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Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear 2022


15 days from $16,995 per person was $19,495

Limited to 199 guests

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Book early and save $2,500 per person on all stateroom categories and suites.

Explore the Arctic on an all-encompassing expedition in search of the mighty polar bear. Travel alongside A&K’s unmatched Expedition Team and knowledgeable experts intimately familiar with the region, seeking out the sea bear in the Svalbard Islands and discovering the starkly beautiful lava fields and ice caves of Iceland’s Westfjords. Experience this thrilling destination through daily guided shore landings, as well as active excursions.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise for 13 nights through the Arctic’s wildest regions on a voyage exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Enjoy active exploration of the Arctic’s varied landscapes, from sea kayaking through ice floes to epic volcanic hikes, all under the wing of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard
  • Cruise to the remote east coast of Greenland, where you may visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjords, Scoresby Sound and the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Discover North Iceland and the whale-watching village of Husavik, where you experience a private, behind-the-scenes tour at the renowned Husavik Whale Museum
  • Join photography lectures, hands-on-workshops and tips in the field led by A&K’s dedicated photo coach

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Itinerary at a Glance

JUN 30
Arrive Oslo, Norway
JUL 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen
JUL 2–6
Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago
JUL 7
At Sea | Cruising the Greenland Sea
JUL 8
Jan Mayen | Glacier-Cloaked Volcano
JUL 9–10
Greenland | Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village
JUL 11
At Sea | Cruising the Denmark Strait
JUL 12
Iceland | Whale-Watching Haven
JUL 13
Iceland’s Westfjords | Lava & Ice-Carved Lands
JUL 14
Depart Reykjavik

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JUN 30
Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, 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 and dinner.

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Meals: Dinner
JUL 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen

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 luxury expedition cruiser.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 2–6
Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. 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 peppers this barren landscape.

The primary objective of your voyage is to spot polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat. Cruising on A&K’s exclusive charter limited to just 199 guests grants you unrestricted access to every navigable area within the Svalbard archipelago — something ships with larger capacities cannot provide — allowing the ship to visit any locale favored by the bears. 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.

Alkefjellet, or “auk cliffs”: Staggering cliffs that drop directly into the water and provide a home to vast colonies of auks, diving birds entirely dependent on the sea for their food.

Monacobreen: Formerly known as Monaco Bay, this glacier reaches down into Spitsbergen and is frequented by polar bears, harbor and bearded seals, walruses and a multitude of seabirds.

The Austfonna Icecap: One of the world’s largest icecaps spanning over 5,000 square miles.

Liefdefjorden (The Love Fjord): Named after a Dutch ship with the same name, this fjord is another excellent area for spotting polar bears and wildlife.

Sjuoyane (“Seven Islands”): The most northerly region of the Svalbard archipelago.

In every region, enjoy endless moments of discovery alongside A&K’s seasoned Expedition Team, who know intuitively where and when you’re most likely to see polar bears and wildlife — which you observe from the safety and comfort of your luxury expedition cruiser. These same experts also scout every landing site in advance of your arrival, assuring your safety and maximizing your experience ashore.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 7
At Sea | Cruising the Greenland Sea

Cruise south through the Greenland Sea as your lecturers offer presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard, and prepare you for visits to Jan Mayen and Greenland.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 8
Jan Mayen | Glacier-Cloaked Volcano

At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas, arrive at Jan Mayen, a rugged island dominated by the 7,500- foot Beerenberg Volcano, the world’s northernmost active volcano. With special permission and conditions permitting, land on this rarely visited island to see its meteorological station Olonkinbyen and discover its phenomenal bird colonies. Designated by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA), Jan Mayen supports large breeding colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, thick-billed guillemots and black guillemots.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 9–10
Greenland | Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

While crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising the Arctic ice edge, your Expedition Team prepares you for the world’s largest island: Greenland. Arrive at its rarely visited east coast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world, all of which you enjoy exploring for the next two days. 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 Arctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 11
At Sea | Cruising the Denmark Strait

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the strip of water that separates Greenland from Iceland and connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between insightful lectures presented by your Expedition Team.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 12
Iceland | Whale-Watching Haven

Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik Whale Museum, supported by A&K Philanthropy. The museum is one of the world’s foremost centers for research of whales and their habitat. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, or else set off for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn. Tonight, gather with your Expedition Team and fellow guests for a special farewell reception and dinner.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 13
Iceland’s Westfjords | Lava & Ice-Carved Lands

The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and much less visited than other parts of the country, with small settlements interspersed among spectacular mountains and coves. You might make a visit to Dynjandi Falls, the grandest waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is a spectacular sight, with water cascading down tiered ridges flanked by a green and brown façade. Enjoy leisurely walks up to a viewing platform or opt for something more vigorous, like a hike all the way to the top of the falls. You might also visit Red Sand Beach, one of the most beguiling shorelines in Iceland. Wander the reddish-hued sands as they subtly change color with the sunlight, shifting through a palette of reds, golds and grays.

'L'Austral'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 14
Depart Reykjavik

This morning, disembark your luxury expedition cruiser in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or continue on in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Oslo Pre-Tour Extension

Discover historic and vibrant Oslo with a visit to its colorful café’s, world-class museums and Roald Amundse’s home.

Oslo Ext 2021

4 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

JUN 27

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your hotel, the lovely Hotel Continental. Meet your guide for a welcome cocktail reception before heading to dinner on your own.

Hotel Continental
JUN 28

Enjoy a tour that includes the Nobel Peace Center, the modern Oslo Opera House and the Oslo City Hall. After lunch, visit the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park. Dinner is on your own.

Hotel Continental
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
JUN 29

Take a one-hour boat ride to Roald Amundsen’s home, which is just as he left it in 1928. This evening, visit the Viking Ship Museum and the Fram Museum, where you enjoy an exclusive tour of Roald’s famous ship. Afterward, join your group for dinner.

Hotel Continental
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Jun 30

Discover Oslo with a choice of activities, including a visit to the Ekeberg Sculpture Park or a tour of Eidsvoll Museum, home to the Norwegian constitution and WWII memorabilia. Afterward, transfer to the Radisson Blu Gardermoen to begin your main program.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Reykjavik Post-Tour Extension

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

Reykjavik Ext 2021

4 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

JUL 14

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

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Lunch
JUL 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
JUL 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
JUL 17

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2022
  • Jun 30 - Jul 14
    Special Offer
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    Cabin Class
    Category 1 - Classic Stateroom
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    $16,995 was $19,495
    Single Supplement
    $14,245
    Internal air from
    $495
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $495
Oslo/Longyearbyen

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 room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

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

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Jul 14.


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