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Luxury Expedition Cruises

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear 2020


15 days from $15,995 was $17,495

Limited to 199 guests

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Book early and save $1,500 per person on all staterooms and suites.

Cruise on all-balcony ‘Le Boreal’ to pristine Arctic islands, visiting Norway’s polar bear haven of Svalbard, an Inuit village on Greenland’s Scoresby Sound and Iceland’s verdant West Fjords.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for 13 nights on luxury ‘Le Boreal’ to Arctic Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, east Greenland and northwest Iceland

Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated A&K photo coach, historian, geologist, ornithologist, botanist, marine biologist, field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides

Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included onboard meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, gratuities, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi

Discover Arctic habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, where A&K enjoys unrestricted access with our limited capacity of just 199 guests

Cruise to the remote east coast of Greenland, where you may visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjords, Scoresby Sound and the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit

Experience a private, behind-the-scenes tour at Iceland’s renowned Husavik Whale Museum

Explore Iceland’s West Fjords, visiting the village of Grundarfjordur and Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Itinerary at a Glance

JUL 31–AUG 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen
AUG 2–5
Arctic Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago
AUG 6–10
Greenland | Cruising to Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village
AUG 11–14
Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait to Husavik & Grundarfjordur

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JUL 31–AUG 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen

Arrive in Oslo, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. After an afternoon at leisure, join your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception and briefing. The next day, board a charter flight to glacial-covered Longyearbyen, capital of Svalbard and the sovereign Arctic archipelago of Norway. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic Museum, enjoy lunch, and then board your expedition cruiser.

Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen, Oslo
'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Aug 1)
AUG 2–5
Arctic Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands (also known as Spitsbergen). In the 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 exquisite assortment of flora also pepper this barren landscape. Your Captain and Expedition Leader determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include: Ny Alesund, home to a polar research station and the northernmost post office in the world; the towering Alkefjellet, also known as the “auk cliffs,” which drop directly into the sea and provide a home to vast colonies of auks; and Monaco Bay and Glacier, frequented by polar bears, walruses, harbor and bearded seals, and a multitude of seabirds. Throughout your voyage, our primary objective is to search for polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat. Two key advantages put us in the best possible position for success. First, cruising on A&K’s exclusive charter limited to just 199 guests affords unrestricted access to every navigable area within the Svalbard archipelago — something ships with larger capacities are not permitted to do — allowing us to visit any locale favored by the bears. Combine this with the uncanny expertise of our Expedition Team, who know intuitively where and when we are most likely to see polar bears, which we observe from the safety and comfort of ‘Le Boreal.’ This same expert team also scouts every landing site in advance on your arrival, assuring your safety and maximizing your experience ashore.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 6–10
Greenland | Cruising to Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

Cross the Greenland Sea and cruise along the Arctic ice edge, as your Expedition Team prepares you for the world’s largest island: Greenland. For the next three days, explore its rarely visited east coast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Embark on Zodiac excursions through the fjord’s intricate network, taking in its islands and icebergs, and searching for residents that include the musk ox and reindeer. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 11–14
Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait to Husavik & Grundarfjordur

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the Denmark Strait that separates Greenland from Iceland. Watch for wildlife from the deck in between more insightful lectures by your Expedition Team. The next day, arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Whale Museum, supported by A&K Philanthropy and one of the world’s foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat. Choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik or set off for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn. Tonight, join your Expedition Team and fellow guests for a special farewell reception and dinner. The following day, explore the glacier-carved terrain of Iceland’s West Fjords with its Drangajokull Glacier. Visit the small fishing village of Grundarfjordur. Then, choose to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, opting for a boat tour and fresh sushi adventure around an archipelago teeming with exotic birds or a hike over the region’s lava trails, steeped in Viking lore. The following day, disembark in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Reykjavik Post-Tour Extension

Post-Tour Extension: Reykjavik

4 days from $4,795

Single Supplement from $1,395

Visit the world’s most northerly capital and enjoy a choice of adventures, including Thingvellir National Park, Skogafoss falls and the Blue Lagoon.

Aug 14

Disembark ‘Le Boreal’ in Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital, and tour the city’s landmarks, including the Perlan Museum.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Lunch
Aug 15

Choose from two excursions: Drive along Iceland’s rugged South Shore, visiting the volcano exhibition, Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the Skogar Folk Museum; or spend the day in the Thorsmork glacial valley including driving in a 4x4 vehicle.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Aug 16

More adventures await today when you choose to explore Iceland’s Golden Circle, including Thingvellir National Park, a thermal greenhouse farm, and the Gullfoss waterfall. Alternatively, you may opt to instead visit the iconic Blue Lagoon. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a farewell cocktail reception.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Aug 17

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jul 31 - Aug 14
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    Cabin Class
    Category 1 - Classic Stateroom
    Price
    $15,995 was $17,495
    Single Supplement
    $13,125
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 2 - Deluxe Stateroom
    Price
    $18,495 was $19,995
    Single Supplement
    $14,995
    Internal air from
    $495
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    Cabin Class
    Category 3 - Premier Stateroom
    Price
    $19,495 was $20,995
    Single Supplement
    $15,745
    Internal air from
    $495
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    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 4 - Superior Stateroom
    Price
    $20,495 was $21,995
    Single Supplement
    $16,495
    Internal air from
    $495
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    Waitlist - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 5 - Prestige Suite
    Price
    $28,495 was $29,995
    Single Supplement
    $26,995
    Internal air from
    $495
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    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 6 - Premier Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $33,995 was $35,495
    Single Supplement
    $32,295
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 7 - Prestige Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $36,995 was $38,495
    Single Supplement
    $35,145
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 8 - Owner's Suite
    Price
    $41,995 was $43,495
    Single Supplement
    $39,895
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $495
Oslo/Reykjavik

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain. 

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 5–8 include suite accommodations at the hotel and butler service on board the ship.

First group event: welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. on Jul 31.

Last group event: disembarkation in Reykjavik at 9:00 a.m. on Aug 14.


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