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Expedition Spitzbergen mit M/S Quest 2019

Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in one of the world's most remote wildernesses! With ten nights on board the small ship M/S Quest we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters. In July the summer has arrived, the midnight sun reigns supreme and the purple saxifrage decorates the slopes. The whales are increasing in numbers and in August the ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom visited eastern parts of the archipelago. Please note that this is a German speaking departure.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime adventure
  • 10 nights on board M/S Quest
  • Small group - great moments
  • 5-star nature experiences
  • 5 German speaking guides
  • All trips are unique
  • The trip is climate compensated
Special departure: German speaking guides
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Quest. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Quest. Guides: 5 guides. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: German. Length: 11 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From € 5 690. Departure: 25 July 2019

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We arrive in Longyearbyen, embark our expedition ship in the afternoon and sail out through the spectacular Isfjorden.

Day 2 - 10: Expedition

We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings or cruises every day with our Zodiacs. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Northwest Spitsbergen

The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. Two other courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Magnificent fjords

Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey we will explore a few of them such as: Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love”, is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier. Many common eiders and pinkfooted geese nest in the area. In Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs. Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

Hinlopen Strait and Alkefjellet

If the ice allows we enter Hinlopen Strait. Here is Alkefjellet, an impressive, basaltic cliff, which is the home to an estimated 200 000 Brünnich’s guillemots. We may also continue into the beautiful bay Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet.

Eastern Svalbard

The island of Nordaustlandet is covered by an enormous ice cap and fascinates naturalists as well as historians. There are huge glacier fronts here, intersected by hundreds of waterfalls. Barentsøya and Edgeøya offer magnificent landscapes and vast tundra. Chances to encounter walruses, Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer are good here.

Southwest Spitsbergen

The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds. On a clear day we can see the summit of the highest mountain Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters. Hornsund is a favourite haunt for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and bearded seals are often seen resting on the fjord ice.

Day 11: Longyearbyen

Early morning we disembark our expedition ship and begin our journey back home.

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Language

On this expedition cruise you travel with five experienced German speaking guides and the language on board will be German. Since we are a Swedish based company, your booking confirmation, forms and predeparture information will be in English.

Secure Payment

PolarQuest places all revenue in a bond with the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency until the completion of your expedition. Read more here.

The ship M/S Quest

  • Johan Hammar, Mattias Horntrich, Adam Rheborg
  • Helbild.se
  • PolarQuest
  • Henrik Haaning Nielsen
  • Panorama lounge
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Panorama lounge
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Dining room
    Jonas Sundquist
  • PolarQuest
  • Åsa Lindgren
  • Mattias Henningsson
  • Owner's Cabin
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Double Cabin
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Double Cabin
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Twin Cabin
    Eirik Grønningsæter
  • Triple Cabin
    Eirik Grønningsæter

A COMFORTABLE EXPEDITION SHIP WITH A WONDERFUL CREW

The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship and in 2018 she underwent a renovation of the passenger areas. M/S Quest takes 53 passengers and all 26 cabins are outside cabins with private facilities. The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The superior cabins are spacious and have armchairs and TV. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV. 

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining talks on the area’s flora, fauna and history. In the lounge you also find a bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks, where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. You are welcomed by an international crew and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly. There are five Zodiacs and five guides on board M/S Quest.

It is always possible to share a cabin on board M/S Quest. All cabins have windows and private facilities.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin upper/lower beds € 5 690
Twin cabin 2 twin beds € 6 890
Twin cabin Plus 2 twin beds € 7 390
Double cabin double bed € 7 390
Double cabin Superior large double bed* € 8 090
Owner’s cabin large double bed € 8 990
Twin cabin for single use € 11 690

Please note: It is always possible to share a cabin on board M/S Quest. All cabins have windows and private facilities.

*The double bed in cabin 402, 319 & 301 is separable.

Price includes

  • 10 nights on board M/S Quest
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • An illustrated post-expedition log
  • The trip is climate compensated

Not included

  • Flight to/from Longyearbyen
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

Departures & booking

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Departure Return
25 July 2019 4 August 2019

The guides

  • Thérèse Horntrich (Expeditionsleiter)

    Thérèse Horntrich begleitet seit vielen Jahren Polar-Kreuzfahrten Reisende. Thérèse ist Schweizerin und in der Nähe der Alpen aufgewachsen. Sie hat einen Master-Abschluss in Medien und Kommunikation. Doch Ihr Leben hat sich verändert, nachdem sie 2010 zum ersten Mal Svalbard besuchte. Bereits im nächsten Sommer kehrte sie nach Spitzbergen zurück und arbeitete als Trekkingführerin. Im Jahr 2012 verließ sie die Schweiz und zog noach Longyearbyen, wo sie studierte um ein Arctic Nature Guide zu werden. Seidem arbeitet sie das ganze Jahr über als Reiseleiterin, Dozentin und Expedieitionsleiterin.

  • Christian Brüttel (Assistent Expeditionsleiter)

    Während Christians Masterstudium zum Lehrer, organisierte er eine geführte Reise auf den Mount Kenia, die den Wunsch weckte, Reiseleiter zu werden. Nach seinem Studium in Deutschland folgte Christian seinem lang gehegten Traum, in der Arktis zu leben und zu studieren. Er unterzeichnete 2012 ein einjähriges Reiseleiterstudium in Spitzbergen und lebt seitdem in Longyearbyen, wo er zwischen Gletschern und Eisbären an einem der faszinierendsten Orte der Welt führt. Christian arbeitet auch auf Schiffen nach Island, Grönland und in die Antarktis als Reiseleiter, Dozent und in den letzten Jahren sogar als Expeditionsleiter.

  • Martin Berg (Reiseleiter)

    Martin reiste 1997 zum ersten Mal nach Svalbard, um dort Geologie zu studieren. Er verliebte sich sofort in die wilde Natur, die interessante Geschichte und das sich ständig verändernde arktische Licht und verbrachte die folgenden drei Jahre in Spitzbergen. Martin begann als Reiseleiter zu arbeiten bis heute. Er ergreift jede Gelegenheit um nach Spitzbergen zurück zu kehren.

  • Dierk Ronneberger (Reiseleiter)

    Dierk ist seit seiner Kindheit von der Natur fasziniert. Er wuchs in Afrika und Kanada auf, bis seine Wurzeln ihn zurück nach Deutschland, Frankreich und in die Schweiz führten, wo er Medizin studierte. Vor etwa zehn Jahren machte ihn seine Faszination für die kälteren Regionen zum Arzt auf verschiedene Expeditionskreuzfahrtschiffen für die Arktis und Antarktis. Während dieser Reisen wurde er von dem berüchtigten Polarvirus infiziert und vor einigen Jahren begann er als leidenschaftlicher Reiseleiter zu arbeiten, um so vielen Menschen wie möglich die Schönheit und Verletzlichkeit unserer einzigartigen Polargebiete zu zeigen.

  • Mattias Horntrich (Reiserleiter)

    Mattias begann seine Karriere als Reiseleiter bei PolarQuest 2012nachdem er viele Jahre als Tauchlehrer gearbeitet hatte. Er durfte Spitzbergen zum ersten Mal erkunden, wovon er schon lange geträumt hatte. Er fiel ganz auf die Größe und die Tierwelt der arktis ein und wurde zweifellos vom „arktischen Käfer“ gebissen. Seine große Leidenschaft sind die arktischen Säugetiere, aber er ist auch ein neu entdeckter Vogelliebhaber! Mattias arbeitet auch an unseren Expeditionen in der Antarktis und auf den Galapagos.