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Spitsbergen Circumnavigation Big Island, Big Adventure

13 days

Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which we will attempt to circumnavigate on this voyage. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, it is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing Arctic wildlife Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations. Offering one of the world’s best opportunity to view polar bears, you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, while you may catch a sighting of reindeer or Arctic fox when taking Zodiac excursions to land.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • The complete Svalbard experience
  • Unique Arctic wildlife – Polar bears, walrus, reindeer
  • Exploring the Polar desert
  • Continuous daylight
  • Tundra hiking
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Optional kayak adventure on select expeditions

Day 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Board your ship in Longyearbyen and enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.

Days 2 to 12 — Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands.

Day 13 — Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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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.

$595 per person

Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit.

Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

Offered on most Arctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark. Please contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser for more information.

Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay

Getting to the Antarctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Antarctic adventure.

 

Explore Helsinki Package

This package includes an extra night and tour of Helsinki, a capital with extraordinary architecture and an intriguing blend of eastern and western influences. Experience a Finnish sauna and visit their spectacular church carved into a giant rock. Extend this package to five days and take the ferry across the Gulf of Finland to visit Tallinn, Estonia’s medieval walled capital.

Expedition Facts

More Wildlife Than Expected

“This has been a wonderful expedition and we saw far more wildlife than expected. The zodiac cruises were amazing and the length of cruises appropriate. Thank you all very much for giving us such a memorable holiday”.

Ruth Procter

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation Voyage, July 11, 2013

First Circumnavigation

Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago have been known to exist since the time of the Vikings and the first circumnavigation of the archipelago was by a Dutch whaler named Cornelis Giles in 1707.

Kayaking in Spitsbergen

"I am of the Kayakers and this is a MAJOR reason I am on the second Quark Expeditions. For this expedition, a total of 11 outtings in just as many days was outstanding and went beyond my expectation. Scott as a kayak expert is knowledgeable on skills and understands the different levels among the kayakers. He was in all a great leader for our fleet. I will certainly join another polar expedition".

Francis Chan

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation Voyage, July 11, 2013