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Realm Of The Polar Bear in Depth - M/V Polar Pioneer

This Spitsbergen odyssey reveals the diversity of this island archipelago and takes us into the kingdom of the polar bear. You'll explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier-covered peaks and discover deep fjords in the west, mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east and best of all, seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeer and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historical remains of whaling stations.

Tour Highlights

  • See the King of the Arctic, the mighty polar bear
  • Visit the bird cliffs of Alkfejellet, where thousands of Brunnich's guillemots swirl around
  • See walruses lounging around and seals on ice floes - great for photographs
  • Take excursions in Zodiacs, to get off the boat and on shore in the Arctic
  • Travel in the company of like-minded passengers on-board a friendly expedition ship


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    Embark at Longyearbyen

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    Ice Cliffs and Wildlife

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    Ice Cliffs and Wildlife

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    Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellt

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    Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellt

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    South Cape

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    South Cape

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    Disembark at Longyearbyen

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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - M/V Polar Pioneer
Why Book this tour
Here are the average costs of drinks, in USD, on board the Polar Pioneer - bear in mind, they may change:
Bottle of wine - from $12
Bottle of beer - from $3
Spirits (gin, whisky, vodka, port, rum) - from $5
Cocktails - from $5.50
Soft drinks (fizzy, fruit juice and water) - from $2.50
There is no internet access on board our ships, however you can pay to send and receive emails (no attachments). On the Polar Pioneer, the prices start from approximately 20 US cents per one kilobyte. Wi-fi access is available for laptops, with an email account set up for US$5, with the same download/sending fees.
A satellite telephone is available for use, and prices start from US$10 for 5 min.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive.

It is better to carry US dollars for tipping and payment of bar bills on board the ship. You can also pay with all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Included meals 10 9 10
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Polar Pioneer
10 nights Comfortable Boat
Tour Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.