Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

11 Days/10 Nights Roundtrip Longyearbyen, Norway

Price fromUSD$8,195

• Encounter arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer • Explore the polar desert • Take advantage of continuous daylight • Hike the tundra • Cruise in a Zodiac • Snowshoe on select expeditions • Enjoy optional kayak adventure opportunities

If there is such a thing as a "classic" arctic expedition, this is it. This 11-day itinerary is a bit more in-depth than our introduction itinerary, and you'll see the best of the Spitsbergen archipelago by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to outlying northern areas, home to polar bears and walrus. You'll come across colonies of seabirds numbering in the tens of thousands and watch for whales from the deck of the ship. Packed with activity, this is the perfect expedition to explore the "wildlife capital of the Arctic."

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic map

Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway Your Spitsbergen adventure begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island's largest settlement. As you embark, you'll enjoy great views of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this seaside village.

Day 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.

Each expedition presents new opportunities, so we have no fixed itinerary; however, we do hope to visit some of our favorite destinations, including the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.

The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsøya being one of their preferred hunting areas, since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the arctic fox. Torellneset and Phippsøya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won't soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you're itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary on select voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historic site honors the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you'll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Day 11: Depart Longyearbyen The time to say goodbye has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy""and excitement""of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you'll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Your Ships

Ocean Nova Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as a modern and comfortable ship in the Polar Regions. Ocean Nova's ice strengthened hull has enabled the ship to sail the ice-choked waters, carrying a maximum of 78 passengers. Quark Expeditions® is also pleased to offer certified CarbonNeutral® voyages on the Ocean Nova.

Ocean Adventurer (Formerly known as Sea Adventurer) The Ocean Adventurer is a comfortable vessel with spacious cabins, which all have private bathroom facilities and exterior views. Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Adventurer was built in 1976, and underwent extensive upgrades in 2017. This multi-million dollar investment included renovations to the interior of the ship, significant technical upgrades, and the addition of a new cabin category, the Owner's Suites. The refurbishment gave the ship new bathrooms in every cabin, and upgrades to the Lounge, Dining Room, gym, and suites. Technical enhancements "“ including two new engines, generators, gear boxes, drive systems, and re-bladed propellers "“ resulted in increased fuel efficiency, and a minimized carbon footprint.

• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily programme • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation • Transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship on embarkation day • Group transfer from the ship to Longyearbyen airport or a local designated drop-off location on disembarkation day

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN

2017

Ocean Nova

Upper/Lower

Upper Deck

Bridge Deck

Sea Adventurer

Lower Deck

Main Deck Porthole

Main Deck Window

Superior

Deluxe

Suite

-

-

$8,995

$9,495

$9,995

-

$8,195

$9,095

$10,095

$11,195

$12,395

$13,695

2018

Upper/Lower

Bridge Deck

Upper Deck

-

$9,295

$9,895

$10,595

Departs

2017 Ocean Nova Jun 5, 23 Jul 3 Sea Adventurer Jun 28 Jul 8, 26 2018 Ocean Nova Jun 12, 22

Booking conditions

• Other categories of cabin available on request . • Single cabin prices available on request. Please note that if you are a solo traveller taking advantage of the 'Request Share' program, not all cabins apply. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• International airfare • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance"”strongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Additional overnight accommodation • Optional kayaking activities

Gratuity

• Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.

Book by 31 March and save US$1,500

Valid on the following departures: 23 June 2017, Ocean Nova, Cabins: Bridge Deck Twin only 3 July 2017, Ocean Nova, Cabins: Bridge Deck Twin only 8 July 2017, Ocean Adventurer, Cabins: Lower Deck, Main Deck Porthole & Main Deck Window. Subject to availability.