Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland 2019

Le Boreal Cruise Ship
Le Boreal
199 Passengers

Visit the remote Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit in stunning Scoresby Sound, venture inside the mighty Langjökull Glacier in Iceland, and search for reindeer, walruses and polar bears in the beautiful Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.

Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitat, exploring everything from the polar bear domain of Norway’s pristine Svalbard Islands to Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a jaw-dropping wilderness at the edge of the Arctic Circle.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Oslo, Norway
Day 2 Longyearbyen | Long Year Town
Days 3 to 6 Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago
Days 7 & 8 At Sea | Cruising the Arctic Ocean
Days 9 & 10 Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound
Day 11 Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters
Day 12 Iceland’s West Fjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Day 13 Akranes | Thrilling Langjökull Glacier
Day 14 Westman Islands | Volcanic Archipelago
Day 15 Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1 — Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital city and your gateway to the Arctic. On arrival, you are met and escorted to your hotel. This evening, meet fellow guests for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2 — Longyearbyen | Long Year Town

Board an early morning 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. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic museum. This afternoon, board your expedition cruiser.

Days 3 to 6 — Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago

Only a rare few have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands, and our knowledgeable expedition team and enrichment specialists reveal their riches in depth, both aboard and on shore. In this 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 curated, intimate adventures amid 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 traveling 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: Navigate this passageway between the main island of Spitsbergen and the island of Nordaustlandet to arrive at 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 walruses.

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 will be 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.

Days 7 & 8 — At Sea | Cruising the Arctic Ocean

As Le Boreal plies toward Greenland, spend the day at sea with new friends and the expedition team, who continue engaging, exciting discussions and lectures that promise an enlightening experience while you cruise.

Days 9 & 10 — Greenland | East Greenland & Scoresby Sound

For the next two days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Embark on thrilling, 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. Throughout your explorations, informed enrichment specialists impart meaningful, in-depth know-how about the region. 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 11 — Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the narrow strip of water that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Continue exciting conversations with your expedition team and enrichment specialists, and watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between the insightful lectures they present.

Day 12 — Iceland’s West Fjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Today, explore the spectacular, unspoiled wilderness on Iceland’s remote West Fjords. 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 13 — Akranes | Thrilling Langjökull Glacier

The glacier-carved West Fjords continue to provide a scenic backdrop as you journey to the Langjökull glacier. Disembark for an adventurous visit aboard special expedition trucks, stopping en route at the shimmering Hraunfossar waterfall before arriving at the entrance of Langjökull glacier. There, explore Langjökull’s labyrinth of ice tunnels and caves, all revealing breathtaking shades of blue and depths of ice. Following lunch in nearby Húsafell, return this afternoon to Akranes to board Le Boreal.

Day 14 — Westman Islands | Volcanic Archipelago

This morning, arrive in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a rock-studded, volcanically active archipelago on the south coast of Iceland. Explore the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Heimaey Island, home to all of Iceland’s seabirds, among them the iconic puffin. Visit remote Heimaey Island, where a new mountain, Eldfell (“Mount Fire”), was created during a 1973 eruption. Excavations of the ruins suggest there were inhabitants as early as 100 BC. Today, the island’s 4,500 locals reside alongside upwards of eight million puffins each summer. Visit the local village, seeing ruins of historic farmhouses from the year AD 650. Later, trek to Helgafell to observe the volcanic landscape with your insightful guides. This afternoon, conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Iceland’s southernmost point.

Day 15 — Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

This morning, disembark Le Boreal in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Balcony Suite — Deck 6
484 sq.ft. (45 sq.m.) + 97 sq.ft. (9 sq.m.) private balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
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400 sq.ft. (37 sq.m.) + 86 sq.ft. (8 sq.m.) private balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
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   Premier Two-room Balcony Suites — Deck 5
400 sq.ft. (37 sq.m.) + 86 sq.ft. (8 sq.m.) private balcony
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Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Bathroom features double sink vanity.
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290 sq.ft. (27 sq.m.) + 54 sq.ft. (5 sq.m.) private balcony
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   Superior Balcony Stateroom — Deck 6
200 sq.ft. (18.5 sq.m.) + 43 sq.ft. (4 sq.m.) private balcony
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200 sq.ft. (18.5 sq.m.) + 43 sq.ft. (4 sq.m.) private balcony
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200 sq.ft. (18.5 sq.m.) + 43 sq.ft. (4 sq.m.) private balcony
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