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Always fancied yourself as a bit of an explorer? Ever wondered what it's like to set foot on one of the Earth's polar regions? Well now it could be possible, as we're giving away an Arctic expedition with One Ocean Expeditions...
Enter this competition and you could win a cruise for two to Svalbard and the Spitsbergen archipelago for up to 13 days. There you can meet the wildlife and birdlife of the Arctic, get familiar with glaciers and explore the northernmost inhabited lands in the world.
Beginning in Longyearbyen, the main community in the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen, your cruise will set off to sail the Greenland Sea on a voyage of polar exploration on one of two routes:
Off the Beaten Track
A 9-night voyage which sets sail out of Isfjorden to turn south, before heading west and around to the northwest coast of Spitsbergen. You will explore a beluga whale graveyard at Bamsebu and photograph industrial exploration history near to Recherche Fjord. Sailing north along the west coast of Spitsbergen, you'll reach Krossfjorden, home to bird colonies and seals, and visit the town of Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly community. They voyage continues to Phippsoya, where, at 81° North, you'll have our a chance to see polar bears in the wild. Heading south, you'll stop off at Monaco Glacier and Liefdefjorden, and at Prins Karls Forland you'll look out for a walrus haul out before arriving back into Longyearbyen. During your exploration of the Svalbard archipelago, additional options for full-day sea-kayaking, extended hiking and expedition photography make this voyage an exciting and active foray into the Arctic. See the full itinerary here >
This 12-night itinerary allows for a thorough exploration of the Spitsbergen archipelago: first heading south, then northwest and then along the northern coastline of the main island of Spitsbergen. Ice conditions permitting, you'll cruise deep into the Hinlopen Strait. As you explore the waterways of Svalbard, you'll enjoy frequent stops at well known wildlife sites, places of historic interest and witness glaciers, ice filled bays, and fascinating plant life – all the while soaking up the surrounding stunning beauty. This area is full of wildlife including seals, walrus, birds – and the iconic polar bear. As you return south to the main island group you'll encounter a great diversity of wildlife including beluga whales, walrus, reindeer, Arctic fox and copious birdlife. See the full itinerary here >
Photos of the One Ocean Svalbard expeditions:
How to enter
To be in for a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime cruise for two around the Arctic, head to the Rough Guides Community and answer the question in this post: In which Polar region does the Arctic sit: north or south? Click here to submit your answer through the Community >
The competition is open to entrants 18 or over from the UK, USA (excluding New York State and Florida) and Republic of Ireland. Flights are not included. The cruise must be taken on dates specified in the terms and conditions. See the full terms and conditions here >This competition is provided by One Ocean Expeditions who run Antarctic and Arctic cruises throughout the year. They are committed to running an operation that is a model to the world in terms of ecological sensitivity, and they are steadfastly committed to minimizing our impact on the areas they visit.