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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - M/S ExpeditionScores 9.3 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Christine

Warrington
The whole trip was amazing. The staff were fun, but at the same time professional. We got married during the trip and were really impressed with the amount of effort everyone went to to make our big day very special.
Confirmed traveller: 09 July 2017
Published on: 16 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

Richard

Brighton
This was a great trip. We had hoped to see polar bears and were lucky enough to achieve this on four occasions, but we saw and learnt much more. The arctic sea and landscapes were breathtaking, the wildlife extraordinary. We saw blue whales, fin whales, a minke whale and a very rare bowhead whale; walrus, four types of seal, reindeer, arctic foxes and great views of the birds: fulmar, guillemots, little auk, kittiwake, puffin, skuas, glaucous and ivory gulls, snow bunting. Virtually the full range of artic plants, including the saxifrages, mini willows, compass plant and the flowering Jacobs ladder! We also got a great insight to the history of the area.

We were well looked after by the crew and expedition staff who were all G Adventures staff, with Explore being the booking agent. Safety was taken extremely seriously which was reassuring and though we were concerned beforehand about getting on and off the zodiacs this was simple with the help of the experienced crew. The knack is to follow all instructions to the letter both on and off the ship and in the zodiacs and you can't go wrong.

The expedition staff were knowledgable, passionate very helpful and lectures were extremely informative and relevant but kept light and humorous and my eyes closing on occasion were no reflection on the lectures but due to my own aging body. The tour leader was excellent with great enthusiasm and kept us fully informed of any changes, developments, in the itinerary (which of necessity is fluid) as well of any sightings. His understanding of safety risk assessment was refreshing and in my experience rare. All this with the added pressure of finding polar bears, which is by no means certain due to their nomadic nature, but is expected by the guests.

We paid the extra for a twin cabin with large window which was on floor 4. This was great. It had all you could want but no frills, and was positioned near the reception, the lounge and dining area.


Meals were single sitting but informal with help yourself buffets at breakfast and lunch and occasionally evening meals. You could sit on larger tables of around ten to twelve down to tables for four though there were enough of these to allow you to dine as a couple most of the time should you want to. The food was very good with a wide choice. There was a happy hour every night with a different cocktail at good prices plus local (Spitsbergen) beers. Normal drink prices were less than Scandinavian prices - not bad. Evening entertainment included a resident singer in the pub , quizzes, a couple of films, eand finally a fancy dress (for those so inclined - no pressure) and a conga around the deck on the second last night.

The service crew were friendly, helpful and attentive without over doing it. As for the captain - he managed the first circumnavigation of Spitsbergen of the year, spotted two of the polar bears and could manoeuvre the ship like it was dinghy - astonishing.

Altogether a fantastic way to experience the Arctic. Tips: binoculars a must as some of the wildlife especially bears are spotted from a distance so as to view them acting naturally and not disturbing them; take the recommended layers for the cold weather, I was especially glad of neck and face protection when the wind got up; don't expect to see polar bears all day every day. It is not what the trip is about and a sighting is a bonus. They are difficult to locate but with this trip you stand a good chance, and everyone does their utmost to locate them; do all the zodiac trips and landings as you are likely to only be there once and might easily miss something.
Confirmed traveller: 09 July 2017
Published on: 15 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

Beverley

West Yorkshire
An amazing experience including incredible scenery, wildlife encounters and off the ship explorations twice a day on most days, into the Arctic wilderness. A good balance of activities and excellent leadership from the G Adventures leader and staff.
Ship staff friendly and attentive and excellent meals and lectures on board.
Longyearbyen a good source for holiday supplies!
Waterproof gloves and trousers essential!
Confirmed traveller: 09 July 2017
Published on: 12 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

Rolf

Rio de Janeiro
Highlights: perfect light and a bear with a kill on the ice, chasing away the birds…
Zodiacs in the pack ice…

We were very lucky with wildlife and wheather overall!
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2016
Published on: 13 September 2016
(10 out of 10)

Roger

Dover
What a fantastic trip. Good weather, lots of polar bears and other Arctic animals and birds.
Very difficult to find anything that wasn't well organised, crew excellent, expedition staff very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Safety was paramount on all landings and boat trips.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2016
Published on: 01 September 2016
(10 out of 10)

Elaine

Reading
Brilliant trip that exceeded expectations. It was a very varied itinerary and we enjoyed the mix of wildlife, plants and ice. The team of staff were fantastic - enthusiastic and very knowledgable. I would recommend it to any one.
Confirmed traveller: 11 August 2016
Published on: 21 August 2016
(10 out of 10)

Roger

Cambridge
Very comfortable ship with excellent food. There was no Explore Leader but the G Adventures expedition team were very knowledgeable and the programme was very well organised. The itinerary sometimes had to be changed because of weather conditions or landings cancelled because of presence of polar bears but from our point of view the programme went very smoothly. Wildlife sightings were excellent, highlights being seven polar bears, many walruses and large nesting colonies of seabirds. Although we were late for the peak flowering season, the Botany was fascinating, helped by the presence of an expert in the expedition team. Scenery was stunning, glaciers being of particular note. The natural lighting and Arctic skies were beautiful and added to the scenery.

In summary, this was one of the best trips we have done.

We have just one negative comment. We understood that there would be someone from G Adventures to meet us at the airport and/or at the hotel in Longyearbyen but there was not. This wasn't a great problem but information was misleading and we spent time unnecessarily looking for the representative.
Confirmed traveller: 10 August 2016
Published on: 03 October 2016
(10 out of 10)

Ian

Surbiton
Excellent. Never expected to walk on the polar ice cap - fantastic. Changing planes at Oslo airport is not a trivial task
Confirmed traveller: 10 August 2016
Published on: 20 August 2016
(10 out of 10)

Lesley

Gloucestershire
It was absolutely brilliant - I couldn't fault the ship or the staff. We were incredibly lucky with sightings of polar bears, walrus, seals, reindeer, Artic fox, blue and beluga whales.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

Andrew

Chandlers Ford
Brilliant trip from begining to end. Faultless route planning and expertise provided us with the ultimate in wildlife viewing. Nothng can be guaranteed on this sort of adventure but something magical seemed to happen at least once a day. Five blue whales swimming together, polar bear mother nursing her two young, the sea errupting with numerous walrus, seals resting on the ice, a pod of beluga whales around the ship, glaciers calving icebergs, and luckily for us, multiple polar bears with some swimming, others wandering the beach or rolling in the snow.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 13 July 2016