An 8-Day G Adventures tour starting from $3,599
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From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of nonstop highlights. Always on the lookout for wildlife you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and by Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a couple months of the year.
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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Arrival Transfer: If you are arriving into Longyearbyen on Flight SK4414@ 13:55 on day 1: a complimentary transfer will be provided to the meeting point. You must notify your booking agent about your arrival flight details into Longyearbyen. Please note: While it is our intention of adhere to the route described above , there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day of your tour, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview. As a member of Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) we are dedicated to manage respectable, environmentally-friendly and safe expeditions in the Arctic. We therefore fully support and conduct our operations within the philosophy and regulations of the Governor of Svalbard. There is no single animal in Svalbard of more interest than the polar bear. With that in mind Norwegian legislation strictly limits permissible conduct in bear country. Article 30 of the "Svalbard Environmental Protection Act" states that it is prohibited to entice, feed, chase or otherwise actively make contact with a polar bear that may disturb it and / or cause danger for humans or the bear. At all times, the Captain, officers and crew of the M/S Expedition will operate in such a way as not to violate this trust between Governor Svalbard and the tourism industry. As the Governor states: “We realize it is not possible to be an invisible tourist, but we appreciate your trying”.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
What to Take
Most airlines allow one checked bag and two carry-on per person. To avoid any problems on check-in and with possible excess baggage charges, please consult the airline for specific restrictions. Dress on board is informal. Plan to bring comfortable, casual clothing for all activities. Bring wind and waterproof outer layers. Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers, like polar fleece, retain heat better than cotton. When packing, we suggest that you do not weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire that can be worn in layers. The most important item that you will need to bring on your voyage is a parka. Weather conditions during the period, July to August · Average temperature approx. 5ºC · Daylight around the clock · Cold wind is usual · Snow-covered areas at North and east Spitsbergen · The ground is often wet because of melting snow
GENERAL EXPEDITION CHECKLIST ACCESSORIES: Binoculars Camera and Accessories - Memory card - Extra battery - Something to protect your camera from water Plug adaptor - Onboard is 220AC electrical outlets with European 2 pin round holes as well as 110 volt shaving sockets for electric razors only Sunglasses Sunblock At sea distractions - Personal entertainment - Laptop computer - Books/games/movie Water bottle PERSONAL ITEMS: Personal toiletries Personal medication, vitamins If you are prone to seasickness please consult your doc and bring medication - Homeopathic and natural options DOCUMENTATION: Money (cash/travelers checks) Credit Card Visas Passport Airline tickets Travel insurance documents Trip details information ONBOARD CLOTHING: Comfortable and informal clothing onboard Non-slip footwear for wet decks BOOTS FOR ZODIAC LANDINGS: Complementary used waterproof boots will be supplied for the following sized: - Men’s USA size 8-14 - Women’s USA size 3-9 Guest must bring their own if they are: - Men’s USA size 7 or smaller - Men’s USA size 15 or larger - Women’s USA size 2 or smaller - Women’s USA size 10 of larger Rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knees (12-16” high or 30-41cm) with a strong, ridged non-skid sole are essential for wet landings via Zodiac. You usually have to step from the Zodiac into water, which can be up to 1 ft or 30 cm high on most landings. Do not bring heavy, cumbersome boots that make it difficult to walk. Do not bring boots with metal cleats as they cannot be used for the landings. Try out your boots before your voyage. TRIP SPECIFIC CHECKLIST OUTDOOR CLOTHING: The goal is to dress for many different temperatures and weather conditions. We recommend bringing clothing in layers as the weather can vary between warm and sunny to very cold and snowing. Waterproof parka Waterproof pants Warm hat Gloves Scarf Warm socks to be worn inside wellington boots Fleece Long underwear OPTIONAL CLOTHING: Ski goggle for wet Zodiac rides Walking poles
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
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Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. It is an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your expedition. The industry standard and suggested amount is USD $10 - 15 per person per day spent on board. Of course, tipping is a personal choice and the suggested amount is set only as a guideline. The money is collected by the Hotel Manager at the end of the voyage and distributed amongst the crew and Expedition Staff.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We require all passengers traveling on any one of our expeditions to review our medical questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/online_medical_form. Passengers with preexisting medical conditions are required to submit a medical form signed by a physician. It is very important that we are advised of any special meal requirements, food allergies, or prescribed medication when you confirm your tour. The ship is equipped with a small infirmary with typically required medications and limited equipment. The ship's doctor is available for visits during the day and is available 24 hours per day for emergencies. In case of an emergency, please bring with you a signed and dated letter from your physician (to be given our doctor on board, as well as for any medical authorities in case of an emergency) stating any health problems and dosage requirements. International health regulations do not currently require any inoculations for the countries that you will visit on our voyages to the Antarctic. We suggest that you confer with your own physician to be sure your routine immunizations, such as tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A, are up-to-date before traveling. Older travelers, in particular, may wish to consider preventive measures against influenza and pneumonia.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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