Small Ship ARCTIC VOYAGES
THE WILD with Chris Morgan (4)

July 12th – 20th, 2023

an arctic expedition for polar bears with
chris morgan, rinie van meurs & rickard berg

“The 2023 trip to our planet’s far north is going to be a very special one! Join me and other members of our WILD family as we record and film Arctic content for our podcasts and films to share with the world. Add to that, the best guides in the world, and a Svalbard experience among polar bears, whales, and birds that’ll leave you in total awe.”

Chris Morgan ~ world-renowned conservation ecologist + TV host

Limited spaces available.

You are likely already a listener to Chris’s popular podcast ‘THE WILD with Chris Morgan’. Chris and his team at KUOW Public Radio craft each episode into an immersive audio documentary. Episodes have taken listeners all over the world from Siberian tigers, to sea otters, to burrowing owls, and of course bears. In it’s first season it quickly reached the top 1% of all podcasts. THE WILD is now in Season 4 and has become the heart of Chris’s conservation work, and a theme for our Svalbard expedition. 

Chris supports the next generation of conservationists through his work on the ground, and through film and podcast productions. And we’re excited to announce that THE WILD podcast will be sponsoring a small number of emerging conservationists to join us on this life-changing expedition. And they will become a powerful part of the on-board excitement on a trip that is about igniting passion, and changing the world together.

Click the image above to listen to Return to Svalbard: Earth's icy food chain is about more than polar bears

This Polar Tracks departure in 2023 is an expedition like no other – a truly unique opportunity to learn about the polar bears’ fragile world from the people who know best, in an intimate and adventurous expeditionary setting, while enjoying a “front-row seat” to Chris’s award-winning filming and podcasting work in the field.

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“Heading up the team are legendary guides and expedition leaders, Rinie Van Meurs and Rickard Berg. We could not be in more capable hands as we journey around Svalbard’s majestic islands.”​

Chris Morgan

“The trip of a lifetime” is not an overstatement...

…not just because of the place, but the people too. Chris and Rinie designed this expedition with Polar Tracks to invite guests who want to take their bucket list that little bit further. It’s a chance to wonder at polar bears and their home, and also come away with a complete understanding of their world and what is needed to protect it.

Our route is determined by ice, bears, and a spontaneity only afforded by complete flexibility and freedom that comes with a small ship – in the hands of those who know and revere this place and its wildlife.

It’s also a place to laugh, to unwind hundreds of miles from “civilization”, and prepare yourself to come away a changed person.  

“The Svalbard Archipelago in Europe’s far north is among my two favorite places on earth – like someone sliced off the Swiss Alps, dropped them in the Arctic ocean, and sprinkled polar bears on them.”

Chris Morgan

the Details

 

DATES: July 12th – 20th, 2023

SHIP: MV Polar Pioneer

RATES: All rates are per passenger based on shared cabins. If you prefer a suite to yourself, the rate is 1.8x the cost quoted below.

Triple cabin: 7585 EUROS – sold out

Twin Cabin with shared WC: 8585 EUROS – extremely limited availability

Twin Cabin with private WC: 9585 EUROS – sold out

Mini-Suite: 10085 EUROS – sold out

Owners Suite: 10585 EUROS – sold out

PASSENGERS: 51 (plus five expedition guides)

LANGUAGE: The official language of the tour will be English

Your Expedition Ship

MV Polar Pioneer

Guests will travel on board the newly refurbished ship, the MV Polar Pioneer, an excellent polar vessel that offers big ship capability in a small ship package.

This wonderful small ship is purpose-retrofit for custom groups like wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, having added a number of features to modernize the ship for the digital age as well as ensuring she is the most unique small ship option in Svalbard with only 51 guests and an Ice Class of 1A Super.

Built in Finland by the Soviet government in 1982 as one of a fleet of ten ‘scientific research vessels’, her original name was the Akademik Schuleykin. It has recently come to light that her “scientific research” was in fact spying during the Cold War as she was packed to the gills with interception equipment used to intercept the activities of the US Navy! 

Extras include:

  • a sauna
  • a gym
  • a newly renovated bar/lounge
  • a focus on sustainability in all aspects of operations

Not to mention, the bridge is always open. 

Why We Love This Ship

  • Her spacious outer decks low to the water – ideal for getting closer to wildlife on the ice – and a “monkey island” above the bridge for getting those high up panorama shots if photography is your thing
  • A real luxury in a polar environment, the ship has a sauna to warm up in post-zodiac cruise
  • Extra electrical outlets in the suites and common areas for charging camera batteries and laptops
  • A focus on sustainability in all operations including the elimination of single-use plastics on board, the use of biodegradable cleaning products, using ropes made from recycled plastics, and much more.
  • The fact that she has been upcycled. Building a new ship is incredible resource-intensive but the Polar Pioneer has been given a new lease on life with as much of her original construction retained and refinished as possible. What she lacks in bells and whistles, she makes up for with her unique character and rich history.
  • Her compact size means we can avoid the competing interest groups of the larger ships and just do what we really want to do!

MV POLAR pioneer DECK PLAN

typical suite layout

Twin Shared cabin

Itinerary

THE (Arctic) WILD

July 12th - Embarkation Day

Board the Polar Pioneer at 4pm from the dock in Longyearbyen and enjoy a welcome cocktail with the Captain.

July 13th through 19th – Expedition days

While there is a carefully planned daily schedule based on distances between points of interest and the location of the ice in any given season, our timetable in Svalbard by nature must be flexible.

We usually begin by heading North towards the ice edge which is a great place to scout for polar bears, but that’s not the only goal. We’ll use our planned itinerary as a rough guide so that every day the conditions are maximized for the best wildlife watching opportunities, be they land or sea-based.

Every morning your Expedition Leader will work with the bridge officers to make decisions about the day, taking into account ice situation and the weather, looking at whether Plan A makes the most sense or if Plan B, C, or D will be better for us. If we come across something amazing, we would never just pull the plug because we have something else “scheduled” for the afternoon. While the captain has final say on all decisions made, we will always check in with the group and take into account your wishes.

July 20th - Disembarkation Day

Disembark in Longyearbyen around 8:00am

What to expect

Svalbard has a little bit of everything, including massive scenic fjords from which artfully sculpted glaciers emerge to meet the sea, up to the high snowcapped peaks, and all the way down to Arctic tundra covered in colourful vegetation such as mosses and lichens that the Svalbard reindeer love to feed on. It’s not uncommon to find seals or walruses resting on ice floes at the mouths of these fjords, and if we’re lucky, we’ll spot a whale or two as we sail up the west coast.

We’ll plan to stop in at the world’s northernmost civilian settlement, the research village of Ny Ålesund, which also boasts the world’s northernmost post office. At the height of the summer season, there are about 120 inhabitants working amongst the 15 permanent research stations.

It’s from here that Amundsen and Nobile initiated their courageous attempts to reach the North Pole by airship, and there are a couple of monuments dedicated to their efforts that are worth visiting.

From there we’ll continue heading north, poking into other landing sites and fjords of interest, getting out into the two zodiacs to make landings where we’ll plan hikes to stretch our legs and optimize our chances for excellent wildlife opportunities.

We’ll be constantly scouting for these beautiful Arctic bears – Ursus maritimus in Latin – and if we find them, get as close as we can without disturbing them or putting passengers at any risk. Again, getting out into the inflatable zodiacs is an excellent way to safely observe the wildlife from proximity.

Weather and ice conditions permitting, we’ll sail into Hinlopen Strait and plan to visit Alkefjellet (‘Bird Mountain’), a series of otherworldly basalt cliffs stretching a number of kilometres in length and in some places, up to 100 meters high (click on the underlined text to see an amazing video!) on which we’ll find thousands of nesting birds and the occasional Arctic fox hunting nearby.

Nordauslandet, Bråsvellbreen, Barentsøya, and Edgeøya are all locations that we may also explore, weather and ice permitting, and offer magnificent scenery with vast tundra which hold the prospect of continued incredible landscapes and wildlife sighting opportunities.

During the entire expedition, we’ll be on the lookout for polar bears, which can be spotted on land just as often as on the sea ice. There are an estimated 3000-4000 animals in the region and the population is considered to be stable. This powerful animal is amazing to behold in the wild, with males weighing up to 700kg when they are at their healthiest.

