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Tromsø, Bear Island and Spitsbergen Fjords and Bears

12 days

Venture from Tromsø deeper into the Arctic Circle past iconic fjords towards the usually ice-bound Svalbard Archipelago. We’ll discover the rarely-visited Bear Island, an important bird area. We’ll explore the wildlife haven of Spitsbergen, a rugged land of deep fjords, mountains and ice sheets. And we’ll spend our time here searching for walrus, seals, reindeer, arctic fox and the illusive polar bear. You’ll also marvel at the colorfully-carpeted tundra which we’ll be able to see first-hand on some of our hikes.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Unique Arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer
  • Polar desert exploration
  • Continuous daylight
  • Hiking and Zodiac cruising
  • Snowshoeing on selected expeditions
  • Optional kayak adventure on selected expeditions
  • Combine this voyage with Scotland to Norway: Crossing the Arctic Circle

Day 1 — Tromso, Norway

You may plan to arrive early to see all that Tromso has to offer before boarding the Sea Adventurer in the afternoon.

Day 2 — Hammerfest

Hammerfest is known as the center of Sami culture, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.

Day 3 — Porsangerfjorden and Nordkapp

Porsangerfjorden is Norway’s fourth longest fjord at 76mi (123km) and an amazing example of the legendary Norwegian fjords.

Day 4 — Bear Island

Days 5 to 11 — Exploring Spitsbergen

We’ll sail around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north.

Day 12 — Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen.
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Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Every Quark Arctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. We also offer kayaking on most of our voyages; a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic.

The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer, with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this Polar environment.

You’ll and each hike is different — exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what you can expect prior to each excursion.


  • Optional on most Arctic voyages
  • All guides and instructions are provided by Quark
  • No experience is required; optional lengths and levels of hiking offered