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SVALBARD—THE PLACE ON EARTH WHERE WE MOST RELIABLY FIND BEARS!
LAND OF THE ICE BEARS
AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF ARCTIC SVALBARD
onboard the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER

JUNE 9-19, 2019

DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
The Arctic is all about radical simplicity—elemental rock sculpted by millennial forces, the carpeting tundra, the impassive massiveness of tidewater glaciers, and lordly bears stalking the lace-like vastness of the pack ice. Timeless and essential, wild and beautiful, the Arctic is mythic— providing the thrill of pure discovery in pure wildness.

Land off the Ice Bears Map

Our voyage aboard the 81-cabin National Geographic Explorer delivers the best of the Arctic—featuring the ‘capital’ of Arctic nature: Svalbard. Svalbard is one of the few places on Earth where the polar bear can be reliably found in its natural environment. And spotting a polar bear in the wild, a life-list must for many, is a chance to experience the Arctic on a visceral level.

With years of Arctic exploration, Explorer’s ace spotters have honed their skills; they know how to find isbjorn, the ice bear. And the captain knows how to approach the animals—respectfully—for optimal sightings. They have learned their behavior, understand how they tend to move in the pack ice, and consequently, know where to find them—to deliver the thrill for you.

Clearly, finding and observing polar bears in their wild Artic Bear
habitat is the pinnacle experience of exploring the Arctic, but this voyage offers so many other utterly fascinating things—a waterfall gushing from a great glacier terminus, throngs of seabirds, blankets of wildflowers, iconic reindeer and walrus, and the chance of spotting several species of whales.

You’ll travel there in safety and comfort aboard an ice-strengthened expedition ship along with the best ice team in the world. With a range of innovative tools for exploring, including a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, Explorer is the perfect mobile platform for discovering all the fascinating aspects of the Arctic. An onboard team of expert naturalists, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor all help you explore and capture every facet of your journey.

Join us and experience the joy of observing a beautiful animal secure in its native habitat, and of the elegiac ache at the prospect of what looms, given melting ice. To reserve your space on the Land of the Ice Bears voyage, please return the reservation form or call 800-252-4910.

Sincerely,

Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS and Sigma Xi Expeditions
www.betchartexpeditions.com

NOTE: On this voyage, your bar tab and tips to the crew will be included.

Starting From $10,740 plus air.

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