National Geographic Explorer: Spitsbergen
The newly renovated National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class polar expedition vessel accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins, all with private facilities, climate controls, and windows or portholes. It is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing comfort. It has been freshly redesigned to provide travelers with the most innovative tools for exploring the undersea, the polar regions and key destinations around the globe. The ship houses technology for sea exploration, such as Zodiacs, kayaks, hydro-phones, underwater HD cameras and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Public areas include two restaurants, a lounge and bar, library, observation lounge, spa, fitness center, and sauna. A mud room with lockers provides storage for guests’ expedition gear. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.
2013/2014 Itinerary, Dates & Fees
Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard ItineraryCombine the glaciers and wild polar bears of Svalbard with the fjords and green summer-scape of coastal Norway. Our seasoned captain and expedition staff will bring you far north, to an expansive wilderness region of towering glaciers, deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. They have been exploring this region for years, even decades, and take us to the “lesser-traveled” and back safely.
- May 24-June 9, 2014 ($13,820-$25,320)
Land of the Ice Bears: An In Depth Exploration of Arctic SvalbardTravel under the midnight sun aboard our comfortable, ice-strengthened ships as we
travel through a land of deep fjords, snow-capped mountains, and massive ice sheets to encounter the king of the Arctic — polar bears. Our long experience in this region along with a flexible and unhurried itinerary allows us to maximize sightings.
- June 6-16, 2014 ($8,990-$16,630)
- June 13-23, 2014 ($8,990-$16,630)
- June 20-30, 2014 ($8,990-$16,630)
Circumnavigation of IcelandIceland’s geology in all its manifestations––glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty––is world-class. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and bird-life––seeing it all in one 360º expedition is irresistible.
Svalbard, Iceland, & Greenland's East Coast
See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as we explore the Svalbard archipelago, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra. Go from the TV series depiction of Vikings to a real sense of their heroism. We’ll follow in the wake of these, and other fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland––in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast––and visit Greenland's fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against edenic backdrops.
- Jun 27-Jul 13, 2014 ($13,820-$25,230)