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A Norwegian Expedition in Svalbard

2024 & 2025 Trip Dates TBA

An epic arctic adventure filled with photography and fun

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If you are looking to go to the edge of the earth, this is the outdoor oasis for you.  Svalbard is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. So, you will have this stunning sliver (almost) all to yourself.


Hop on board the M/S Quest, an intimate ship with 53 passengers. You can expect to cruise seamlessly in comfort throughout this Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.


During our journey, Spring has arrived, and the Norwegian summer is just around the corner. At this time of year, the midnight sun reigns supreme, the bird colonies are teeming with life, and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are still snow-covered, even in June. 


The ice keeps the islands in its grip. So,  we are privy to ever-changing ice formations. 

After one night in a hotel in the charming town of Longyearbyen, we embark on a seven-night expedition exploring this Arctic pearl, which has fascinated explorers for centuries. 

Think of this as a safari schedule with an arctic angle. We will hop on zodiacs each day, navigate among icebergs, cruise along glaciers, and go ashore. On land and at sea, we may be privy to close encounters with walruses, seals, and polar bears; oh my! 

So, grab your best friend and your longest lens, and join us on this epic Arctic adventure! Whether you go it solo or with a gaggle of gals, this is a trip of a lifetime!

*Space is incredibly limited on this intimate ship.

Norwegian Adventure

 2024 & 2025

Group size: 12-20

Ships capacity: 53

New Dates for the Norway Trip 2024 TBA - Email us ASAP to Get on the List and Secure Your Spot. 

Gallery Images Courtesy of  Polar Quest

norway Adventure Details

Adventure Details

About the Trip

If you want to add some urban adventure into your trip mix, you may opt for a few days' stay or overnight in Norway’s capital city of Oslo. This chic city will sate your cultural and culinary palette before you embark on your expedition in Svalbard. 


After a flight from Oslo, we kick off the Arctic adventure in the tiny town of Longyearbyen, part of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Three hours by air from Oslo and 650 miles from the North Pole makes Longyearbyen's 2,100 citizens the most remote human settlement on Earth. 


If the small-town charm is what you are after, take that and add an epic landscape in the backdrop for a place unlike any other in the world.  It sets the tone for the other-worldliness that follows. 


So, whether you go it alone or grab a gaggle of gals, be sure to pack your sense of adventure, as this will be a trip of a lifetime.  

Trip Basics


DatesTrip Dates for 2024 & 2025 TBA

Days - 9 Days/8 Nights


Size - - Minimum 12, Maximum 20


Style - Adventure, Wildlife, Photography


Needs - $1,000 deposit to hold your spot.  

(This is on a first-come basis. As this is an intimate ship, the few spots will fill up fast.)

Treats - Exceptional adventure, stunning landscape, and exceptional wildlife. (Polar bears!)

Accommodations - Shared - An intimate expedition ship with 26 spacious outside cabins with large picture windows.                                                                                                                                               

Host - Karen Loftus 


Fees - TBD.

This is a first-come basis. As this is an intimate ship, the few spots will fill up fast.

Norway Itinerary

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 | 2024
Arrival into Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We arrive in Longyearbyen, part of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, and transfer to our hotel.  Settle in, shake off your jet lag, and prep for the adventure.


Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel to this part of the world, as the exact route depends on the weather, ice conditions, and wildlife encounters.

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Images Courtesy of Polar Quest/@Adam Rheborg

Day 2 - 8  | 2024



Rest up while you can. Once we embark on our adventure on this expedition cruise, you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear appears on the ice.


Tonight, we count sheep; tomorrow, we start spotting and counting bears.

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Day 2 - 8  |2024                                       
The Expedition

We kick off our adventure in Svalbard by exploring the charming town of Longyearbyen. Like any great old mining town, there is a brewery, a gallery, a graveyard, and a North Pole Museum.


The pop of color in the old mining homes and the snowcapped backdrop make it Insta-worthy instantly. So, grab those selfie sticks have your DSLR charged up, and be good to go.

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Image Courtesy of Polar Quest/Zet Freiburg Haus

Day 2 - 8 | 2024


We embark on the expedition ship in the afternoon and sail through Isfjorden. We are now in a part of the world dependent on ice and weather conditions.


Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. The ambition and the history of those running the ship are to make landings or cruises daily with the Zodiacs.


Below are some examples of places that we may visit throughout the expedition.

Prins Karls Forland

A magnificent snow-covered mountain chain covers this narrow strip of land. The island is also home to many seabirds and harbor seals. Keep your cameras close and charged up.


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Virgohamna, Danskøya

Two of the most courageous attempts to reach the North Pole started on the island of Danskøya. Swedish explorer Andrée attempted with a hydrogen balloon, and American journalist Wellman started with an airship.

There are still interesting remnants from these expeditions left on this site.

Fantastic fjords

Svalbard offers the visitor countless spectacular fjords. During our journey, we will explore a few of them, such as Liefdefjorden, meaning “The fjord of love,” is lined with snow-covered mountain peaks, and here we hope to cruise along the face of the spectacular Monaco Glacier.


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Many common eiders and pink-footed geese nest in the area; if lucky, we could see the rare king eider. In Krossfjorden, we revel in the beautifully sculptured front of the 14th of July Glacier to the raucous greeting of a 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 favorite spot for seals, and bird cliffs are bursting with activity. The scientific village of Ny-Ålesund is in Kongsfjorden.


From here, Amundsen and Nobile started their notable and heroic expeditions to the North Pole.


