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Svalbard, Arctic Circle / Kingdom of the polar bear

The Pioneer

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In the icy wilderness of the Svalbard archipelago it’s the polar bears who rule the land.

This intrepid expedition will allow you exclusive access to their Arctic homeland as you journey deep into the realms of the Barents Sea. This place is invitation only and you are the only ones on the list, it’s just you and the bears (and our expert guides to keep you safe).

Explore this wildest of environments with elite expedition leader Dr Raj Joshi and a world-class photographer, who will be there to capture some of the most stunning moments of your life. You will go on daily adventures, heading out into the snow early each morning to maximize your chances of spotting the region’s animals. Race over the virgin ice on snowmobiles and feel the surge of adrenaline as you spot an Arctic fox or a native seal, and enjoy the grace and quietness of a herd of wild reindeer.

Gather your expedition team and prepare for the most exhilarating week of your life. This ethereal wonderland is the stuff of dreams, and we have your exclusive golden tickets.

<p>Please note due to the extraordinary nature of this trip, we can accommodate up to three guests, alongside Raj Joshi and a professional photographer. Four people can be accommodated if travelling without the photographer.</p>
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Nights 7
Destinations 2
Flights 2

Svalbard, Arctic Circle /Itinerary

Kingdom of the polar bear


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On arrival in Longyearbyen you will meet your elite expedition leader Dr Raj Joshi and his team. This is the administrative capital of Svalbard, and home to about two thousand people – mostly nature enthusiasts lured from across the world by the area’s spectacular wildlife. You will arrive in the early afternoon, ensuring you have plenty of time to become familiar with the equipment. There will also be a safety briefing, preparing you for your time here – learn to operate your snowmobile and get to grips with the clothing and specialised kit provided.

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Settle in for the night at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen. Flanked by snowy mountains, the hotel overlooks Longyearbyen, and the Lars and Longyear glaciers. Inside there are cosy log fires and deep armchairs – this is your last taste of luxury before your voyage into the extremes. Restaurant Nansen serves delicious meals with an Arctic twist, overlooking an unparalleled view of the beautiful Hjortfjellet mountain.

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Rise early to maximise your chances of seeing wildlife. You will spend your days traversing the snowy landscapes under Dr Raj’s expert guidance on your own snowmobile. Watch out for and observe polar bears, as well as Arctic foxes, seals and reindeer (to name but a few) in their incredible habitat. In the areas near the coast, the birdlife is abundant. You will be staying in rustic mining huts, or camping out in specialist tents, eating the simple food of explorers and hearing inspiring tales of adventure and exploration.

Day /8

Return to the Radisson Blu Spitsbergen for your last night, taking time to look over your professional photographs. Private transfer back to Longyearbyen for your return flight back to London.

Your expert guide / Dr Raj Joshi

Raj has operated in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable – from mountain, desert, polar and jungle environments, right through to war zones. Raj is one of a select few to have successfully climbed, unguided, the highest mountain on every continent in the world. In addition to his role as Expedition Leader, Raj is also qualified as a medical doctor and a personal trainer.

Raj was asked to lead the celebrity BBC Comic Relief climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and was Expedition Leader for David Beckham and three of his friends through the Amazon Jungle for another BBC documentary.

Raj uses his consummate experience in remote and hostile regions to help others achieve, safely guiding and inspiring those under his charge to fulfill their dreams and ambitions, so you will be in the very safest of hands.

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