Variety is the spice of this adventure, named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Check three different Arctic regions off your list, heading above the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, to the remote East Greenland and ending in beguiling Iceland. The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three Arctic tours de force never cease to impress.
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.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Marvel at one of National Geographic Travelers’ 50 Tours of a Lifetime
- Experience the glaciers and wildlife of Spitsbergen
- Explore a remote fjord-strewn coast of Greenland
- Cruise in a Zodiac
- Hike the tundra
- Take advantage of optional kayak adventure opportunities
Day 1 — Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway
Days 2 to 5 — Spitsbergen, Norway
Days 6 and 7 — Greenland Sea
Days 8 to 11 — East Greenland
Day 12 — Denmark Strait
Day 13 — Depart Reykjavik
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.
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.
Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.
“Odden Ice Tongue”
The Greenland Sea was home to a seasonal ice bridge called the “Odden Ice Tongue”. Last formed in 1997, this bridge of sea ice would form from the eastern edge of Greenland halfway to Svalbard, reaching Jan Mayen Island. The name came from the way the ice was formed in the currents of the Greenland Sea, which made it resemble a tongue.
The Quark Expedition Team Is Exceptional
“The Quark expeditions team is, as always, EXCEPTIONAL!! Their level of quality of care, enthusiasm, knowledge, friendliness, safety and passion exceed expectations. My first experience with the Quark family was earlier in the year with a trip to Antarctica. I was so happy with my experience that I had to book another trip with them later in the same year to the other end of the World - The Arctic, which was another great experience. I’m looking forward to where the Quark family can take me next!”
Three Arctic Islands, Sept. 4, 2012