Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard

Bonus: FREE Business Class flights!

This voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.


Bonus: Free upgrade from Infinity Suite to Veranda Suite


 Your Fly, Stay & Cruise Package Includes:

  • Return business class flights from Sydney to Oslo
  • Private car transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • 1 night's accommodation in Oslo including breakfast
  • Private car transfer from Hotel to Airport
  • 9 night Arctic Adventure cruise onboard Ocean World Explorer in a Veranda Suite
  • Return flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen
  • Includes all meals, snacks, soft drinks & juices onboard, beer & house wine with dinner, all shore landings, experienced expedition leader + more
  • Port charges & airline taxes

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options

Highlights:

  • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight
  • Hike the tundra and polar desert
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Itinerary: 

Day 1.  Arrive in 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 to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.

Day 2. Embarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement, where you’ll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.

Days 3 to 9. Exploring Spitsbergen

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Spotting polar bears is more likely here than almost anywhere else, as the Svalbard archipelago is one of their preferred hunting areas. The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres). Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options. In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is unique arctic wildlife a polar bear resting between hunts, or abandoned sites from centuries ago.

Day 10. Disembark in Longyearbyen & fly to Oslo

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Oslo.


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Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest Veranda Suite category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 11 October 2019 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Airfares are based on return business class flights from Sydney and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

 

Fjords, Glaciers & Wildlife of Svalbard

Destination: Europe

Provider: Quark Expeditions

Duration: 9 Nights

Inclusions:

Accommodation Activities Breakfast Cruise Fly Transfers

With Exchange $15,079 per person*

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