Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2014)
Adventure Cruising: Expert-led expeditions to exotic locales, with shore excursions
- Day 1: Arrive Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s modern capital city that also coexists in close harmony with nature. Transfer to your hotel before meeting your local guide for an afternoon walking tour. Tonight, gather for a welcome cocktail reception.Grand Hotel Oslo
- Day 2: Longyearbyen | Long Year Town
Board a 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 archipelagos on the globe, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in spectacular glaciers. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic museum, and board your expedition cruiser.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Days 3-6: Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are as 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 the August midnight sun. Svalbard’s wildlife is contrasted by the unexpected culture of its fishing villages. Your captain and expedition crew determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include these extraordinary regions:
Magdalenefjoren, a stunning fjord with rugged rock walls, surmounts blue-hued glaciers crisscrossed by crevasses, with birds perched in the high cliffs. This “glacier coast” provides magnificent views of slow-moving glaciers travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses.
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; scientists here study meteorology, seismology, atmospheric sciences and marine biology. Conditions permitting, you visit the small community, including a museum, art gallery and the northernmost post office in the world.
Smeerenburg is home to a 17th-century Dutch whaling station on Amsterdam Island. Stroll through the High Arctic tundra and view the remnants of this once-vibrant industry.
Monaco Bay and Glacier, located in Northwest Spitsbergen, is an area 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 is an excellent area for spotting polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.
Throughout our landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, our 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 the bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Days 7-8: Cruising the Greenland Sea | Along the Ice Edge
Cruise along the Arctic ice edge through the Greenland Sea, as lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard and prepare you for the world’s largest island: Greenland. Spend time on board with new friends and the expedition team, ever on the lookout for wildlife.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Days 9-11: Greenland | Franz Josef Fjords & Scoresby Sound
For the next three days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound. Embark on twice-daily Zodiac excursions to cruise the intricate fjord network and search for musk oxen and reindeer, which are common here. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit in Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland. You may also visit the “warming island” of Uunartoq, which was once believed to be a point on the mainland of Greenland and today provides further evidence of climate change.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Day 12: Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters
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.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Day 13: Husavik | Whale Watching Haven
Arrive early in Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. Visit the excellent Husavik Whale Museum. 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.
Husavik Whale Museum is actively supported by A&K Philanthropy and one of the world’s foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Day 14: Grundarfjördur | Journey to the Center of the Earth
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 Snaefellsnes Glacier with views of the majestic extinct volcano, Snaefellsjökull, site of Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
- Day 15: Depart Reykjavik
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.Meals: B
- Reykjavik Post-Tour Extension
4 days, priced from $2,195
Available on the Aug 7 departure.
Day 1: Explore Thingvellir, the spectacular national park where you find Althing (the world’s oldest parliament), lava formations, geysers and visibly shifting tectonic plates. Swim in the geothermal Blue Lagoon. Hotel Borg
Day 2: Drive in 4x4 vehicles through mountainous Thórsmörk, passing glaciers and crossing rivers. Walk the narrow gorge of Stakkholtsgjá. Hotel Borg | Meals: B
Day 3: Visit colorful Landmannalaugar. See dormant Mount Laki and swim in a hot natural pool. Hotel Borg | Meals: B
Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B