Introduction to Spitsbergen

Hinlopen strait, Spitsbergen
from £3467 7, 8 nights | Jun - Jul Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jun - Jul

Overview

This wildlife-focused voyage concentrates on the west coast of Spitsbergen, cruising in search of polar bears, reindeers, walrus and seabirds in their thousands. Enormous glaciers and fields of Arctic wildflowers provide a spectacular backdrop to each day's adventures.

This voyage provides the opportunity to sample a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer. From close encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region's plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights with regular stops along Spitsbergen's west coast.

Highlights

  • witness roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds
  • explore on foot and by Zodiac
  • enjoy the wild beauty of the Arctic
  • uncover the island's fascinating history and geology
  • marvel at the abundance of wildflowers that grow high above the Arctic Circle
  • make the most of the long summer days for endless photographic opportunities

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: embarkation, Longyearbyen
The northern frontier town of Longyearbyen is waiting to be explored before embarkation this afternoon.
Days 2-8: Spitsbergen
Over the next few days your Expedition team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of Spitsbergen's west coast, focusing on a search for wildlife. Popular attractions include the following:

14th of July Glacier: enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the face of this glacier, and search for Arctic foxes, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese, Arctic terns and more among the nearby cliffs. Nearby tundra fields boast a shock of colour with abundant wildflowers.

Alkhornet: the towering rock face of Alkhornet reverberates with the call of thousands of seabirds that build nests on craggy outcroppings. Arctic foxes may be patrolling the area, hunting for chicks that fall from a nest. Svalbard reindeer, unique to the islands, could be grazing nearby.

Smeerenburg: translated as ‘Blubber Town’ - was a prolific whaling centre during the 17th and 18th centuries, and relics from these days can still be explored today.
Day 9: disembarkation, Longyearbyen
Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Notes

The 8-day itineraries aboard the M/S Expedition and Silver Explorer are a slightly shorter variations on the above, spending 1 day less exploring Spitsbergen. 

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Accommodation Options

M/S Expedition

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This eye-catching ship is Danish-built and newly refurbi…

Sea Adventurer (known as Ocean Adventurer from 2017)

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Ocean Nova

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Nova carries a small group of up to 68 passeng…

Silver Explorer

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

The luxurious Silver Explorer is purpose-built for exped…

Excursions

Kayaking

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Snowshoeing

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2017 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date ActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
14 Jun 2017   8 days M/S Expedition £3,134*
15 Jun 2017 ≠θ 9 days Ocean Nova £5,112
20 Jun 2017 ≠θ 9 days Sea Adventurer £5,039
21 Jun 2017   8 days M/S Expedition £3,134*
08 Jul 2017 8 days M/S Expedition £3,134*
12 Jul 2017   8 days Silver Explorer £5,750
18 Jul 2017 ≠θ 9 days Sea Adventurer £5,039
25 Jul 2017 8 days M/S Expedition £3,134*


Activity options:
≠ Kayaking
is available on this voyage:  £535 per person on board the Sea Adventurer and Ocean Nova; £429 on board the M/S Expedition
θ Snowshoeing is available on this voyage: Complimentary on board the Sea Adventurer and Ocean Nova

Inclusions and Exclusions

Ocean Nova & Sea Adventurer

Includes: Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship • On disembarkation day, a group transfer from the ship to your hotel or to the Longyearbyen airport • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meal/land arrangements (if required) • Waterproof trousers are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own wet weather trousers for zodiac cruising and shore landings • Telecommunication charges, bar and laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Excess baggage charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

MS Expedition

Includes: return airport transfers if arriving on day of embarkation and departing on day of disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Spitsbergen Guidebook (provided locally) • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Expedition parka • Loan of rubber boots during voyage.

Excludes: return airfares from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Silver Explorer

Includes: Butler service in every cabin • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Beverages in-suite and throughout ship (select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffee and soft drinks, plus a tailored mini-bar) • In-Suite dining and room service - available 24 hours • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • A Haglof expedition parka - to keep • Hair dryer in every cabin • Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Comprehensive pre-departure materials • Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship (unlimited on selected cabins only) - connectivity throughout the voyage can not be guaranteed and the speed is likely to be slow • All gratuities for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members

Excludes: return airfares from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance • Waterproof boots and trousers are not included. While some may be available to borrow on board it is heavily advised that passengers bring or rent suitable clothing for water landings - please contact our team should you require assistance • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Laundry costs (with the exception of some cabin categories) and other charges of a personal nature • Travel insurance

2018 Prices and Dates

2018 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date ActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
04 Jun 2018 ≠θ 9 days Ocean Nova £5,477
14 Jun 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
14 Jun 2018 ≠θ 9 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,331
21 Jun 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
22 Jun 2018 9 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,331
08 Jul 2018 8 days MS Expedition £3,467*
25 Jul 2018   8 days MS Expedition £3,609*

*Special price – only available when booking voyage in conjunction with flights

Activity options:
≠ Kayaking
is available on this voyage:  £535 per person on board the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer and Ocean Nova; £429 per person on board the MS Expedition 
θ Snowshoeing is available on this voyage: Complimentary on board the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer and Ocean Nova

Inclusions and Exclusions

Ocean Nova & Ocean (Sea) Adventurer

Includes: Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship • On disembarkation day, a group transfer from the ship to your hotel or to the Longyearbyen airport • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meal/land arrangements (if required) • Waterproof trousers are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own wet weather trousers for zodiac cruising and shore landings • Telecommunication charges, bar and laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Excess baggage charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance. 

MS Expedition

Includes: return airport transfers if arriving on day of embarkation and departing on day of disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Spitsbergen Guidebook (provided locally) • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Expedition parka • Loan of rubber boots during voyage.
Excludes: return airfares from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

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