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Svalbard Explorer with M/S Quest 2020

Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in one of the world's most remote wildernesses! In July the 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. Whales are more frequently seen in the waters and more and more snowfree areas become accessible for longer walks. Later in August the sun is closer to the horizon, preparing for the polar night, giving us beautiful sunsets and a warm light, perfect for photography. With ten nights on board we have plenty of time for grand nature experiences. On this expedition you will be accompanied by 5 English and German speaking guides.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime adventure
  • 10 nights on board M/S Quest
  • Small group - great moments
  • 5-star nature experiences
  • 5 experienced guides
  • All trips are unique
  • 100 % climate compensated
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Quest. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Quest. Passengers: 53 passengers. Languages: German & English. Length: 11 days, 10 nights on ship. Price: From USD 7 690. Departure: 6 July 2020

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!

English and German speaking departure

On this departure you will be accompanied by five English and German speaking guides. 

Since we are a Swedish based company, your booking confirmation, forms and predeparture information will be in English.

The ship M/S Quest

  • Johan Hammar, Mattias Horntrich, Adam Rheborg
  • Helbild.se
  • PolarQuest
  • Henrik Haaning Nielsen
  • Panorama lounge
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Panorama lounge
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Dining room
    Jonas Sundquist
  • PolarQuest
  • Åsa Lindgren
  • Mattias Henningsson
  • 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

Cabin category Price per person
Triple cabin upper/lower beds USD 7 690
Twin cabin 2 twin beds USD 9 490
Twin cabin Plus 2 twin beds USD 9 990
Double cabin double bed USD 9 990
Double cabin Superior large double bed* USD 10 890
Owner’s cabin large double bed USD 12 190
Twin cabin for single use USD 15 790

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.

Price includes

  • 10 nights on board M/S Quest
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides (English & German speaking)
  • 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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Departure Return
6 July 2020 16 July 2020

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
To say that everything was great would be an understatement... The ship, the people, the food (tons of it) the scenery and the wildlife were all magnificent. The level of professionalism and the quality of the whole product was of the very highest standard... absolutely first class! Ian Salisbury
We thought that the whole trip was very well organised and the guides so professional, knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. We had so many “Attenborough moments” which made this trip easily the best we have ever been on. Richard & Christine Shortt
I am still in a dreamlike state after my wonderful trip to Svalbard on M/S Quest. Thank you to all your multitalented guides who could not have done more to make the trip a fantastic experience. Thanks to all of you in the office too who made it all work from afar! Many thanks. Doreen McBarnet
We have returned from our wonderful journey and wanted to thank you, and especially everyone on the ship itself. Every single day that we had on board was a great experience. The flexibility and inventiveness of the Expedition Leader and the ship’s Captain and First Mate in ensuring that we made the best of our time considering the ice conditions as well as the care taken not to disturb the native animal life and respect the distance needed, so as not to overstress them, was much appreciated. The ship’s crew, the restaurant staff who served our cheerful and tasty ”yummi yummi” meals, our cabin, were all excellent. Trevor Soames & Camilla Permin
We have just finished our magnificent circumnavigation of Svalbard with PolarQuest and M/S Quest. What a fantastic experience. Our trip was really great and your guides superb. They went out of our way to help at all times, and the Captain also was magnificent, entering the true “expedition” spirit and steering the ship into the ice for our convenience, and participating in all manner of events. All-in-all we have had a fantastic time with the PolarQuest people, and would certainly look for further adventures sometime in the future. Richard Boweb
Wir sind seit 20 Jahren Weltenbummler, waren aber immer in warmen Regionen. Zum 60. Geburtstag hatte meine Frau den Wunsch, die Arktis zu besuchen. Zweifel, Skepsis, Kälte- alles Unsinn. Die Reise mit der MS Quest mit dem Reiseveranstalter Polar Quest war unser tollstes Abenteuererlebnis. Urlaub? – wir waren auf Expetitionsreise. Spontanität, Professionalität ein top Team um unsere Expetitionsleiterin Elke. Verpflegung, Schiffspersonal, Zodiac-ausflüge, populärwissenschaftliche Vorträge – absolut top. Eisbären, Walrosse, Robben, Polarfüchse, Vögel, Tundra … ein Traum. Eckard Scharnbeck
Wir haben schon viel von der Welt gesehen. Aber diese Reise ist etwas Außergewöhnliches. Die Arktic bietet eine beeindruckende Natur. Eisbären, Walrösser, gigantische Gletscher - alles haben wir hautnah erlebt. Die MS Quest ist klein genug, um in den Fjörden zu ankern. Dann geht es weiter mit den Zodiaks. Wir erlebten Eisbären und Walrösser aus nächster Nähe. Unsere Führer waren fachkundig und sympathisch, jeder eine eigene Persönlichkeit. Und wenn wir an Bord zurückkehrten, genossen wir interessante Hintergrundvorträge. Diese Reise muss man gemacht haben, solange es die Arktic in dieser Form noch gibt. Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz