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Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance)

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 spring 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.
03 May, 2018 to 11 May, 2018 Make a booking request for Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance), departing on 03 May, 2018

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 £ 3919 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 £ 4535 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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Twin cabin Plus £ 4843 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 £ 4843 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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Double cabin Superior £ 5767 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 £ 6306 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 £ 7384 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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17 May, 2018 to 25 May, 2018 Make a booking request for Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance), departing on 17 May, 2018

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 £ 3919 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.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin £ 4535 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.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin Plus £ 4843 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.
view cabin photo
Double cabin £ 4843 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.
view cabin photo
Double cabin Superior £ 5767 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.
view cabin photo
Owner’s cabin £ 6306 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.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin for single use £ 7384 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.
view cabin photo

Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance) itinerary:

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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!

Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance) reverse itinerary:

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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!
Day 9: Longyearbyen *
In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.
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 1: Longyearbyen, Svalbard *
We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.
* = Indicative
Map for Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance)
Quest, the ship servicing Springtime in Svalbard (Sea Endurance)

Quest

Vessel Type:  Expedition

Length: 66 metres

Passenger Capacity: 53

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2005

M/S Quest was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland`s west-coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. 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.

Cabin layout for Quest
• Discover Svalbard in May

• Enjoy Zodiac cruising

• Meet The king of the Arctic - Polar Bear

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