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9-night Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard Expedition
June 17, 2023
Quark Expeditions: Ultramarine
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The Signature Collection – Exclusive Amenities
The Signature Collection Sailings offer Exceptional Value and Exclusive Amenities.

Cruise Inclusions

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • 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.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • 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
  • Transfers between Longyearbyen town center and port on embarkation and disembarkation day

Available Add-Ons

Optional airfare; pre-/post-cruise hotel
9-night Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard Expedition
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Oslo

Oslo 06/17/2023

Your Arctic voyage begins in Oslo, Norway's vibrant capital city. If you arrive early, there are many museums and restaurants and green spaces to keep you busy before retiring at your included airport hotel.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours

Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.
The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Bicycle tour – 3 Hours



Discover an alternative Oslo, full of street art, hip cafés, surprising waterfalls, great food and award winning coffee.

During this approximately 3-hour bike tour, you will ride the path along the Akerselva River, with a stop at the heart of Oslo’s food scene, the indoor food market “Mathallen”. Mathallen is closed on Mondays.


Be amazed by rushing waterfalls in the middle of the city, just blocks from the trendy Grünerløkka neighborhood.

And an absolute must is a stop at the modern Opera and the exciting urban development around it, including a stop at Oslo's newest urban beach. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 3 hours
Start / End Bicycle rental shop.
Vehicle None
Inclusions Bicycle and Helmet.
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances None
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy/Medium. Guests must be in good health and be comfortable riding a bicycle with hand brakes. The tour includes about 2½ hours of cycling, all at a leisurely pace.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.



 

Oslo Explorer tour – 5 Hours



We start with Vulkan - The area is a fusion of culture and creative industry with schools, hotels, food hall, restaurants and exciting tenants. It is the diversity and composition of the players that make Vulkan exciting.

Mathallen Oslo is inspired by the great European food courts. Here you’ll find specialty shops, cafés and great places to eat. The food court will also put on a number of food-related activities like conferences, courses, fairs and competitions. Mathallen Oslo is the place to go for everyone who appreciates high quality food and bevergages and something unique. There will be time for light lunch at Mathallen during the tour.

On the east side of the river Akerselva, behind the old industrial buildings, lies Grünerløkka. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. 

During the tour we will have an outside visit to the Opera House. Officially opened in April 2008, the Oslo Opera House was designed by the acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The Opera House, which took five years to complete, sits on the bank of the Bjørvika district, near the stock exchange and the central station. 

A visit to Oslo is not complete without a brief wal through Vigeland´s Sculpture Park .The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's life work, comprising over 200 sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron. It was installed mainly in the period 1940-1949, but is nevertheless a result of over 40 years of work. It is located in a beuatiful park and natural setting in the city.

Edvard Munch was one of Modernism's most significant artists and the other great Norgwian artist. The New Edvard Munch Museum will open at the end of 2020. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 5 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class. 
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request. 
Entrances Edvard Munch Museum when it opens at the end 2020
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Oslo Holmenkollen tour – 6 Hours


The famous Holmenkollen ski-jump, located in the hills above Oslo afford a panorama view over the city and the fjord below. 

Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been at the heart of Norwegian skiing for over 100 years. The first ski jumping competition took place on 31st January 1892 when 12,000 spectators were present. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is world famous and represents an international symbol of ski jumping and ski sport generally.

The Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. The 160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town, country and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.

