Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

7 Days / 6 Nights

Price fromUSD$5,495

On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice along the west coast of Spitsbergen, retracing the steps of explorers from centuries past. Though this rocky island is covered in mountains and glaciers, the towering cliffs and fjords play host to a thriving and diverse ecosystem.

Highlights include: Spot incredible wildlife inlcuding the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers, resilient Arctic birds in all their varied majesty, and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the polar bear.

Your ship: The Quark Expeditions fleet never exceed more than 200 passengers , which gives guests the best polar experience on a smaller ship. Their ice strengthened vessels are built for challenging polar environments, which takes you to places ordinary cruise companies wouldn't dream of going.

Ultramarine: The newest ship in the fleet and equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, offering a robust portfolio of activities and and the most spacious suites in its category. Features include breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other ships its size.

Ocean Adventurer: A long been a favourite among guests with ample outdoor deck space, numerous cosy spots to socialize onboard, plus the outdoor jacuzzi.

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway's vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen's largest settlement, where you'll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic frontier town.

Days 3 to 6: Exploring Spitsbergen You'll sail around the shores of this magical island, constantly searching for polar bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, your expedition will afford ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna.

Sailing north into Krossfjord, have your camera handy, ready to capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehook Glacier awaits. Listen in awe to the growling as big chunks break off into the icy waters below. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk. Encounters with wildlife, such as the endemic Svalbard reindeer, are possible here.

After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier, another prolific iceberg producer. To make this even more thrilling, help your Expedition Team to scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands. If ice conditions permit reaching 80 degrees north, you'll reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescentshaped Moffen Island. Watching from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space is an unforgettable experience, so be ready with your binoculars.

At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe's most northerly outposts, you'll have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen's whaling history. Afterwards, cruising to Magdalenafjord rewards you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters.

During your last full day of your Arctic adventure, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of Russia's northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as fulmars and Brunnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain's farewell dinner.

Day 7: Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Oslo The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we'll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo, included in the transfer package.

• Leadership throughout your voyage by experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • All shore landings per the daily program • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • A photographic journal documenting the expedition • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin • 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 USD $500,000 ppp • Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

Mandatory Transfer Package includes: • One night's pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel, with breakfast • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2022

29 May, Ocean Adventurer

Lower Deck Twin

Main Deck Window

Triple (per person, share triple)

Mandatory transfer package

3, 16 May & 22 June, Ultramarine

Explorer Suite

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Explorer Triple (per person, share triple)

Solo Panorama

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Departs

2022 ex Oslo 3, 16, 29 May
22 Jun
2023 ex Helsinki 2 Jul

Booking conditions

• Single travellers will be matched with another traveller of the same gender and pay share twin price. • Single travellers who wish to have their own cabin, please enquire.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Mandatory Transfer Package* • International airfare • Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance"‚ÄĚstrongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location) • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Additional overnight accommodation • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

Gratuity

Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.

Early booking offers for cruises departing 2022 and 2023

Early booking offer: • Up to 25% savings on select voyages for departures between May 2022 -Sep 2023. • Offers are valid for new bookings made by 31 Mar 2022 and applies to the voyage fare only, subject to availability.

Additional full payment bonus: • 10% saving on select voyages between May 2023 - Sep 2023. • Offers are valid for new bookings made by 31 Mar 2022 and applies to the voyage fare only. • Full payment must be received no later than 30 days after the booking is confirmed.

Please contact World Journeys for up to date details, terms and conditions at the time of booking.