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Unique expedition cruise to Spitsbergen

Spot polar bears, whales and reindeer, make your way through the floating ice and admire the beautiful nature and glaciers. For that you have to go to Spitsbergen. Travel specialist ExperienceTravel organizes expedition cruises to the archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and still has a few places available on the expedition ships that depart on July 18 and August 17.
PolarQuest

About 400 years ago, the Dutch navigator Willem Barentsz discovered an unknown archipelago that we today know as Spitsbergen. The settlement of Barentsburg is named after him. It is one of the few inhabited locations on Svalbard, its Norwegian name. No wonder, then, that the largely unexplored Arctic landscape redefines the true meaning of the word wilderness. In July and August the ice gradually retreats, making conditions more favorable for exploring the usually inaccessible eastern part of Spitsbergen.

© Johanna Vakkila

By navigating in the footsteps of former polar explorers, an expedition trip at this time of year provides an almost complete picture of the archipelago. The glacier facades on the east side are immense. The most impressive is the 200 kilometer long Austfonna ice wall that has more than hundreds of meltwater waterfalls. Whales are often spotted along the ice edges. The humpback whale, but also the white beluga and even the blue whale regularly appear. In the east of the archipelago there is a very good chance of seeing the polar bear in the pack ice. On board the small-scale M/S Quest (maximum 53 passengers) there are two Dutch-speaking guides who will share their expertise with you every day. You regularly make landings by zodiac, where you can also admire the blooming tundra at this time of year. In short, a trip you will never forget.

There are still a few places available on the expedition ships with departure dates of July 18 and August 17. Are you sailing along? View more information about this unique trip here.

© Erik Edvardsson