Telegraph Travel Awards 2019: Win an incredible £25,000 Arctic adventure

This once-in-a-lifetime will take you to the Svalbard Archipelago, home to polar bears
This once-in-a-lifetime will take you to the Svalbard Archipelago, home to polar bears Credit: Chase Teron

Voting in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards is open, giving you the opportunity to reward those operators and destinations that continue to surpass your expectations. And because we recognise you need to invest time and energy to make these awards what they are, as a reward for your efforts we are offering you the chance to win one of 15 luxury holidays – including this incredible Arctic adventure worth £25,000.

Deep fjords, glistening ice sheets and close encounters with an icon from the edge of the earth: the Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expedition is the ultimate Arctic journey. You can enter the realm of the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore on this intimate ship charter arranged by wildlife specialists Natural World Safaris, focusing on sightings of the amazing polar bear and the other wildlife that calls Svalbard’s unspoilt Arctic wilderness home. With a trip value of £25,000 per couple, this curated journey donated by Natural World Safaris includes business class flights as well as pre and post services in Longyearbyen.

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Deep fjords, glistening ice sheets and close encounters with an icon from the edge of the earth: the Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expedition is the ultimate Arctic journey. You can enter the realm of the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore on this intimate ship charter arranged by wildlife specialists Natural World Safaris, focusing on sightings of the amazing polar bear and the other wildlife that calls Svalbard’s unspoilt Arctic wilderness home. With a trip value of £25,000 per couple, this curated journey donated by Natural World Safaris includes business class flights as well as pre and post services in Longyearbyen.


Together you and your fellow passenger will join just 10 other guests on board a private expedition ship, exploring the stunning Svalbard Archipelago. Located midway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a remote Arctic wilderness where one can experience some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world, with snow-capped mountains fronted by desolate tundra and glaciers glittering under the midnight sun.

Join just 10 other guests aboard the M/V Kinfish Credit: Shannon Wild

Your Natural World Safaris (NWS) experience begins with the arrival of the signature NWS Polar Package, including high-quality jacket, beanie and flask. You’ll be whisked to Heathrow Airport in a private vehicle for business class fast-track boarding flights to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, where the Svalbard Hotel Polfareren awaits. After settling in to your sumptuous suite, you will be hosted this evening by NWS and Restaurant Huset, where exceptional service and a sensational wine-paired menu will ensure an indulgent evening. Tomorrow you may choose to enjoy dog sledding, snowmobiling, an ice cave tour or a glacier safari. 

In the late afternoon, board the M/V Kinfish to set off on your nine, 10 or 11-day expedition. During your safari you can expect to visit iceberg-filled fjords framed by breathtaking mountains; sail past towering cliffs populated by colossal seabird colonies; and see gigantic glaciers crashing into the icy seas. Your search for Arctic wildlife will see you seeking out polar bears on the hunt, colonies of walrus basking in the Arctic sun, and whales swimming through frigid waters. On shore landings, you may come across the Arctic fox or the Svalbard reindeer, and witness the beauty of Svalbard’s flora.There is no fixed itinerary for this safari, which means we put you in the right place at the right time to maximise your wildlife encounters.

Pass breathtaking mountains and towering cliffs populated by colossal seabird colonies Credit: KEITH LADZINSKI

On the final night of your Arctic adventure, enjoy the comfort of the Svalbard Hotel and a final farewell tasting menu and wine pairing hosted by NWS and Restaurant Gruvelageret. Depart in the morning and take your seats in business class for the return flight to London.

Natural World Safaris

An obsession with wildlife, exemplary destination knowledge and exceptional customer service has positioned Natural World Safaris (naturalworldsafaris.com) as leaders in the field of wildlife exploration. Delivering award-winning safaris designed for wildlife enthusiasts, NWS work closely with the very best guides working in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Polar Regions.

Search out Arctic wildlife Credit: Shannon Wild

Be it encounters with gorillas, tigers, blue whales or polar bears, travelling with NWS is a deeply transformative experience. Places on our NWS “limited edition” safaris are also highly coveted – these one-off expeditions with specialist leaders focus in on immersive experiences, niche fine-art photography, and adventures with world-renowned researchers and naturalists.

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