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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears
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Spitsbergen Photography In Search of Polar Bears

Spitsbergen Photography In Search of Polar Bears

Starting From:
£9,540 GBP
Duration:
14 days

This unique 14-day voyage invites guests to embrace a true expeditionary spirit: rather than follow a set itinerary, together we’ll allow our search for polar bears and other wildlife to determine our route and shore landings in the pristine Norwegian Arctic. You’ll be experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard our game-changing new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities and the biggest portfolio of Adventure Options in the polar regions. Extensive outer decks, including a wrap around promenade deck and balconies in most cabins mean you’ll always have access to wildlife viewings wherever they may occur.

Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as we pursue our quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; cliff-dwelling Arctic birds in the thousands; and small herds of reindeer loping across the colorful tundra. Not to mention the landscape—snow-topped mountains, massive glacier fronts, deep-walled fjords, and vast swaths of untouched tundra waiting to be photographed. Exploring this awe-inspiring region will capture you with its raw beauty.

Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

Expedition in Brief

View iconic arctic wildlife, like polar bears, walrus and arctic fox

Enjoy continuous daylight, perfect for photography buffs

Cruise in a Zodiac for closer views of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Hike the colorful arctic tundra

Learn techniques and tips from onboard photographe

Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Your Ships

When it comes to polar expeditions, you’re only as good as where your ships can take you. And our diverse fleet of small polar vessels, which includes icebreakers and expedition ships, can take you to places larger ships can’t navigate. View All of Our Ships

Ice Class

1A+

PC6

Cruising Speed

16 knots

in open water

Guests

199

Staff and Crew

140

The newest ship in our fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer. More details

Ultramarine - Deck 2
Deck 2

Ultramarine's off-ship adventures start here on Deck 2. This is where you’ll find the efficiently-designed Ready Rooms A and B next to the Zodiac hangar, where you'll embark on your off-ship adventure options. Ultramarine’s two ready rooms include an individual locker for each guest to safely store and dry personal items and expedition gear between outings. They're  also equipped with benches that are handy when changing attire before or after off-ship excursions. Zodiac embarkation is at water-level which makes for quick deployment.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 3
Deck 3

Deck 3 is where you’ll find Reception, where a crew member is available (during posted hours) to assist you. It’s also where you’ll purchase internet or email access cards and phone cards, arrange for a wake-up call, or settle your accounts at the end of the voyage. Also on Deck 3 is the Polar Boutique, which is stocked with expedition gear and a selection of polar souvenirs. The Clinic is located on Deck 3, as are the Explorer Triples and the Explorer Suites (two of which offer modified layouts and bathrooms for wheelchair accessibility).

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 4
Deck 4

Deck 4 offers guests two categories of suites. The Balcony Suites feature one double or two single beds, and a 52 sq. ft. (4.8 sq. m) balcony, a refrigerator, safe, TV, and a bathroom with shower and heated floors. (Some Balcony Suites offer interconnecting rooms.) The larger Deluxe Balcony Suites feature one double or two single beds, a 70 sq. ft. (6.5 sq. m) balcony, refrigerator, safe, TV, and a bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 5
Deck 5

Deck 5 is home to Balena restaurant, featuring tables that accommodate 2 to 10 guests. Every seat in Ultramarine’s main restaurant offers views of the wraparound deck. At the opposite end of Deck 5 is the state-of-the-art Ambassador Theatre, where guests enjoy daily presentations and films on the high-definition LED wall screen. This space is large enough to accommodate all guests.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 6
Deck 6

During your voyage you may be granted access to the Bridge to observe how the Captain and officers sail and navigate the ship. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how your vessel operates. Strict etiquette applies during Bridge visits which can be facilitated through the Expedition Leader. Also on Deck 6 is a selection of Deluxe Balcony Suites, Ultra Suite, Solo Panorama, Owner’s Suite and Terrane Suites.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 7
Deck 7

Guests can go to Deck 7 to visit Bistro 487, an alternative dining option to the larger Balena restaurant. Here, they'll enjoy selections from the main menu, healthy eating options and light snacks, as well as an early riser’s breakfast, afternoon tea and late night snacks. Also on Deck 7 are the Sauna (with floor-to-ceiling windows), the Library, Tundra Spa, a gym with the latest fitness equipment, and studio space for informal yoga.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama
Ultramarine - Deck 8
Deck 8

Ultramarine’s two twin-engine H145 helicopters enable guests to enjoy the largest selection of off-ship adventures, all of which start at the two helidecks. It’s here on Deck 8 that guests will safely board the two helicopters to experience more unique aerial perspectives and heli-supported activities than are possible on any other ship in the industry.

  • Ultra Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Terrace Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Balcony Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Explorer Triple
  • Solo Panorama

Included Activities

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Hiking
Hiking
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Polar Plunge
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Zodiac cruising in the Arctic
Zodiac
Zodiac Cruising
Zodiacs are used for transferring you ashore, transporting your luggage when necessary and for taking you ocean-level cruising among icebergs, whales and seabirds. During the expedition, you will visit remote and isolated sites th... Read more

Adventure Options

Paddling excursion in the Arctic
Paddling
Paddling Excursion
Every sweep of the paddle as your craft glides through the pristine polar waters creates an incredible soundtrack: the jostle of glacial ice, the lapping of waves against the rocky shore, the perpetual drip from your paddle, the c... Read more
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Sea Kayaking
Positioning yourself in the seat of a kayak is one of the most intimate ways travelers can connect with the polar regions—at water level, up close, where you can touch and feel every polar sensation imaginable. The Sea Kayak Progr... Read more

Departure Dates and Cabins

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  • Departure Date

    May 18 – 31, 2023

  • Itinerary

    14 days

  • Starting from

    Helsinki, Finland

  • Ship

    Ultramarine

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
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Starting from
£9,540 GBP
£10,000 GBP
(Incl. Transfer Package)
Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Extend Your Trip

Getting to the Arctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark Expeditions offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Arctic adventure. Contact Us
The streets of Olso, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Green spaces. Viking heritage. Classic museums. Accessible fjords. What more could you ask for in a capital city? Oslo is situated on Norway’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. The city proper has a population of 672,061 (with 1.3 million in the greater metropolitan area). Many of the cultural institutions, such as the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Sip Museum, are on the Bygdøy Peninsula.

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