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This 8-day route brings you intimately close to the natural colors of the polar region. Between icebergs, ice caps, and the sea ice, your adventure is interspersed with unusual excursions, such as outings in Zodiac inflatables at the early light of dawn. Sail in some of the world’s most spellbinding waters, gliding between fjords from glacier to glacier, traversing the polar landscape that has, in all its diversity, so enamored the greatest adventurers of all time.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Day 2 : Lilliehöökbreen | Fjortende Julibukta
Day 3 : Gravneset | Virgohamna
Day 4 : Sailing among Ice Floes
Day 5 : Texas Bar, Liefdefjorden | Monacobreen
Day 6 : Ny Alesund | Kongsfjorden
Day 7 : ​Alkhornet | Pyramiden | Nordenskiöld Fjord
Day 8 : Longyearbyen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike and Zodiac cruise in the company of a team of naturalist guides
  • Experience the beauty of sailing in Spitsbergen's fjords
  • Follow the path of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast
  • Encounter Spitsbergen wildlife, including polar bears and arctic foxes

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic puffins The sun sets over polar mountains Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Spitsbergen Compagnie du Ponant Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway

Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Embark Le Boreal in Longyearbyen, the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, and the untouched nature make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Day 2 Lilliehöökbreen | Fjortende Julibukta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lilliehöökbreen is a glacier complex in Albert I Land and Haakon VII Land in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, and offers great opportunities for wildlife sightings as well as calving icebergs. The glacier is approximately 22 kilometers long and debouches into Lilliehöökfjorden; calved icebergs may fill large parts of the 14-kilometer-long fjord.

The bay of Fjortende Julibukta boasts magnificent scenery, a glacier that calves into the sea, and a cliff on the north side of the bay teeming with breeding birds. The birdlife is vulnerable and must be respected. Please be considerate during landings and while moving through the area so as not to cause any harm to the birdlife.

Day 3 Gravneset | Virgohamna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gravneset (Grave headland) is surrounded by majestic mountains, tall glaciers, and magnificent nature in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard. It is also where one of the largest cemeteries can be found, dating from the whaling period and consisting of 130 graves. The funerals took place over a period of almost 200 years, with the earliest graves dating from the early 1600s and the more recent ones dating from the late 1700s. On the beach by the cemetery there are four blubber ovens. It is not permitted to walk within the burial ground, which is fenced off, nor close to the blubber ovens.

Virgohamna is one of Svalbard's most important cultural heritage sites. On the beach are remains of blubber ovens and a Dutch whaling station. There are also graves from the whaling period. But Virgohamna is most famous for being the starting place of many an expedition attempting to reach the North Pole. Both Andrée (1896, 1897) and Wellman (1906, 1907, 1909) built bases here, consisting of a balloon shed, airship hangars, and gas production works. The place was named after Andrée's steamship and transport vessel, the Virgo. All the areas with cultural remains in Virgohamna are protected. To disembark here, one must have written permission from the Governor of Svalbard.

Day 4 Sailing among Ice Floes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Texas Bar, Liefdefjorden | Monacobreen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is the land of contrasts. By the large, flat Reinsdyrflya there is a great fjord system that stretches towards several mountain ridges of very different shapes and ages, including alpine summits of very old granite, majestic red mountains of Devonian sandstone, cone-shaped remnants of three volcanoes, and even hot springs. Large glacier fronts calve in the sea, while polar bears are busy hunting for ringed seals and sweeping the islets for bird eggs.

Enjoy additional opportunities for wildlife and calving when exploring Monacobreen, which is a glacier in Haakon VII Land on Spitsbergen, Svalbard that debouches into Liefdefjorden.

Day 6 Ny Alesund | Kongsfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise, discover Ny Alesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don't miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world!

The area of Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden boasts magnificent natural scenery. The spectacular mountain formations reflect different geological periods. The island of Brøggerhalvøya lies within an area along the west coast of Svalbard, which is characterized by abundant thrusts that formed in the early Tertiary when Greenland was pressed obliquely against Svalbard The result is that layers of older bedrock lie on top of younger strata.

Day 7 ​Alkhornet | Pyramiden | Nordenskiöld Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alkhornet, at the northern entrance of Isfjorden, is a striking landmark. The landscape around this large bird cliff is lush and beautiful. East of Alkhornet you can find a deep and several kilometer-long bay with an exciting and diverse history. Here you can find important and vulnerable cultural remains dating from several of Svalbard’s historical periods. Alkhornet and Trygghamna offer visitors an interesting combination of cultural history and natural environment. The name Trygghamna, which literally means the safe harbor, refers to the good mooring conditions and the sheltered harbor offering lee of most winds.

The Russian mining settlement of Pyramiden was discontinued and abandoned in 1998. Since then time has virtually been standing still here. With its wide streets and planned town-structure the place is a witness to the Soviet presence on the islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Everything here was designed with effectiveness and with mining in mind, but also with the intention of taking care of the workers’ welfare and family life. In contrast to the male-dominated Longyearbyen, a community of families was characteristic for the Russian settlements.

Nordenskiöld Fjord or Nordenskjöld Fjord is a fjord in Peary Land, northern Greenland, offering vast opportunities for wildlife viewing and spectacular vistas.

Day 8 Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell to your fellow passengers and Le Boreal crew and start your journey back home. Fly from Longyearbyen to Paris on a European airline.

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$6,480
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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
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
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
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 Suites
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.
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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
1 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 phon

Notes

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

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.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24h room service (special selection)
• English-speaking lecturer 
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Complimentary boot rental on select cruises

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Flights Paris/Longyearbyen/Paris in economy class, on European airlines
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
• Transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
• Pre- or post-cruise programs, overland programs, or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Port and safety taxes
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
• Luggage handling
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
• Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up-to-date dive book.
• 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
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

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