Basis Private tour
Duration 6 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.  
Entrances Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Norwegian Folksmuseum.
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Art Tour with visit of Vigeland Sculpture Park and National Theatre in Oslo with Rickshaw transfers – 4 hours
This art tour starts on three wells, a more sustainable way of discovering the city!
Your rickshaw driver will take you to Frogner Park, the famous sculpture park of Oslo. This enormous open space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot-high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
Along the ride your driver will tell you more about the Norwegian capital and one of the greatest artists in the country: Edvard Munch. The famous painter grew up in Oslo and started out as an artist in this city. Together with your driver you will follow his footsteps and pass by some of the places that have a significance in his life: his first studio, right in front of the Parliament Building, the Grand Café, a popular hangout for artists in the late 1800s, and Blomqvist art gallery, where he held several exhibitions. We continue towards Pilestredet 30, where Munch spent seven years of his childhood, and then to the campus of the University of Oslo where we will stop to learn about the Aula decorations.
The last stop of the tour is at the National Theatre, where you will say goodbye to the rickshaw driver and meet the theatre´s guide, who will show you around this emblematic building in a private tour lasting around 50 minutes.
During the visit you are shown the theatre's unique rooms and stages, such as the Royal Lodge, which is otherwise closed to the public, and a sneak peek at the Main Stage itself. You also get to literally follow in Ibsen's and Bjørnson's footsteps and hear exciting stories from the theatre's opening in 1899, from the occupation during World War II and from today - because maybe you are wondering what a modern, rehabilitated National Theater could look like in the future? The tour will also showcase the theater building's architecture, the unique art collection that hangs on the walls and you can take a closer look at props, wigs and costumes in our unique and detailed theater exhibitions.
Basis: Private tour.
Duration:      Approx. 4 hours (3 hours for rickshaw tour +  50 mins visit of National Theatre).
Start / End:   City Center/National Theatre.
Vehicle:        Ricksaw (2 pax per vehicle)
Guide: English-speaking.
Entrances:     National Theater.
Meals: None.

Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes. Please note this tour is not offered on Sundays and public holidays.
 
06/17/2023 06/17/2023
Oslo

Oslo 06/18/2023

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen, where you'll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours

Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.
The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Bicycle tour – 3 Hours



Discover an alternative Oslo, full of street art, hip cafés, surprising waterfalls, great food and award winning coffee.

During this approximately 3-hour bike tour, you will ride the path along the Akerselva River, with a stop at the heart of Oslo’s food scene, the indoor food market “Mathallen”. Mathallen is closed on Mondays.


Be amazed by rushing waterfalls in the middle of the city, just blocks from the trendy Grünerløkka neighborhood.

And an absolute must is a stop at the modern Opera and the exciting urban development around it, including a stop at Oslo's newest urban beach. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 3 hours
Start / End Bicycle rental shop.
Vehicle None
Inclusions Bicycle and Helmet.
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances None
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy/Medium. Guests must be in good health and be comfortable riding a bicycle with hand brakes. The tour includes about 2½ hours of cycling, all at a leisurely pace.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.



 

Oslo Explorer tour – 5 Hours



We start with Vulkan - The area is a fusion of culture and creative industry with schools, hotels, food hall, restaurants and exciting tenants. It is the diversity and composition of the players that make Vulkan exciting.

Mathallen Oslo is inspired by the great European food courts. Here you’ll find specialty shops, cafés and great places to eat. The food court will also put on a number of food-related activities like conferences, courses, fairs and competitions. Mathallen Oslo is the place to go for everyone who appreciates high quality food and bevergages and something unique. There will be time for light lunch at Mathallen during the tour.

On the east side of the river Akerselva, behind the old industrial buildings, lies Grünerløkka. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. 

During the tour we will have an outside visit to the Opera House. Officially opened in April 2008, the Oslo Opera House was designed by the acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The Opera House, which took five years to complete, sits on the bank of the Bjørvika district, near the stock exchange and the central station. 

A visit to Oslo is not complete without a brief wal through Vigeland´s Sculpture Park .The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's life work, comprising over 200 sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron. It was installed mainly in the period 1940-1949, but is nevertheless a result of over 40 years of work. It is located in a beuatiful park and natural setting in the city.

Edvard Munch was one of Modernism's most significant artists and the other great Norgwian artist. The New Edvard Munch Museum will open at the end of 2020. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 5 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class. 
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request. 
Entrances Edvard Munch Museum when it opens at the end 2020
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Oslo Holmenkollen tour – 6 Hours


The famous Holmenkollen ski-jump, located in the hills above Oslo afford a panorama view over the city and the fjord below. 

Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been at the heart of Norwegian skiing for over 100 years. The first ski jumping competition took place on 31st January 1892 when 12,000 spectators were present. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is world famous and represents an international symbol of ski jumping and ski sport generally.

The Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. The 160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town, country and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.

Basis Private tour
Duration 6 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.  
Entrances Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Norwegian Folksmuseum.
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Art Tour with visit of Vigeland Sculpture Park and National Theatre in Oslo with Rickshaw transfers – 4 hours
This art tour starts on three wells, a more sustainable way of discovering the city!
Your rickshaw driver will take you to Frogner Park, the famous sculpture park of Oslo. This enormous open space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot-high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
Along the ride your driver will tell you more about the Norwegian capital and one of the greatest artists in the country: Edvard Munch. The famous painter grew up in Oslo and started out as an artist in this city. Together with your driver you will follow his footsteps and pass by some of the places that have a significance in his life: his first studio, right in front of the Parliament Building, the Grand Café, a popular hangout for artists in the late 1800s, and Blomqvist art gallery, where he held several exhibitions. We continue towards Pilestredet 30, where Munch spent seven years of his childhood, and then to the campus of the University of Oslo where we will stop to learn about the Aula decorations.
The last stop of the tour is at the National Theatre, where you will say goodbye to the rickshaw driver and meet the theatre´s guide, who will show you around this emblematic building in a private tour lasting around 50 minutes.
During the visit you are shown the theatre's unique rooms and stages, such as the Royal Lodge, which is otherwise closed to the public, and a sneak peek at the Main Stage itself. You also get to literally follow in Ibsen's and Bjørnson's footsteps and hear exciting stories from the theatre's opening in 1899, from the occupation during World War II and from today - because maybe you are wondering what a modern, rehabilitated National Theater could look like in the future? The tour will also showcase the theater building's architecture, the unique art collection that hangs on the walls and you can take a closer look at props, wigs and costumes in our unique and detailed theater exhibitions.
Basis: Private tour.
Duration:      Approx. 4 hours (3 hours for rickshaw tour +  50 mins visit of National Theatre).
Start / End:   City Center/National Theatre.
Vehicle:        Ricksaw (2 pax per vehicle)
Guide: English-speaking.
Entrances:     National Theater.
Meals: None.

Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes. Please note this tour is not offered on Sundays and public holidays.
 
06/18/2023 06/18/2023
Air Travel

Air Travel 06/18/2023

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen, where you'll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.,
06/18/2023 06/18/2023
Cruise Starts (Embarkation)

Cruise Starts (Embarkation) 06/18/2023

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen, where you'll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.,
06/18/2023 06/18/2023
Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen 06/18/2023

This morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Spitsbergen, where you'll have some time to explore before embarkation. As your ship sets sail, enjoy your first view of the island's rugged, glacier-topped mountains rising majestically from icy waters.,
06/18/2023 06/18/2023
14th of July Glacier
06/19/2023 06/19/2023
Smeerenburg
06/20/2023 06/20/2023
Alkefjellet
06/21/2023 06/21/2023
Hinlopen Strait

Hinlopen Strait 06/22/2023

You'll cruise around this magical island on a constant search for wildlife. Your expedition will cover western Spitsbergen as well as stunning fjords and outlying islands 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, so there is no fixed itinerary; however, some of the places we may visit include the 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Alkefjellet, and Hinlopen Strait. The destinations visited will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing with an appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. 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. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. If you're itching to experience a more intimate view from the water, you can book the sea kayaking or paddling excursion adventure options. 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 abandoned historical site from centuries ago.,
06/22/2023 06/22/2023
Captain's Choice
06/23/2023 06/25/2023
Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen 06/26/2023

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 Oslo, included in the transfer package.,
06/26/2023 06/26/2023
Cruise Ends (Debarkation)

Cruise Ends (Debarkation) 06/26/2023

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 Oslo, included in the transfer package.,
06/26/2023 06/26/2023
Air Travel

Air Travel 06/26/2023

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 Oslo, included in the transfer package.,
06/26/2023 06/26/2023
Oslo

Oslo 06/26/2023

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 Oslo, included in the transfer package.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Oslo City Tour - 4 hours

Drive through the center of Oslo, passing all of the main sights and highlights, including the Royal Palace and the Nobel Institute. View the City Hall, inaugurated in 1950 at Oslo's 900-year jubilee. Akershus Fortress, sitting boldly on the waterfront is today partly a museum and a military area.

