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Ocean Adventurer - 132 Guests

Spitsbergen In Depth

This 14-day itinerary offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen while experiencing all the adventure the island has to offer. This is one of the best regions to see polar bears, walrus and reindeer; plus, the impressive 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet cliff are both birdwatching utopias. You'll also get a glimpse of 16th-century whaling culture at secluded landing sites. This route may include visiting the northernmost Svalbard island of Nordaustlandet if conditions allow.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
    • View numerous arctic bird species, like puffins, arctic terns and purple sandpipers
    • Take advantage of continuous daylight
    • Explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more with included Zodiac cruising
    • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
    • Hike the tundra and polar desert

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person in USD
    Start DateEnd DateTripleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuiteOwner's Suite
    Jul 07, 2022Jul 20, 202210,99513,69515,29516,29517,89517,89523,09524,695
    Jul 07, 2023Jul 20, 202311,99513,99515,49516,99518,49518,49523,49524,995
    Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
    Package Cost: USD 995 per person
    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night (Oslo for 2022 and Helsinki for 2023)
    • Charter flight from Oslo/Helsinki to Longyearbyen
    • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to finishing city (Oslo for 2022 and Helsinki for 2023)
    Rates are listed per person in USD
    Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
    Triple
    (Mid-range)
    Superior
    (High-end)
    Owner's Suite
    Jul 07, 2022Jul 20, 202210,99517,89524,695
    Jul 07, 2023Jul 20, 202311,99518,49524,995
    Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
    Package Cost: USD 995 per person
    • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night (Oslo for 2022 and Helsinki for 2023)
    • Charter flight from Oslo/Helsinki to Longyearbyen
    • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
    • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to finishing city (Oslo for 2022 and Helsinki for 2023)


    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - Arrival Day. Check into your included hotel.

    Note: for 2022 itineraries, the trip will start in Oslo. For 2023, the trip will start in Helsinki.


    Day 2: Embarkation Day in 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.

    Days 3-13: Exploring Spitsbergen

    Expect a new adventure every day as we begin our journey by heading north and around the island of Spitsbergen, exploring smaller, outlying islands. We plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, but if conditions are favorable, we will also attempt a larger circumnavigation of the archipelago, including many of the outer islands in the Svalbard archipelago. Every expedition will be different, depending on the weather and ice, but some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsøya, Alkefjellet and the seldom-visited Kvitøya.

    These names may seem strange to you, but each site has its own unique appeal. There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen, where colorful tundra meadows are complemented by immense glaciers. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to puffins, purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns, while Alkefjellet’s cliffs are teeming with nesting Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).

    Always on the lookout for wildlife, be sure to have your camera ready to capture reindeer when we visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. Searching for the iconic polar bear is a constant activity for your Expedition Team. Phippsøya and Isbukta are often home to sea ice, the bears’ preferred habitat for hunting, which translates into great potential for you to view and capture them in action.

    A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the history—not just how people live today, but also how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry, and you will see remains of outposts from the 16th century, plus other evidence of whaling at landing sites such as Smeerenburg.


    Day 14: Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to the trip's end point

    Your adventure ends in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo or Helsinki.

    Note: for 2022 itineraries, the trip will end in Oslo. For 2023, the trip will end in Helsinki.

    Ocean Adventurer (Expedition, 132-guests)

    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    • All shore landings per the daily program
    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
    • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
    • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
    • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • All luggage handling aboard the ship
    • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
    • Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

    Rates do not include the following:
    • Mandatory Transfer Package*
    • International airfare
    • Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo
    • 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 and other personal charges unless specified
    • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
    • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    • Additional overnight accommodation
    • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

    ADVENTURE OPTIONS
    • Kayaking: USD 695
    • Paddling: USD 195

     
    
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