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Established in 1999, PolarQuest is a world leading operator of small ship expedition cruises in Svalbard. Our three expedition ships, built for Arctic waters, take a maximum of 12 or 53 passengers. Such small ships offer an entirely different experience compared to a larger cruise ship. Just imagine – viewing a walrus on an ice floe in a group of 10 – 50 passengers, or to do so in a group of 250 – 500! Small ships can also reach some of the most remote areas and venture into narrow fjords. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and all our trips are 100 % climate compensated. 

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We carbon offset 100 % of our emissions

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Our travel blog

  • Johan's second encounter with Svalbard

    At the end of May, Johan Reuthammar and Camilla Norberg from our office went on the expedition "Springtime in Svalbard" on board M/S Quest. They had a wonderful week with great weather, wonderful atmosphere on board and several exciting wildlife encounters. Every day they did peaceful zodiac cruises and fantastic hikes. Below you can read an interview that Camilla did with Johan about his experiences on board.

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  • Coal mining in Svalbard

    For over a hundred years and until relatively recently, coal production was the main industry on Svalbard. At most, nine mines were in operation and the few settlements in Svalbard were originally mining communities. Today, tourism and research are the new major industries, and the goal is for Svalbard to be completely climate neutral within ten years. The challenge is to find something that can replace coal and cover the energy needs of the island Spitsbergen, the only island with a permanent population, but that is a completely different story.

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Our travelers' experiences

We have been home a few days now, but are still ‘blown away’ by our holiday in Svalbard. We will remember our time in the Arctic forever. The hospitality and the food on the ship were excellent, and the guides were 5 star plus. This has proved to have been one of our best holidays ever, and one which we would hope to repeat. David & Maureen Macleod
We have just come back from Svalbard and have had the most wonderful time! It passed our wildest dreams. Thank you to everyone who helped us to organise it. The whole holiday from booking to going and being there has been excellent. David & Jackie March
I want to thank you for the fabulous trip to Svalbard. It far exceeded my expectations of this polar region. We had wonderful sightings of polar bear, reindeer, walruses, an arctic fox, harp seals, bearded seals, humpback whales, many sea birds and arctic flowers. Peggy Gerick
Our trip was faultless, everything was so well organised, and every person so pleasant. We have travelled a lot, to over 80 countries in the world, with different companies, but yours “PolarQuest” certainly came out the top, yes you are our no. 1 company. Janet & Eddie Brown
In my experience, a wonderful thing about your company, i.e. all the staff and crew, is that everyone tries their very best, and they are so well selected for the jobs they are doing. Intelligence, personality, experience… it made the trip a charmed cruise from planning to completion. The support I got from you in the office was excellent – everything went as planned and all details were correct! Yvonne Higgs McHugh & Tony Brake

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