Svalbard and Beyond: An Arctic Expedition Toward the North Pole

Watch for arctic wildlife as you explore the Svalbard archipelago on expert-led hikes and zodiac excursions and venture towards the North Pole on a polar expedition.
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Program No. 23411RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

When the Norse first cast their gaze upon Svalbard, their eyes were drawn toward the sky as glaciers and fjords rose out of the ocean. See and learn about the untouched wilderness of Svalbard as the early Norse discoverers did on expert-led hikes and Zodiac rides through the polar waters. Beginning in Oslo, fly to Svalbard’s capital city, Longyearbyen, and set out for the ultimate expedition towards the North Pole aboard an ice-class expedition ship. Weave through western Svalbard’s vast fjords and keep your eyes peeled for polar bears, seals, walruses and whales while breaking through the Arctic sea ice.
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Walking approximately 2 miles daily on uneven and hilly terrain, snowy and icy conditions. Transfers between ship and shore by Zodiac inflatable boat.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Set out on expert-led nature hikes and Zodiac rides before navigating through the Arctic sea ice toward the North Pole.
  • Enjoy three additional pre-nights in Oslo to explore and prepare for your Arctic learning adventure.
  • Explore the natural history and industrial heritage of Svalbard's fjords, sounds and valleys.
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John Haywood
Born and raised in the north of England, Dr. John Haywood studied medieval history at Lancaster University, Cambridge University and the University of Copenhagen. An author of over 20 books, Dr. Haywood has written on a wide range of historical topics; his main interests are the Vikings, the Celts and the mapping of history. Dr. Haywood formerly taught medieval history at Lancaster University, but has been a full-time writer and editor since 2002.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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