Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari — Reviews
Most exciting and wonderful, and educational experience of my life, thank you to all the experts for sharing so much information on the animals and arctic region, cruise staff and fellow passengers for making this trip one I will remember forever. Carolyn T
This was such a great experience! The arctic is its own beautiful playground and then add in the wildlife- it was a once in a lifetime trip. The crew of the Ocean Adventurer went above and beyond in working to have us see as much of the wildlife as possible. There were dolphins, beluga whales, reindeer, puffins, arctic foxes and polar bears!
The kayaking was like nothing I've ever done. Paddling with the icebergs was amazing.
The expedition team was so knowledgeable and just as excited as we were when there was something to see!
The hotel staff were friendly and made an effort to get to know you. The food was delicious and plenty of options every meal. Nothing but rave reviews for them.
I'm ready to make the trip back for more!!
I had been wanting to go to the Arctic for a long time. I looked forward to my trip with very high expectations. My experience with Quark in the Arctic exceeded all my expectations! I can't say enough good things about the expedition leaders. I learned so much from each one of them. It was good having specialists in many so fields. The zodiac cruises were the highlight of the trip. I was apprehensive the first ride but soon felt safe and at home on the zodiac. Our leaders were great at helping us to see the wildlife and teaching us about what we saw. The BBQ out on the deck was a treat. The very best part of the trip was getting a call at 10:00 pm to come out on deck to see a polar bear. We got to watch him for an hour and a half. He was just below the ship. The captain was very good about getting the ship as close to the wildlife as possible and keeping the ship still so that we could enjoy the wildlife for as long as they were in sight. One day, beluga whales were spotted and we got to watch them until they were out of sight. Another day, we saw mom, dad and six baby reindeer. We got to observe them until mom and dad called the babies and they all ran off. We met many new friends from all over the world. We are now planning our trip to Antarctica with Quark.
We took this trip hoping to see wildlife, and it truly exceeded expectations. Also, the Ocean Nova was a very nice ship - highly recommended. What really surprised me was the quality of the Quark guides. They were highly educated in diverse fields and were all very personable. We are so glad we chose to do this and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
I had an amazing time on this trip. All the expedition staff and crew were friendly and helpful. Everything was clearly communicated and organized. I hope to travel with Quark again.
The only item I would have struck from the agenda was the trip to Barentsberg, as it wasn't about an indigenous culture nor was it about nature/wildlife, so it seemed very out of place.