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Land of the Polar Bears 11D/10N

Norway, Oslo
INR 6,50,942.60
Holiday Overview

National Geographic Expeditions- A high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snow-capped mountains, massive sheets of ice, and magnificent polar bears. Travel under the midnight sun aboard the National Geographic Explorer and experience nature in its purest form.

Nat Geo Explorer / Guide- Sisse Brimberg has produced more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. Her work ranges from documenting the life of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen to her latest National Geographic project chronicling the Viking culture. Brimberg won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year“ from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Born in Denmark, Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, DC (The Newseum).

START POINT OSLO
END POINT OSLO
TRIP GRADE MODERATE
Holiday Highlights
  • Search for the very symbol of the Arctic—the polar bear—and observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Take naturalist-led shore walks, and cruise among beautiful passing icebergs in a Zodiac or a kayak.
  • Experience the legendary midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer, when the sun never sets.
  • Watch for huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, and reindeer.
Getting There
By Air

Oslo is served by three airports: Oslo Airport (Gardermoen), Sandefjord Airport (Torp) and Moss Airport (Rygge). Oslo Airport is the largest of the three and is the main international gateway to Norway.

By Rail

Oslo Central Station (Oslo Sentralstasjon/Oslo S, T-bane Jernbanetorget) is at the eastern fringe of the city centre, by the end of the main pedestrian street Karl Johans gate. Oslo S is at the centre of Norway's railway, all lines (including the airport express train) terminate at Oslo S, making Oslo S the supreme gateway to Oslo. The major express buses go to the bus station next door to the train station.

By Road

Oslo is well served by bus from most of Europe. The biggest operators of international buses are the Swedish company Swebusn and the Norwegian company Nettbuss. Both run inexpensive services to and from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Copenhagen several times a day.


Day 1
Depart to Oslo

Today catch an overnight flight to Oslo.

Meals - No Meals
Day 2
Arrival at Oslo

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Check into your hotel. Later in the afternoon take a tour of this charming city, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parklands. Visit the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to one of the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Evening is free to explore Oslo on your own from the your hotel. Overnight stay at Oslo.

Meals - Lunch & Dinner
Day 3
Oslo - Longyearbyen

Depart Oslo on a private charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. Embark the National Geographic Explorer, your base for the next six days.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4
Exploring Svalbard

Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle, where the summer midnight sun never sets. This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery, and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears, we let nature guide our course. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship, we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife; our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible, depending on local ice and weather conditions. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers that flourish during the summer months.

With our National Geographic photographer and a seasoned naturalist staff, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers, kayak among sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the rugged coastlines. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra; and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5
Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, by using zodiacs and kayaks that take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6
Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, by using zodiacs and kayaks that take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7
Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, by using zodiacs and kayaks that take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8
Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, by using zodiacs and kayaks that take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9
Exploring Svalbard

Explore Svalbard, by using zodiacs and kayaks that take us closer to experience the region's geologic features and wildlife and wildflowers.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10
Longyearbyen - Oslo

In Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard, disembark and enjoy time to explore. Founded by an American coal executive in 1906, this is one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth. Fly back to Oslo this afternoon.

Meals - Breakfast & Lunch
Day 11
Depart Oslo

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for the return flight back to home.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Departure Schedule Group Departure Group Arrival
Group 1 01/06/2017 31/12/2018
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Prices
Season Price Category Adult
(twin sharing)
Ex. Adult Child w. Bed Child w/o Bed Single
Summer Season Standard On Req. On Req. On Req. On Req. On Req.
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Accommodation Options
Destination Standard
Oslo
  • Thon Hotel Bristol
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on Arrival, Welcome drink on Arrival at Hotel.
  • Hotel Accommodation in well appointed rooms on Twin Sharing basis.
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast.
  • Transfers & Sightseeing on SIC basis
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancelations received upto 30 days prior to arrival will be fully refundable
  • Cancelation received between 30 days and 15days will be subjected to 10% of tour cost
  • Between 15 - 10 days of departure: 35% of tour cost will be deducted.
  • Less than 10 days or No Show will be subjected to 100% amount.
  • Any Cancelation which is result of Natural or Political problem will be refundable, subjected to local suppliers approval.
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid up to 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
  • Holidaymine and its suppliers will assist you to the best of their ability with any Query, clarification, changes or customizations – prior to conforming the booking. Your confirmation of this package and included hotels indicate that you have read and understood the following
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  • Holiday Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions
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  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.
Areas Covered

Oslo - Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord, and is known for its citywide green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdoy peninsula, including the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Vikingskipshuset, with ships from the 10th century, and the Norsk Folkemuseum, with artifacts from Sami and Viking cultures.

Longyearbyen - It is the largest populated area on the territory of Svalbard, located in the high Norwegian Arctic. The settlement is popular as the most easily accessed frontier in the Arctic, and is an ideal base for the greater exploration of Svalbard.

Svalbard - It is a group of islands located between the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Greenland Sea, and the Norwegian Sea. The islands are directly North of (and since 1920 an integrated part of) Norway.

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