Wilderness Medicine
Wilderness Medicine
Explore the spectacular Arctic Ocean around world famous Norway fjords on this exciting Wilderness Medicine CME Course.

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine

Arctic Exploration and Scuba Diving
CME Conference

Spitsbergen, Norway
June 22-29, 2017
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Explore the spectacular Arctic Ocean around world famous Norway fjords on this exciting Wilderness Medicine CME Course.

Scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, hike and cruise around massive icebergs, spot the endangered polar bear, and explore pristine polar landscapes against the backdrop of glacier covered peaks.

Your home for the week will be the Plancius, a state of the art 287 foot polar ship, specially designed for polar cruising and outfitted for diving in polar regions. While there will be many incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities, non-divers will enjoy the amazing landscapes and wildlife, kayaking and deep blue waters, hiking across sweeping tundra, and learning about the interesting history of the area.

Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen (Norway) provides spectacular opportunities to spot the Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears, Walruses, and Whales. Wildlife lovers will also delight in the abundance of seals, birds (including Ivory Gull, Pink-Footed Goose), and suprisingly rich vegetation. Divers and snorkelers will cherish the deep blue colors of underwater ice and marine life that includes: seals, sea butterflies, kelp walls, crabs, sea snails, hedgehogs, starfishes, and many Arctic fish. Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME lectures in the evening will round out the memorable arctic days.

Wilderness Medicine in the Arctic Trip Highlights:
  • Experience a spectacular Arctic landscape and Norwegian fjords.
  • An opportunity to see endangered polar bears, walruses, whales, seals, and abundant bird and marine life.
  • From the comfort of a specialized polar ship, cross into territory that relatively few humans experience beyond 80 degrees North.
  • Stay active with world famous Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, birding, and photography opportunities.
  • No shortage of learning opportunities with an on board naturalist, historian, geologist, and wilderness and travel medicine expert.
  • Trip sponsorship by Diving Unlimited International: the world's leader in cold water diving equipment.
Your All Inclusive Trip Includes:
  • All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and accommodations on Plancius. Price varies depending on cabin selection
  • All transfers from hotel in Longyearbyen to ship for departure and from ship to airport in Longyearbyen upon return
  • One night hotel in Longyearbyen prior to departure on June 21st.
  • All activities including diving, snorkeling, kayaking and special lectures. Use of tanks and weights included for divers.
  • All land based activities conducted from the ship including photo seminars and guided hikes
Pricing (per person):
  • Quad Occupancy: $4799
  • Triple Occupancy: $5299
  • Twin Occupancy Window: $6899
  • Twin Occupancy Deluxe: $7799
  • Superior Suite (Twin Occupancy): $8999
Additional CME cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Enjoy the incredible arctic island and administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago. Stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. Group introductions in the evening.

Day 2: Embarkation and departure from Longyerbyen
Before embarking there is an opportunity to spend more time in and around Longyearbyen, where more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord we may see our first Minke Whale.

Day 3: Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen
Raudfjord is a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here. Excellent chance for diving around icebergs and with seals.

Day 4: Monaco Glacier
Our path will veer near the massive 5km long face of the world famous Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwake. Polar Bear may be seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography. Icebergs from the very active glacier are common and provide great dive spots.

Day 5: Sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to the Bearded Seal
Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, Ivory Gull, and Blue Whale flourish in this area of the Arctic. We'll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvoya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brunnich's Guillemot. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, we'll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus. Diving around the cliffs is awe inspiring with thousands of diving birds all around you.

Day 6: Sail toward the North Pole
We'll continue our journey to Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet - just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. We will try reach our northernmost point at Phippsoya, 81 degrees North. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull. This is a special opportunity to watch changing and melting ice in action.

Day 7: Polar Bears and Westward Bearing
Retracing our route westwards along the pack ice, we'll keep our eyes peeled for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwellings along the Spitsbergen banks. The mouth of the Kongsfjorden also offes good chances to see Minke Whale. Good diving opportunities often exist among the fjords.

Day 8: Sail into St. Johns Fjord or to Isfjorden
Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen. Plenty of dive sites to choose from here with the chance of seeing the walrus in the water as well.

Day 9: Travel home to share your Arctic adventure with friends and family, or extend your travels in Scandinavia.

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KAREN B. VAN HOESEN, MD, FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
MICHAEL A. LANG, BSc, PhD, Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Diving, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
FAITH ORTINS - An experienced polar diver with years of expedition experience and a well-known expert in cold water diving.

For detailed itinerary or to register for Arctic Exploration and Scuba Diving
please call Bio Bio Expeditions at 1(800)246-7238
or email Faith at faith@dui-online.com

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  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Snake Envenomation
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Wild Animal Attacks
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations


"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.