Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

Big Island, Big Adventure

aboard Ocean Nova

      • 13 Days  22 June – 4 July, 2016
      • 13 Days  4 July – 16 July, 2016
      • 13 Days  24 July – 5 August, 2016


Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which we will attempt to circumnavigate on this voyage. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, it is rugged, wild, unspoiled—utterly unforgettable. When it comes to viewing Arctic wildlife Spitsbergen is known as one of the most prolific destinations. Offering one of the world’s best opportunity to view polar bears, you’ll be able to see the world’s largest carnivores in their natural habitat. Walrus populations love Spitsbergen as well, feeding in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, while you may catch a sighting of reindeer or Arctic fox when taking Zodiac excursions to land.

Day 1

Embarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your Spitsbergen expedition itinerary begins when you board your ship in Longyearbyen, the island’s largest settlement. Enjoy your first view of the island’s rugged, glacier-topped mountains, rising majestically from icy Arctic waters.

Days 2 to 12

Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

Expect a new adventure every day, as you journey around the island of Spitsbergen and explore smaller, outlying islands. The variety of incredible wildlife and geological formations found here is astounding! Every expedition will be unique, but a few of our favorite landing sites include the 14th of July Glacier, Ny London, Phippsoya, Alkefjellet and Sundneset and if ice conditions allow, we will land on seldom visited Kvttøya.

The names may seem strange to you, but they each have their own unique appeal. For birders, the 14th of July Glacier is home to purple sandpipers, common eiders, barnacle geese and Arctic terns; while Alkefjellet is home to nesting brunich guillemots (thick-billed murres).

If you want to prove that reindeer are real, then you’ll want to have your camera ready for visits to sites like Ny London, Sundneset and Alkhornet. As for the largest land carnivore in the world – searching for polar bears is a constant activity, with Phippsoya and Isbukta being two of their preferred places for hunting – meaning great potential for you to capture them in action.

A big part of appreciating Spitsbergen comes from understanding the culture, not just how people live today, but how this land was first explored. Whaling was a key industry here and you will see blubber ovens and other whaling evidence at landing sites such as Smeerenburg. Colourful tundra meadow displays are complimented by glaciers and the potential exists for spotting beluga whales.

Day 13

Disembarkation Day in Longyearbyen

Your adventure ends as it began, in the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.


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Dates and Cost

  • 13 Days  22 June – 4 July, 2016
  • 13 Days  4 July – 16 July, 2016
  • 13 Days  24 July – 5 Aug, 2016

Quad Triple Twin (upper/lower) Twin Upper deck Twin Bridge deck
AUD 10,800 AUD 12,200 AUD 13,500 AUD 14,200 AUD 14,900

Adventure Option:

Kayaking 2016 AUD $805 per person

Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit.

Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

Offered on most Arctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.

What’s included

  • 12 nights on board the Ocean Nova
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced and knowledgeable Expedition Leader and Staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme, and comprehensive pre-departure material.

What’s not included

  • Any airfares, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre-and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to/from the vessel in Longyearbyen, passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
  • Rubber boots (you will need to bring your own).

How to book

To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.

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Ocean Nova

Adventure Ship

Built in 1992 at the Orskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The Ocean Nova was upgraded in 2000 and again in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck. Carrying up to 78 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, the 73-metre vessel is guided by highly qualified officers with deep experience in polar navigation. She is the perfect expedition ship for discovering Arctic waters.

Deck Plans


Triple 2 lower/1 upper berth, private facilities, desk/chair, 2 wardrobes
Twin Lower Berths 2 lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, 1 wardrobe

Cabins and amenities

  • 42 outside cabins, all featuring private facilities.
  • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating: buffet-style breakfast with table service; table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices from a changing daily menu; cakes served in mid-afternoon.
  • Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late morning, afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits; coffee, tea available all day.
  • Library with collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via Fleet 77 and e-mail.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.
  • Please note: there is no passenger elevator between decks.

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Ship Specifications

Crew: 30
Guests: 78
Length: 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water
Registered: Bahamas