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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

11 days

If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and Walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic".

What The Nature Conservancy & Quark Expeditions Partnership Means for Polar Travelers

Special Interests

Help Inspire Change

Are you interested in environmentalism? Learning first-hand from scientists, researchers and special guests onboard is an eco-tourist's dream come true. Having a chance to meet these experts is truly inspirational. Our partnerships with international charities make for very reward and educational expeditions.

The Nature Conservancy is an international environmental organization that works to protect and conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

They will be providing environmental experts to the staff of one Spitsbergen Explorer voyage in 2018, showing how we can identify climate change in our most fragile environments:

Polar Bear International is dedicated to the conservation of polar bears and to eradicate the threats they face due to climate change, global warming, sea-ice loss, and the impacts of industrialization.

PBI experts will be joining one Spitsbergen Explorer voyage in 2018, who will demonstrate how technology and photography aid in their field research.

If you're interested in discussing any of these voyages more, talk to a Quark Polar Travel Advisor at 888.979.4073

 

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, reindeer
  • Polar desert exploration
  • Continuous daylight
  • Tundra Hiking
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Snowshoeing on select expeditions
  • Optional kayak adventure on select expeditions

Day 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Embark in Longyearbyen, where you’ll get great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop to this seaside settlement.

Days 2 to 10 — Exploring Spitsbergen

Explore western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. You’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Day 11 — Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen.
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Adventure Options Ramp Up 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.

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.

Pricing subject to change based on season. Please proceed to checkout or contact a Polar Travel Adviser for more details. 

Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay

Reaching the Arctic can be as fun as being there. Quark offers various travel packages that let you see more of the world before and after your Arctic 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

“Once-in-a-Lifetime” Adventure

“When I told people about the expedition I was going to take, everyone said it’s a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ adventure. I sincerely hope it wont be! We had a wonderful time. Experiencing nature at its most glorious and majestic. This truly was an adventure to remember. True glaciers, the animals and the shores we visited were fascinating - and the Quark team was one of a kind! Thanks a lot!”

Michael Fainstein

Spitsbergen Voyage, July 11, 2013

The Walrus

The largest pinniped in the Arctic, the walrus has a curious scientific name. Odobenus rosmarus means ‘tooth-walking sea horse’. In case you were wondering, no the walrus does not walk on its tusks nor is it related to any horses.

Daily Briefings and Recaps

You will have regular briefings throughout the voyage. These briefings allow your Expedition Leader and Team to provide you with information about upcoming landings and any itinerary changes that may occur. During your recap sessions you are encouraged to share your experience and wildlife sightings or ask questions about the places you have just visited.