Springtime in Svalbard | M/S Quest | IExpedition

Springtime in Svalbard with M/S Quest 2025

  • Overview

    Join us for an unforgettable Arctic cruise through the land of the polar bear and the midnight sun - Svalbard! During the month of May, Svalbard is characterised by a wonderful purity and spectacular scenery. The fairytale winter landscape is dominated by glittering ice formations, snow-capped mountains, fjord ice and pastel-coloured skies.

    It is spring in the Arctic and it is an indescribable experience to be there and see the archipelago come alive: polar bear cubs venture out for the first time, Arctic foxes and Svalbard reindeer still wear their winter coats, and seals and walruses can often be seen resting on the fjord ice. This is also a good time to spot the king eider and the rock ptarmigan.

    Expedition Highlights

    • Experience the Arctic spring

    • Stunning winter landscapes

    • Magical midnight sun

    • True expedition cruising

    • 5 experienced guides

    Duration: 9 days
    Passengers: 50 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Longyearbyen
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x - 3.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Longyearbyen, Svalbard

      We arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to our hotel.

    • Day 2/8 - Expedition cruising

      We start our Svalbard adventure by exploring Longyearbyen. In the afternoon we embark our expedition ship and head out through Isfjorden - our Arctic adventure has started. Perhaps we could make a first outing before we continue either south or north – all depending on the weather and the current ice situation. Here are some examples of places we may visit:

      At the entrance of Isfjorden is the characteristic cliff Alkhornet. We go ashore to enjoy the beautiful tundra and its birdlife with barnacle geese, Brünnich’s guillemots, glaucous gulls, snow buntings and tens of thousands of kittiwakes. Arctic foxes are sometimes seen in the rock crevices around the mountain and with some luck we might see these lovely little animals scurrying around, frantically looking for food.

      Prins Karls Forland
      This narrow strip of land is covered by a magnificent and snow-covered mountain chain. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbour seals

      Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden
      The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is situated in Kongsfjorden. It was from here that Amundsen and Nobile started their heroic expeditions to the North Pole. In the nearby Krossfjorden we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of the large number of kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots nesting on the nearby cliffs.

      Raudfjorden is an area of immense natural beauty – dominated by beautiful glaciers. It is also a favourite spot for seals and the bird cliffs are bursting with activity.

      Virgohamna, Danskøya
      Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée made an attempt with a hydrogen balloon and American journalist Wellman started with an airship. There are still interesting remnants from these Arctic expeditions left on this site.

      At the beautiful Vårsolbukta in Bellsund little auks nest by the tens of thousands. We go ashore and walk across the tundra to take a closer look at these charming birds.

      The majestic Hornsund consists of several magnificent fjords along the west coast of Spitsbergen, where enormous glaciers calve out shimmering blue ice. This is one of the favourite haunts for some of Svalbard’s polar bears and if lucky we can spot one of them on the fjord ice.

    • Day 9 - Longyearbyen

      In the morning we leave the ship in Longyearbyen and begin our journey home.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities


    For the active there is a chance to explore the areas we visit with snowshoes. This is an extra option that requires a good level of fitness. Please note: this activity is always dependent on weather, wind and other safety precautions.

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Lunch day 2
    - All meals on board
    - 1 night in a hotel in Longyearbyen
    - An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides
    - Coffee and tea
    - Guiding ashore and talks on board
    - All excursions and activities

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges
    - Gratuity to the ship’s crew
    - Travel and cancellation insurance
    - Flight to/from Longyearbyen
  • Map
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  • Vessel

    M/S Quest was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship and in 2018 she underwent a renovation of the passenger areas.

    M/S Quest has spacious observation decks, where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. You are welcomed by an international crew and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly. 

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating:
    Guests #: 50
    Crew #:
    Ice Class: 1D
    Speed: 11
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 49m
    Width: 11
    Elec Outlets:
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Triple cabin

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
upper/lower beds
USD$ 6,090pp
USD$ 6,090pp

Twin cabin

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
2 twin beds
USD$ 7,090pp
USD$ 7,090pp

Twin cabin Plus

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
2 twin beds
USD$ 7,490pp
USD$ 7,490pp

Double cabin

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
double bed
USD$ 7,490pp
USD$ 7,490pp

Double cabin Superior

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
large double bed
USD$ 8,590pp
USD$ 8,590pp

Owner’s cabin

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
large double bed
USD$ 9,290pp
USD$ 9,290pp

Twin cabin for single use

19 May 2025 - 27 May 2025
2 twin beds
USD$ 11,390pp
USD$ 11,390pp