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POLAR BEAR QUEST

A Voyage Through Svalbard

Aboard the Clipper Adventurer July 5 ­ 18, 2011

DEAR CONSERVANCY TRAVELER

Our voyage from Norway to the remote shores of the Svalbard Archipelago is a revelation of scenic beauty and wild wonders. Aboard the superb 110-passenger Clipper Adventurer, cruise through majestic ords and bays fi lled with glittering icebergs, as we search for the prolific wildlife found in and around these waters and visit the cultural landmarks of the Vikings and modern-day explorers who expanded the northern fringes of the known world. Our adventure begins in Tromsøe, "Gateway to the Arctic," and continues to North Cape where we have the chance to stand on the northernmost tip of the European continent. Heading north, we visit the former whaling station of Bear Island, now home to thousands of breeding seabirds and wildflower speckled tundra. e centerpiece of this voyage is our time in the Svalbard Archipelago. Here we witness a vast geological spectacle of soaring mountains and immense glaciers. A photographer's paradise unfolds before us: black basaltic islands rise from shimmering waters punctuated with gleaming ice sculptures, and lush tundra blazes with purple saxifrage and moss campion. Within this dramatic landscape resides a wealth of wildlife: seals, walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, and our ultimate goal--polar bears. e area is also home to hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, murres, dovekies, puffi ns, and rare ivory gulls. We take full advantage of the long daylight hours and embark on numerous Zodiac excursions to view the profuse wildlife up close. I hope you will join us, and our team of renowned lecturers, as we explore the majesty of Svalbard and discover its scenic and wild treasures. Kind regards,

Rudy Dietz Field Trip Program Manager e Nature Conservancy

BEAR ISLAND

SVA LBA RD A R C HIP EL A G O

ARCTIC OCEAN

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NORDAUSTLANDET

Hinlopen Strait

SPITSBERGEN

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EDGEØYA ISLAND

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Skarsvaag / North Cape

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY | 14 DAYS

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Depart USA

Depart this evening on your independent flight to Oslo.

Wednesday, July 6 Oslo, Norway

and the starting point for Arctic expeditions. is evening embark the Clipper Adventurer for our fi rst dinner and overnight as we sail northward.

Friday, July 8 Skarsvaag / North Cape

Arrive in Oslo this afternoon and walk to our airport hotel. Lunch is on your own and the day is at leisure to explore this charming capital. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Thursday, July 7 Oslo / Tromsøe / Embark Clipper Adventurer

is morning depart on your independent flight to Tromsøe, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" and enjoy a tour of this charming university city that has also been the launching point for many polar expeditions. A cable-car ride up the 1,800-foot Mount Storsteinen affords fabulous views. We visit the unique Arctic Cathedral, built in 1965 and famous for its dazzling wall of blue and gold stained glass--one of the largest stained glass windows in Europe. Its pendulous chandeliers represent hanging ice formations. We also visit the Polar Museum where exhibits offer a look at the city's history as a center for Arctic hunting

is morning we go ashore in Skarsvaag and drive up to the 1,000-foot-high plateau that rises from the Barents Sea. e community of North Cape (Nordkapp) is commonly referred to as the northernmost point of the European continent. English explorer, Richard Chancellor, sailed past the cape in 1553 while searching for a northeast passage. Here an impressive edge-of-the-world Visitors Center features historical exhibits and a film about the region.

Saturday, July 9 Bear Island (Bjørnøya)

For nearly three centuries, Bear Island-- which sits halfway between North Cape and Svalbard--was the home of a major Barents Sea whaling station. Today, thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, murres, dovekies, and multiple varieties of gulls make their home on the jagged cliffs and rocky pinnacles that rise vertically from the sea--often enshrouded in a mystical fog. We cruise by Zodiac along the

© Shirley Metz

BEAR ISLAND

NORTH CAPE

© John Buchanan

© John Buchanan

© Peter Zika

© Al Narath

LIEFDEFJORDEN

eroded cliffs and make a landing for a tundra walk among seasonal Arctic wildflowers and to search for Arctic fox.

