EXPEDITION CRUISE

Spitsbergen in Depth – Big Islands, Big Adventure (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen to Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Your Spitsbergen arctic voyage begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of the island's rugged glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy waters.

DAY 2
Alkhornet, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 3
Ny-London, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 4
14th of July Glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 5
Smeerenburg, Norway
DAY 6
Phippsøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 7
Kvitøya, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 8
Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 9
Sundneset, Barents Island, Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
DAY 10
Isbukta, Norway

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our circumnavigation by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding. We plan to circumnavigate the island of Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favorable, we will also attempt a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but we do hope to visit a few of our favorite landing sites, including the 14th of July Glacier, Ny-London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet, and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. The names may seem strange to you, but each has its own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese, and Arctic terns, while Alkefjellet is home to nesting Brünnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres). If you're looking for confirmation that reindeer are real, then you'll want to have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny-London, Sundneset, and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world, searching for polar bears is a constant activity for our Expedition Team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are two of the bears' preferred places for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to capture them in action. A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see old blubber ovens from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colorful tundra meadows are complemented by glaciers, and sometimes there is a rare chance to spot beluga whales.

DAY 11
Spitsbergen, Norway
DAY 12
Spitsbergen, Norway
DAY 13
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Spitsbergen in Depth – Big Islands, Big Adventure map

About the Ship

Ocean Nova
Ocean Adventurer

This newly renovated vessel, formerly the Sea Adventurer, offers guests a new look and feel throughout, a forward lounge and observation deck to enjoy mesmerizing views, and technical enhancements – including two new engines – to improve fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.

What's Included

Included

  • ON ALL SHIPS, RATES INCLUDE:

    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)

    • All shore landings per the daily program

    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities

    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program

    • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages

    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled

    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage

    • A pair of waterproof expedition (Muck) boots on loan for shore landings

    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep

    • Life jackets and immersion suits

    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock

    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative reader

    • A group transfer upon disembarkation from the ship to the local airport

    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

    • All luggage handling aboard the ship

    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Not Included

  • RATES SPECIFICALLY DO NOT INCLUDE:

    • For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package including charter or domestic flights, and hotels where specified, in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory. The applicable per-person cost is indicated on the Dates and Rates summary

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses

    • Government arrival and departure taxes

    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable

    • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Laundry and other personal charges

    • Telecommunications charges

    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

    • On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board

    • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage

About Us

Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.

Insider Tip

Quark Expeditions offers the highest passenger to guide ratio of 7:1, providing the highest level of education, photography and overall experience for passengers on board.

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