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about the Ocean Nova

about the Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova is a sister ship to the Sea Endurance (formerly M/S Quest) and was originally built in Denmark in 1992 to serve the west coast of Greenland. Successfully refurbished between 1994 and 1995 and again in 2006, the Ocean Nova now cruises around Svalbard and Antarctica. By taking a trip to the former, you'll be able to sail through Arctic seas, explore the icy islands, experience the midnight sun and search for polar bears, walruses and more!

OCEAN NOVA details


The converted ship is comfortable, with lots of space, viewing deck and a window in every cabin for spectacular views of the ocean and the ever changing icy landscape!


Exploring all that Svalbard has to offer in the early season. Ice still encompasses the islands, but the birdlife is spectacular, plant life is bursting to life and the sun never dips below the horizon.

Accommodation & Facilities

The Ocean Nova can accommodate up to 73 guests at a time, in either single, double or triple cabins. The triples and some of the twins are double berth and all of the guest accommodation has windows for an ever-changing ocean view. As well as beds, each room comes with a desk with a chair, lots of storage space and private facilities.

The shared areas of the boat consist of a dining room, panorama lounge and a library with a selection of polar books and DVDs for guests to enjoy. All of the shared spaces have windows, and there is always something to see…

Guests are welcome on the bridge, where the ship is commanded, at any time and there are plenty of spacious observation decks.


Delicious meals are served aboard and the panorama lounge is a perfect spot to sip a drink and admire the views.


The Svalbard Ocean Nova explores Svalbard and the surrounding areas to explore the beautiful icy landscape and in search of wildlife such as polar bears, walruses, Arctic fox and wild reindeer. However, being in this part of the world means that the exact routes depend mainly on the on the wildlife of the moment and the weather, the ice can strongly affect whether certain places can be visited at certain times.

A cruise to Svalbard offers fantastic fjords and glaciers and maybe a visit to a coal mining settlement. Some of our trips offer excursions north of Spitsbergen to the pack ice edge to marvel at the icy grandeur of the landscape or to the east to discover the harsh icescape, both favourites of the local polar bears!

Child Policy

Mature children are generally allowed, however it is up to the parent to decide whether you child is ready for the requirements of group travel, will enjoy the experience and not compromise it for others. We suggest you speak to your Natural World Safaris destination specialist to discuss the specific trip requirements so you can decide on what is best.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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