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Expedition Cruising with National Geographic Expeditions: Springtime in Svalbard

Melody Vagnini

by , Senior Manager, Public Relations for Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions

When you think about vacationing in the springtime, images of warm sand and tropical island paradise might come to mind, but what about sparkling ice and snow-capped mountains? That’s right, I’m talking about a spring expedition to the Arctic!

Reconnaissance voyage to the high Arctic - March 2018.

Sven Lindblad

Just yesterday, the National Geographic Resolution, the newest polar vessel in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, embarked on a voyage to the Arctic, earlier in the season than ever before! This is right as the stunning archipelago comes to life – the icescapes are illuminated as familiar inhabitants like walruses, seals and polar bears start to make their triumphant return.

And this leads me to my favorite part of this post … the animal photos! Check out some of my favorite shots of the amazing wildlife that call the Arctic home.

Sven Lindblad

There are also some unique activities you can best experience during this season. Conditions permitting, travelers sailing on this expedition will have the chance to walk on frozen sea ice, which is only possible at certain times of the year. And those with a love of photography can take advantage of the “magic hour” lighting and gorgeous colors that last seemingly all day, while also getting tips from a certified National Geographic photographer traveling on the voyage.

National Geographic Resolution Sea Trials September 2021

Ulstein Group

With state-of-the-art technology, the National Geographic Resolution was purposefully designed for polar expeditions such as these and comes well equipped with everything needed for leisurely onboard activities and offshore excursions. Oh, and the polar vessel also features a panoramic rooftop observation deck, which is perfect for those spontaneous wildlife sightings!

All in all, this is one pretty cool trip.

Reconnaissance voyage to the high Arctic March 2018

Sven Lindblad

To learn about the Svalbard in Spring expedition and all the other ways you can explore the Polar Regions with National Geographic Expeditions, visit

Photos courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions