Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 8-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method
  • Tour Code BM-27481
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Helsinki, Finland
  • Ends Helsinki, Finland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Encounter iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight
  • Hike the tundra and explore the polar desert
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures
This cruise trip sets out and ends in Helsinki. You will be cruising through Finland, Arctic and Norway and sail via Longyearbyen, Helsinki and Spitsbergen. The tour "Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital Of The Arctic" takes 12 days and includes cabin accommodation onboard the cruise ship and other items. See the package includes section for additional details.

The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this unforgettable 12-day voyage, you will discover why. Building on our Spitsbergen Highlights and Intro to Spitsbergen itineraries, this longer journey has been designed to maximize time on the west and northern/southern tips of the island, providing you optimal chances to witness the remarkable array of creatures who call this spectacular yet forbidding environment home—including whales, walruses, Svalbard reindeer, seabirds by the thousands, and that most iconic of Arctic residents, the polar bear. In addition to giving you opportunities to observe this unique parade of wildlife, the longer itinerary also allows you more time to explore the vast tundra, appreciate the natural beauty of the surprisingly colorful Arctic wilderness, and benefit from our range of on-board lectures and educational programs. Come aboard with the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team in the industry for an extraordinary High Arctic adventure.
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Overview
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2 : Fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Embark
  • Days 3 to 11 : Exploring Spitsbergen
  • Day 12 : Disembark in Longyearbyen and Fly to Helsinki
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Accommodation
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All shore landings per the daily program
Guide
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
Others
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic/Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Mandatory price included
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic tour. You can cancel the tour up to 125 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 124 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 11 June 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 June 2023, a deposit of 20% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 124 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Clean and healthy vessels that meet international certifications for infection prevention is ensured.
  • For the duration of the expedition, you will be only interacting with your fellow pre-screened passengers and Quark Expeditions staff.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • Is Norway expensive to travel to?

    Norway is not a cheap country to visit. However, with the right hacks, you can still visit Norway on a budget. Some useful hacks include booking buses and trains in advance, shopping at low-cost supermarkets, cooking instead of eating out, staying in tents and cabins, and spending more time visiting public parks.

  • Do I need to visa to travel to Norway?

    Norway is part of the Schengen Zone. Thus, most travelers from Europe can enter the country for up to 90 days without a visa. However, some nationalities need a Schengen visa. For more specific information, please check your country's travel advisories before planning a trip.

  • How many days should I spend in Norway?

    Norway's small size and well-developed transport mean you can hop around the country's popular tourist attractions in a day or less. However, you would need more time if you truly wanted to experience Norway's natural beauty and cultual riches. Read learn more about the ideal duration of a trip to Norway.

  • Are credit cards accepted in Norway?

    Norway is becoming increasingly cashless. So, credit and debit cards are actually the preferred means of making payments. Most restaurants, stores, hotels, and tourist sites accept credit card payments from Visa, Mastercard, and Eurocard holders.

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