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Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard

Join us on an expedition cruise along the dramatic coastline and magnificent fjords of northern Norway, via the seldom visited Bear Island to the pearl of the Arctic: Svalbard. It is a busy time of the year. The sea eagles are frequenting Lofoten and the impressive cliffs of Bear Island are teeming with tens of thousands of birds. Svalbard greets us with a breathtaking landscape, glittering ice, snow covered mountain tops, midnight sun and magnificent wildlife.

06 May, 2019 to 15 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard, departing on 06 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple cabin £ 4179 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The triple cabins on deck three have upper and lower berths.
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Twin cabin £ 4890 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Double cabin £ 5206 GBP pp
Has a double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Twin cabin Plus £ 5206 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Double cabin Superior £ 5680 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck three and four are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD.
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Owner’s cabin £ 6154 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck four has a double bed, two large picture windows, a small sitting area and TV/DVD.
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Twin cabin for single use £ 8129 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard itinerary:

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Day 1: Bodø
We arrive in Bodø and embark our expedition ship M/S Quest. Once settled in our cabins, we are welcomed by the guides and crew. During the afternoon we begin our voyage towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands.
Day 2: Vedøya - Reine
After breakfast we make a first trip in our Zodiac around the spectacular island of Vedøya with its tens of thousands of nesting sea birds. Vedøya is also often frequented by eagles. We sail along the southern side of Lofoten, a vast collection of rocky islands rising from the sea, towards Reine. This charming fishing village, with characteristic talks on board introduce us to Bear Island’s exciting history.
Day 3: Nusfjord - Trollfjorden
Today we visit Nusfjord. This is one of the most well-preserved and picturesque fishing communities in the area, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden structures. We go ashore and explore this historic little village with its distinct atmosphere and cod fisheries. We continue our cruise along the Lofoten wall and later arrive at the magically beautiful Trollfjorden. Afterwards we head out to sea and set course for Bear Island. After a few hours we reach a wellknown whale watching area that stretches along the continental shelf and we keep our eyes open for these marvellous creatures of the sea.
Day 4: Barents Sea
Our sea journey continues further north. Interesting talks on board introduce us to Bear Island’s exciting history.
Day 5: Bear Island
With our solid Zodiacs we explore this fascinating rocky island in the middle of the Barents Sea. Because of the remoteness only a few ships can stop by for a visit. Vertical 400-meter cliffs rise in the distance as we approach, and here we find one of the largest seabird colonies in the North Atlantic. Tens of thousands of guillemots nest here, as well as puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Our main goal is to go ashore and explore Bear Island by foot. We then continue our journey into the Arctic waters and our next destination is Svalbard – one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses.
Day 6 - 9: Svalbard
It is early in the season so our route the following days will depend on the weather and ice conditions. These are examples of places we might visit: Storfjorden During this time of the year there is often a lot of drift ice in the vast Storfjorden between the islands of Edgeøya and Spitsbergen, but we try to get as far north as possible. On the island of Edgeøya are remnants of the first Pomors who came to the area in the 1600s. These Russian trappers came here to hunt polar bears, seals and reindeers. On the east coast of Spitsbergen lies Isbukta. In this spectacular bay we head out in our Zodiacs to enjoy the stunning views of the snow covered mountain peaks and the front of the impressive glacier Vasil’evbreen. The bay is also a popular spot for Sabine’s gulls, Arctic skuas and bearded seals. Hornsund & Bellsund 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. At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. We go ashore and walk across the tundra to take a closer look at these charming birds swarming around us. Isfjorden At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. We go ashore to enjoy the beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Some Arctic foxes are often 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.
Day 10: Longyearbyen
In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.
Please Note:
Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. We always strive to maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard reverse itinerary:

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Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. We always strive to maximise your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.
It is early in the season so our route the following days will depend on the weather and ice conditions. These are examples of places we might visit: Storfjorden During this time of the year there is often a lot of drift ice in the vast Storfjorden between the islands of Edgeøya and Spitsbergen, but we try to get as far north as possible. On the island of Edgeøya are remnants of the first Pomors who came to the area in the 1600s. These Russian trappers came here to hunt polar bears, seals and reindeers. On the east coast of Spitsbergen lies Isbukta. In this spectacular bay we head out in our Zodiacs to enjoy the stunning views of the snow covered mountain peaks and the front of the impressive glacier Vasil’evbreen. The bay is also a popular spot for Sabine’s gulls, Arctic skuas and bearded seals. Hornsund & Bellsund 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. At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. We go ashore and walk across the tundra to take a closer look at these charming birds swarming around us. Isfjorden At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. We go ashore to enjoy the beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Some Arctic foxes are often 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.
With our solid Zodiacs we explore this fascinating rocky island in the middle of the Barents Sea. Because of the remoteness only a few ships can stop by for a visit. Vertical 400-meter cliffs rise in the distance as we approach, and here we find one of the largest seabird colonies in the North Atlantic. Tens of thousands of guillemots nest here, as well as puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Our main goal is to go ashore and explore Bear Island by foot. We then continue our journey into the Arctic waters and our next destination is Svalbard – one of the world’s most magnificent wildernesses.
Our sea journey continues further north. Interesting talks on board introduce us to Bear Island’s exciting history.
Today we visit Nusfjord. This is one of the most well-preserved and picturesque fishing communities in the area, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list of unique wooden structures. We go ashore and explore this historic little village with its distinct atmosphere and cod fisheries. We continue our cruise along the Lofoten wall and later arrive at the magically beautiful Trollfjorden. Afterwards we head out to sea and set course for Bear Island. After a few hours we reach a wellknown whale watching area that stretches along the continental shelf and we keep our eyes open for these marvellous creatures of the sea.
After breakfast we make a first trip in our Zodiac around the spectacular island of Vedøya with its tens of thousands of nesting sea birds. Vedøya is also often frequented by eagles. We sail along the southern side of Lofoten, a vast collection of rocky islands rising from the sea, towards Reine. This charming fishing village, with characteristic talks on board introduce us to Bear Island’s exciting history.
We arrive in Bodø and embark our expedition ship M/S Quest. Once settled in our cabins, we are welcomed by the guides and crew. During the afternoon we begin our voyage towards the dramatic Lofoten Islands.
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Map for Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard
Quest, the ship servicing Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard

Quest

Vessel Type:  Expedition

Length: 66 metres

Passenger Capacity: 53

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2005 / 2018

M/S Quest was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland`s west-coast. In 2004/2005 she was redesigned as an expedition ship and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition vessel. She was extensively renovated in 2018. Quest takes 53 passengers in 26 cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The triple cabins on deck 3 have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck 3 and 4 are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck 4 has a double bed, two large picture windows, a sitting 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 a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining lectures on the area`s flora, fauna, history and glaciology. In the lounge you also find a well-stocked bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas and search for seabirds, whales and polar bears. The ship has a European Captain and there is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

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• Discover Svalbard – one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness areas. Experience midnight sun, glaciers and dramatic mountain ranges. In the summer, millions of seabirds arrive here to breed and whales can be spotted in the waters. Other animals include the walrus, the Arctic fox, the endemic Svalbard reindeer and last, but certainly not least, the king of the Arctic – the polar bear.

• Explore the world famous Norwegian coastal landscape together with like-minded people on a small expedition cruise ship. Lofoten islands welcome with tiny fishing communities that are squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. White-tailed eagles frequently circle around the mountain peaks while the abundance of fish in the water often attract whales. Orcas, pilot whales and sperm whales are some of the whales we may encounter during a trip along this fairy-tale coastline.
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