Join a 12-day, once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Polar Quest through the magnificent wilderness of Svalbard. In the heart of the summer months, the midnight sun reigns supreme and the purple alpine plants decorate the Arctic tundra. With less ice cover comes more opportunities to explore the seldom-visited eastern parts of the Spitsbergen archipelago. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters this time of year and more and more snow-free areas become accessible for longer walks. Enjoy ten nights on board MS Quest, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy all the nature experiences Svalbard has to offer.
On this special voyage, you will be accompanied by award-winning polar photographer & cameraman, Doug Allan, who is a special lecturer on this voyage. Doug is one of the world’s best-known and respected cameramen, whose love affair with ice has lasted over forty years. He spent four winters as a research diver, scientist, base commander, and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, and over his career has filmed for series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, and Operation Iceberg. With more than 65 film projects on his CV, including 20 expeditions to Svalbard, Doug Allan’s expertise in filming the polar regions and other extreme environments is legendary.
"Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug." – Sir David Attenborough
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You will arrive in Longyearbyen and be transferred to your hotel.
You will start your great adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon you'll embark MS Quest and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden. You are now in a part of the world totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you encounter. The expedition team will aim to head out on Zodiac cruises every day and when the opportunity arises, also go ashore. Here are some examples of places you may visit:
In the north of Spitsbergen, you might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here and you can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as your ship sails along the ice floes.
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. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. There are still interesting remnants from many of these expeditions left on this site.
Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During your journey, you will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, with the possibility of cruising along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area. In Krossfjorden you'll revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of a 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.
Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet
If the ice allows your ship will enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots. Your ship may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.
The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic foxes as well as Svalbard reindeer are good here.
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 1431m. Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.
Early morning you will disembark MS Quest and begin your journey back home.
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