 
Pass the Parliament Building before entering Karl Johan Street, named after the Swedish-Norwegian king in the early part of the 19th century. The oldest part of Oslo University, dating back to 1813, lines this street. It is famous for its interior decoration by the painter Edvard Munch.
 
You will also pass through attractive villa areas on the way to Vigeland Park. This enormous open-space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
On the Bygdøy Peninsula you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. It houses three authentic longboats dating from the Viking Age, around AD 900-1000, which were excavated from the mudbanks along Oslo fjord. The museum also holds a large collection of items found on board the ships, such as household goods, tools, jewelry and clothing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Viking Ship Museum.
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Tour to Drøbak - 5 hours


Located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, on the east side of the Oslo Fjord, lies Drøbak. The narrow 18th- and 19th-century streets lined with small wooden houses give the town an idyllic touch. On an island just outside Drøbak you can visit the fortress Oscarsborg.
The centre of Drøbak is the square Torget where you find the popular Tregaarden's Christmas House and Santa's Post Office. They have Norway's biggest permanent Christmas exhibition and a special Santa Claus post stamp. By the charming boat harbour there is also an Aquarium, with the world's only "lutefisk" museum, and Badeparken a little north of the centre is a great place for swimming.
From Sjøtorget there are regular ferries to the Oscarsborg Fortress. The trip takes 5 minutes.
The construction of the fortress was finished in 1853. It got the name Oscarsborg when king Oscar I visited the fortress in 1855. The fortress has a proud and dramatic history and is best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940 during World War II.

Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. Oscarsborg Fortress Museum presents the history of the place and organises guided tours. There are plenty of activities for children. A safari through the subterranean tunnels below the fortress, obstacle courses, bathing beaches and crab fishing.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start / End: City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle: 01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances: Oscarsborg Museum
Meals: None.
Difficulty: Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Oslo Bicycle tour – 3 Hours



Discover an alternative Oslo, full of street art, hip cafés, surprising waterfalls, great food and award winning coffee.

During this approximately 3-hour bike tour, you will ride the path along the Akerselva River, with a stop at the heart of Oslo’s food scene, the indoor food market “Mathallen”. Mathallen is closed on Mondays.


Be amazed by rushing waterfalls in the middle of the city, just blocks from the trendy Grünerløkka neighborhood.

And an absolute must is a stop at the modern Opera and the exciting urban development around it, including a stop at Oslo's newest urban beach. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 3 hours
Start / End Bicycle rental shop.
Vehicle None
Inclusions Bicycle and Helmet.
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.
Entrances None
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy/Medium. Guests must be in good health and be comfortable riding a bicycle with hand brakes. The tour includes about 2½ hours of cycling, all at a leisurely pace.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.



 

Oslo Explorer tour – 5 Hours



We start with Vulkan - The area is a fusion of culture and creative industry with schools, hotels, food hall, restaurants and exciting tenants. It is the diversity and composition of the players that make Vulkan exciting.

Mathallen Oslo is inspired by the great European food courts. Here you’ll find specialty shops, cafés and great places to eat. The food court will also put on a number of food-related activities like conferences, courses, fairs and competitions. Mathallen Oslo is the place to go for everyone who appreciates high quality food and bevergages and something unique. There will be time for light lunch at Mathallen during the tour.

On the east side of the river Akerselva, behind the old industrial buildings, lies Grünerløkka. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. 

During the tour we will have an outside visit to the Opera House. Officially opened in April 2008, the Oslo Opera House was designed by the acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The Opera House, which took five years to complete, sits on the bank of the Bjørvika district, near the stock exchange and the central station. 

