Friday 13th August, 2010

 


 

 

 

Longyearbyen

 

 

Once a journey is designed, equipped and put in process,

a new factor enters and takes over.

A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from

all other journeys.

It has personality, temperament, individuality,

uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself;

no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing and

coercion are fruitless.

We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip;

a trip takes us.

 

John Steinbeck “Travels with Charley”

 

 

 

0630

Early morning tea, coffee and pastries are available in the Lounge/Bar

0700

Wake-up call

 

Please ensure that your CHECK-IN LUGGAGE is placed outside your cabin

 

Keep your carry-on luggage inside your cabin (including your passports & tickets etc)

 

0730

Breakfast is served in the Dining Room

 

0815

(approx)

 

Disembarkation. Please standby for announcements.

 

 

 

 

On behalf of Quark Expeditions, Captain Valeriy Beluga, Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood, Hotel Manager Andy Wolff, all the Quark team and the Vavilov’s officers and crew, we wish you a safe journey home.

 

We hope you will return one day for another polar voyage with Quark Expeditions.

 

~ Fair Winds and Following Seas ~

 

 

 

 

 





 

Our Ship

 

Ship Information

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This specially designed scientific research vessel was built in Finland in 1988 for the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Oceanology. The ship was named after Professor Sergey Vavilov, a nuclear physicist with the Russian Academy of Sciences, who went on to head a research institute in St Petersburg. The Akademik Sergey Vavilov was specifically designed and built to receive long distance submarine acoustics, and is capable of “silent ship” operation to assist acoustic research. The Akademik Sergey Vavilov often performs research in tandem with an identical sister ship, the Akademik Ioffe. The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is now owned and run by the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, which is the primary oceanographic research institution in Russia.

Port of Kaliningrad, Russia

Built:1988 in Rauma, Finland

Length (LOA):117.04 m

Breadth:18.28 m

Draft:6.09 m

Gross 6,450

Engines:5,000 kW diesel, twin engine, twin propeller, and 600 kW

bow and stern thrusters

IceClass:KM*L1 (1) A2, Canadian

Type B