The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this unforgettable 12-day voyage, you will discover why. This journey has been designed to maximize time on the west and northern/southern tips of the island, providing you optimal chances to witness the remarkable array of creatures who call this spectacular yet forbidding environment home—including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, seabirds by the thousands, and that most iconic of Arctic residents, the polar bear.We are thrilled to partner with Quark Expeditions for this amazing adventure. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.
- Explore the most remote corner of the earth
- Travel safely and comfortably aboard an ice-strengthened expedition vessel
- Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
- Experience abundant wildlife: whales, walruses, reindeer, polar bears and more
- Set out on an adventure like no other!
Your Arctic adventure begins in
Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary
architecture and intriguing mix of
eastern and western influences. If you
arrive early, explore the many museums,
galleries and restaurants, relax at a
Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant
Design District before retiring at your
This morning, the group will transfer
to the airport and board our private
charter flight to Longyearbyen,
Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where
you’ll have some time to explore before
embarkation. As your ship sets sail,
enjoy your first view of the island’s
rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising
majestically from icy waters.
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. As
you cruise around this magical island
located above the Arctic Circle, your
Expedition Team will constantly be
searching for wildlife.
Each expedition presents new
opportunities and different weather
and ice, so we have no fixed itinerary;
however, some of the places we may
visit include the 14th of July Glacier,
Smeerenburg, Phippsøya, Alkhornet
and the Hinlopen Strait.
The island offers multiple opportunities
for wildlife photography. Since
Svalbard’s legendary wildlife habitat
is well-protected and almost entirely
uninhabited, it’s one of the world’s best
places to spot polar bears in their natural
landscapes of ice, Arctic deserts and
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.
In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage
of natural beauty. The tundra can
be surprisingly colorful in summer,
with wildflowers bursting for a taste
of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see
something interesting, whether it is an
ever-changing gallery of spectacular
icebergs, a polar bear resting between
hunts, or abandoned historical site from
The time to say goodbye has come. Your Arctic adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki.
IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must consider the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you may experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected, but not guaranteed. Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed.
**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Single Occupancy cabin - $19,512.25 USD per person
Deposit of $3899 USD at time of booking.
Double Occupancy cabin - $11,491.25 USD per person
Deposit of $2799 USD at time of booking.
Double Occupancy cabin - $12,616.25 USD per person
Deposit of $3099 USD at time of booking.
Final Payment due - February 1, 2023
Additional upper category cabins available by request. If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room.
*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.
High - Moderate Activity
The included acitivity in this tour is fairly moderate but there are more acitive activities available. You should be able to walk for extended periods of time on uneven and possibly slippery terrain and get in and out of a zodiac easily. There are excellent hiking excursions available of various lengths of time
Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is Sarah Boville.
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Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.
Arrive to Oslo
Depart from Oslo
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Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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The newest ship in Quark's fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer.
Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.