Sunday ­ Saturday, July 10 ­ 16 Svalbard Archipelago

e next seven days are spent exploring the rugged coastline, spectacular narrow ords, and off shore islands of the Svalbard Archipelago. e nature of polar expeditions requires flexibility regarding the daily schedule of activities. If the weather and ice conditions are in our favor, we may offer landings before breakfast, or even after dinner. Our primary goal is to locate wildlife, which is found here in abundance during the short summer season. Many varieties of seabirds nest in great profusion along the steep cliff s surrounding the islands. In addition to walrus haul-outs, bearded, ringed, and harp seals can be seen basking on ice floes. roughout our time in Svalbard we keep a watch for polar bears. ough the expeditionary nature of our voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops, we plan to visit the following places:

Hornsund

mountain peaks and rolling tundra which bursts into bloom during the summer. e Polish research station, established here in 1957, is a base for international research and exploration. Numerous seabirds soar overhead and Arctic foxes and groups of reindeer are often spotted in the vicinity.

Danskøya Island

is island was a whaling station in the 17th century, but is better known for its important role in several unsuccessful attempts to reach the North Pole by balloon. Solomon Andree, the Swedish balloonist, departed from here with two companions in 1897 in an attempt to fly over the North Pole and was never seen alive again. In 1907, and again in 1909, American explorer Walter Wellman flew north from the island in the airship America. Both fl ights had to be abandoned due to mechanical failure. Remains of both of these expeditions can still be found on the island.

Amsterdamøya Island

Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. Its southernmost ord, Hornsund, is back-dropped by soaring

is historic island was the site of a Dutch and Danish whaling station founded in 1617. Today, few visible signs exist of the settlement of Smeerenburg, although the careful observer can find remnants of the station's ovens and a burial ground for those who perished here.

BEARDED SEAL

ARCTIC FOX

© Ted Kenefick

DOVEKIE

© Peter Harrison

© Peter Harrison

SVALBARD

NORTHERN FULMAR

© Peter Harrison

Liefdefjorden

In this dramatically scenic ord, rugged mountains rise from the permanent ice cap and the Monaco Glacier spills into the sea at the deepest part of the waterway, a favored feeding ground for thousands of kittiwakes. Whales and seals are also common sights.

Lågøya Island

population of predators, including the mighty polar bear.

Bellsund

Zodiacs bring us to Lågøya where we search for the elusive polar bear which has been spotted hunting here in the past.

Hinlopen Strait

e name Bellsund is derived from the bell-shaped mountain near the entrance to this ord. Here we can see the dramatic faults and folds created when the Eurasian continental plate collided with the Greenland plate 50-60 million years ago. Large breeding colonies of kittiwakes and thick-billed murres crowd the shelves and outcroppings of this rugged landscape.

Sunday, July 17 Longyearbyen / Disembark Clipper Adventurer / Oslo

Rounding the northern tip of Spitsbergen, conditions permitting, we enter the 90-milelong Hinlopen Strait which divides Spitsbergen from ice-clad Nordaustlandet. Glaciers, chiseled ords, and icebergs hallmark this desolate and exquisitely beautiful region. Here we board Zodiacs to watch for and photograph bearded, harp, and ringed seals; occasionally, lone polar bears are spotted here; and thousands of thick-billed murres nest on spectacular basalt pillars.

Edgeøya Island

is morning we disembark in Longyearbyen and explore this former Arctic mining town and capital of Svalbard. e brightly colored buildings are quite photogenic and house a variety of small shops and restaurants. In the afternoon board your flight to Oslo and walk to our airport hotel for dinner and overnight.

Monday, July 18 Oslo / USA

Edgeøya is the third largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago and home to large herds of reindeer, which in turn supports a healthy

Depart on your independent flight to the USA, arriving the same day.

