Spitsbergen Highlights

Expedition in Brief


Spitsbergen Highlights Expedition in Brief


Arctic Destinations

The rugged, remote Arctic remains one of the most unexplored domains on the planet. This ice-laden region encompasses the Canadian High Arctic; Greenland; the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which includes Spitsbergen; Russia; and at the very top of the planet, of course, the North Pole. It’s inhabited by polar bears, muskoxen, arctic foxes, beluga whales, reindeer, seals, walruses and migratory birds, among other wildlife species.


Ilulissat Icefjord

The world-famous Ilulissat Icefjord runs west 40 km (25 miles) from the Greenland ice sheet to Disko Bay, just south of the town of Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, it’s one of the best places in the world to witness glacier calving—huge chunks of ice crashing into the icy Arctic waters. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.


Northeast Greenland National Park

At 972,000 square kilometres, Greenland National Park, located in the northeastern part of the country, is the largest national park in the world. It’s not inhabited, except for a few meteorologists and armed forces personnel. 

When to go

Best Time to See the Northern Lights September to October. Later in the season is the best time for visitors to see the Northern Lights as increased darkness improves their visibility.

Date & departure point

Departure from Oslo, Norway

Departure on May 13 – 19, 2021. 7 days  

On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice along the west coast of Spitsbergen, retracing the steps of explorers from centuries past. 

Date & departure point

Rates above include the following:

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities


Included Activities


Hiking in the polar regions differs from your typical trail experience. Here, in a tree-less terrain, you are the tallest figure on the landscape as you walk over spongy tundra, crusty snow or sandy beaches in remotes parts of the Arctic and Antarctica. 


Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favorite among guests and crew who’ve appreciated the charm and intimacy of this 128-passenger vessel, its ample outdoor deck space, numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard—and the outdoor jacuzzi. 


Lower Deck Twin

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views. Please note that porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather as a safety precaution.


Gym located on the Main Deck, gym hours are posted at the door, with facilities available on a first come, first served basis.

Cruise company & history

Cruise company & history of Quark Expeditions

Our History. Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, the cofounders of Quark Expeditions, took the first group of commercial travelers to the North Pole In 1991. That inaugural, game-changing expedition—the first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage—set Quark Expeditions on a course that would put us at the forefront of polar exploration. 


Our Polar Promise: Polar Exploration and Sustainability

  • Quark Expeditions is profoundly committed to environmentally responsible tourism. Protecting the places we visit is necessary to ensure we can continue to introduce travelers to the spectacular beauty of the polar wilderness. Through Polar Promise, our comprehensive sustainability strategy framework, we’ve incorporated existing sustainability initiatives into a cohesive plan so we can identify where we can do better or do more.