Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Realm of the Polar Bear

During this 8- or 11-day Realm of the Polar Bear cruise, experience an Arctic expedition to the remote island of Spitsbergen and into the land of the polar bear. High in the Arctic, Spitsbergen is an island within the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago that is ensnared in ice during much of the year. However, as summer approaches, the ice gives way to scenic fjords and stunning scenery frequented by the world’s largest land carnivore: the polar bear. 

Birders and nature enthusiasts will enjoy endless hours of wildlife spotting opportunities, while history buffs will be intrigued by the numerous research bases and the history of the island’s capital, Longyearbyen. Photographers can put their skills to the test by participating in the new Citizen Science Program, an interactive information gathering initiative aimed at better understanding Arctic wildlife. With a little guidance beforehand, learn which angles and types of wildlife the program is looking for during your voyage, and you can make a meaningful contribution to science.

The ice-strengthened, 134-guest Expedition small ship is ideally suited for cruising this icy wilderness. Her expert staff are on hand at all times to ensure guests fully appreciate the majesty of the Arctic. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other—more like a private expedition than a traditional small ship cruise. 

Cruises above the Arctic Circle are pure expeditions, where weather and wildlife dictate the route for the coming day. With the possibility of circumnavigating Spitsbergen and reaching 80 degrees north latitude (on 11-day departures), you’ll experience parts of the world seen by only a select group of people.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.