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Arctic Expedition

June 2024

Expedition Cruise

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.

 

Signature Moments

  • 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!
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 1 Nights first class accommodations
  • 10 Nights shipboard accommodations
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day
  • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
  • $250 USD shipboard credit
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
Day 1
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
Welcome to Finland!

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 included hotel.
Accommodations: TBA

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Longyearbyen
Embarkation - Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
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. As you cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, your Expedition Team will constantly be searching for wildlife.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

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.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

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 mountain scenery.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

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.
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Exploring Spitsbergen

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 centuries ago
Accommodations: Ultramarine

Day 12
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition - Spitsbergen
Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Helsinki

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.

Important Details & Pricing

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Solo Panorama:
Single Occupancy cabin - TBA per person
Deposit of TBA at time of booking.

Explorer Suite:
Double Occupancy cabin - TBA per person
Deposit of TBA at time of booking.

Balcony Suite:
Double Occupancy cabin - TBA per person
Deposit of TBA at time of booking.

Final Payment due - TBA

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.

 

Activity Level

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

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • Arrival and Departure transfers in Oslo (Arrival hotel is 450 m from airport, tour ends at Oslo airport)

 

Tour Host

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 TBA.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Oslo
Depart from Oslo

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
TBA

Hotel information will be updated shortly.

Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
Ultramarine

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.

Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
Explorer Suite

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). This suite maximizes interior living space while still offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors. Our entry-level twin suites are the largest available on a ship of this class. Features two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Women's Travel Club Arctic Expedition
Balcony Suite

Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. (21 m2) of indoor living space, and a 52 sq. ft. (4.8 m2) balcony, this entry-level balcony suite is one of the largest available on a ship of this class. This suite is perfect for guests who are looking for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Features two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.