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North Pole Expedition Cruise: The Ultimate Frontier

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot
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Embark on a transformative 18-day Arctic adventure from Oslo to the North Pole. Begin in Oslo, then fly to Longyearbyen to board the eco-friendly Le Commandant Charcot. Cruise through the remote Svalbard Archipelago, navigating the marginal ice zone (MIZ) and encountering polar bears. Enjoy enriching lectures, wellness classes, and scientific projects on board. Stand at the geographic North Pole, celebrating with a Champagne toast and a potential polar plunge. Cruise through the Arctic Ocean, reflecting on your journey. The expedition concludes in Longyearbyen with a festive farewell. Experience the extraordinary with fellow explorers on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage.
A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscapeGlass-still waters around SpitsbergenBearded seal in Svalbard, NorwayHomes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, NorwayAdmire the colorful houses of LongyearbyenExplore vast Arctic landscapesFlock of gullsViews in Lilliehookfjorden
  • Navigate through the Marginal Ice Zone, spotting seals, walrus and seabirds
  • Explore Longyearbyen and its Arctic Museum
  • Cruise through Sjuøyane Islands and Arctic frontier.
  • Opportunities for hiking on ice and kayaking through open leads
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Oslo, Norway

Arrive in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, the staging point for your epic adventure to the geographic North Pole. Upon arrival, you are met and escorted a few steps to the conveniently located Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. This evening, gather for a welcome briefing and dinner.

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

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  • 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. Time permitting, visit the tiny town and its Arctic Museum. Then, board ‘Le Commandant Charcot,’ your cutting-edge, eco-friendly luxury expedition vessel and embark on your voyage into the Arctic frontier.

Day 3: Svalbard

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake to your first morning aboard as your vessel cruises past the Sjuøyane Islands, the northernmost islands of the remote Svalbard Archipelago. Today, your A&K Expedition Team presents a series of enriching onboard lectures discussing the vast Arctic frontier of sea and pack ice you will venture into over the coming days. As you settle into the rhythm of life on board, take in the scenery from the ship’s deck as the last piece of land south of the Arctic pack ice slowly slips beyond the horizon. Continue north toward the marginal ice zone (MIZ), a far-flung Arctic realm of elusive blue, rorqual and beluga whale. Later tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by the Captain.

Day 4-8: Cruising the Miz

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Over the next five days, navigates through the MIZ into the heart of the Arctic. Slowly cruising amid this vast expanse of virgin sea ice, the Captain uses the ship’s advanced navigation systems to thread through naturally open channels and transit areas where the frozen layer is thinnest. As this stunning Arctic scene drifts past, keep your eyes peeled for polar bear and high arctic gulls. Throughout your voyage, your ship’s luxurious amenities afford ample opportunities to unwind with daily wellness classes, dips in the indoor and outdoor pools, relaxing sauna sessions or visits to the full-service salon and spa. There is also a wide variety of onboard enrichment opportunities on offer, such as hands-on scientific research projects, visits to the ship’s lab and bridge, stargazing sessions, seamanship and polar survival workshops, cooking demonstrations, photo contests and more. The anticipation builds with each passing day as your Captain charts the clearest path to your expedition’s objective: the seldom-visited geographic North Pole.

Day 9-10: Geographic North Pole | Standing at 90° North

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Conditions permitting, continue the quests of Matthew Henson, Robert Peary, Frederick Cook, Roald Amundsen, and other elite Arctic explorers as you seek out the geographic North Pole over the coming days. Upon finding the most favorable path through the pack ice, the Captain endeavors to position the GPS antennae of ‘Le Commandant Charcot’ directly on 90° North latitude, the coordinate marking the geographic North Pole. The culmination of your intrepid expedition is marked by a Champagne toast and celebration on the ship’s helideck. The following day, the Captain seeks out a nearby floe suitable for a gangway landing onto the ice’s surface. Then, your Expedition Team leads the way across the ice for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op and perhaps, if you are willing, a polar plunge.

Day 11-16: Sea Ice Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The next days at sea are filled with enrichment programs and, conditions permitting, opportunities to venture to the ice. Along the way, you may even have the
chance to hike on the ice or kayak through open leads. There is also time to reflect on your spectacular voyage and share your experiences with the newfound
friends you’ve made along the way. During the transition through the MIZ back into more open waters, keep watch for harbor and bearded seal, walrus and a
multitude of seabirds. As the ship draws closer to Longyearbyen, your Captain hosts a festive farewell cocktail reception, gala dinner and celebration — a fittingly
spectacular conclusion to your once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

Day 17: Longyearbyen | Disembark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, disembark your vessel in Longyearbyen and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, you are escorted through an indoor corridor leading from the terminal to the Radisson Blu Airport hotel. Enjoy the last dinner of your North Pole adventure with your fellow explorers.

Day 18: Depart Oslo

After breakfast at the hotel, you are escorted on the short walk back to the terminal for your homebound flight.


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  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • 17 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Traveller's Valet® Laundry Service 
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Zodiac Excursions Led by Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable


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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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