EXPEDITION CRUISE

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

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen to Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
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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.

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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.

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