Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway
3 Aug - 14 Aug
11 Nights
4 Ports
Quark Expeditions

Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway

3 August - 14 August 2025
From £8,525 pp


11 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)


4 Ports

3 August

Setting sail from Helsinki

Finland's lovely capital Helsinki is a maritime city, with the sea on three sides and almost 100 kilometres of shoreline, as well as around 300 islands. Its contemporary architecture and focus on modern design sit surprisingly well alongside its four hundred year history.

4 August

Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Longyearbyen

5-11 August

Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Spitsbergen

12 August

Arriving in 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!

Don't miss

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!

The Ship

Ocean Explorer

Quark's Ocean Explorer exterior
Quark's Ocean Explorer Solar Bar
Quark's Ocean Explorer Forward Lounge

Ocean Explorer is Quark's latest addition to the fleet, boasting a bright, elegant interior and an innovative X-Bow design for ultimate guest comfort.

What we love

Ocean Explorer joins the Quark fleet in 2024 and is a purpose-built expedition vessel designed for polar waters. Built in 2021, it showcases innovative expedition technology including a striking X-Bow design which improves efficiency and guest comfort when sailing in extreme envirnments. On board, guests will enjoy spacious cabins, almost all with private verandah, multi-height outdoor decks which are perfect for wildlife viewing, and a fleet of 15 Zodiacs for immersive exploration.

capacity 138 Guests
crew 105 Staff
style Bright, spacious and elegant interiors plus expansive observation decks and an expert Quark expedition team offer enriching exploration to the Polar regions.
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, juices and water
  • Beer and wine with dinner
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Library
  • Lectures and talks in the Explorer Lecture lounge
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Zodiac excursions and shore landings
  • Quark Expeditions parka
year built 2021
length 342 feet
cruising speed 16.5 knots
More about Ocean Explorer

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Where to stay in Longyearbyen

There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.

Snowmobiles near Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.

Get your free Arctic guide

Our expedition cruising guide to the Arctic will tell you everything you need to know, including when to visit, what to see and how to get there.


Svalbard Explorer: Best of High Arctic Norway

3 August - 14 August 2025
From £8,525 pp


11 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)


4 Ports


Ocean Explorer of Quark Expeditions

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