Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

9 Days / 8 Nights Roundtrip Longyearbyen Norway

Price fromUSD$6,895

• Encounter unique arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer • Take advantage of continuous daylight • Hike the tundra • Cruise in a Zodiac • Enjoy optional kayak adventure opportunities

This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You'll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team on board the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari map

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

Days 2 to 8: Exploring Spitsbergen We cruise around this magical island, on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do have some favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Straight. The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Hornsund being one of their preferred hunting areas and the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet providing many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Poolepynton is great for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won't forget either. These lumbering giants of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

If you're itching for a more personal and intimate view of the arctic scenery, then taking an optional kayaking excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen is highly recommended. Smeerenburg is a great place for an optional snowshoeing excursion, if conditions permit. You can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical 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, a polar bear on the hunt, or a century-old abandoned hut.

Day 9: Disembarkation Day in 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 travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above 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 program • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • 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 designated drop-off location downtown on disembarkation day

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN

2017 Departures

Ocean Nova

Jun 15

Upper/Lower

Upper Deck

Bridge Deck

Ocean Adventurer(formerly known as Sea Adventurer)

Jun 20

Jul 18

Lower Deck

Main Deck - Port Hole

Main Deck - Window

Superior

Deluxe

Suite

Owner's Suite

-

-

-

$6,995

$7,395

$7,895

-

-

-

$6,895

$7,595

$8,395

$9,295

$10,295

$11,395

$12,595

2018 Departures

Ocean Nova

Jun 4

Upper/Lower

Bridge Deck

Upper Deck

Ocean Adventurer(formerly known as Sea Adventurer)

Jun 14, 22

Lower Deck

Main Deck - Port Hole

Main Deck - Window

Superior

Deluxe

Suite

Owner's Suite

-

-

-

$7,495

$7,995

$8,495

-

-

$7,295

$7,995

$8,895

$9,765

$10,895

$11,995

$13,295

Departs

2017 Departures Ocean Nova
Jun 15 Sea Adventurer
Jun 20
Jul 18 2018 Departures Ocean Nova
Jun 4 Ocean Adventurer
Jun 14, 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 $1,500 USD

Valid for 15 June 2017 departure on Ocean Nova, Cabins: Bridge Deck Twin only. Valid for new bookings made until March 31, 2017 only. Applies to voyage only; cabins limited. Not applicable to North Pole voyages and land-based programs, Adventure Options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance, flights, or group bookings.

Book by 28 April 2017 to save up to US$2,500 per person on 2018 sailings!

Book and deposit by 28 April 2017 to save on departures June to September 2018. Standard Cabin:save US$1,500 per person Premium Cabin:save US$2,500 per person Offer applies to voyage only, excludes quad and triple cabins, and does not apply to Adventure Options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance etc. Offer is subject to availability, and Quark has the right to limit, change or discontinue the promotion at any time without notice.