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Embark on the M/S Quest and enjoy this incredible 9-day Svalbard Adventure. 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 polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales and more on this enduring Arctic tour. This Arctic pearl has fascinated explorers for centuries, starting with Willem Barentzs, who discovered the main island Spitsbergen in 1596.
Exploring the chilly Arctic
Highlights
  • Make landings every day with Zodiac craft as you cruise the High Arctic
  • Explore countless spectacular fjords and glaciers of immense natural beauty
  • Receive raucous greetings by the large numbers of nesting seabirds
  • Search for polar bears and bearded seal on the fjord ice
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Day 1: Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your included hotel.

Day 2-8: Embark | Explore Svalbard

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 are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife encountered. 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.

Virgohamna, Danskøya
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the Island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

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.

The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.

North Spitsbergen
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.

Southwest Spitsbergen
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day you can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 9: Disembark in Longyearbyen

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

Please note: The itinerary is for guidance only. Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions, wildlife, and government regulations. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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M/S Quest

The Quest carries 53 passengers to the Arctic

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Triple Cabin with upper and lower berths. Located on Deck 3.
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Twin Cabin with two twin beds. Located on Deck 3.
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Twin Cabin Plus with two twin beds. Located on Deck 3.
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Double Cabin with one double bed. Located on Deck 3.
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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 with one large double bed. Located on Deck 4.
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Solo Twin Cabin
Twin Cabin for solo use. Same cabins as the Twin Cabin, located on Deck 3.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 100% Climate Compensated
  • All excursions and activities
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides
  • 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen

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