice Concierge service Wake-up call Safe Ice machine Play area Luggage room Check-in machines Fax and copymachine Guest PC Shoe shine service Currency exchange

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, June 11 - Arrive in Longyearbyen
Afternoon: Flights arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Your afternoon is free to unpack and relax at the hotel. In the late afternoon, meet your group leader and fellow travelers for a program orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Rica Spitsbergen Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Thursday, June 12 - Longyearbyen / Embark the MS Expedition
Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, the Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the archipelago of Svalbard with a population of about 2,060 people and about as many snowmobiles. This morning, meet with your group leader at the hotel for a brief presentation on Svalbard, and what you will see and experience during your expedition. Later, walk into town to see the Svalbard Museum (approximately 1 mile). Since opening in 1979, the goal of this unique museum is to help locals and visitors understand the relationship between nature, culture, landscape, human activity, technology and the environment in the Arctic. Following the visit you will have some free time to independently explore Longyearbyen.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. There are several cafes and restaurants in town where you can sample local specialties, such as reindeer.

Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel. Transfer to embark the MS Expedition. Embarkation will begin at 4:00 pm. Please note that you will not be able to embark the ship before this time.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Friday, June 13 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ocean crossings, the seas are normally calm.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet that offers such a wealth of diversity of natural and cultural history sites. During the next nine days you will visit ice covered seas, fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery and glaciers flowing into the sea around you. You will spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears hunting seals. Ivory gulls will be a highlight for the birders, while keeping a constant lookout for walrus hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. Visit, ice permitting, spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots) as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. A little auk colony will also be on your agenda. Your shore stops will be highlighted by tundra flowers. You will have the opportunity to observe and discuss some of their adaptations to what is considered a harsh environment. At one or more stops, you may even see Svalbard's unique species of reindeer. They are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility of seeing arctic foxes. Svalbard is also a land of history; from whaling to reaching for the pole, to trapping, coal mining and war, you will visit some of these historic sites. Cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of specatcular seabird cliffs. You will have opportunities to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna. Since you are in the land of the polar bear, your expedition staff will carry rifles and flare guns on shore for your protection.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Saturday, June 14 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. On board the ship, a team of naturalists, historians and other experts will present an in-depth educational program on Svalbard and the Arctic.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Sunday, June 15 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer. On board the ship, a team of naturalists, historians and other experts will present an in-depth educational program on Svalbard and the Arctic.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Monday, June 16 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Tuesday, June 17 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Wednesday, June 18 - Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Each day will be planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. By not having a set itinerary, we take on an expedition spirit and are free to take advantage of the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Krossfjord, Konigsfjord, Monaco Glacier, Hinlopen Strait, Northeast Land, Edgeoya, Hornsund, and Bellsund are just a few of the places we may visit.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Hotel offers comfortable accommodation just steps away from the airport terminal building. Only 20 minutes from the city centre, the hotel also provides access to top attractions like the National Gallery and the magnificent Akershus Castle. After working or sightseeing, guests can unwind in one of the stylish hotel rooms, which feature vibrant colours and window seats overlooking Gardermoen Airport. The hotel restaurant serves outstanding international cuisine, and visitors can also stop by the bar for a refreshing cocktail.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Property Grn 207 - Brn 359
Terminal Building
Oslo, Norway
phone: +47 67 02 40 00
Room amenities: The Park Inn hotel boasts 300 spacious guest rooms just steps away from Oslo Airport. All accommodation options feature a sleek, simple design with soothing neutral tones accented by splashes of colour. In addition, each room includes a flat-panel TV, individual climate control and Free Wireless High-speed Internet to help guests stay in touch.

Facility amenities: - Directly adjacent to Oslo Airport, this hotel is just a 20-minute train ride from the lovely city centre. - All 300 guest rooms feature bright colours, flat-panel TVs and Free Wireless High-speed Internet. - At the on-site RBG Bar & Grill, guests can indulge in gourmet burgers, signature grilled dishes and homemade local specialities. - Sleek and inviting, the hotel bar is the perfect place to unwind with a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of fine wine. - The hotel’s fully equipped fitness room helps guests refresh and rejuvenate after a long flight or a busy day of sightseeing. - Ideal for special events near Gardermoen Airport, the hotel offers 46 modern meeting rooms, an elegant ballroom and a large pre-function space.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, June 19 - Disembarkation / Depart Longyearbyen / Overnight ...
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: On departure day, the ship will offer transfers to Longyearbyen Airport for all passengers with flights scheduled on that day. We are pleased to offer an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport for those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen at around 4:00-5:00am (depending on airline schedules). All remaining passengers will be required to disembark at the normal disembarkation time of 8:00am. Upon disembarkation, participants will be transferred to the airport or the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town center on your own, and then be transferred to the airport later that day (there are no planned activities other than airport transfers). Transfer times will be confirmed and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Radisson Blu will be available until the time of departure.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Arrive in Oslo. There is no programming scheduled in Oslo. Tonight is a forced overnight due to flight schedules. The hotel is only a three-minute (100 meter), covered walk from the airport terminal. You will need to be able manage your own luggage (carts are available at the airport).

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Eleven: Friday, June 20 - Depart Oslo / Flights arrive to North America
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Make your own way back to the airport terminal (approximately 100 meters from the hotel) in time for your departure flights. We recommend arriving at the terminal 3 hours prior to your international flight. You will need to be able manage your own luggage (carts are available at the airport).

Afternoon: Flights arrive in North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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