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Arctic Adventure: Norway, Greenland, and Iceland

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. Visit remote Jan Mayen Island, home to an incredible birding sanctuary. 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
Day 7 : Cruising the Arctic Ocean
Day 8 : Jan Mayen | Glacier-covered Volcano
Days 9-11 : Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound
Day 12 : Cruising the Denmark Strait
Day 13 : Iceland’s Westfjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Day 14 : Akranes | Thrilling Langjökull Glacier
Day 15 : Depart Reykjavik

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 group 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 Cruising the Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As Le Boreal plies toward remote Jan Mayen, spend the day at sea with new friends and the Expedition Team, who continue an engaging lecture series.

Day 8 Jan Mayen | Glacier-covered Volcano

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas, arrive at Jan Mayen, a fascinating and rugged island dominated by the 7,500-foot Beerenberg Volcano, which today stands as the world’s northernmost active volcano. With special permission and conditions permitting, land on this rarely visited island to see its meteorological station Olonkinbyen and discover its phenomenal bird colonies. Designated by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA), Jan Mayen supports large breeding colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, thick-billed guillemots, and black guillemots.

Day 9-11 Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
For the next three 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 12 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 13 Iceland’s Westfjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore the spectacular Hornstrandir Peninsula, an unspoiled wilderness on Iceland’s remote Westfjords. 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 14 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 15 Depart Reykjavik

  • 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)

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $395 Oslo | Longyearbyen
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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