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Norway and Iceland

15 Day Sample Cruise aboard L'Austral
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This polar journey aboard L’Austral will take you to South-East Iceland. Iceland was created from the eruptions of the earth and deploys a quite remarkable rainbow of colors, from jet black to obsidian to a palette of tawny browns, rhyolite and the tender green of the meadows bordering the cliffs. Beaches of black sand, petrified lava seas, geysers, barely dormant volcanos, craters, fumaroles: you are on the island of volcanoes, erupted directly from the Oceans.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Day 2 : Svalbard - North West National Park
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Svalbard - Ny Alesund
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Sailing by Jan Mayen, Norway
Day 7 : Grimsey Island, Iceland
Day 8 : Akureyri & Husavik, Iceland
Day 9 : Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Day 10 : Eskifjordur, Iceland
Day 11 : Djupivogur, Iceland
Day 12 : Hofnafjordur, Iceland
Day 13 : Heimaey, Iceland
Day 14 : Reykjavik & Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Day 15 : Reykjavik, Iceland

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Embark this evening and settle into you accommodations while you prepare for your upcoming Arctic voyage. Group charter flights from Paris and arrival transfers are included in your cruise fare.

Day 2 Svalbard - North West National Park

Your ship navigates the waters off of North West National Park, while zodiac excursions allow for wildlife spotting.

Day 3 At Sea

Navigation north toward the ice floe.

Day 4 Svalbard - Ny Alesund

Port details pending.

Day 5 At Sea

Day 6 Sailing by Jan Mayen, Norway

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Day 7 Grimsey Island, Iceland

Grimsey is a little island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland and is crossed by the symbolic line of the Arctic Polar Circle. It is formed from volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars, a delight for photographers. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend says that it takes its name from the colonial sailor Grìmur who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. This site is the home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. Here we can observe the 'clowns of the sea', better known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travelers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the Midnight Sun.

Day 8 Akureyri & Husavik, Iceland

Husavik is a charming fishing port that turns graciously towards the Greenland Sea. You will be able to admire its delightful church that overlooks the sea front, considered to be the most beautiful example in Iceland. A typical monument in white wood with a green roof, it was built in the 20th century. Lost in the midst of the North icelandic fjords, this little village has also, in recent years, become the European Capital for the observation of many cetaceans. Sea lovers may have the unique opportunity of observing the majestic ballet of dolphins, orcas and finbacks, or admiring the imposing whales whose huge and powerful blue-grey tails slap the surface of the water. Lastly, as Husavik is not far from the Arctic Circle the Summer nights are magical: you will fall under the spell of the “midnight sun”, a long dusk of shimmering colors. Do not miss this essential stage in any visit to Iceland.

Day 9 Seydisfjordur, Iceland

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Day 10 Eskifjordur, Iceland

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Day 11 Djupivogur, Iceland

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Day 12 Hofnafjordur, Iceland

A stop at South-East Iceland, at Hornafjördur, a small fishing port with a breathtaking view over the Vatnajökull glacier as its backdrop. You will leave for the Vatnajökull National Park to visit this remarkable stratovolcan, the largest glacier in Europe. Of the size of Corsica, its highest point soars to some 2,120 m altitude. A majestic silhouette, this imposing glacier is home to a volcano named Grimsvötn. Dominating the National Park with the beauty of its basalt columns, discover a sumptuous site where, from the heart of the volcanic lands, the gaze gently slips towards the Atlantic Ocean. No other region in the world offers such a combination: you can truly understand why “Iceland, land of fire and ice” is such an apt epithet.

Day 13 Heimaey, Iceland

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Day 14 Reykjavik & Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

Encircled by the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Reykjavik is just a short distance from magnificent expanses of nature, as illustrated by the presence of Arctic Sterns in the heart of the city. Lying North of the 64th parallel, the city lives in harmony with the ebb and flow of the Ocean. You will be charmed by its natural sites formed from the exceptional geographical phenomena, such as its impressive geysers and hot baths. The Icelandic capital will also show you its quiet streets, full of houses with colorful roofs and its lake that is home to countless ducks. Reykjavík also boasts a thriving cultural scene, particularly in the field of contemporary art. It is a peaceful place which is a world away from the frenetic activity in other European capitals.

Day 15 Reykjavik, Iceland

Disembark this morning for your continued journey home. A group charter flight to Paris and airport transfers are included in your cruise fare.

L'Austral

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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• Direct flight as follow: chartered flights from/to Paris in Economy-class on European airline
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers to and/or from the ship

Special program for US/Canada Bookings: The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities

Fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Port and safety taxes
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Open bar package
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Gratuities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable
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