Sail to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, the best place on the planet to see polar bears—wild and majestic in their native habitat. Over the past 30+ years, our ace spotters have given our guests multiple opportunities to experience close sightings. In addition to the bears, we’ll have the opportunity to see and observe walrus, fascinating creatures and wonderful photo subjects, reindeer, elusive arctic foxes, fur seals, and a glory of birds. The islands of the archipelago are ideal for walking, with some hikes revealing artful, sculptural arrangements of whale bones on pebbled beaches, and the ghostly remains of trapper’s huts.

Highlights


• Search for polar bears and walrus alongside our skilled veteran spotters

• Explore under the midnight sun—and take advantage of spectacular photo ops with tips from a National Geographic photographer

• Sail up to rock-wall rookeries teeming with thousands of birds, see pelagic birds from the ship’s rail when we’re underway, and Zodiac cruise near a cloud of feeding arctic terns

• Actively explore––kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike, and walk

• Even discover the seldom-seen undersea via video shot by an ROV

Arrive in Oslo, the capital city where each year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the presence of the King of Norway. Check in to the Hotel Bristol (or similar). In the afternoon, our introduction to Oslo begins with a stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Next we visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception then th
Depart Oslo on a charter flight, and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum to learn the story of Svalbard and its context in Norway and the Arctic, from 17th-century whaling to modern mining, research and tourism. Then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections as well as studios of local artists. Embark National Geographic Endurance or National Geographic Resolution, your base for the next six days. (B,L,D)
Our travel in the archipelago is truly exploratory by design, and our exact day-to-day movements will remain flexible, depending on local conditions. Our main focus is the search for Svalbard’s amazing wildlife: polar bear, reindeer and walrus. Observe seals and arctic foxes and search for the very symbol of the Arctic—majestic polar bears. Cruise in Svalbard’s fjords, venture to the foot of stunning tidewater glaciers. We take our Zodiacs and kayaks among beautiful icebergs, and experience the geology, wildlife and wildflowers that give color and vitality to the High Arctic. (B,L,D)
Disembark in Longyearbyen, meet up with a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings including an authentic gamme, a traditional round building with an open fire in the center, and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the friendly sled dog huskies that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo and overnight at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. (B,L)
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flights home. (B)
Itineraries are subject to change.

Category 1

$16,040 AUD pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.

Category 2

$16,580 AUD pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.

Category 3

$20,150 AUD pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Category 4

$22,320 AUD pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.

Category 5

$24,570 AUD pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Suite A Solo

$25,130 AUD pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Suite B Solo

$27,850 AUD pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Category 6

$28,450 AUD pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.

Category 7

$31,600 AUD pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

Category 1

$15,740 AUD pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.

Category 2

$16,270 AUD pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.

Category 3

$19,770 AUD pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Category 4

$21,890 AUD pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.

Category 5

$24,090 AUD pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Suite A Solo

$24,640 AUD pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Suite B Solo

$27,330 AUD pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Category 6

$27,920 AUD pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.

Category 7

$31,000 AUD pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

Category 1

$15,440 AUD pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.

Category 2

$15,940 AUD pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.

Category 3

$19,390 AUD pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Category 4

$21,480 AUD pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.

Category 5

$23,630 AUD pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Suite A Solo

$24,170 AUD pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Suite B Solo

$26,790 AUD pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Category 6

$27,390 AUD pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.

Category 7

$30,400 AUD pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

Category 1

$15,440 AUD pp
Category 1
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.

Category 2

$15,940 AUD pp
Category 2
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.

Category 3

$19,390 AUD pp
Category 3
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Category 4

$21,480 AUD pp
Category 4
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.

Category 5

$23,630 AUD pp
Category 5
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.

Suite A Solo

$24,170 AUD pp
Suite A Solo
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Suite B Solo

$26,790 AUD pp
Suite B Solo
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.

Category 6

$27,390 AUD pp
Category 6
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.

Category 7

$30,400 AUD pp
Category 7
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

National Geographic Endurance

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Passenger Capacity: 126

Built: 2020

A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

The luxury of comfort on expedition

National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. 

Comfort & convenience in every room

Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.

Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare. 

Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.

Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.

Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Cabin layout for National Geographic Endurance

Norway's Fjords Pre-Voyage Extension. From (5850.00 AUD)

The rich landscapes of southern Norway, including Sognefjord—the longest and deepest fjord in Norway—are the ideal addition to your adventures. Thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks offer wonderful photo ops. NOTE: On some voyages, this extension runs in a reverse direction (Oslo to Bergen). Please contact an Expedition Specialist for more information.

Iceland's Natural Wonders Post Voyage Extension. From (7070.00 AUD)

Once you've seen the land of ice, it only makes sense to see its compatriot: the land of fire and ice, Iceland. This volcanic isle, near the Arctic Circle, is the home of Europe's oldest body of representative government, the Althing, established by the Vikings. But what makes Iceland truly unforgettable is its geological wonders in the heart of the Icelandic wilderness: towering glaciers and gushing hot springs, boiling mud pools, lava fields and thundering waterfalls.

Special Offers

• COMBINING OFFERS. Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.

• BRINGING THE KIDS. We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.

• BACK-TO-BACK SAVINGS. Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.

• FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED. We will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew on all National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages.

• TRAVELING AS A GROUP. Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Non alcoholic beverages
• Experienced expedition team and leader
• All excursions
• Zodiac and kayak exploration
• Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
• Lectures and presentations on board
• Includes two hotel nights.

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Alcoholic beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Gratuities unless otherwise stated
• Wifi on board
• Any items of a personal nature including laundry
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