Polar Bear Watch in the Arctic

MS Fram, Hurtigruten offer a new Arctic adventure this summer.

Hurtigruten’s expedition ship MS Fram is offering some exciting new excursions this Summer, including a camping trip in the Spitsbergen wilderness, during which passengers will take turns in an overnight polar bear watch.

Participants in the "A Nansen Night – Camping in the Arctic" will be provided with tents and sleeping bags designed for the polar regions, and will spend the night far away from any sign of civilisation, in this remote area of Arctic Norway. The small excursion group will pitch the camp together and, due to the high risk of polar bears, each participant takes a one-hour shift of polar bear watch together with the expedition team.

The experience is overseen by local experts, with the highest regard for the safety of those participating in the excursion. The ‘Polar Bear Watch’ is designed to add to the customer experience and is operated in addition to the stringent safety measures already in place.

The excursion is bookable locally and costs approx £250 per person (subject to local exchange rates).

The are a limited number of cabins available on the ‘In the realm of the Polar Bear’ itinerary on several departure dates this Summer. The seven night voyage departing on 23 July 2014 costs AUD 8,735 per person, based on two people sharing an outside cabin. The price includes the voyage on full board basis and one night in a hotel in Longyearbyan (including breakfast and lunch) as well as landings and a range of activities.