An Arctic cruise is the best way to relive the glory days of exploration and discovery under sail aboard a classic gaff-rigged, three-masted, topsail schooner through Quest Tours.
In July next year, the magnificent 56m, 33-berth Rembrandt van Rijn sets sail from Svalbard en route to Greenland over 18 days, with plenty of time to absorb the splendour of the Arctic at the best time of year.
“Our voyage is timed to experience the best of the Arctic, polar bears on Svalbard, hopefully the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) plus the option to experience sled dog mushing on an Icelandic glacier,” says tour leader and award-winning photographer, Ron Hunter of Quest Tours.
“The spectacular Arctic light show is on an 11-year cycle and we’re about to close this cycle for another decade, so it could be the best chance for many of us to witness this incredible natural phenomenon.”
While wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, it is expected to see polar bears, walrus, icebergs, glaciers, seals, muskox, reindeer, orcas, beluga, birdlife and whales, as well experiencing Inuit culture.
The 18-day Arctic cruise will visit ports including Oslo, Flam, Bergen with fjord train and boat tours, Longyearbyen, Ittoqqortoormiit and Constable Pynt.
The Rembrandt van Rijn cruise is just part of the 29-day Arctic itinerary that Quest Tours has put together. The tour departs Sydney on 21 July, 2018 flying to Oslo.