Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

04/02/2023 through 07/04/2023
04/02/2023 through 07/20/2023
Quark Expeditions
Ocean Adventurer

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure

This 14-day journey offers the most extensive exploration of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, including the opportunity to witness iconic Arctic wildlife like walrus, reindeer and polar bears, a glimpse into 16th-century maritime culture at secluded landing sites, and the rare chance to appreciate breathtaking views at the birdwatching utopias 14th of July Glacier and Alkefjellet. If conditions allow, we will also attempt a full circumnavigation of the archipelago during this memorable voyage, including a visit to the remote, uninhabited Arctic desert of Nordaustlandet. The wildlife-viewing opportunities on this trip will leave you with plenty of memories and photos: the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers; Arctic birds in all their varied majesty; small herds of reindeer loping across the tundra; and that most iconic of Arctic creatures, the polar bear, as it roams the edges of the pack ice. Shore excursions by Zodiac will enable you to set foot in places few humans have. This voyage truly is the big adventure you’ve been waiting for.

  • Encounter iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • View numerous Arctic bird species, like puffins, Arctic terns and purple sandpipers
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight
  • Explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more with included Zodiac cruising
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
  • Hike the tundra and polar desert


Day 1 Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark
Day 3 to 13 Exploring Spitsbergen
Day 14 Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki

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