Things we may do AND see on expedition

Click on the images from our 2019 expedition below to expand and scroll through

What guests are saying

The trip was way beyond my wildest dreams, nothing could have prepared me for the beauty held in the Arctic. Our guides were second-to-none, so much information given in bite-size chunks that could be absorbed easily. The food was the best I have ever eaten. I was invited to go by Chris Morgan and I had the opportunity to take my youngest son. So much gratitude for this bonding spiritual learning expedition. Once in a lifetime.

Your Expedition Guides

Chris Morgan

Ecologist, Conservationist, Adventurer, Author, + TV Host

Ecologist Chris Morgan is no stranger to adventure. Over the last 25+ years he has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. From icy polar bear country at 81° North to tropical Andean bear forests on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life – the bears of the world. Carnivore work has also taken him to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Scotland, the Pakistani Himalayas, northern Spain, Turkey, Borneo, Siberia, and Alaska – destinations where his infectious enthusiasm for wild places and people has rubbed off on others.

In 2019 Chris partnered with KUOW in Seattle to produce and host ‘THE WILD with Chris Morgan’, a podcast series that takes listeners on immersive adventures into the wild to discover incredible species and conservationists through exquisitely told stories. During its first season the production hit the top 1% of all podcasts and is now at the core of much of his work.

Chris has regularly hosted TV productions for PBSNational Geographic TelevisionBBCDiscovery Channel, and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. He is a familiar host and voice of the world-renowned television series PBS NATURE having narrated over twenty films since 2011 on topics ranging from lions to pelicans; the Australian outback to the Arctic tundra.

2015 saw Chris host 4 episodes of PBS Nature – ‘The Last Orangutan Eden‘ (produced by his Emmy-winning Wildlife Media partner Joe Pontecorvo), and the three part series ‘Animal Homes‘ (produced by Emmy-winning producer Ann Prum) which saw Chris travel the globe in search of the most fascinating animal architecture. Chris won ‘Best Host Gold World Medal’ from the 2016 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards.

In 2013, Chris teamed up with the creators and cameramen from Frozen Planet and Planet Earth in Great Bear Stakeout, a two-hour special co-produced by BBC and Discovery. Morgan is host, contributor, and bear guide in this unprecedented and visually stunning film about Alaskan grizzly bears.

Chris hosts and narrates the film Siberian Tiger Quest’ (Emmy nominated), which premiered as PBS Nature’s 2012/2013 season-opener. In this film, Chris embarks on a challenge to fulfill a lifelong dream – to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in the forests of the far eastern Russian frontier. He was awarded “Best Host” by the International Wildlife Film Festival for his work. Chris received this same “Best Host” award a year earlier for his role in Bears of the Last Frontier, a PBS NATURE special he helped create. Chris is the featured character, host and narrator in this major three-hour mini-series that follows his 3,000-mile journey across Alaska by motorcycle in search of black, grizzly, and polar bears. Chris authored an accompanying book of the same title – a large format publication that showcases the experience, the bears, and behind-the-scenes insight and stunning photos from the production of the film. Chris hosted ‘Grizzlies of Alaska‘ on BBC Two’s flagship wildlife series ‘Natural World’, and considered it a huge honor (Chris’s passion for wildlife was ignited when he was about 3 years old, in part part by Sir David Attenborough who has hosted and narrated countless episodes of the Natural World).

Chris is executive director and co-founder of Wildlife Media – a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization that produced BEARTREK, a global campaign and independent feature documentary for bear conservation. This epic, big-screen film about a global natural history adventure brings untold stories of bears and colorful cultures in Borneo, Peru, Alaska, and the Arctic. In addition to documenting Chris’s motorcycle conservation quest across three continents, ‘BEARTREK’ is a giant experiment that brings a new approach to raising awareness and funding for conservation through a high-end feature-length film, and a campaign (so far Wildlife Media has donated over $200,000 in kind and in-cash), changing hearts and minds along the way. BEARTREK proudly premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2018, and is now available on Amazon Prime.

Chris owns an ecology and environmental education organization in Bellingham, Washington State and is the co-founder of the acclaimed Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP). GBOP, now called Western Wildlife Outreach, which has been praised as a model for effective education outreach in the North Cascades and Selkirk mountains, and has taken great steps to engage rural communities in grizzly and black bear information dissemination since 2002. The approach has been expanded to include cougar and wolf education needs.

