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Svalbard’s Land of the Polar Bear Quark Cruise

Smeerenburg, Hinlopen Strait & Alkefjellet

Best time to travel
May – Aug
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
All

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Oslo.
  • All private and shared transfers as well as your return charter flights.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Oslo, Finstadjordet and aboard Quark’s M/V Ocean Adventurer throughout your polar cruise.
  • Twice-daily Zodiac excursions led by expert polar guides as well as hiking and polar plunging opportunities.
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities, with the chance to witness mighty polar bear, walrus, beluga and many more.
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Ocean Adventurer Library
Enjoy the comfortable library of polar books and general reading materials from wildlife to geology. The library is open 24 hours a day and also includes a selection of games.
Ocean Adventurer Dining room
Enjoy delicious meals on a daily basis in the dining room. While meal times may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you’ll always be served three meals a day.
Ocean Adventurer Clipper Club
Enjoy a more private dining experience in the Clipper Club, just off of the main Dining Room.
The theater-style auditorium in the Main Lounge on the Upper Deck can accommodate everyone onboard. It serves as the main lecture hall where presentations and movies are provided for passengers to enjoy.
Ocean Adventurer, Quark Expeditions
The 128-passenger Ocean Adventurer boasts all features and facilities of a contemporary vessel. It operates on two Rolls Royce engines and houses a breezeway, which is a semi-enclosed space with excellent views.

Introduction

Venture to the realm of the polar bear and prepare for an emotion-packed discovery along Svalbard’s legendary archipelago. In the world we live in today, there is no better celebration than witnessing wildlife roam free. Be amazed as you stumble upon marvellous colonies of walrus fighting for space along the coastline, iconic polar bear resting after a hunt and stunning puffin land on the jagged rocks above. In partnership with expedition specialists, Quark, this suggested itinerary promises a sustainable and responsible polar experience alongside the most knowledgeable guides of the Arctic.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Upon arrival, check in to your nearby airport hotel which is directly connected to the terminal. The following morning, board your charter flight to Lonyearbyen, where you’ll board the M/V Ocean Adventurer for your 10 night expedition.

Set sail for western Spitsbergen.

Witness the spectacular landscape of stunning fjords, polar deserts and towering glaciers. Just as varied as the wildlife, take some exceptionable landscape photographs as you set out on guided hikes and twice-daily Zodiac outings.

Glacier, Spitsbergen
Witness the mighty polar bear.

Svalbard’s legendary icy habitat is well-protected and practically uninhabited, making it one of the finest places in the world to spot polar bears in their natural habitat. Other incredible wildlife includes puffin, Arctic fox, beluga and Svalbard reindeer.

Polar Bear Encounter
Admire the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet by Zodiac.

A bird lover’s paradise, this is where you’ll find huge colonies of Brünnich’s guillemots. Mighty walrus also live here and create an extremely noisy environment as they fight for their spot along the coastline.

Alkefjellet
Be amazed by the scenery.

As you explore by land and sea, you will continuously be astonished by beautiful scenes of life in the Arctic. Witness polar bears resting on the ice after a hunt, the sun shining on world-famous glaciers and beluga whale breach the surface.

Beluga Whale
Continuously explore and learn.

As you discover places like the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg and Hinlopen Strait, experience diverse ranges of wildlife and learn about the history and geology of Spitsbergen. There is also the opportunity to set out on thrilling kayaking excursions.

Kayaking, Spitsbergen
Disembark in Longyearbyen and fly to Oslo.

Say goodbye to the wilderness of Svalbard and depart for Oslo. Upon landing, privately transfer to the outskirts of Oslo for a three-night stay in the countryside. Explore the surrounding nature trails, bathe in the lake and cycle along the country roads.

Losby Gods
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Ocean Adventurer, Quark Expeditions

Ocean Adventurer

The M/V Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favourite among Quark guests and has subsequently received the Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship.

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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen_

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen

Connected to the Oslo Gardermoen Airport, the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel provides the perfect accommodation for a comfortable overnight stay in Oslo.

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Losby Gods

Losby Gods

Set in the idyllic Norwegian countryside lies the traditional Losby Gods. Set within a 160-year-old estate surrounded by indigenous forest, one can find plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

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What people are saying

“We recently travelled to Barcelona and Mallorca with the expert help of Oroko and will never book a holiday any other way again! The staff were so friendly and knowledgable and made the process of booking extremely easy. The travel pack was very impressive with our luggage tags, complimentary treats for the airport, and comprehensive guide to both areas with recommended restaurants which didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t speak highly enough of our experience with this company and would highly recommend to friends.”

Orla & partner – Mallorca 2019

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