Step aboard A&K’s exclusively chartered Boeing 757 for a colorful look at our latest departure of Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic. From the mysterious moai monoliths of Easter Island to the far-flung glaciers of Iceland, you’ll glimpse the timeless moments, insider access and luxe details that set this journey apart. Seats are still available for the 2017 departure.
Aug 2 – 16, 2016
A&K’s 2016 Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland departed on August 2, and we will be providing daily cruise updates on the blog. Check back often under A&K’s Trip Logs.
August 20 – September 12, 2015
A&K’s 2015 The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea departed on August 20 and we will be providing daily cruise updates on the blog. Check back often under A&K’s Trip Logs.
Who Were the Vikings?
The peoples of medieval Scandinavia who we know as the Vikings have been called many things down through the years — barbaric raiders, inventive boat builders, uncanny navigators and courageous explorers — and they continue to exert a powerful pull on our imagination. But who were they?
Historians believe the Vikings’ expansion to the west began with the colonization of Iceland by Norway in about 874. About a hundred years later, in 982, a Norwegian exile named Erik Thorvaldsson, better known as Erik the Red, led a fleet of settlers from Iceland to Greenland. He established two settlements on the icy land mass. The settlements flourished and the remains of 300 farms have been found in the area.
Like Father, Like Son
Sailing off southwest coast of Greenland one day, the otherwise unheralded Viking explorer Bjarni Herjolfsson was blown off-course and caught sight of the coast of what would later be called Newfoundland, Labrador and Baffin Island. Although he turned back without landing, the exciting tale he told upon his return to Greenland served to inspire a fellow countryman, Leif Eriksson.
But it is precisely the unexpected scenery and the unpredictability of what will be seen on any given day that gives a trip to the Arctic its cachet. One sees Antarctica on a cruise; one sees the Arctic on an expedition.
“Antarctica is easy,” Capt. Garcia said. “You will always see penguins. You have a rookery, it’s the same place every year. And if for some reason you can’t get there, there is another place you can go. But here, it is challenging. Who knows where the animals are? Every voyage is different. You sail with humility, every time, with open eyes. Nothing is clear.
“And to meet the king of the Arctic, the polar bear, to see it close, even once, is the gift of the voyage.”
Read about Arnie Weissmann’s adventure here.