SVALBARD

© Shirley Metz

SVALBARD

EXPEDITION LEADERS

Our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps. Experts from additional fields of study will join the team below. Russell Evans (Expedition Leader) ­ Russ is a 6th-generation Falkland Islander who grew up working on farms on Pebble and Saunders Islands. In the mid 1990s, Russ left farming to pursue his interest in the sea and small boats and went to work crewing and skippering commercial boats. His passion for the sea and interests in wildlife, photography, and travel have led Russ to a career in expedition travel, which has taken him from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Mats Forsberg ­ Born in Sweden, Mats is a naturalist, nature photographer, and explorer. He began his carrier in expedition travel in 1982 and since then he has worked all over the world, on all the seven seas, and in the Polar regions. is includes 16 seasons in the Svalbard Archipelago and many trips to Greenland, the Canadian and Russian Arctic, and the Antarctic. Currently living in Tromsøe, Norway, Mats is devoted to preserving the natural wonders of the Arctic and its natural beauty and has been involved in several successful conservation projects both on the Norwegian mainland and on Svalbard. Brent Stephenson ­ Born in New Zealand, Brent has been an avid birder since childhood. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. In 2003, along with Sav Saville, co-owner of their bird-guiding business, he rediscovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird known previously from only three museum specimens collected during the 1800s. With support from National Geographic, he has been leading a team conducting further research on this enigmatic seabird. His passion for travel, birds, and the ocean has led him to many corners of the world working on small expedition cruise ships. Peter Zika ­ Peter is a field biologist from Seattle, involved in investigating and describing new species of plants from western North America. His interests in ecology have led him across the tropics and into polar regions for the last 20 years. In addition to teaching wetland plant identification, he serves as a ship's naturalist on all oceans and continents. Peter has published more than 90 scientific notes, articles, and books, as well as occasional photographs, cards, and reviews in the popular press.

WHAT TO EXPECT

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore (staff and crew members will be on hand to assist). Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances over rough terrain, including rocky uneven beaches, and occasionally across ice and snow. Accommodations aboard our ship will be very comfortable and spacious. Temperatures throughout will range from lows in the 40s to the high 50s °F. Please note that temperatures on the water may feel cooler. Waterproof boots with good tread are essential. We will mail a complete list of recommended clothing, expedition essentials, and a suggested reading list to you approximately five months prior to departure. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities this expedition offers if they travel with a spirit of adventure.

© John Buchanan

CLIPPER ADVENTURER

Zodiac Boarding Room

Zodiac Boarding Room

A-DECK

CATEGORY

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5

CATEGORY 1 CATEGORY 5

MAIN DECK

RATE

$8,980 6 CATEGORY $9,480 $10,280 $10,780 $11,780

CATEGORY 2

PROMENADE DECK

CATEGORY

CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 4

BOAT DECK

RATE

Category 6 $12,480 SUITE OWNER'S SUITE Suite Owner's Suite Single/Cat 2 Single/Cat 4 $14,980 $15,980 $14,980 $16,480

Limited singles available at the quoted single rate above. Additional singles may be available at 1.7 times the share rate (suites not applicable). Included: Accommodations in our hotels and on board Clipper Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; group transfers; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance;* all gratuities. Not Included: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/ cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature

such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges. Air Fare: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Zegrahm Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize your flight plans. As of September 2010, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is $1,895 for New York/ Oslo/Tromsø ­ Longyearbyen/Oslo/New York. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed. All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.

*Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. e Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states.

© Shirley Metz

POLAR BEAR QUEST

A Voyage Through Svalbard

Aboard the Clipper Adventurer July 5 ­ 18, 2011

CLIPPER ADVENTURER

The Nature Conservancy

821 SE 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 tel: (503) 802-8123 · fax: (503) 802-8199 e-mail: [email protected] web site: www.nature.org/travel

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e 110-passenger Clipper Adventurer is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-hardened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. e vessel is outfitted with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft permits us to land anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. Each cabin has an ocean view, individually controlled heat/air conditioning, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom. Facilities on board the Clipper Adventurer include a dining room, lounge, library, massage room, gift shop, infirmary staffed by a registered physician, laundry, and small gym. e Clipper Adventurer is classified A-1 ice class for unrestricted passenger service by the Lloyd's Register. She carries a Passenger Ship Safety Certificate issued under the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). e Clipper Adventurer has a crew comprising international deck and engine officers, American hotel management, international cruise staff, and Filipino support staff. Ship registry: Bahamas.

PAID

Cover: Polar bear © Shirley Metz; Svalbard Zodiac cruise © Peter Zika

© Sergey Frolov

RESERVATION FORM

POLAR BEAR QUEST A VOYAGE THROUGH SVALBARD

July 5 ­ 18, 2011

Name #1 (as it appears on passport)

(preferred name)

Name #2 (as it appears on passport)

(preferred name)

Address City Phone (Home) E-mail State ZIP

(Office)

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Cabin Category: J 1 J2 J3 J4 J5 J6 J Suite Owner's Suite Single Category 2 Single Category 4 J J J

Accommodations: I am/We are:

J Twin

J Share (roommate to be assigned) J Smokers

J Single

J Nonsmokers

Deposit Information: J Enclosed is a deposit check for $ J Charge 25% deposit per person to: Card Number Authorized Cardholder Signature

Note: Credit cards accepted for deposit only.

