Experience an epic Arctic adventure in just 6 days
Take a cruise along the northwest coast of Spitsbergen and cross the 80th parallel into the Arctic Circle. On this trip you’ll enjoy all the experiences of an epic expedition, but in a fraction of the time. Like it’s polar cousin, the Arctic is one of the world’s last great wildernesses, and this is the perfect chance for those short on time to explore its mountains and glaciers, cliffs and fjords, and meet its thriving wildlife. Grab some binoculars and ready you camera as you set sail from Longyearbyen and watch huge chunks of glacial ice crash into the sea at Krossfjord, meet the Arctic’s indigenous wildlife at Ny London, and get close to the base of the Monaco Glacier. Jump in Zodiacs to land where polar bears roam, walruses take sanctuary, and beluga whales breech the sea surface. Find out about whaling history in Smeerenburg and feel small at the base of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers in Magdalenafjord.
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In just 6 days, get all the experiences of an epic arctic adventure
Take advantage of 24 hours of daylight to search for iconic arctic wildlife like polar bears, walrus and reindeer
Board Zodiacs to cruise up to towering glaciers and glistening icebergs, and make landings on the surprisingly colourful tundra
With kayaking adventures, take the chance to glide silently on the waters of the Arctic surrounded by icebergs and glaciers
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Spitsbergen Highlights trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Snowshoeing and hiking is also offered on some itineraries. These activities are at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.