- Voyage aboard the luxury all-balcony expedition 'Le Boreal' on an exclusive cruise departure
- Travel in the company of a world-class seasoned expedition team for a more memorable journey
- Visit remote Arctic islands that few others have seen
- Explore remote areas of Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound on Greenland's east coast
- Enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour at the world renowned Husavik Whale Museum
- Get up close to extinct Snaefellsjokull volcano, setting for Journey to the Center of the Earth
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital, a mixture of the ancient and the modern, coexisting in close harmony with nature. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, meet your local guide for a walking tour. Join fellow guests this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.
Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard on the main island of Spitsbergen, the sovereign Arctic archipelago of Norway. It is one of the most remote archipelagos on the globe, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in spectacular glaciers. After a tour of the town, board ‘Le Boreal,’ your luxurious expedition cruiser.
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walrus, musk oxen and an incredibly rich variety of birds are as abundant as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. Unexpectedly, an amazing amount of flora surrounds this barren landscape, which comes alive with color under the August midnight sun. Your captain and expedition crew take advantage of local conditions to determine the day’s best sightseeing, which may include visits to stunning fjords, a polar research station or a 17th-century Dutch whaling station. However, the main focus is to search for polar bears as they hunt in their true natural habitat. Each landing is under the close supervision of the bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.
Cruise along the Arctic ice edge and through the Greenland Sea, as lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of the Svalbard and prepare you for the world’s largest island: Greenland.
Explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound. Cruise the intricate fjord network and be on the lookout for musk oxen and reindeer. Enjoy twice daily Zodiac excursions and a chance to disembark in Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.
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 northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck. This evening, gather for the gala dinner hosted by the captain.
Early arrival in Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. Visit the Husavik Whale Museum, one of the world’s foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat. Continue to Godafoss and Lake Myvatn for a comprehensive tour of this thermally active region which provides a rich habitat for a vast variety of bird and wildlife species. After lunch, proceed back to Husavik before re-boarding the ship.
The glacier-carved terrain of the West Fjords of Iceland provides a rugged and scenic landscape highlighted by Drangajokull Glacier with its sparkling waterfalls and icebergs. Visit the small village of Grundarfjördur, which was one of the first villages in Iceland. Embark on a sightseeing tour of the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, including the Snaaefelsnes Glacier with views of the majestic extinct volcano, Snaefellsjokull, site of Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth.
This morning, disembark ‘Le Boreal’ in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home or enjoy an extended stay in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
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Rates Arctic 2014
Charter Air - Oslo to Tromso
Charter Air - Longyearbyen to Oslo
Charter Air OSL-LYR
Triple Cat 5: $13995, Cat 7: $17995
Quad Cat 5: $12995, Cat 7: $15395
Call for Single Cabin pricing which varies from approximately 1.5x to 2.0x times the twin share prices above depending on cabin category. Does not include international airfare. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
There is no share option available on this ship. In addition, singles are not entitled to Early Booking Discounts.