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Setting sail from Longyearbyen
This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!
At the so called heart of the city, Huset has long been the centre for culture and community. Go there for great food and to sample one of the largest wine cellars in Europe!
Arriving in Longyearbyen
Don’t die here – it’s illegal. There have been no new burials for over 70 years, because the permafrost prevents bodies from decomposing.
Your home from home
The new World Explorer, launched in 2019, stands out as one of the fastest and finest expedition ships in Quark's fleet.
What we love
With their history of expertise in polar adventure, Quark are taking things to the next level with this spacious and comfortable ship, which combines a modern and inviting cruise experience with some wonderful adventure opportunities. Every cabin and suite boasts a walk-out or Juliet balcony, ensuring you'll always have a great view of the spectacular scenery.
|172 Guests (140 Guests on Antarctic Express voyages)|
|Style||Comfortable and inviting, with well-equipped and roomy cabins from 242 square feet, and a passionate and experienced expedition team.|
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Where to stay in Longyearbyen
There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.
Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.