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".
Spitsbergen Destination Guide
Our Spitsbergen destination guide is your best resource for learning everything there is to know about the Realm of the Polar Bear. Visitors can experience some the Arctic’s best outdoor adventure, learn about a rich culture and history, explore Longyearbyen, the world’s northern-most town, and witness the midnight sun in all its glory.
The guide features details about what you can experience on our expeditions, useful travel tips and even a packing checklist.
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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
Days 2 to 10 — Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 11 — Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen
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.
Iceland Experience Package
From the charming city of Reykjavik, to the therapeutic waters of the Blue lagoon, and the bubbling hot springs of Thingveller National Park, you will be mesmerized by the unique beauty and striking geography of this Nordic island. Iceland offers adventures for every activity and skill level – ask about the other options available to enjoy the fresh air and explore the dramatic landscape.
“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!”
Spitsbergen Voyage, July 11, 2013
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.