(25% per person of the program fare)

J VISA

J MasterCard

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Please complete and return this Reservation Form with your deposit of 25% per person of the program fare to:

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

821 SE 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 · tel: (503) 802-8123 · fax: (503) 802-8199 e-mail: [email protected] · web site: www.nature.org/travel

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

e Nature Conservancy (TNC) has contracted Zegrahm Expeditions, Inc. (ZE), to organize this tour. Reservations: 25% of the expedition fare, along with a completed and signed Reservation Form, will reserve a place for TNC participants on this program. e balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is due at time of air ticket issuance. All prices are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars. Credit cards are accepted for deposit only. 2. Cancellation and Refund Policy: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by TNC. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply: · 120 days or more prior to departure: $500 per person · 60 through 119 days prior to departure: 50% of expedition fare · 1 through 59 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare Some air fare may be nonrefundable. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets, since international departure times and fl ights can change. Tours can also be cancelled due to low enrollments. Neither TNC nor ZE accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased in conjunction with the tour. Once an expedition has departed, there will be no refunds from ZE/TNC for any unused portions of the trip. e above policy also applies to all extensions and independent travel arrangements made in conjunction with this program. 3. Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance: We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as coverage against a covered unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. A brochure describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation. 4. Share Policy: Accommodations on all ZE/TNC programs are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible. When pairing roommates, we will always pair participants of the same sex. All shared accommodations are nonsmoking. If it is not possible to pair you with a roommate, you may be asked to pay a single supplement for the land portion of the program. 5. Medical Information: Participation in a ZE/TNC program requires that you be in generally good health. It is essential that persons with any medical problems and related dietary restrictions make them known to us well before departure. We can counsel you on whether the expedition you have selected is appropriate for you. e tour leader has the right to disqualify any participant at any time during the tour if he or she feels the participant is physically incapable and/or if a participant's continued participation will jeopardize either the individual involved or the group. ere will be no refund given under these circumstances. 6. Luggage Restrictions: Luggage size and weight limitations for both checked and carry-on luggage, imposed by the airlines or as an operational requirement due to type of aircraft, will apply for fl ights to/from/within this program. Specifications will be provided with pre-departure materials. 7. Currency Fluctuation and Fuel Cost Increases: In order to keep rates as low as possible, we do not build into the trip fare an allowance to cover possible increases from currency fluctuations or fuel costs. Therefore, as currencies do f luctuate around the world and as fuel-cost increases may occur, it may be necessary for us to initiate a minor rate surcharge at any time before departure if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.

8. Itinerary Changes & Trip Delay: Itineraries are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change. ZE/TNC reserves the right to change a program's dates, staff, itineraries, or accommodations as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed, or the itinerary changed, due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, airline schedules, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which ZE/TNC or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays or changes is not included. 9. Itinerary Cancellation: Itineraries are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change. ZE/TNC reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants or logistical problems such as strikes, wars, acts of God, or any other circumstances which may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of ZE/ TNC's liability. ZE/TNC is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including nonrefundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other trip-related expenses. 10. Participation: ZE/TNC reserves the right to decline to accept any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever. 11. Limitations of Liability: is section defi nes ZE/TNC's responsibility with respect to all of our trips, including extensions and independent arrangements. Please read it carefully. ZE/TNC, its Owners, Agents, and Employees give notice that they act only as the agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with this expedition ("other providers"), and the other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. e passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time tour participants are not aboard their conveyance. ZE/TNC shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fi re, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. e participant waives any claim against ZE/TNC for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. By registering for the expedition, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. ZE/TNC shall not be liable for any air carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the departure city of the expedition. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the traveler. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. As described in item 8 above, all prices are subject to change. As described in item 10 above, in the event that an expedition must be cancelled, ZE/TNC is not responsible for any personal expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the program. Certain ship owners require use of preprinted ticket forms that limit the ship owner's and operator's liability. When such tickets are used, you are generally bound by the terms of these tickets with respect to your legal relationship to the owner and operators of the ship, their agent ZE/TNC, and the ship's crew. On advancement of deposit to ZE/TNC, the depositor acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the above recited terms and conditions, and agrees to be bound by them.

SVALBARD

© Peter Zika

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