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Polar bear in the Arctic

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear

Oslo to Reykjavik - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Embark on a 15-day Arctic cruise, from Oslo. Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital, then set sail aboard Le Lyrial along the Svalbard coast. Explore Ny Alesund's polar research station, Monacobreen's wildlife-filled glacier, and Alkefjellet's majestic cliffs. Hunt for polar bears along the Arctic ice edge and navigate around the vast Austfonna Icecap. Discover the remote Sjuoyane region before cruising through the Greenland Sea to Jan Mayen Island. Explore Greenland's eastern coast, the breathtaking Scoresby Sound, and the isolated village of Ittoqqortoormiit. Sail the Denmark Strait to Husavik, famed for its whale museum, then uncover the remote Westfjords of Iceland and witness the majestic Dynjandi Falls. Conclude your journey in Reykjavik, bidding farewell to an unforgettable Arctic adventure.
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Highlights
  • Sail through Arctic along the Svalbard coast
  • Visit Ny Alesund's polar research station & Monacobreen's glacier wildlife
  • Hunt for Arctic polar bears along the Arctic ice edge
  • Discover the remote Sjuoyane region
  • Sail the Denmark Strait to Husavik, famed for its whale museum
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, Norway

Experience Oslo, the gateway to the Arctic wonders. Upon your arrival, you'll be welcomed and taken to the conveniently located Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. In the evening, gather for a briefing to start your Arctic exploration.

Day 2: Longyearbyen | Embark

Embark on a morning charter flight to Longyearbyen, the main town of Svalbard, an Arctic Archipelago under Norway's sovereignty. Svalbard, also known as Spitsbergen, is a secluded group of islands, with the majority of its landmass adorned by sparkling glaciers. Explore the quaint town before stepping aboard your upscale expedition cruise ship.

Day 3: Svalbard | Northern Outpost

Awake to your first morning aboard as your vessel cruises up the Svalbard coast. Today’s planned port of call is Ny Alesund, home to a polar research station and the northernmost post office in the world. Back aboard, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by the Captain.

Day 4: Svalbard | Glacial Archipelago

Today, your vessel sets course for Monacobreen. Formerly known as Monaco Bay, this glacier reaches down into Spitsbergen and is frequented by polar bear, harbor and bearded seal, walrus and a multitude of seabirds. You may also cruise through Liefdefjorden (The Love Fjord), another excellent area for spotting polar bear.

Day 5: Svalbard | Realm of the Polar Bear

Conditions permitting, you may cruise past the cliffs of Alkefjellet. Plunging steeply into the water, these staggering cliffs harbor vast colonies of auk diving birds. This afternoon, your Captain and Expedition Team may take advantage of sea conditions and cruise along the Arctic ice edge in search of the elusive polar bear.

Day 6: Svalbard | Austfonna Icecap

Your expedition vessel navigates around the Austfonna Icecap, one of the world’s largest icecaps, spanning over 5,000 square miles. Austfonna is renowned for its massive scale and awe-inspiring glacial waterfalls.

Day 7: Svalbard | Tip of the Archipelago

The day’s explorations may take you to Sjuoyane, the most northerly region of the Svalbard archipelago.

Day 8: At Sea | Cruising the Greenland Sea

Cruise south through the Greenland Sea as your Expedition Team lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard.

Day 9: Jan Mayen | Glacier-Cloaked Volcano

The day’s planned shore excursion is Jan Mayen, a rugged island dominated by the 7,500-foot Beerenberg Volcano, the world’s northernmost active volcano. With special permission and conditions permitting, land on this rarely visited island to see its meteorological station and discover colonies of northern fulma, little auk, thick-billed guillemot and black guillemot.

Day 10: Scoresby Bound | Endless Fjords

Your Captain charts a course across the Greenland Sea, skirting the Arctic ice edge toward Greenland’s rarely visited eastern coast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. You may embark on Zodiac excursions through the fjord’s intricate network, taking in its islands and icebergs while searching for Arctic and musk fox.

Day 11: The Denmark Strait | Remote Village

Today, ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

Day 12: At Sea | Cruising the Denmark Strait

Cruise the Denmark Strait as you relax or watch for seabirds and whale from the deck between insightful lectures from your Expedition Team.

Day 13: Husavik, Iceland | Whale-Watching Haven

Today, visit picturesque Husavik and its fascinating whale museum. Supported by A&K Philanthropy, the museum is one of the world’s foremost whale research centers. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, or perhaps set off for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn. Tonight, gather for a special farewell reception and dinner.

Day 14: Iceland's Westfjords | Lava & Ice-Carving Lands

Explore the Westfjords of Iceland, a remote region of small settlements interspersed amid spectacular mountains and coves. You might make a visit to Dynjandi Falls, the grandest waterfall in the Westfjords. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the shore or take a more vigorous trek to the viewing platform, both offering scenic views of the falls.

Day 15: Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, disembark your luxury expedition cruiser in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your onward departure.

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Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial Observatory Lounge
Le Lyrial Lobby

Radisson Blu Oslo Airport Hotel

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Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 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
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • 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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