Journey beginning and ending at Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Available: 2020-06-06 to 2020-06-13 starting from $7751 AUD
Join M/S Quest (formally Sea Endurance) one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses – Svalbard. This early in the season, Svalbard is characterised by a wonderful purity, pastel coloured skies and breathtaking sceneries. Here we keep our eyes open for polar bears, walrus and other Arctic animals, but above all we enjoy the stunning nature that surrounds us – ice formations and snow covered mountains, glistering glaciers and fjord ice.
Day 1 – Arrive Longyearbyen and transfer to your hotel
We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.
Longyearbyen is a vibrant Arctic metropol with a population of 2100 people from over 40 nations. The society is characterized by active people, living in tough conditions in the wilderness of the High Arctic.
Day 2 – Morning tour of Longyearbyen and then embark your expedition ship
We start our adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark the expedition ship Sea Endurance and sail out through Isfjorden. We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions.
Days 3 – 8 – Explore Svalbard – zodiac excursions, guided walks & pack ice exploration
Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you encounter. The captain’s ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with the Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
Prins Karls Forland
This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbour seals.
Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish balloonist Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey we will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area and if lucky we see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs.
Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity. The scientific village of Ny Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole.
North of Spitsbergen we might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here and we can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as we sail along the ice floes.
The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day we can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
Day 9 – Disembark your expedition ship and transfer to the hotel
Early morning we disembark our expedition ship and begin our journey back home.
- 1 hotel night in Longyearbyen, centrally located, twin share
- 7 nights on board M/S Quest
- All meals on board, coffee and tea
- Lunch in Longyearbyen
- Expedition leader and knowledgable guides
- All excursions and activities
- An illustrated post expedition log
Flights to and from Longyearbyen, travel and cancellation insurance, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!