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Established in 1999, PolarQuest is a world leading operator of small ship expedition cruises in Svalbard. Our three expedition ships are built for Arctic waters, are comfortable and take a maximum of 12 or 53 passengers. This is how we offer an entirely different experience from what you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship. With such a small ship, we are able to reach some of the most inaccessible and remote areas, maximise the time ashore and venture into small fjords. Every expedition is unique and our aim is that each passenger will have the trip of a lifetime. We also offer expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland and the gems in between.

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  • AECO represents cruising industry in new Search and Rescue network.

    The cruise industry will collaborate with authorities and researches developing the project Arctic Search and Rescue through participating in a new network of operators and stakeholders that togheter will work for a safe Arctic marine environment. With fundings from EU, the project will run for five years and include a live excersise at sea with cruising ships. As a AECO and ASCAR member, PolarQuest will provide with one of our cruising ships to the planned excersise, something we are very proud of and look forward to do!

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  • Karin's Svalbard Adventure

    Karin Thulin first travelled to Svalbard in 1999 and has dreamt of returning ever since. This summer her dream finally came true as she travelled with PolarQuest and the 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm to see this Arctic gem once more. Please read more about her amazing adventure and see her beautiful pictures below!

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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 had so many “Attenborough moments” which made this trip easily the best we have ever been on. The accommodation and food were excellent and the crew did everything they could to get close to such fascinating wildlife. Richard & Christine Shorttie
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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