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Svalbard with Lofoten & Bear Island

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard M/S Quest (Sea Endurance)
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Join this expedition cruise along the stunning coastline and magnificent fjords of northern Norway, via the seldom visited and legendary Bear Island to the realm of the polar bear: Svalbard. Visit Lofoten and Bear Island as the sea eagles’ eggs hatch and the cliffs are teeming with tens of thousands of birds. Svalbard greets you with glittering ice, snow covered mountain tops, midnight sun and magnificent wildlife. This expedition allows you to explore some of the most impressive nature and unique wildlife of the Arctic during your adventure through the High Arctic archipelago.
  • Visit the fishing village of Reine, voted as Norway's most beautiful place
  • See Nusfjord, on UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden structures
  • Explore one of the largest seabird colonies of the North Atlantic
  • Cruise the favorite haunts for some of Svalbard’s many polar bears
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Bodø, Norway

Arrive in Bodø and board the MS Quest. Once you settle into your comfortable cabins, be welcomed by the guides and crew and familiarize yourself with the expedition ship. Then begin the sea voyage towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands.

Day 2: Vedøya | Reine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast take your first zodiac trip around the spectacular island Vedøya with its tens of thousands of nesting sea birds, also often frequented by eagles. Sail along the southern side of Lofoten, a vast collection of rocky islands rising from the sea, towards Reine. Overlooking Kirkefjord, this charming fishing village has been voted as Norway's most beautiful place.

Day 3: Nusfjord | Trollfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's journey begins in Nusfjord, one of the most preserved and picturesque fishing communities in the area, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden structures. Go ashore and explore the local shops and cod fisheries on this historic village. Then continue to cruise along the Lofoten wall and arrive at the stunning Trollfjorden. In the afternoon, head out to sea and head towards Bear Island. On the way, travel through a well-known whale watching area.

Day 4: Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your sea journey to further northern latitudes continues. Interesting lectures provided on board introduce you to the fascinating history and rich wildlife of the Arctic.

Day 5: Bear Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board a Zodiac and explore this fascinating rocky island in the middle of the Barents Sea. Explore one of the largest seabird colonies of the North Atlantic, situated on vertical 400-meter cliffs. Tens of thousands of guillemots nest here, as well as puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, and glaucous gulls. Continue your journey into the Arctic waters to Svalbard, a vast, glaciated archipelago dominated by wild, pointed mountain ranges and one of the world's most magnificent wildernesses.

Day 6-9: Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
It is early in the season so the route naturally depends on the weather and ice conditions. These are examples of places you might visit:

During this time of the year there is often ice in the vast Storfjorden between the islands of Edgeøya and Spitsbergen. Your crew tries to get as far north as possible along Spitsbergen’s east coast. Certainly keep your eyes open for polar bears.

Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers let go of shimmering blue ice floes. On the southern side of the fjord pass one of the highest mountains in Svalbard, Hornsundstinden. This is one of the favorite haunts for some of Svalbard’s many polar bears.

At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. Go ashore and walk across the tundra to take a closer look at the mountain, where barnacle geese and Brünnich’s guillemots nest.

At the entrance of Isfjorden is the giant cliff Alkhornet, several hundred meters high. Go ashore to enjoy the beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Some arctic foxes live in the rock crevices around the mountain and with some luck you might see these lovely little animals scurrying around, looking for food.

Day 10: Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive to Longyearbyen early in the morning and begin your journey home.

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Travelers resting and taking in the view.



M/S Quest (Sea Endurance)

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Quest's Triple Cabin
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Triple Cabin
Triple Cabin with upper and lower berths. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Twin Cabin
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Twin Cabin
Twin Cabin with two twin beds. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Twin Plus
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Twin Cabin Plus
Twin Cabin Plus with two twin beds. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Double Cabin
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Double Cabin
Double Cabin with one double bed. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Double Superior
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Double Cabin Superior
Double Cabin Superior with one large double bed. Located on Deck 3.
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Owners Cabin
Owners Cabin with one large double bed. Located on Deck 4.
Quest's Twin Cabin
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Solo Twin Cabin
Twin Cabin for solo use. Same cabins as the Twin Cabin, located on Deck 3.


Please note: The exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The crew will always strive to maximize your experience. Please keep in mind that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Rate includes:
- All meals
- An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides
- Lectures on board and ashore
- All excursions and activities
- A detailed post-expedition log

Not included:
- Flights to Bodø and 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 Sea Endurance 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.


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