SVALBARD EXPLORER

From A$18,422
ONLY 5 OF 12 CABINS LEFT. HURRY TO YOUR PLACE
From A$18,422
ONLY 5 OF 12 CABINS LEFT. HURRY TO YOUR PLACE

This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic,’ and we’ll show you why on this 10-day voyage. 

A key focus of this expedition, on board the 2019 built Ocean Explorer, will be to seek out the abundant wildlife that resides here, including walrus, reindeer, and that most iconic of Arctic denizens, the polar bear, in their natural habitat, while marvelling at the surreal experience of continuous daylight. 

Explore the unique Arctic landscape, hike the vast and colourful tundra, learn about the history and geology of this remote wilderness, and join us on a gripping excursion to a faraway, unforgettable land.

Only 12 cabins available at these very special prices. And the group will be escorted by a Two’s a Crowd Tour Host.

UPDATE: 7 CABINS SOLD IN 24 HOURS. ONLY 5 CABINS LEFT

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 15th May 2025

ARRIVE IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.


Day 2 – Friday 16th May 2025

FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN, SVALBARD & EMBARK

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from frigid waters. 

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since most of Svalbard’s Arctic ecosystem is uninhabited and well-protected, this remote archipelago is one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears against stunning natural backdrops of mountains and ice.

The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. Get a chance to witness the intimate gatherings of giant pinnipeds as they haul out together on small coastal strips. If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.


Days 3 – 11 – Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd May 2025 

EXPLORING SPITSBERGEN

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions. Consequently, there is no fixed itinerary. However, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations we visit will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.


Day 10 – Saturday 24th May 2025

DISEMBARK IN LONGYEARBYEN & FLY TO HELSINKI

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

15TH – 24TH MAY 2025


Deluxe Veranda Forward stateroom

Brochure Price A$33,200

Quark sale price A$22,943

OUR PRICE A$18,422 – YOU SAVE 45%


Deluxe Veranda Middle stateroom

Brochure Price A$34,750

Quark sale price A$23,976

OUR PRICE A$19,563 – YOU SAVE 42%


Deluxe Veranda

Brochure Price A$35,600

Quark sale price A$24,550

OUR PRICE A$19,991 – YOU SAVE 48%

About the Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer, the newest addition to Quark Expeditions fleet, is modern, elegant and purpose-built for polar exploration. The 138-passenger vessel has been designed with the latest in expedition ship technology. One of the ship’s key features is the ULSTEIN X-BOW®, a marine engineering innovation that ensures a comfortable and smooth sailing experience thanks to the inverted bow. 

Located at the bow is the two-story, light-filled library, which introduces a welcome airiness to the expedition ship. Spacious cabins feature a modern, bespoke Scandinavian design and almost all have verandas. Guests can relax and find comfort in the spacious gym, sauna with large windows, and two outdoor Jacuzzis. 

Ocean Explorer features ample outdoor viewing areas and multi-height outer decks, which are ideal for long-view photography and wildlife viewing. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 15 Zodiacs that enable guests to get off the ship quickly and safely for off-ship adventures. 

In addition to the well-appointed and spacious public areas, Ocean Explorer has an industry-leading mix of sustainability systems, including fuel-efficient Rolls Royce engines.

Cabins

Located on Decks 4 and 6 and ranging in size from 168 sq feet to 205 sq feet, the spacious veranda staterooms feature a gorgeous private balcony, one double or two single beds (your choice), desk, refrigerator, TV and private bathroom with shower. Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Weather

July is the warmest month, with average temperatures of 3 – 7 °C (37.4 – 44.6 °F). The Midnight Sun’s constant daylight helps maximise wildlife sightings. Every cliff is packed with a frenzy of bird activity, whales return to the ice-free fjords, walrus collect in ‘haul-outs’ and opportunistic polar bears and arctic fox are on the prowl.

Currency

The local currency in Svalbard is the ‘Norwegian Krone’ (kr). One Norwegian Krone is divided into 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of 50 kr, 100 kr, 200 kr, 500 kr and 1000 kr.

Electricity

Norway uses 220/230 volts AC current, with the wall outlets using various volt types. Check your camera and/or laptop computer chargers – your may be able to use it with an adapter for the electrical outlet.

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; some nationalities will need a Schengen visa.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Escorted by a Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia 
  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Pre cruise transfer package including charter flights
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)
  • Individual US$250 On board credit exclusively for our group

Tour Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—mandatory
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the ‘wildlife capital of the Arctic,’ and we’ll show you why on this 10-day voyage. 

