Mighty encounters between man and nature
During the night M/S Quest sailed from the easternmost island of Svalbard towards Nordaustlandet, an island 80% covered by ice. When we woke up, we were sailing along the northern hemisphere’s longest glacier front: Austfonna.
The ice cliffs rise from the sea with a height of up to 700 metre, more than the highest peak on the island. After this exquisite journey, M/S Quest anchors outside Bråsvellbreen, the most southern part of the glacier. We head out with the rubber boats and navigate between blue, shimmering blocks of ice that have been torn free from the calving glacier. Meltwater channels end out in arctic waterfalls that flows down the glacier wall. The sound of the flowing water blends with the sound of thousands of air bubbles that burst in the floating ice blocks. A bearded seal swims by and look curious at us. An ivory gull circulates above. Expect from that, it is just us, the sea, and the ice.
In the afternoon we continue west towards Hinlopenstretet, the water that separates Nordaustlandet and Spitsbergen, the two largest islands in the archipelago of Svalbard. We head out with the Zodiacs and make a landing on Wahlbergøya. A colony of walruses rest on top of each other, the heat from their bodies creates steam that mixes with the thick fog. A few of them are swimming in the water, someone seems to be wondering who we. A spiritual silence rests in our group as the massive male very slowly moves. He glances up at us from the water with his red circled eyes. The water lays still towards the beach, yet another meeting between human and nature that only Svalbard can offer.
/Fanny Månsson – Guide on board M/S Quest July 29th - August 8th, 2022
Svalbard Adventure 2023M/S Quest 51 passengers9 days 7 nights on ship USD 6 190LanguagesDepartures: May / June 2023
Abenteuer Spitzbergen 2023M/S Quest 51 passengers9 days 7 nights on ship USD 6 190LanguagesDeparture: June 2023
Expedition Svalbard 2023M/S Quest 51 passengers11 days 10 nights on ship USD 8 290LanguagesDepartures: June / July / August 2023
Expedition Spitzbergen 2023M/S Quest 51 passengers11 days 10 nights on ship USD 8 290LanguagesDeparture: August 2023
Since 1999, we have taken travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying only 12 and 51 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice.