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Expedition Svalbard with Doug Allan 2021

Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! In late August, the midnight sun is brushing the horizon,  preparing for the polar night giving us beautiful sunsets and a warm light, perfect for photography.  The ice in the eastern parts of the archipelago has usually retreated at this time, which offers good opportunities to explore the more seldom visited parts around Nordaustlandet. With ten nights on board we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters. We are proud to present Doug Allan, award winning polar photographer and cameraman, as special lecturer on this voyage.

  • Cameraman Doug Allan as Special Lecturer
  • Experience the autumn in Svalbard
  • Chance to explore the Eastern parts
  • Perfect light for photography
  • 5 experienced & knowledgeable guides
  • The trip is climate compensated
  • Offer: Risk-free bookings
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Quest, hotel. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Quest. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: English & Swedish. Length: 11 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 7 790. Departure: 27 August 2021

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!

Flights

We offer climate compensated group flights from Oslo to Longyearbyen with return (limited availability). Contact us for more information!

Join Doug Allan on a special Svalbard adventure!

We are proud to present Doug Allan, award winning polar photographer and cameraman, as special lecturer on this voyage.

Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, whose love affair with ice has lasted over forty years. He spent four winters as a research diver, scientist, base commander and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1984. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. Over his career, he's filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature. He has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife.

His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals.

Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug
/Sir David Attenborough

Risk-free bookings until 1st March 2021!

For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2021, we offer a risk-free booking policy until 1st March 2021. For cancellations made before 1st March 2021 all to PolarQuest paid means are 100 % refundable. This applies to all Svalbard bookings made after 22nd April 2020. After 1st March 2021 our general terms and conditions apply.

If you as per today have a risk-free cancellation date until 10th January 2021 stated in your reservation, it has automatically been extended to 1st March 2021.

The ship M/S Quest

  • Helbild.se
  • PolarQuest
  • Dining room
    Jonas Sundquist
  • PolarQuest
  • Åsa Lindgren
  • Jett Britnell
  • 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

  • For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2021, we offer a risk-free booking policy until 1st March 2021. For cancellations made before 1st March 2021 all to PolarQuest paid means are 100 % refundable. This applies to all Svalbard bookings made after 22nd April 2020. After 1st March 2021 our general terms and conditions apply. If you as per today have a risk-free cancellation date until 10th January 2021 stated in your reservation, it has automatically been extended to 1st March 2021.
Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin upper/lower beds USD 7 790
Twin cabin 2 twin beds USD 9 490
Twin cabin Plus 2 twin beds USD 10 090
Double cabin double bed USD 10 090
Double cabin Superior large double bed* USD 10 890
Owner’s cabin large double bed USD 11 990
Twin cabin for single use USD 15 990

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.

Risk-free bookings until 10th January 2021!
For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2021, we now offer a risk-free booking policy until 10th January 2021. For cancellations made before 10th January 2021 all to PolarQuest paid means are 100 % refundable. This applies to all Svalbard bookings made after 22nd April 2020. After 10th January 2021 our general terms and conditions apply.

 

Price includes

  • 10 nights on board M/S Quest
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides
  • Doug Allan as Special Lecturer
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • 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

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Departure Return
27 August 2021 6 September 2021