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The Arctic Exploration

Multiple Departures

The Arctic Exploration

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On this extraordinary journey, experience all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Retrace the steps of explorers from centuries past as you discover one of the most thriving and diverse ecosystems in the world. You will get the chance to spot wildlife such as the Walrus, majestic Arctic birds, and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the Polar Bear.

Signature Experiences

  • Arctic wildlife spotting, including Polar Bears, Walrus and Reindeer
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Hike the colourful Arctic Tundra
  • Optional kayaking adventures

Journey Dates:

  • Jun 6 – Jun 12, 2020
  • Jun 9 – Jun 15, 2020
  • Jul 25 – Jul 31, 2020
  • May 3 – May 9, 2021
  • May 13 – May 19, 2021
  • May 16 – May 22, 2021
  • May 18 – May 24, 2021
  • May 21 – May 27, 2021
  • Jun 7 – Jun 13, 2021
  • Jun 10 – Jun 16, 2021
  • Jun 15 – Jun 21, 2021

 

6 Nights- 7 Days, Multiple Departures

The Journey

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Day 1: Oslo, Norway

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and green spaces you can explore before retiring at your included airport hotel.
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Day 2: Embark at Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you will have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy great vistas of the mountainous landscape that serves as a backdrop for this historic town.
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Days 3 to 6: Exploring Spitsbergen

Sail around the shores of this magical island, searching for Polar Bears and other natural wonders. Covering western Spitsbergen, this expedition offers ample opportunities to view immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains and unique flora and fauna of the region. Sailing north into Krossfjord, capture some of the best glacier calving in Spitsbergen. Deep in the fjord, the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier awaits. A Zodiac excursion to nearby Ny London, an abandoned mining settlement, provides an ideal place for a guided walk and encounters with wildlife, such as the indigenous Svalbard Reindeer. After cruising overnight, wake up to the stunning sight of the magnificent Monaco Glacier. Help your Expedition Team scan the shorelines and ice edge for marine mammals. Possible landing sites include Texas Bar, Worsleyneset and the Andoyane Islands (where polar bears have been known to roam). At 80°N, you will reach a walrus sanctuary on the tiny, crescent shaped Moffen Island. Watch from the water as large groups of these lumbering giants jockey for space. At Smeerenburg you can see the remains of an abandoned settlement that was established by Dutch whalers nearly 400 years ago. Here, at one of Europe’s most northerly outposts, you will have time to explore ashore and learn about Spitsbergen’s whaling history. Afterwards, cruise to Magdalenafjord for panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers reflected in the crystal-clear waters. During the last day, you may visit the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, home of the world’s northernmost brewery. We hope to round out the day in Alkehornet, taking in the towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds, such as Fulmars and Brünnich’s Guillemots (Thick-billed Murres). Encounters with reindeer might be possible here too. Later, in the evening, swap stories with your shipmates and crew one last time, at the captain’s dinner.
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Day 7: Disembark at Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

Your Arctic adventure will end back at Longyearbyen. From here, we will transfer you to the airport for the return group charter flight to Oslo.

ARTIC
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel night at Oslo airport hotel
  • Charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Longyearbyen
  • Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
Highlights
  • View iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Enjoy all the adventure of an arctic expedition in a week
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Hike the colorful tundra
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
  ANTARTIC   Highlights
  • Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
  • Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark Expeditions’ three small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
  • Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
  Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package includes:
  • Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
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