Chris is an accomplished and engaging public speaker and presenter having given hundreds of talks around the world – from the corporate keynote setting to the classroom. He spent several years as a frequent lecturer at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Science in Bellingham. He has a Higher National Diploma in Conservation Management (Farnborough, UK), a B.S. in Applied Ecology (East London, UK) and an M.S. in Advanced Ecology (Durham, UK.) In 2003 the Environmental Education Association of Washington honored Chris as Outstanding Environmental Educator of the year. In 2008 his contributions to grizzly bear conservation in the USA were honored with an award from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a government panel responsible for recovery of the great bear.

Chris guides expeditions to many locations around the world to introduce people firsthand to the wonders of wild places – often among grizzly bears and polar bears. He knows that conservation depends on people and if people don’t see the connection between their own well-being and wildlife, then nothing will change. You will often hear Chris say, “What’s good for bears is good for people.” Chris has an acute sense of the power of media to bring hearts, minds, and resources towards conservation. As one of the most gregarious, personable, and good hearted larger-than-life scientists you’ll ever meet, the response to his on-camera appearances has brought him incredible opportunities to promote the value of conservation for us all.

Chris spends much of his work, and playtime in the North Cascades mountains one hour from his home. Despite his varied activities within the realm of wildlife conservation, Chris says that he is never happier than when immersed in bear country – “the real world” as he calls it.

Rinie van Meurs

Polar Expedition Leader & Author

After a formal education in Forestry and Nature Conservation, Rinie started to travel around the world in search of wildlife and in particularly birds. However he was already attracted by the polar regions since he was a boy. After he finished his study, he went in the early eighties on private trips to Iceland and Northern Scandinavia; this was as Arctic as he could afford. However he knew, further north the pack ice in the high Arctic Ocean that was his goal. To explore one day the sea ice, as the early explorers did, that was something he could only dream of.

Until 1989, he managed to find a job on board of the “old” Plancius as a potato peeler for his first season in Spitsbergen. After he came back he knew he was definitely hooked on the high latitudes. Rinie became one of the industry’s first expedition leaders and a pioneer in exploring new landing sites in Spitsbergen and the Antarctic. Only around Spitsbergen he has made more than 200 expedition cruises. He knows Spitsbergen better than his own backyard!

Since ’89 then he has logged in his sea man’s book a total of over 300 expedition cruises including; East- and West Greenland, the Canadian high Arctic, Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, Norwegian Fjords, Geographical North Pole, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, the sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, and many islands along the Atlantic Ridge.

During these years, spending so much time exploring the Arctic and having the opportunity to encounter so many Polar Bears in the ice, he has become absolutely passionate about these magnificent animals. Give him a ship with the right ice class and Rinie will take you to the Polar Bears. He has become an expert in leading Polar Bear trips. He is also leading every fall Polar Bear trips on the Hudson Bay. He has published four photo books on the Polar Regions of which one was about the Polar Bears of Spitsbergen. Currently, Rinie is working on his new book “On Melting Ice, the Fate of the Arctic Ecosystem”.

Rickard Berg

Polar Expedition Leader, Dog Musher, + Kayak Guide

Rickard is a seasoned Expedition Leader from Sweden. He began his professional guiding career when he was hired by a kennel in Svalbard in the Norwegian high Arctic. He worked four winter seasons there as a dog musher and ice cave guide, followed by two seasons as a dogsled instructor for the British Army in their winter adventure training in Canada‘s Rocky Mountains.

He is one of a small number of mushers who have traversed Svalbard by dogsled (with 5 guests in tow and 55 dogs) multiple times. Rickard’s passion for tough adventures has also led him to work as a kayak guide for long expeditions along Greenland’s northwest coast. Furthermore he’s had the privilege of standing on the North Pole 5 times.

Rickard is educated as a ships officer and professional wilderness guide, and has spent the last decade working on expedition ships in Norway, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica.

His love of polar history and his enthusiasm for storytelling mean that there is rarely a dull moment when on expedition with Rickard.

Other Information

Passport – Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of travel and you are responsible for any visa required to enter Norway/the Schengen Zone. If you are unsure whether you need a visa to travel to Norway/the Schengen zone (which is required to access Svalbard), please check this website as a starting point. 

