Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

Trip Details:

Operator:   Quark Expeditions
Price From: 7,895 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 13 days

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About this program

Explore the Arctic like a true Arctic adventurer.

This 13-day trip is entirely determined by the search for polar bears and other iconic Arctic wildlife. The route will follow the locations of the polar bears, and your onshore explorations will be your best chance to view wildlife in their natural habitats. Discover the “land of the midnight sun” as you cruise the fjords of Spitsbergen and coastlines of this arctic paradise.

Hike through the arctic tundra, explore glacier mountains, sail through icy seas and marvel at the breathtaking surroundings.

This trip is made for wildlife lovers, photographers, and adventure seekers! With numerous opportunities to snap incredible shots of the landscapes and wildlife, you’re sure to go home with more than just memories!


Day 1: Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen, Norway

Start your journey and board your ship in Longyearbyen, Norway's largest settlement. Enjoy the incredible view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains as they rise from the icy waters!

Days 2-12: Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Each day you'll embark on a new adventure as you begin the circumnavigation by travelling north around the island of Spitsbergen. Along the way you'll explore smaller, outlying islands. You'll gaze in awe as you witness the array of wildlife and geological formations of the area. 

If conditions are favorable, you will not only circumnavigate Spitsbergen, you'll also attempt to circumnavigate the entire Svalbard archipelago. 

Visit sites like Ny London, Sundneset, and Alkhornet where you'll see reindeer. Phippsoya and Isbukta are two sites you'll explore to witness Polar Bears. 

While on your journey you'll learn more about the culture of Spitsbergen, not just how they live today but how the land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry of this island and you'll even see 16th century blubber ovens and other evidence at sites like Smeerenburg. 

Day 13: Depart Longyearbyen

Return to Longyearbyen where you'll have a chance to say goodbye to your new friends. Return to the airport for your flight home or onto your next destination! 

Country Fast Facts


Flag flag_of_norway
Official Language(s)Norweigan, Sami
Climate(s)Tundra, Subarctic, Subpolar
Major Airport(s):Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL), Bergen Airport (BGO),
Economic Driver(s):Resources, Oil Fields,

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