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TRA 145 Polar Bears of Arctic Norway

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Svalbard Archipelago is a cluster of arctic islands roughly 600 kilometers north of Norway that offer the best polar bear viewing in the world. Add to that tusk-wielding walruses, blubbery bearded seals, riotous cliffs teeming with seabirds, and jagged snowy mountain peaks and you have one of the most outstanding polar destinations on the planet. Join us on this tour as we thoroughly search this arctic paradise, savoring the glacier-scoured mountain landscapes, the picturesque patterns of the pack ice, and the rich array of arctic wildlife, which we will view from the deck of our ship, from rubber zodiacs, and from the shore. The archipelago is home to over 2000 polar bears, 800 Atlantic walruses, thousands of bearded seals and caribou, hundreds of arctic foxes, and several million nesting seabirds including massive colonies of dovekies, thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, black guillemots and ivory gulls. The rise in global temperatures is currently greatest in the polar regions and these areas are predicted to be greatly altered in the foreseeable future. Now is the time to see the Arctic and if you can only visit one location, Svalbard is the place to go.

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