By Daily Mail Reporter

A group of wildlife enthusiasts were looking forward to their lunch during an expedition to the Arctic island of Svalbard.

But they soon discovered a hungry polar bear was also rather keen to try their cauliflower soup.

The giant predator poked his head through the open porthole into the kitchen of the ship, which had weighed anchor so the passengers could enjoy the fabulous icy landscape.

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Anybody home? A polar bear pokes his head through the ship's kitchen window during a lunch stop by Svalbard

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Polar bears are the largest land based carnivores and treat all animals as potential prey

Enlarge   A Polar Bear wanders away

Defeated: The polar bear wanders away after failing to secure a quick and easy lunch

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Peckish: The bear gets a whiff of the cauliflower soup cooking in the galley

He stayed by the boat for another couple of hours and even stood on his hind legs to better investigate any scavenging potential.

The incredible shots were taken by wildlife photographer Andy Rouse, who led an expedition on the M/S Stockholm.