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Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

This incredible Arctic expedition cruise offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen, with the opportunity to witness iconic Arctic wildlife including walrus, reindeer and polar bears

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12 nights from £7650pp

Expedition Holiday
Polar bear
Polar bear with cub
Spitsbergen Landscape

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Spend an unforgettable twelve days exploring the rugged Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on this thrilling expedition voyage.

Keep an eye out for walrus, reindeer and polar bears, enjoy a glimpse into 16th-century maritime culture at secluded landing sites, and take the rare chance to appreciate breathtaking views at the birdwatching utopias 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet. If conditions allow, we will also attempt a full circumnavigation of the archipelago during this memorable voyage, including a visit to the remote, uninhabited Arctic desert of Nordaustlandet.

The wildlife-viewing opportunities on this trip will leave you with plenty of memories and photos: the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; Arctic birds in all their varied majesty; small herds of reindeer loping across the tundra; and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the polar bear, as it roams the edges of the pack ice. Shore excursions by Zodiac will enable you to set foot in places few humans have.

Q117 Operated by Quark Expeditions


Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 - Longyearbyen (Svalbard)

Embark your ship. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 2-12 - Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our journey by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favorable, we will also attempt a larger circumnavigation of the region, including many of the outer islands in the Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your Expedition Team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are often home to sea ice, the bears’ preferred habitat for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action.

Day 13 - Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen.

When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board cruise
  • Wine and beer with dinner during the cruise
  • Soft drinks during bar opening hours during the cruise
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water at all times during the cruise
  • Zodiac landings and shore landings, walks and hikes
  • Lectures by the Expedition Team
  • Quark Parka to keep
  • Loan of waterproof knee-high boots
  • Port charges and taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers
  • Optional excursions such as paddling and kayaking
  • Gratuities
  • Transfer package - we recommend you take Quark's transfer package including return flight flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen and a hotel stay in Oslo. From just £700pp

Cruise Extensions

  • We recommend you take Quark's transfer package from $995 USD which includes:
  • Charter flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen
  • Pre-cruise stay in Oslo with breakfast
  • Transfers between the airport and pier

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Price Information

  • Please note dates shown are based on cruise departure date. An optional travel package with pre-cruise hotel is available from $995 USD
  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a third party price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
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