Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

12 Days / 11 Nights

Price fromUSD$9,495

The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and these expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. The archipelago is home to the iconic polar bear, as well as whales, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and tens of thousands of seabirds. Exploring the tundra is a breathtaking experience - the natural beauty of the landscape is exhilarating, surprisingly colorful and so striking.

Highlights include: Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer; take advantage of continuous daylight; hike the tundra and explore the polar desert; cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more; and immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures.

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.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic map

Day 1: Oslo, Norway 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 to your included airport hotel.

Day 2: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board a 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 your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 11: Exploring Spitsbergen Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places you may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas.

The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brunnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won't soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you're itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options. In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you'll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife, a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Day 12: Longyearbyen > Oslo The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, you'll be transferred to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo (included in the Mandatory Transfer Package).

Important Reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy - and excitement - of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team 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. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected but not guaranteed. Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not a guarantee.

• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board • Beer and house wine during dinner • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily programme • Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Complimentary reusable water bottle • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person

Mandatory Transfer Package Includes: • One night's pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel with breakfast • Return charter flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN SINGLE EXTRAS

2022

21 & 31 May, Ultramarine

Explorer Suite

Balcony Suite

Deluxe Balcony Suite

Terrace Suite

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19 June, Ocean Adventurer

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Departs

2022 21, 31 May
19 Jun 2023 8 May
4 ,7, 22 Jun

Booking conditions

• Baggage allowance on charter flight is 20 kg checked and 5 kg carry-on • Single cabin prices available on request

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• 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 - strongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Additional overnight accommodation • Any Adventure Options

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 in 2022 & 2023

Early booking offer: • Up to 25% savings on select voyages for departures between May 2022 - Sep 2023. • Subject to availability.

Additional full payment bonus: • 10% saving on select voyages departing 1 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 • Full payment must be received no later than 30 days after the booking is confirmed.

Offers are valid for new bookings made by 5 Jan 2022 and applies to the voyage fare only. Please contact World Journeys for up to date details, terms and conditions at the time of booking.