Polar Bear Quest Cruise

Oscar Westman
A polar bear with her cub.
Johanna Vakkila
Touring icebergs in a zodiac.
A polar bear watches as you cruise by
Ola Skinnarmo
Zodiac tour to see an arctic walrus.
Amazing wildlife encounters await
Ronald Visser
Dining aboard the Quest.
Adam Rheborg
Dining aboard the Quest.
Visit Svalbard early in the season on this Arctic cruise, when the midnight sun reigns supreme. The bird colonies are teeming with life and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are snow-covered. Ice still keeps the islands in its grip and you can admire the ever-changing ice formations while searching for walrus, polar bears and much, much more on an unforgettable Arctic tour.

Day 1

    Embark in Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel.

    Days 2-8


    Start your adventure in Svalbard by exploring the High Arctic capital of Longyearbyen. In the afternoon embark your expedition ship and sail out through the spectacular Ice Fjord. You are now in a part of the world where you will be totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Your ambition is to make landings every day with the rigid Zodiac craft – here are some examples of places you may visit:

    Prins Karls Forland

    This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent, snow-covered mountain chain. The island is home to many seabirds and harbour seals.

    Barentsburg and Ny Alesund

    Not far from Norwegian Longyearbyen is the Russian enclave Barentsburg, a fascinating coal mining settlement. In the scientific village of Ny Alesund, Arctic terns nest by the main street and wild reindeer grazing are often seen. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.

    Northwest Svalbard

    On the islands of Danskoya, Amsterdamoya, and Ytre Norskoya there are still visible remnants from the bustling activity during the 17th century whaling period. Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on Danskoya. Swedish balloonist Andree made an attempt with hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started out with airship. The site is still littered with interesting remnants from these expeditions.

    Fantastic Fjords

    Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey explore a few of them such as:

    Liefdefjorden -meaning "the fjord of love", is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and at its base hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area and if lucky see the rare king eider.

    In Krossfjorden delight in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnich`s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs.

    Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers, it is also a favorite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with life.

    North Spitsbergen and Hinlopen

    North of Spitsbergen meet the pack ice edge. Not many ships venture here and marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as you sail along the ice floes. If the ice allows enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet (Auk Mountain), a sheer, basaltic cliff, which is the home to some 200,000 Brünnich`s guillemots.

    Day 9

    • Breakfast

    Disembarkation in Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen in the early morning and begin your journey home.
    Please note: Your exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned above are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. Your crew will always strive to maximize your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

    Rate includes:
    -One night in hotel in Longyearbyen
    -All meals
    -An experienced expedition leader and knowledgeable guides
    -Lectures on board and ashore
    -All shore excursions by Zodiac
    -An illustrated post-expedition logbook

    Not included:
    -Flight to/from Longyearbyen
    -Travel and cancellation insurance
    -Customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
    -Personal expenses such as bar and shop

    Fuel Surcharge Policy:
    The Quest reserves the right to change prices due to exceptional changes in costs for transports, fuel prices, taxes, fees or any other unforeseen cost incurred. The expedition price is based on a fuel price of USD $110 per barrel. 30 days prior to date of final payment an assessment of the fuel price will be performed, and a possible surcharge will be invoiced in conjunction with this.
    Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Ytre Norskøya Island, Barentsburg
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