Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

Le Boreal Cruise Ship
Le Boreal
199 Passengers

- 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 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

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Oslo, Norway
Day 2Oslo/Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Day 3 to 6Svalbard Islands
Day 7 & 8At Sea/Cruising the Ice Edge
Day 9 to 11Scoresby Sound/East Greenland
Day 12Cruising the Denmark Strait
Day 13Husavik
Day 14Grundarfjördur
Day 15 Reykjavik/Disembark Le Boreal

Day 1 — Oslo, Norway

Arrive independently where you will be met on arrival and assisted with baggage to your hotel located in the heart of Oslo’s City Centre.  This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely guided walking tour of historic Oslo and then this evening, meet some of your expedition team and fellow explorer’s for a welcome cocktail reception in the Hotel Grand’s Nobel Prize hall.

Day 2 — Oslo/Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

This morning following breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and check in for charter flight to Longyearbyen.

Spitsbergen is the largest island of Svalbard, the sovereign Arctic archipelago of the kingdom of Norway.  It is one of the most remote archipelagos on the globe.  Nearly two-thirds of the islands land is covered in spectacular glaciers.

Longyearbyen is a tiny town founded in 1906 by and American, John Munroe Longyear, who opened a coal mine which later sold to a Norwegian syndicate.  Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the town including the local Arctic museum with lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the dock where the Le Boreal awaits.

Days 3 to 6 — Svalbard Islands

The Le Boreal serves as your maritime passport to adventure in these remote Arctic Islands that very few people in the world will ever have the opportunity to view.  The Captain and Expedition team are on the lookout for the day’s best expeditionary options.  Visits may include:

- Magdalenefjoren is a stunning fjord with rugged rock walls surmounting blue hued glaciers criss-crossed by crevasses, with birds perching in the high cliffs.  The “glacier coast” to the south provides magnificent views of slow moving glaciers that travel toward the sea.  We also hope to see colonies of Walrus which frequent these beaches.

- Ny Alesund has a history stretching back to the early Arctic explorers.  Today, a polar research station occupies the site where a Norwegian coal mine once operated.  Here Scientists study meteorology, seismology, atmospheric sciences and marine biology.  Conditions permitting, you go ashore to visit the small community, including the northernmost post office in the world and the small museum and art gallery.

- Smeerenburg is home to a 17th century Dutch whaling station on Amsterdam Island.  Stroll through the High Arctic tundra viewing the remnants of this once vibrant industry.  

- Monaco Bay and Glacier: Located in Northwest Spitsbergen, this is an area which frequently has populations of a variety of wildlife species including Polar Bears, Walrus, Harbor and bearded seals and a multitude of seabirds.

- Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay) located in far Northern Svalbard and noted as excellent area for viewing Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife.

Throughout our landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, our primarily objective will be to view the Polar Bears that reside in this remote Arctic wilderness.  Each landing is under the close supervision of our Bear Guardians, and our time at sea will be primarily in search of ice, which is where we have the optimal chance to find the Ice Bears in their natural habitat.

Days 7 & 8 — At Sea/Cruising the Ice Edge

As we leave Svalbard, Le Boreal will cruise along the Arctic Ice edge to Greenland. As we sail, south and west, the lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of the Svalbard and prepare us for the world’s largest Island, Greenland. Spend time on board with newfound friends, and the expedition staff ever on the lookout for wildlife.

Days 9 to 11 — Scoresby Sound/East Greenland

The next three days will be spent exploring the seldom visited East coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound.  We disembark in the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, where the sea is frozen over for around nine months of the year. Ice conditions permitting, the Zodiacs will take you to this small settlement which was only founded in 1925 and continues to be one of the most isolated villages in Greenland to the present day.  Conditions permitting, the next few days are spent cruising the intricate fjord network here, always with the intent of spotting wildlife and birds.  We take to our Zodiacs for further exploration on the look-out for Musk Ox and Reindeer which are common here.

We also may have an opportunity to visit Uunartoq (the “warming island”) which prior to 2005 was believed to be a point on the mainland of Greenland, however was discovered to be an island off the coast.  Yet another example of how Climate change is re-drawing maps and geography.  Conditions permitting we may have the opportunity to take a dip in the hot-springs on the island.  This afternoon, we cruise the shores of East Greenland.

Day 12 — Cruising the Denmark Strait

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, with time for lectures and recaps about your adventures in Greenland.  As the Le Boreal heads northward, be out on deck to view seabirds and whales that frequent these nutrient rich waters of the Denmark Strait.  This evening, join your fellow explorers for the Captains Gala farewell dinner.

Day 13 — Husavik

This morning we arrive early to Husavik where we will disembark for our full day “Jewels of Northern Iceland” tour.  We begin with a visit to the Husavik Whale center and museum which is one of the world’s foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat.  Here we will enjoy a private presentation by the Museum director or one of the curators followed by a comprehensive tour of the facility.  We will depart Husavik to continue our tour highlighted by a visit to Godafoss and Lake Myvatn where we will have a comprehensive tour of this thermally active region which provides a rich habitat for a vast variety of bird and wildlife species.  Following lunch, we proceed back to Husavik where we will enjoy time in this quaint fishing village before re-boarding Le Boreal.

Day 14 — Grundarfjördur

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.   Today, we will visit the small village of Grundarfjördur, which was one of the first villages in Iceland. It became a trading center for the Snaefellsnes peninsula in 1786. Its harbor is considered one of the best natural harbors on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

We will embark on a sightseeing tour of the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula including the Snaefellsnes Glacier with views of the majestic extinct volcano, Snaefellsjokull, site of Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Day 15 — Reykjavik/Disembark Le Boreal

This morning, disembark Le Boreal in Reykjavik as you transfer to the airport for your return flights or enjoy an extension in Iceland.

PLEASE NOTE:  This itinerary is for guidance purposes only.  Due to the nature of Expedition Cruising, the itinerary is subject to change due to weather, ice, wildlife and other conditions outside of our control and is at the final discretion of the ship’s captain and Expedition Leader.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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