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Small ship expedition cruises in Svalbard

About PolarQuest

Established in 1999, PolarQuest is a world leading operator of small ship expedition cruises in Svalbard. Our three expedition ships are built for Arctic waters, are comfortable and take a maximum of 12 or 53 passengers. This is how we an entirely different experience from what you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

Every expedition is unique and our aim is that each passenger will have the trip of a lifetime. Travelling with PolarQuest allows you to enjoy the amazing Arctic wilderness without having to undertake a scientific expedition or become an explorer with a beard full of ice. All you need is a curious mind and a desire for wildlife adventures! We also offer expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland and the gems in between.

Small groups - close encounters

Travelling with PolarQuest means travelling in small groups, a necessity to experience close and exclusive encounters with the wild. Small groups offer great flexibility when it comes to landings and making the most of opportunities that arise during an expedition. Travelling in small groups allows us to maximize the time spent ashore and the quality time for each guest “out in nature”. With our sturdy Zodiacs (rubber boats) we ca navigate among icebergs, cruise along glaciers and go ashore to get unique nature experiences. Each day, our goal is to make several landings or cruises with our Zodiacs. Our Zodiac operation is fast and efficient and all guests can get ashore on short notice.

Our expedition cruises & ships

We strongly believe that small ship expedition cruises are the best way to explore Svalbard’s icy wonderland and enjoy close wildlife encounters. Our small, comfortable ships make it possible for us to reach some of the most inaccessible areas. They are able to venture close to shore and into small fjords. Delicious meals and comfortable cabins are also parts of our trademark. Travelling on a small expedition ship offers a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, a much greater focus on the destination and more time ashore than larger vessels. The exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Experienced guides & sales staff

We know that one of the other keys to a successful expedition is having knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders. Travelling with PolarQuest, you will meet guides with solid polar experience and a genuine love for these regions. When calling our office, you will talk to personnel who are passionate about our expeditions and have personal experience from the Polar Regions.

Photo credit: Adam Rheborg


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Our Activities

  • Expedition Cruising
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Sailing & Cruise
  • Walking

Our Destinations

  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • Ecuador
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • Northern Europe
  • Norway
  • Polar
  • South America
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • Southern Asia
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island
  • United Kingdom
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