A key focus of this expedition, on board the 2019 built Ocean Explorer, will be to seek out the abundant wildlife that resides here, including walrus, reindeer, and that most iconic of Arctic denizens, the polar bear, in their natural habitat, while marvelling at the surreal experience of continuous daylight. 

Explore the unique Arctic landscape, hike the vast and colourful tundra, learn about the history and geology of this remote wilderness, and join us on a gripping excursion to a faraway, unforgettable land.

Only 12 cabins available at these very special prices. And the group will be escorted by a Two’s a Crowd Tour Host.

UPDATE: 7 CABINS SOLD IN 24 HOURS. ONLY 5 CABINS LEFT

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Thursday 15th May 2025

ARRIVE IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.


Day 2 – Friday 16th May 2025

FLY TO LONGYEARBYEN, SVALBARD & EMBARK

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen’s largest settlement. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from frigid waters. 

The island offers multiple opportunities for wildlife photography. Since most of Svalbard’s Arctic ecosystem is uninhabited and well-protected, this remote archipelago is one of the world’s best places to spot polar bears against stunning natural backdrops of mountains and ice.

The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide homes to thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres).Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t soon forget. Get a chance to witness the intimate gatherings of giant pinnipeds as they haul out together on small coastal strips. If you’re itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options.


Days 3 – 11 – Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd May 2025 

EXPLORING SPITSBERGEN

You’ll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords to the north. From polar flora to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions. Consequently, there is no fixed itinerary. However, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet and the Hinlopen Strait. The destinations we visit will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen.

In Spitsbergen, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day, you’ll see something interesting, whether it is an ever-changing gallery of spectacular icebergs, a polar bear resting between hunts, or an abandoned historical site from centuries ago.


Day 10 – Saturday 24th May 2025

DISEMBARK IN LONGYEARBYEN & FLY TO HELSINKI

The time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and shipmates has come. Your adventure ends as it began, in the historic frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your return group charter flight to Helsinki, included in the transfer package.

15TH – 24TH MAY 2025


Deluxe Veranda Forward stateroom

Brochure Price A$33,200

Quark sale price A$22,943

OUR PRICE A$18,422 – YOU SAVE 45%


Deluxe Veranda Middle stateroom

Brochure Price A$34,750

Quark sale price A$23,976

OUR PRICE A$19,563 – YOU SAVE 42%


Deluxe Veranda

Brochure Price A$35,600

Quark sale price A$24,550

OUR PRICE A$19,991 – YOU SAVE 48%

About the Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer, the newest addition to Quark Expeditions fleet, is modern, elegant and purpose-built for polar exploration. The 138-passenger vessel has been designed with the latest in expedition ship technology. One of the ship’s key features is the ULSTEIN X-BOW®, a marine engineering innovation that ensures a comfortable and smooth sailing experience thanks to the inverted bow. 

Located at the bow is the two-story, light-filled library, which introduces a welcome airiness to the expedition ship. Spacious cabins feature a modern, bespoke Scandinavian design and almost all have verandas. Guests can relax and find comfort in the spacious gym, sauna with large windows, and two outdoor Jacuzzis. 

Ocean Explorer features ample outdoor viewing areas and multi-height outer decks, which are ideal for long-view photography and wildlife viewing. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 15 Zodiacs that enable guests to get off the ship quickly and safely for off-ship adventures. 

In addition to the well-appointed and spacious public areas, Ocean Explorer has an industry-leading mix of sustainability systems, including fuel-efficient Rolls Royce engines.

Cabins

Located on Decks 4 and 6 and ranging in size from 168 sq feet to 205 sq feet, the spacious veranda staterooms feature a gorgeous private balcony, one double or two single beds (your choice), desk, refrigerator, TV and private bathroom with shower. Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Weather

July is the warmest month, with average temperatures of 3 – 7 °C (37.4 – 44.6 °F). The Midnight Sun’s constant daylight helps maximise wildlife sightings. Every cliff is packed with a frenzy of bird activity, whales return to the ice-free fjords, walrus collect in ‘haul-outs’ and opportunistic polar bears and arctic fox are on the prowl.

Currency

The local currency in Svalbard is the ‘Norwegian Krone’ (kr). One Norwegian Krone is divided into 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of 50 kr, 100 kr, 200 kr, 500 kr and 1000 kr.

Electricity

Norway uses 220/230 volts AC current, with the wall outlets using various volt types. Check your camera and/or laptop computer chargers – your may be able to use it with an adapter for the electrical outlet.

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; some nationalities will need a Schengen visa.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Escorted by a Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia 
  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Pre cruise transfer package including charter flights
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)
  • Individual US$250 On board credit exclusively for our group

Tour Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—mandatory
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities
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