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Springtime in Svalbard

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It is spring in the Arctic and it is an indescribable experience to be there and witness the archipelago spring to life. The polar bear yearlings venture out for the first time, the Arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeer still wear their winter fur and seals, and walruses can often be seen resting on the fjord ice. The little auks and the Brünnich’s guillemots have returned to their summer nests and the bird cliffs are teeming with life. This is also a great period to spot the king eider and rock ptarmigan. Join the M/S Quest on this fantastic 9-day voyage that offers you the opportunity to admire the dazzling beauty of the Arctic.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen
Days 2-8 : Embark in Svalbard
Day 9 : Disembarkation in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Enjoy Alkhornet's beautiful tundra and its incredible birdlife
  • Keep your eyes open and search for the exotic wildlife, such as arctic foxes
  • Visit Prins Karls Forland to admire a magnificent and snow-covered mountain
  • Discover Danskøya, where Andrée made an attempt to reach the North Pole

Ship

M/S Quest (Sea Endurance)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Touring icebergs in a zodiac. A polar bear with her cub. Exploring the chilly Arctic Zodiac tour to see an arctic walrus.

Day 1 Longyearbyen

Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2-8 Embark in Svalbard

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Start your adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon embark the expedition ship and head out through Isfjorden. Perhaps make an evening landing before continuing either south or north – all depending on the weather and the current ice situation. Here are some examples of places you may visit:

Alkhornet
At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. 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. Arctic foxes are sometimes seen in the rock crevices around the mountain and with some luck you might see these lovely little animals scurrying around, frantically looking for food.

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

Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden
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. In the nearby Krossfjorden revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs.

Raudfjorden
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 activity.

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.

Bellsund
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 these charming birds.

Hornsund
The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favorite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky you can spot one of them on the fjord ice.

Day 9 Disembarkation in Longyearbyen

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

M/S Quest (Sea Endurance)

Longyearbyen

Per person starting at
$5,290
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 Cabin.
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Twin Cabin Plus
Twin Cabin Plus with two twin beds. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Double Cabin with Double Bed.
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Double Cabin
Double Cabin with one double bed. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Double Superior Cabin.
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Double Cabin Superior
Double Cabin Superior with one large double bed. Located on Deck 3.
Quest's Owner's Cabin.
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Owners Cabin
Owners Cabin with one large double bed. Located on Deck 4.
The Quest's Solo Cabin.
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Solo Twin Cabin
Twin Cabin for solo use. Same cabins as the Twin Cabin, located on Deck 3.

Notes

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:
  • 7 nights on board M/S Quest
  • One night in hotel in Longyearbyen
  • Lunch day 2
  • All meals aboard the ship
  • An experienced expedition leader and knowledgeable guides
  • Lectures on board and ashore
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • 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.
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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!
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