Image Courtesy of @Polar Quest

North Spitsbergen

North of Spitsbergen, we might meet the edge of the pack ice. Not many ships venture here, and we can marvel at the steely silence and the absolute grandeur of this icy landscape. Chances of meeting polar bears increase as we sail along the ice floes.

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Southwest Spitsbergen


The grand fjords of Hornsund offer spectacular glaciers and a breathtaking landscape of towering mountain peaks, often reaching above the clouds.


On a clear day, we can see the summit of the highest mountain, Hornsundtind, measuring 1431 meters (4695 feet). Hornsund is a favorite haunt for some of Svalbard’s most famous residents.


You can expect to see polar bears and bearded seals resting on the fjord ice.

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In the early morning, we disembark from our expedition ship and begin our journey home.

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions, and wildlife.


The places mentioned are examples of some of the many sites Svalbard has to offer. The ship always strives to maximize your experience.

Image Courtesy of PQ/Andreas Bergstrom

Day 9 | 2024


norway Accomodations



M/S Quest

M/S Quest’s 26 cabins are all outside cabins with private facilities.


Triple cabins have upper and lower berths, while all other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed.

The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast.


It is now a comfortable expedition ship due to the recent refurbishment in 2004/2005.


In 2018, she underwent yet another renovation within the passenger areas.

In your cabin, you will find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage.


The superior cabins are spacious and have armchairs and a TV.


The owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area, and a TV.


In between landings, meals are in the dining room. Any time of day or night, guests can escape to the panorama lounge for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.


You will also find a spirited bar and a small library.


The lounge hosts entertaining talks about the area’s flora, fauna, and history.

Norway Rates & Availability

Accommodations, Rates, Availability



Pricing is for shared cabins

A $1,000 deposit is due ASAP to hold your reservation.

                                                                        The final deposit deadline is 90 days prior to departure.                                                                          

First-come first-serve, as it is a small intimate ship

 Availability - This trip welcomes a minimum of 12 guests booked with WAT. 

New Dates, Deadlines, and Prices for WAT's Norway Trip 2024 TBA

Email us ASAP to Get on the List and to Secure Your Spot


Seven nights onboard M/S Quest

Flight to/from Longyearbyen

One night in a hotel in Longyearbyen

All meals onboard

An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides

Guiding ashore and talks on board

All excursions and activities

Comprehensive information and material provided before the expedition


Travel and trip cancellation Insurance

Customary gratuity to the ship

Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

Passport or visa charges

Norway Your Host

Your Host

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Karen Loftus is a well-known and respected luxury travel and lifestyle writer and photographer with a sense of humor, a wicked sense of adventure, and an insatiable appetite for off-the-beaten-path endeavors.


She hit her international stride twenty-plus years ago as an award-winning feminist playwright. She was also a groundbreaking international comedian in the US, Europe, Asia, and The Middle East.


She also ran her nonprofit, Body Comedy, where she used humor to heal. She worked with thousands of survivors of physical and sexual violence, women, and children in many facilities, juvenile halls, prisons, and shelters.


Ten years later, Karen ended up on Hollywood's red carpet, interviewing the celeb set and writing about travel, fashion, beauty, food and wine, and the Hollywood lifestyle. Since then, she has traveled to all seven continents and 70+ countries while working as a writer and photographer.


Her compelling and entertaining stories have appeared in Vogue, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Robb Report, American Way, Hemispheres Magazine, The NY Daily News, The Globe & Mail, South China Morning Post, The Gulf News, Huffington Post, and Men's Journal among many others.


This serial entrepreneur has produced comedy tours and theatrical events worldwide through her production company, Goddess Productions, and lifestyle and fashion-driven events through her event company, The Lofty Style Lounge.

Lofty loves hitting the road, sharing her wild stories and entrepreneurial endeavors with other women. She speaks at college campuses, conferences, and corporate events.


In addition to WAT, she arranges well-curated travel for individuals and groups under her travel advisor umbrella, Lofty Traveler. Lofty Traveler is a part of Cloud 10 Travel - An Independent Affiliate of Cadence Travel, a Virtuoso Agency.

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Norway Tour Operators

Your Tour Operator


We are working with a local tour operator. They are based in the region and have been arranging polar tours for more than 20 years.


Their expertise is in small-ship expedition cruises in Svalbard and other polar regions. More importantly, sustainability is at the heart of the company, as all trips are 100 % climate-compensated.

Traveling on a small expedition ship allows for minimal impact on the environment. It’s a unique experience for the guests. It offers a more relaxed atmosphere, greater focus on the destination, and more time ashore compared to traveling on board any of the larger ships in the region.

Final Notes

If you are curious about the Arctic and love adventure, the great outdoors, and a chance to see more elusive wildlife (polar bears, reindeer, arctic fox, and walrus), this trip is for you.


Similar to other polar regions, this is an off-the-grid adventure. You won’t see anyone except those that are on board with you.


You will have an opportunity to see a charming local city and/or the bigger city of Oslo before setting off on this adventure, but essentially, this is about stepping way off the grid.



While in a zodiac, you will be zipping around the sea among glaciers, icebergs, and fjords. Weather permitting, there are daily landings.


Therefore, the days are more active than you may imagine as well. You will be hiking, exploring, and photographing wildlife, fauna, and the landscape.
















This expedition is an extra special one as the ship is more boutique style as it is smaller. It’s an opportunity to go places the bigger ships may not have access. Also, it makes for a more intimate experience among guests.


Last, it’s an eco-expedition due to the size and the sustainable approach the ship and the crew take throughout. It’s win, win, win!

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