A visit to Oslo is not complete without a brief wal through Vigeland´s Sculpture Park .The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's life work, comprising over 200 sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron. It was installed mainly in the period 1940-1949, but is nevertheless a result of over 40 years of work. It is located in a beuatiful park and natural setting in the city.

Edvard Munch was one of Modernism's most significant artists and the other great Norgwian artist. The New Edvard Munch Museum will open at the end of 2020. 

Basis Private tour
Duration 5 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class. 
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request. 
Entrances Edvard Munch Museum when it opens at the end 2020
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Oslo Holmenkollen tour – 6 Hours


The famous Holmenkollen ski-jump, located in the hills above Oslo afford a panorama view over the city and the fjord below. 

Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been at the heart of Norwegian skiing for over 100 years. The first ski jumping competition took place on 31st January 1892 when 12,000 spectators were present. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is world famous and represents an international symbol of ski jumping and ski sport generally.

The Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. The 160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town, country and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.

Basis Private tour
Duration 6 hours
Start / End City center Hotel, address or Pier.
Vehicle 1st Class
Guide English-speaking. Other languages on request.  
Entrances Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Norwegian Folksmuseum.
Meals None
Difficulty Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces
Notes Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.

Art Tour with visit of Vigeland Sculpture Park and National Theatre in Oslo with Rickshaw transfers – 4 hours
This art tour starts on three wells, a more sustainable way of discovering the city!
Your rickshaw driver will take you to Frogner Park, the famous sculpture park of Oslo. This enormous open space was laid out in the first half of the 20th century by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Over a period of 30 years, he created his own world of human beings and animals from stone, iron and bronze. There are about 200 statue groups in all, which describe the course of human life from birth to death. The monolith, a 56-foot-high granite block carved with 121 figures stands as the unequivocal centerpiece of this well-planned park.
 
Along the ride your driver will tell you more about the Norwegian capital and one of the greatest artists in the country: Edvard Munch. The famous painter grew up in Oslo and started out as an artist in this city. Together with your driver you will follow his footsteps and pass by some of the places that have a significance in his life: his first studio, right in front of the Parliament Building, the Grand Café, a popular hangout for artists in the late 1800s, and Blomqvist art gallery, where he held several exhibitions. We continue towards Pilestredet 30, where Munch spent seven years of his childhood, and then to the campus of the University of Oslo where we will stop to learn about the Aula decorations.
The last stop of the tour is at the National Theatre, where you will say goodbye to the rickshaw driver and meet the theatre´s guide, who will show you around this emblematic building in a private tour lasting around 50 minutes.
During the visit you are shown the theatre's unique rooms and stages, such as the Royal Lodge, which is otherwise closed to the public, and a sneak peek at the Main Stage itself. You also get to literally follow in Ibsen's and Bjørnson's footsteps and hear exciting stories from the theatre's opening in 1899, from the occupation during World War II and from today - because maybe you are wondering what a modern, rehabilitated National Theater could look like in the future? The tour will also showcase the theater building's architecture, the unique art collection that hangs on the walls and you can take a closer look at props, wigs and costumes in our unique and detailed theater exhibitions.
Basis: Private tour.
Duration:      Approx. 4 hours (3 hours for rickshaw tour +  50 mins visit of National Theatre).
Start / End:   City Center/National Theatre.
Vehicle:        Ricksaw (2 pax per vehicle)
Guide: English-speaking.
Entrances:     National Theater.
Meals: None.

Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes. Please note this tour is not offered on Sundays and public holidays.
 
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Quark Expeditions: Ultramarine

The newest ship in our fleet, Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer.

Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features a best-in-class 70-day operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
2020
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
10000
Guests (Lowers)
206
Total Guests
199
Passenger Decks
7
Number of Crew
140
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
103
Suites
95
Balconies
–
Ocean/River View
8
Interior
–
Accessible
–

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Suite

Ultra Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 6

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 563 sq. ft. (52.3m2) of interior living space, and a 46 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests who want to travel without compromise. Our largest and most luxurious suite features the most sleeping, entertainment and storage space onboard the ship. It is perfect for families or travelers who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.

Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

Owner's Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 6

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 446 sq. ft. (41.4 m2) of indoor living space and a 46.3 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests who want it all. A large, luxurious suite featuring a private bedroom, full bathroom, powder room, and two separate living spaces. This suite is perfect for families or couples who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.

Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

Penthouse Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 7

The only suite category to be located on Deck 7, with approximately 369 sq. ft. (34.3 m2) of indoor living space,  and a 67 sq. ft. (6.2 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting to wake up to unobstructed polar views from the warmth and comfort of their bed onboard the ship. These suites offer the best of everything—views, spacious interiors, full bathrooms and generous balcony sizes—as well as easy access to the wellness centre.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Terrace Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 6

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 350 sq. ft. (32.5 m2) of indoor living space, and a 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting generous interiors with a wide layout and the largest balconies on the ship. Centrally located on Deck 6, guests will enjoy minimal movement and motion from the comfort of these suites.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private extra-wide balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Deluxe Balcony Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 4

Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 299 sq. ft. (27.8 m2) of indoor living space, and a 70 sq. ft. (6.5 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting a larger living space, full bathroom, and a substantial balcony. Deluxe Balcony Suites are the first suite type to offer additional privacy in the bathroom with an enclosed toilet, a full bath and shower to make it easier for guests to get ready together in the morning.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Balcony Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 4

Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. (21 m2) of indoor living space, and a 52 sq. ft. (4.8 m2) balcony, this entry-level balcony suite is one of the largest available on a ship of this class. This suite is perfect for guests who are looking for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. There are four connecting suites in this category, making this an excellent option for families or groups wanting to stay connected to each other during their expedition.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Explorer Suite Limited Availability
  • Deck 3

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). These suites are perfect for people traveling together or solo guests looking to share with like-minded individuals. This suite maximizes interior living space while still offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors. Our entry-level twin suites are the largest available on a ship of this class.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Oceanview

Explorer Triple Limited Availability
  • Deck 3

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). This suite is perfect for guests traveling solo who want to share their experience with other like-minded travelers of the same gender, or for groups of three traveling together. Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.

Features: three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Solo Panorama Limited Availability
  • Deck 6

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 132 sq. ft. (12.3 m2). This suite is perfect for solo guests who appreciate privacy and want to wake up to sweeping views from the comfort of their bed. These are the only solo suites with floor-to-ceiling windows available onboard any ship in its class.

Features: single bed, floor-to-ceiling window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

All fares are per person, based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and quoted in US dollars (US$). Rates for expeditions, flights, as well as optional pre-expedition and post-expedition extensions are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly. Quark reserves the right to alter prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full. All travelers are required to pay for their excursion and additional purchases in conjunction with their excursion in the same currency. The fare does not include tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages (bottled or tap), miscellaneous extras, personal needs or medical care. Such goods and services, if available for purchase aboard the vessel/camp, are at the traveler's own expense. Payment for all such goods and services including any charges for extra baggage must be made in cash or by traveler's checks in US dollars (or other currency acceptable to the carrier) upon demand by the carrier prior to the traveler's disembarkation. Taxes, port charges, embarkation and loading expenses, stamps, health fees and any other charges whatsoever imposed by governmental authorities in any port or place shall be for the account of the traveler if not included in the fare paid to Quark.

To confirm reservations on all Quark products, a deposit of 20% (minimum US$1000 per person) is required at time of booking. The deposit may be paid by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card. For any booking within 120 days of departure full payment is required. Final payment balances are due 120 days prior to departure.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Exlusions - Rates specifically do not include:

  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation and lunch on specified fly and cruise programs.
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
  • Massage services.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deck 8

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 5

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 4

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 3

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()
Deck 2

Stateroom Key

  • Ultra Suite ()
  • Owner's Suite ()
  • Penthouse Suite ()
  • Terrace Suite ()
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite ()
  • Balcony Suite ()
  • Explorer Suite ()
  • Explorer Triple ()
  • Solo Panorama ()