The king of the Arctic - the polar bearAdam Rheborg
Zodiac cruisingJonas Sundquist
Magical SvalbardAdam Rheborg
King eiderMagnus Lundgren
The expedition ship Sea EnduranceEmma Nilsson
Arctic FoxErik Edvardsson
Bearded SealErik Edvardsson
Rock ptarmiganNiklas Nilsson
Sea Endurance has spacious obeservation decksPolarQuest
Niklas Nilsson & Mattias Henningsson
Svalbard adventure with Sea Endurance 2017
The midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming with life and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are beautifully snow-covered. The ice still keeps the islands in its grip and we can admire the ever-changing´ice formations. Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. This Arctic pearl has fascinated explorers for centuries, starting with Willem Barentzs, who discovered the main island Spitsbergen in 1596.
Day 1: Longyearbyen
We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 – 8: Svalbard
We start our adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark the expedition ship Sea Endurance and sail out through Isfjorden. 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:
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 harbour seals.
Two of the most 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 and if lucky we see the rare king eider. 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. 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.
North of Spitsbergen we might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here and we can marvel at the silence and grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as we sail along the ice floes.
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 9: 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 maximise 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.
Join a renowned polar bear researcher on a Svalbard adventure
We are proud to present Nikita Ovsyanikov, a renowned polar bear researcher, as guide and lecturer on the following three expedition cruises on board Sea Endurance, the 17 - 25 May, 24 May - 1 June, 31 May - 8 June 2017.
About Nikita Ovsyanikov
Nikita has spent most of his life around polar bears in the High Arctic. With a doctoral degree in biology but perhaps more importantly, countless months of field experience, he has a deep insight into the lives of carnivores such as the Arctic fox and the polar bear. Nikita has studied the dynamics of the polar bear population and their behaviour on Wrangel Island for decades. He has also spent one season on Herald Island especially for this research. He has visited polar bear habitats and populations in most other areas of the Arctic, from Hudson Bay to Svalbard, Franz Joseph Land and the North Pole.
As a distinguished member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature polar bear specialist group, Nikita is profoundly involved in conservation issues of the species and its habitats. His research on polar bears has resulted in many scientific papers and several books. Nikita is one of the clearest, strongest and most important voices speaking of the specific threats to polar bears and our responsibilities to protect them.
The ship Sea Endurance
Triple CabinJ-P Lahall
Double Cabin SuperiorJonas Sundquist
Dining roomJonas 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 beds)||USD 5 690|
|Twin cabin||(2 twin beds)||USD 6 590|
|Twin cabin Plus||(2 twin beds)||USD 6 990|
|Double cabin||(double bed)||USD 6 990|
|Double cabin Superior||(large double bed)||USD 8 290|
|Owner's cabin||(large double bed)||USD 9 090|
|Twin cabin for single use||USD 10 690|
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: 7 nights on board Sea Endurance ,1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen, 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.