Janet and I just returned from a Norway trip featuring polar bears. The trip was put on by G Adventures, and was called “In the Realm of the Polar Bear”. It was an 11 day cruise around the archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle north of Norway. Altogether, we saw approximately 20 polar bears, but of course, many of them were too far away for photographs. However, we were fortunate to see several within good range of my 600 mm Tamron lens, and I’m sharing some of the images with you here. The first photo shows a polar bear close-up. He was about 300 feet away on an ice floe – and a long lens is very helpful in such situations! The next photo shows a mother polar bear with her two-year-old cub. They were standing on a beach that we had just left (rather hastily, I might add) – the photo was taken from a Zodiac. The third photo shows a polar bear ready to take a nap. We learned that polar bears sleep whenever they want to. In the long arctic summer days when the sun never sets, bears prowl around the clock, and stop when they’re tired. The fourth photo shows a polar bear on an ice floe drifting near the face of a glacier. It really shows the environment of the bear’s habitat. The last photo was taken from the deck of our ship. A polar bear was spotted walking along chunks of ice on the edge of an ice pack we were traveling through north of Svalbard. It’s interesting to note that when we spotted this polar bear, we were about 500 miles from the North Pole.