Exploration of Svalbard Cruise

Ola Skinnarmo
Zodiac tour to see an arctic walrus.
Johan Berge
Small fishing village in Norway.
Amazing wildlife encounters await
A polar bear watches as you cruise by
Arctic beauty
Sue Werner
Dining aboard the Ocean Nova.
Sue Werner
Guests of the Ocean Nova listening to the captain speak.
Visit Svalbard during the second half of the season on this Arctic expedition cruise. The ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom visited eastern parts. During this expedition we explore the archipelago, searching for wildlife such as polar bears, walrus and whales. If lucky, we will be able to circumnavigate Spitsbergen or explore the spectacular Nordaustlandet.

Day 1

    Embark in Longyearbyen

    Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark your expedition ship in the afternoon. Sail out through the spectacular Ice Fjord.

    Days 2-10


      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 encountered. The goal is to make daily landings with Zodiac craft – here are some examples of places you may visit:

      Northwest Svalbard
      In the scientific village of Ny Alesund, Arctic terns nest by the main street. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. On the islands of Danskoya, Amsterdamoya and Ytre Norskoya find remnants from the bustling activity during the 17th century whaling period. Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on Danskøya. 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 pinkfooted geese nest in the area and if lucky we 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 Brünnich’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.

      Eastern Svalbard
      The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of melt-waterfalls. Even further east is Kvitøya (White Island). In very favorable ice and weather conditions, you may land on this ice-capped island where few people have set foot. Here Andrée and his men were found 33 years after their unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole with a hydrogen balloon. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances are good to encounter walrus, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer here.

      Hinlopen and Alkefjellet
      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. Continue into the beautiful bay of Palanderbukta in Nordaustlandet.

      Southwest Svalbard
      The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks. This is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard's polar bears.

      Day 11


        Early morning reach Longyearbyen 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!

        Rates includes: 10 nights on board the Ocean Nova (PQ), all meals, an experienced expedition leader and knowledgeable naturalist guides/lecturers, lectures on board and ashore, all shore excursions and activities by Zodiac, a detailed post-expedition log.

        Not included: Flight to/from Longyearbyen, travel and cancellation insurance, customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.

        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.