Health requirements – you must be in reasonable health and have a reasonable level of mobility in order to join the expedition. All guests must be fully vaccinated against covid-19 and carry with them proof of vaccination. The voyage is on board a ship and at times, the sea may be rough. This requires a degree of balance and agility so that you may safely move around the vessel. Also keep in mind that at times, we may offer a hike on land (which will always be optional).

Insurance Requirements – These days, comprehensive travel insurance is essential. It’ll give you the peace of mind that should covid-19 interfere, you’ll get everything refunded – from your flights to the cost of your trip on the Polar Pioneer. As the nature of our expedition involves both the reality of a ‘covid world’ as well as visiting the remote Arctic wilderness, we require all passengers to take out appropriate trip interruption/cancellation and medical evacuation insurance

What to bring – Based on our combined years of experience braving the wilds of Svalbard, we’ve created a handy PDF packing list that you can download here. Please note that rubber boots (which you’ll get on loan from the ship) along with waterproof pants + a waterproof jacket are all required to participate in landings in Svalbard.

Frequently Asked Questions

We certainly plan to! But as with all things in nature, these are wild animals that can travel very fast over both land and ice. Our expert expedition staff and bridge crew have decades of combined experience in this region and will use their expertise as well as regular communication with other vessels in the region to find out where polar bears have been sighted and will head to those areas. We’ll also have someone on polar bear watch at all hours of the day from the bridge. In other words, we will do everything we can to find bears and go to get a closer look. The benefits of sailing on a smaller ship are two-fold: 1) being small we can maneuver closer to wildlife without disturbing them – thus giving you the best opportunity to photograph them with long lenses 2) the ship can change plans on a dime and head full speed towards something of interest.
For onboard the ship you need something comfortable, with grip, that you can slip in and out of. Any casual shoe should be fine. For zodiac excursions and landings you are required to wear rubber boots which will be loaned to you from the ship. This is because all landings are “wet landings” meaning you will be stepping into freezing cold water and rubber boots are the only safe option to keep you dry. For hiking, you can bring a sturdy pair of hiking boots or shoes to change into from your rubber boots.
The electrical outlets will be standard European style as pictured below. You may need to bring electrical converters with you in order to charge your equipment. The voltage on board is 220v. 
 
You can bring some cash if you like to pay for alcoholic beverages on board. Payments can be accepted in cash (USD or EUROS) or by credit card. There is also a small boutique where you can buy souvenirs. A final consideration is the non-mandatory tipping of the crew. If you feel you have received good service and wish to tip the crew at the end of the journey, bring some extra cash along.

How to Book & Terms and Conditions

To ask a question, inquire about availability, or book your spot on this expedition cruise please use our contact form or email contact {at} polartracksexpeditions.com and we will get back to you shortly.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

§ 1 Reservations and payment

1.1 Registration is completed and binding when Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc has received a signed Booking Form, which includes acceptance of these General Terms and Conditions, and the deposit amount of 2,000 EUROS per person.

1.2 The remaining portion of the travel price shall be paid in two instalments; 50% of the travel price shall be paid no later than 190 days prior to the departure date and the remaining balance no later than 100 days prior to the departure date. Any partial or full fare not received within the deadlines outlined in this paragraph may result in the booking being cancelled by Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc, in which case all amounts paid shall be forfeited. 

1.3 If a booking is made three months or less before the departure date, the full price shall be paid in connection with the booking.

1.4 Payments must be made promptly as per the instructions on the invoice issued once a Booking Form has been completed and submitted. Paying in USD is also possible.

§ 2 Travel details

2.1 Voyage description and itinerary for each voyage, as well as other details for the travel and information as regards health requirements, insurance requirements, visa and other immigration issues and other, can be found on Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc’s website. All information on the website is part of the agreement between Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc and the traveller.

2.2 The Traveler is responsible for fulfilling all requirements, including having a valid passport and necessary visas and other documentation, and for being able to carry out the trip, as well as for all injuries that he/she may incur during the trip. The Traveler is required to have insurance covering cancellation or trip interruption costs as well as medical evacuation costs.  Any failure by the Traveler to comply with this provision and/or to provide proof of compliance with this provision 14 days prior to the departure, shall result in the cancellation of the trip and forfeiture of all amounts paid by the Traveler to Polar Tracks as liquidated damages. Furthermore, we strongly advise travellers to purchase insurance that covers them for all trip-related expenses in the event that they are unable to travel to the vessel due to covid-19 related issues. No refund will be issued by Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc. should the traveller be prevented from departing their home country, entering Norway, or any other situation that prevents them from getting to the vessel.

