Springtime in Svalbard (Quest)

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• Discover Svalbard in May. 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. • Enjoy Zodiac cruising • Meet The king of the Arctic - Polar Bear

Ship Quest
Capacity: 53, Type: Expedition

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 reindeers 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.

• Discover Svalbard in May. 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. • Enjoy Zodiac cruising • Meet The king of the Arctic - Polar Bear

29 May, 2020 to 06 June, 2020
Prices

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.

Twin Cabin Superior
£ 5321 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Superior
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.
Double Cabin Superior
£ 6305 GBP pp
Double Cabin Superior
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.
Owners Cabin
£ 6879 GBP pp
Owners Cabin
In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV.
Triple Cabin
£ 4337 GBP pp
Triple Cabin
The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin
£ 4993 GBP pp
Twin Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Double Cabin
£ 5321 GBP pp
Double Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Solo
£ 8027 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Solo
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
03 May, 2021 to 11 May, 2021
Prices

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.

Owners Cabin
£ 6879 GBP pp
Owners Cabin
In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV.
Twin Cabin Solo
£ 8273 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Solo
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Triple Cabin
£ 4419 GBP pp
Triple Cabin
The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin
£ 5157 GBP pp
Twin Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Superior
£ 5485 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Superior
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.
Double Cabin
£ 5485 GBP pp
Double Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Double Cabin Superior
£ 6305 GBP pp
Double Cabin Superior
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.
10 May, 2021 to 18 May, 2021
Prices

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
£ 4419 GBP pp
Triple Cabin
The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin
£ 5157 GBP pp
Twin Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Superior
£ 5485 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Superior
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.
Double Cabin Superior
£ 6305 GBP pp
Double Cabin Superior
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.
Owners Cabin
£ 6879 GBP pp
Owners Cabin
In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV.
Twin Cabin Solo
£ 8273 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Solo
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Double Cabin
£ 5485 GBP pp
Double Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
17 May, 2021 to 25 May, 2021
Prices

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
£ 4419 GBP pp
Triple Cabin
The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin
£ 5157 GBP pp
Twin Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Double Cabin
£ 5485 GBP pp
Double Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Superior
£ 5485 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Superior
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.
Double Cabin Superior
£ 6305 GBP pp
Double Cabin Superior
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.
Owners Cabin
£ 6879 GBP pp
Owners Cabin
In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV.
Twin Cabin Solo
£ 8273 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Solo
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
24 May, 2021 to 01 June, 2021
Prices

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
£ 4419 GBP pp
Triple Cabin
The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin
£ 5157 GBP pp
Twin Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Double Cabin
£ 5485 GBP pp
Double Cabin
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Solo
£ 8273 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Solo
Cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.
Twin Cabin Superior
£ 5485 GBP pp
Twin Cabin Superior
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.
Double Cabin Superior
£ 6305 GBP pp
Double Cabin Superior
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.
Owners Cabin
£ 6879 GBP pp
Owners Cabin
In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV.
show reverse itinerary
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.
Days 2 - 8: Expedition
We start our adventure in Svalbard by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark our expedition ship and head out through Isfjorden. Perhaps we make an evening landing before we continue either south or north – all depending on the weather and the current ice situation. 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 beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, 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 harbour 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 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. Bellsund 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. 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 journey 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!

Quest

Passengers: 53
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2005 / 2018
Length: 66 metres

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.

It is always possible to share a cabin on board M/S Quest. All cabins have windows and private facilities.

Vessel Type:  Expedition

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