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Expedition Svalbard with Sea Endurance 2017

The Arctic summer has arrived, the midnight sun reigns supreme and the purple saxifrage decorates the slopes. The ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom visited eastern parts of the archipelago. With ten nights on board we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences and wildlife encounters.

Accommodation: Cabin on board Sea Endurance. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: Sea Endurance. Guides: 5 guides. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: English & Swedish. Length: 11 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 7 490.

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen

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

Day 2 – 10: Svalbard

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 balloonist 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 in Svalbard 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

PolarQuest offers a group flight from Oslo. Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

 

Joakim Odelberg - Special lecturer

We are proud to present the awarded conservation photographer and filmmaker, Joakim Odelberg, as special lecturer on one of the voyages on board Sea Endurance, the 22 June – 2 July 2017.

Joakim is the Swedish filmmaker and photographer who works for protecting and spreading knowledge about our fragile nature and the wildlife depending on it. Already at the age of 10 he took his first diving certification and it was his first dive experience with a manta ray in Thailand that changed his life and relationship to the ocean. His devotion to nature both on land and under the surface has resulted in several awards such as the EUIFA Environmental Award, the Swedish TV AWARD Kristallen and the  Anemone Foundation Environmental Impact Award. He has also worked with several foundations and companies including WWF Sweden, Baltic Sea 2020, TV4, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.

On board the ship Joakim will tell us more about his exciting and important work around the world. He will also share his knowledge of photography.

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The ship Sea Endurance

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  • Panorama lounge
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  • Triple Cabin
    J-P Lahall
  • Double Cabin Superior
    Jonas Sundquist
  • Adam Rheborg
  • Emma Nilsson

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 and now has a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Sea Endurance 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/ DVD. The Owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV/DVD. 

 

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy breathtaking 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. There is an international crew on board the Sea Endurance and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin (upper/lower berth) USD 7 490
Twin cabin (2 twin beds) USD 9 290
Twin cabin Plus (2 twin beds) USD 9 790
Double cabin (double bed) USD 9 790
Double cabin Superior (large double bed) USD 10 690
Owner's cabin (large double bed) USD 11 990
Twin cabin for single use USD 15 590

Many of our clients are single travellers and we offer the possibility to book a shared cabin. These cabins are always divided into ladies’ cabins and gents’ cabins.  

Price includes: 10 nights on board Sea Endurance, all meals on board, 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.

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

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make a reservation.

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2 July 2017 12 July 2017
12 July 2017 22 July 2017
17 August 2017 27 August 2017

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
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
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
The Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen in July was a superb experience, way above expectations and worth every one of the pounds that I spent on it. I would love to go again to the Ice but could it ever be so wonderful? Caroline Glover
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