2.3 No alcoholic beverages may be brought on board by the Traveler. 

2.4 It is not allowed to fly any UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) on ships operated by members of AECO or IAATO.

2.5 Since the travel will take place out in the wilderness of nature, security is vital. The Traveler is aware of and accepts that adhering to safety routines and obeying the guides’ instructions is of critical importance. The Traveler acknowledges and accepts the inherent risks associated with arctic and remote expedition travel which may include bodily injury, risk of death and/or mental stress, anguish, and fatigue.

2.6 The travel is construed as group travel, meaning that the price is based upon group participation. No refund will be made by Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc in the event a Traveler chooses not to participate in all parts of the program or if a traveler withdraws from the trip prematurely, irrespective of reason.

§ 3 Traveler’s cancellation

3.1 A Traveler must notify Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc in writing of any cancellation. In case cancellation is made more than 190 days prior to departure date, the traveler forfeits 500 EUROS to cover administrative costs. In case cancellation is made less than 190 days prior to the departure date, the full fare due at the time of cancellation will be forfeited. All payments made by the Traveler are non-refundable in the case of the Traveler canceling their participation.

3.2 In order to minimize loss in the event of trip cancellation or interruption, each Traveler is required to secure trip cancellation and interruption insurance as well as medical evacuation insurance for the period of travel in question as per Section 2.2. Any failure to comply with this provision that is not remedied within 14 days prior to the departure date shall result in the cancellation of the trip and forfeiture of all amounts paid to Polar Tracks as liquidated damages.

§ 4 Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc’s cancellation or alteration

4.1 The travels arranged by Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc are carried out in remote parts of the world where weather and ice conditions are extreme and unpredictable, and where unforeseen events outside the control of Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc may occur, requiring Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc to quickly adapt to new circumstances. Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc thus reserves the right to cancel, or, as the case may be, change the conditions for the travel or change the itinerary either before or during the trip.

Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc always strive for making the voyage as best as possible for the Travelers and a decision to cancel an initial plan or change the travel conditions (travel dates, travel route, etc) will always be made in the interests of the Travelers and with safety in mind.

4.2 If the minimum number of Travelers as listed in the voyage description is not met, Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc has the right to cancel the voyage. Such cancellation shall be notified to the Travelers no later than 90 days prior to departure date. In case cancellation is made according to this paragraph, Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc shall repay all payment made from Travelers but shall have no further obligations in relation to the Traveler.

4.3 Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc shall never be liable to pay any compensation (for airfares, visas, insurance or other) or damages because of a canceled or changed travel if:

(a) the cancellation or change of a travel is caused by the Traveler;

(b) reason for the cancellation is that the minimum number of registered Travelers as stated in the voyage description is not met, and the cancellation has been notified in writing to the Traveler;

(c) the cancellation or change of the travel is due to a circumstance which was beyond the control of Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc’s and the occurrence of which were not possible to avoid or overcome, would create safety risks or are not economically reasonable to remedy; or

(d) the liability to pay damages cannot be considered reasonable.

§ 5 Price changes

5.1 Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc reserves the right to change the price for the trip due to fluctuations in currency or fuel costs or due to changes in taxes or fees which affect Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc’s costs for the travel. A potential increase in price should not exceed more than 50 EUROS per night per passenger, and if implemented, must legally be communicated to the passengers no later than 20 days before the voyage departure.

§ 6 Liability limitations

6.1 Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage to any property or for any injury, illness or death to any person in the tour which results from any contact with or service provided by any agent, contractor, supplier or provider, nor for any such loss, damage, injury, illness or death if it occurs in transit to or from the tour.

§ 7 Complaints

7.1 If the Traveler considers Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc’s services to be deviating from what is agreed, the traveler must notify Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc in writing thereof immediately after having noticed such deviation.  If not notifying Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc within this time, or notifying Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc more than one month after finishing the trip, the Traveler may not invoke any deviations from the agreement in relation to Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc.

§ 8 Applicable law

8.1 Canadian law shall govern the agreement between Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc and the Traveler.

These General Terms and Conditions are applicable to all bookings of travels from:

Polar Tracks Expeditions Inc. 5031 Barron Cres NW Calgary, AB T2L 1T8 Canada