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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Mixed Board Basis 11 nights from €6,649 per person Including Flights


Embark on a 12-day voyage to Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago and the "wildlife capital of the Arctic." This extended itinerary, building on our Spitsbergen Highlights and Intro to Spitsbergen trips, focuses on the western and extreme northern/southern regions of the island.

It offers unparalleled opportunities to encounter an array of Arctic wildlife, including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, numerous seabirds, and the iconic polar bear.

This longer journey not only enhances wildlife watching prospects but also provides ample time to traverse the vast tundra, admire the vibrant Arctic wilderness, and engage in our comprehensive onboard educational and lecture programs. Join our expert and passionate team for an unforgettable exploration of the High Arctic.(Q)


  • Journey round Spitsbergen in search of natural and cultural sites
  • Visit the arctic region and seek out polar bears, reindeer and seals
  • Board the luxurious Ultramarine to enhance your experience
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight
  • Hike the tundra and explore the polar desert
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Arrive in Helsinki

Start your Arctic journey in Helsinki, a city celebrated for its unique architecture and fascinating blend of eastern and western culture. Should you arrive ahead of time, take the opportunity to discover its numerous museums, galleries, and eateries. Unwind in a traditional Finnish sauna or explore the lively Design District. Your accommodation in Helsinki is included, ensuring a comfortable stay before your adventure continues.

Day 2

Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark

This morning, the group will head to the airport for a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Spitsbergen. As your ship departs, take in the initial breathtaking sight of the island's rugged mountains, crowned with glaciers and emerging from the icy waters.

Days 3 to 11

Exploring Spitsbergen

Discover the diverse landscapes of western Spitsbergen and its northern islands. With polar deserts, immense glaciers, and a rich variety of wildlife, each journey offers unique experiences, shaped by varying weather and ice conditions. Our flexible itinerary may include visits to the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet, and the Hinlopen Strait, prioritizing prime wildlife spots and historical and geological significance.

Spitsbergen, a haven for wildlife photographers, is an Arctic paradise for observing polar bears, walruses, and a plethora of bird life, including Brünnich’s guillemots at Alkefjellet's towering cliffs. Witness the impressive gatherings of walruses and consider pre-booking a sea kayaking adventure for an up-close experience.

The island's tundra transforms into a vibrant landscape in summer, dotted with wildflowers. Each day brings new sights, from majestic icebergs and resting polar bears to relics of past explorations, offering a continual feast for the senses in this pristine Arctic wilderness.

Day 12

Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

Your Arctic journey concludes where it started, in the pioneer-like town of Longyearbyen. We'll escort you to the airport for your group charter flight back to Helsinki, which is part of the transfer package. It's now the moment to bid farewell.

  • International flights
  • Expert Expedition Leader guidance, including shore excursions and various activities during the voyage.
  • Daily Zodiac transfers and cruising as per schedule.
  • Scheduled shore landings each day.
  • Shipboard lodging with daily room service.
  • Comprehensive onboard dining - all meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices (Dietary needs should be communicated in advance; note that kosher meals are not available).
  • Selected beer and wine at dinner, plus 24-hour access to coffee, tea, and cocoa.
  • Educational talks and presentations by the Expedition Team and guest lecturers.
  • A photo album chronicling the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings and Zodiac excursions.
  • Complimentary Quark Expeditions® parka.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes provided in each cabin.
  • All service taxes and port fees included.
  • Onboard luggage handling.
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance up to $500,000 per person.
  • Transfers between Longyearbyen centre and port on the days of boarding and disembarking.

What's Not Included:

  • Meals on land, except as specified.
  • Personal insurance for baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical needs - highly advised.
  • Fees for overweight luggage on both international and domestic flights.
  • Required waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising and any other unmentioned gear.
  • Personal expenses like laundry, bar, and others not specified.
  • Charges for phone and internet use (connection quality may vary by location).
  • Optional tips for the ship's staff and crew at voyage's end.
  • Extra overnight stays.
  • Adventure activities not included in the standard package.

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