Explore the Svalbard Archipelago, a paradise of ice and tundra, inhabited by Polar bears, walrus and seabirds.
Sail to 80 degrees north, well beyond the Arctic Circle, around the island of Spitsbergen, where snow-draped mountains rise high above the pack ice. It is the wildlife that makes this expedition so intoxicating: huge 200,000-strong colonies of Little auk thronging the cliffs and shores, kittiwakes next to the cobalt blue glaciers, walrus wallowing in the shallows, Arctic foxes, whales and, of course, one of the ultimate wildlife sightings, the mighty Polar bear, frequently seen hunting in its frosty backyard on ice floes.
What the papers say about the Arctic...
The Sunday Times writes: Wildlife and a Cold Snap in the Arctic (Oct 2011)
The Sun - Travel Section: Arctic Pictures (Sept 2011)
The Guardian writes: Spitsbergen: Photographing polar bears (Jan 2011)
The Daily Mail writes: Arctic: Polar bears and cubs (Aug 2010)
The Independent writes: Arctic Voyage, White Nights (July 2008)
The Sunday Times writes: Polar bears and whales on an Arctic safari (Mar 2008)
What makes this trip responsible?
We take extremely seriously our responsibility to minimise our impact on these pristine areas. Exodus is an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and has agreed to abide by one of the tourism world's most conscientious codes of conduct. Our ship operators in Spitsbergen are also members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which covers operations in Spitsbergen.
However, perhaps the single most important thing any polar travel company can do, is educate their clients to travel sensitively and compassionately. Our expedition team on each ship takes this part of their role very seriously, and looks forward to explaining how everyone can play their part.
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Zodiac and polar bear on sea ice in Spitzbergen