Harbour sealMagnus Lundgren
Magnificent viewsMattias Henningsson
Humpback whalePeter & Beverly Pickford
Ivory gullMagnus Lundgren
Zodiac cruisingArne Naevra
The king of the Arctic - the polar bearAdam Rheborg
Svalbard in JulyAnnette J M Scheepstra
Zodiac cruisingNiklas Nilsson
Endemic Svalbard reindeerAdam Rheborg
Boreal Jacob's ladder
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.
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 in Svalbard 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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
PolarQuest offers a group flight from Oslo. Please contact us for more information.
The ship Sea Endurance
Panorama loungeJ-P Lahall
Triple CabinJ-P Lahall
Double Cabin SuperiorJonas Sundquist
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.