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Svalbard Adventure with M/S Virgo 2022

Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the realm of the polar bear and midnight sun! During the month of May, Svalbard is characterised by a wonderful purity and offers breathtaking sceneries. The fairytale winter landscape is dominated by sparkling ice formations, snow covered mountains, fjord ice and pastel coloured skies.

It is spring in the Arctic and it is an indescribable experience to be there and witness the archipelago come to life.The polar bear yearlings venture out for the first time, the Arctic foxes and the Svalbard reindeer still wear their winter fur and seals and walruses can often be seen resting on the fjord ice. The little auks and the Brünnich’s guillemots have returned to their summer nests and the bird cliffs are teeming with life. This is also a great time to spot the king eider and rock ptarmigan.

  • Experience the Arctic spring
  • Stunning winter landscapes
  • Magical midnight sun
  • True expedition cruising
  • 2 experienced guides
  • 100 % climate compensated
  • Offer: Risk-free booking until 1st September 2021
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Virgo, hotel. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Virgo. Passengers: 12 passengers. Languages: English & Swedish. Length: 9 days, 7 nights on ship. Price: From USD 9 190. Departure: 2 May 2022

Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 - 8: Expedition cruising

We start our Svalbard adventure by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark our expedition ship M/S Virgo and head out through Isfjorden, our Arctic adventure has started. Perhaps we can make an evening landing before we continue either south or north – all depending on the weather and the current ice situation. Exactly where we are able to land will also depend on how much snow is on the ground. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

Alkhornet

At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. We go ashore to enjoy the birdlife with glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Arctic foxes are sometimes seen in the rock crevices around the mountain and with some luck we might see these lovely little animals scurrying around, frantically looking for food.

Prins Karls Forland

This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals. 

Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden

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. In the nearby 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

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.

Virgohamna, Danskøya

Two of the most 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 is still interesting remnants from these Arctic expeditions left on the site.

Bellsund

At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. We go ashore and try to get a closer look at these charming birds.

Hornsund

The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favourite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky we can spot one of them on the fjord ice.

Day 9: Longyearbyen

In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our trip 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 maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Risk-free bookings until the 1st September 2021!

For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2022, we offer a risk-free booking policy until the 1st September 2021. For cancellations made before the 1st September 2021 all to PolarQuest paid means are 100 % refundable. After the 1st September 2021 our general terms and conditions apply.

 

 

Be inspired by our digital polar lectures!

Few trips can compare with a magnificent adventure to the realm of the polar bear, Svalbard, or the world's most remote continent, Antarctica. Our popular Expedition Leader Adam Rheborg has recorded short lectures on what it is like to travel with PolarQuest to these spectacular places on earth, and we hope that your longing to experience these fantastic places is even greater after you have listened!

The ship M/S Virgo

  • Svalbard in May
    Zet Freiburghaus
  • Manda Lundström
  • Kerstin Langenberger
  • The charming walrus
    Mattias Horntich
  • Ronald Visser
  • Mattias Horntrich
  • Adrian Nordenborg
  • Zodiac-cruising
    Johanna Vakkila

We are proud to present the latest addition to our fleet of small expedition ships, M/S Virgo. She was built in 1976 to work as a buoy-laying vessel for Swedish maritime authorities. In 2021 she was bought (partly by one of the owners of M/S Stockholm) and is now being rebuild for a new career as a small and comfortable expedition ship in the Arctic. M/S Virgo takes up to 12 passengers in six single cabins, two double superior cabins and one double cabin. All the cabins are large with separate beds and private facilities (WC/shower). Bed linen and towels are provided.

M/S Virgo is very spacious both on deck and inside. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals and the menu can be adapted to any special dietary needs.

The atmosphere on board M/S Virgo is relaxed and friendly. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

M/S Virgo is being rebuilt especially for Arctic photo tourism. As part of the photography and wildlife experience she has a spacious lounge on deck two with good view and plenty of space for photo editing, charging batteries or listening to lectures.

The ship is being rebuilt during the summer of 2021. PolarQuest will publish photos as soon as she is ready.

Cabins & prices

  • For all Svalbard voyages departing in 2022, we offer a risk-free booking policy until 1st September 2021. For cancellations made before the 1st September 2021 all to PolarQuest paid means are 100 % refundable. After the 1st September 2021 our general terms and conditions apply.
Cabin category Price per person
Twin cabin 2 twin beds USD 9 190
Twin cabin Superior 2 twin beds USD 9 690
Single cabin USD 9 890

Price includes

  • 7 nights on board M/S Virgo
  • 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
  • Lunch day 2
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and a knowledgeable guide
  • 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

Departures & booking

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