If there is such a thing as a "classic" Arctic expedition cruise, this would be it! Join the Ocean Nova on this 11-day voyage to get the best of Spitsbergen. Explore the western edge of the island and venture into some northern outlying areas, where polar bears and walruses make their homes. Come across colonies of seabirds and watch for whales. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic."
Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Norway | Embark Days 2-10 : Exploring Spitsbergen Day 11 : Longyearbyen | Disembark
Cruise stunning fjords, glaciers & outlying islands in search of wildlife
Learn and appreciate the island's history, geology, and unique culture
Grab a walking stick and explore tundra, rugged coastlines, and calm bays
Ramp up your expedition with optional kayaking and snowshoeing adventures
Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, take in excellent views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.
Sail around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition covers western Spitsbergen as well as some 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.
Each expedition presents new opportunities, so there is no fixed itinerary - however your ship's crew does have some favorite destinations: 14th of July Glacier, Smeereburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet, and the Hinlopen Strait.
The destinations visited on your voyage are selected for optimum wildlife viewing and for appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alekfjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won't forget. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you're itching to get a little closer to the action, take a sea-kayak excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion (on selected voyages), as you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned hut from centuries ago.
Day 11 Longyearbyen | Disembark
The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Averaging 157 sq ft. Equipped with 4 twin beds (two lower berths, two upper berths). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Averaging 140 sq ft. Equipped with 3 twin beds (two lower berths, one upper berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Upper (Lower Berth) Deck Twin
Averaging 90 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds (one upper berth and one lower berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Upper Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 115 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
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Bridge Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 105 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged. Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.
Mandatory medical insurance: Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation.
Important Reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy - and excitement - of expedition travel. When traveling in remote areas, your expedition staff must allow the sea, ice, and weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you can experience on this voyage. Please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Included in your cruise fare:
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
Beer and wine during dinner
All shore landings per the daily program
Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
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
Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
All luggage handling aboard ship
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation day
Transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to ship on embarkation day
Group transfer to Longyearbyen airport on disembarkation day
Rates do not include:
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
Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
Excess baggage charges on international flights
Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
Initial deposit is 25% of cruise fare (minimum $1200) plus the cost of kayaking (if applicable), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure by Bank transfer, check or credit card.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!