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Arctic Adventure: Norway, Greenland, and Iceland

2019 - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (AK)
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Discover the Arctic's wild and culturally rich regions of Norway, Greenland, and Iceland. Experience majestic glaciers and icebergs floating in deep-blue water, unique indigenous wildlife, and unearthly landscapes of lava, glaciers, boiling mud pots, geothermal springs, and thundering waterfalls. Discover remote fishing villages and explore the wild coastline of the most magical Arctic destinations. Travel in the company of a world-class Expedition Team and seasoned experts. Explore pristine Svalbard in search of Arctic wildlife. Discover stunning Scoresby Sound in East Greenland, where you visit the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit. Hike through Iceland's Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a spectacular wilderness at the edge of the Arctic Circle.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Longyearbyen
Days 3-6 : Svalbard Islands
Days 7-8 : Cruising the Arctic Ocean
Days 9-10 : Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound
Day 11 : Cruising the Denmark Strait
Day 12 : Iceland's West Fjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Day 13 : Akranes | Thrilling Langjökull Glacier
Day 14 : Westman Islands | Volcanic Archipelago
Day 15 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Svalbard, one of the most remote groups of islands on the planet
  • Admire Monaco Bay's wildlife, including polar bears and bearded seals
  • Visit Jan Mayen, a fascinating island dominated by the Beerenberg Volcano
  • Explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound

Ship

Le Boreal (AK)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic Northern Lights View of Longyearbyen A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise Walrus

Day 1 Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s modern capital city, and transfer to your hotel before meeting your local guide for an afternoon walking tour. In the evening, gather for a private welcome reception at your hotel.

Day 2 Longyearbyen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, also known as Spitsbergen, the sovereign Arctic archipelago of Norway. It is one of the most remote groups of islands on the planet, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in luminous glaciers. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic Museum. Following lunch, board your expedition cruiser.

Day 3-6 Svalbard Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are abundant, as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An amazing amount of diminutive flora surrounds this barren landscape, which comes alive with color under summer’s midnight sun. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include these extraordinary regions:

Magdalenefjoren: A stunning fjord with rugged rock walls, Magdalenefjoren surmounts blue-hued glaciers crisscrossed by crevasses, with birds perched in the high cliffs. This “glacier coast” provides magnificent views of the slow-moving ice masses travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses.

Ny Alesund: Once a mining town and launching pad for early Arctic expeditions, Ny Alesund is now home to a polar research station where scientists study meteorology, seismology, atmospheric sciences, and marine biology. Conditions permitting, visit the small community, including a museum, art gallery, and the northernmost post office in the world.

Hinlopen Strait: ‘Le Boreal’ navigates this passageway between the main island of Spitsbergen and the island of Nordaustlandet to deliver you to the Alkefjellet, or “auk cliffs,” towering rock faces that drop directly into the sea and provide a home to colonies of auks.

Wahlbergoya: Located in the center of the southern entrance to Hinlopen Strait, this island, named after Swedish botanist Peter Fredrik Wahlberg, is a favorite summer haul-out for walrus.

Monaco Bay and Glacier: Located in Northwest Spitsbergen, Monaco Bay is frequented by a variety of wildlife populations, including polar bears, walruses, harbor and bearded seals, and a multitude of seabirds.

Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay): In far northern Svalbard, this is an excellent area for spotting polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Throughout your landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, your primary objective is to search for polar bears as they hunt in their true natural habitat — be it on land or among the ice floes. Each landing is under the close supervision of your bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.

Day 7-8 Cruising the Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As Le Boreal plies toward remote Greenland, spend the day at sea with new friends and the Expedition Team, who continue an engaging lecture series.

Day 9-10 Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
For the next two days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Embark on twice-daily Zodiac excursions through the fjord’s glistening and intricate network, taking in its islands and icebergs, and searching for common residents that include the musk ox and reindeer. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

Day 11 Cruising the Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the relatively narrow strip of water that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between insightful lectures presented by your Expedition Team.

Day 12 Iceland's West Fjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore the spectacular, unspoiled wilderness on Iceland’s remote West Fjords. Designated as a nature reserve in 1975 and free of any roads, Hornstrandir still appears as it would have when the Vikings first arrived. Your treks this morning reveal tranquil wildflower meadows, striking waterfalls and other geological features. This afternoon, visit the small village of Hesteyri, where you are welcomed by the local villagers.

Day 13 Akranes | Thrilling Langjökull Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The glacier-carved Westfjords continue to provide a scenic backdrop as you journey to the Langjökull Glacier. Disembark for a memorable adventure in the tiny port of Akranes, where you board special glacier trucks for an exciting trip to the Langjökull. Stop en route at the shimmering Hraunfossar waterfall before arriving at Langjökull, where you enter a labyrinth of ice tunnels and caves that lead to the heart of the glacier, all revealing breathtaking depths of ice and shades of blue. Following lunch in Húsafell, return this afternoon to Akranes to board Le Boreal.

Day 14 Westman Islands | Volcanic Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a rock-studded, volcanically active archipelago on the south coast of Iceland. Explore the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Heimaey Island, home to all of Iceland’s seabirds, among them the iconic puffin. Visit remote Heimaey Island, where a new mountain, Eldfell (“Mount Fire”), was created during a 1973 eruption. Excavations of the ruins suggest there were inhabitants as early as 100 BC. Today, the island’s 4,500 locals reside alongside upwards of eight million puffins each summer. Visit the local village, seeing ruins of historic farmhouses from the year AD 650. Later, trek to Helgafell to observe the volcanic landscape with your insightful guides. This afternoon, conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Iceland’s southernmost point.

Day 15 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, disembark Le Boreal in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or continue on in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.

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Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

This itinerary is subject to change based on ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

Rates Include:
  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers to/from hotel/ship in the first/last published city regardless of day of arrival and departure (on Expedition Cruises, transfers may be included on start and end dates only)
  • Services of Resident Tour Director or appropriate Guide on Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions
  • Complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water (excluding premium wines, spirits and Champagnes) while on board
  • Porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage
  • Complimentary Internet access (where available)
  • Hotel taxes
  • Gratuities for the ship's crew and expedition staff
  • Full lecture program while on board
  • Services of Expedition Staff and local guides
  • A post-cruise expedition logbook
  • Complimentary expedition parka and backpack 
Not Included:
  • Guest Protection Program 
  • International and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted
  • Costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas
  • Reciprocity and other border fees
  • Airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than those noted in inclusions above
  • Sightseeing not included in the published itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges, Internet access for all trains and cruises
  • Optional activities (which are subject to availability)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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