Arctic Cruise Adventure 2014: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

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Run by: Abercrombie & Kent

Reference number: 766027

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Join A&K's seasoned expedition team for an enriching experience like no other to the islands of the High Arctic Svalbard archipelago in Norway, less than 600 miles from the geographic North Pole. Join our polar bear expert, Mats Forsberg aboard Le Boreal for an unforgettable voyage to the Arctic. Observe the amazing flora that comes alive with unexpected colour under Augusts's midnight sun as our quest takes us in search of the mighty polar bear. Discover Greenland's Bronze Age villages, Inuit settlements and fishing enclaves and search for local wildlife, ending your journey amid the contrast of pastoral tranquillity and stunning volcanoes of Iceland.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Voyage aboard the most luxurious expedition vessel, Le Boreal
  • Round-trip domestic charter flights providing convenient access to and from Le Boreal
  • A&K's expedition team of award winning naturalists and lecturers
  • Visit to Coastal city of Troms including visits to the Troms Museum and the scenic Arctic cathedra
  • Excursions at remote Bjrnya (Bear Island) the southernmost island of Svalbard archipelago
  • Comprehensive seven day circumnavigation voyage of Spitsbergen island, the largest island in Svalbard Archipeleg
  • Landing on Nordaustlandet, the northernmost land in Svalbard and noted for high populations of polar bear and walrus.
  • Visits to abandoned hunter's camps and learn about the centuries old era of high arctic hunting and trapping. Navigate the scenic Hinlopen Strait including Zodiac cruises along the sheer and dramatic Auk cliffs at Alkefjellet

DATES: 15TH JULY TO THE 29TH JULY, 2015


15th July 2015: Arrive Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway's capital, a mixture of the ancient and the modern, coexisting in close harmony with nature. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, meet your local guide for a walking tour. Join fellow travellers this evening for a welcome cocktail.

16th July 2015: Oslo/Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and check in for the A&K charter flight to Longyearbyen. Spitsbergen is the largest island of Svalbard, the sovereign Arctic archipelago of the kingdom of Norway. It is one of the most remote archipelagos on the globe. Nearly two-thirds of the islands land is covered in spectacular glaciers. Longyearbyen is a tiny town founded in 1906 by and American, John Munroe Longyear, who opened a coal mine which later sold to a Norwegian syndicate.

Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the town including the local Arctic museum with lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the dock where the Le Boreal awaits. This afternoon, board the MV Le Boreal to embark on your Arctic adventure.

17th-20th July 2015: Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago
Le Boreal serves as your maritime passport to adventure in these remote Arctic Islands that very few people in the world will ever have the opportunity to view. The Captain and Expedition team are on the lookout for the day's best expeditionary options. Visits may include Magdalenefjoren, a stunning fjord with rugged rock walls. Other options may include Monaco Bay and Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay) located in far Northern Svalbard and noted as excellent area for viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.

Throughout our landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, our primarily objective will be to view the polar bears that reside in this remote Arctic wilderness. Each landing is under the close supervision of our Bear Guardians, and our time at sea will be primarily in search of ice, which is where we have the optimal chance to find the ice bears in their natural habitat.

21st - 22nd July 2015: Cruising the Greenland Sea | Along the Ice Edge
As you leave Svalbard, Le Boreal will cruise along the Arctic ice edge to Greenland.Sailing south and west, the lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of the Svalbard and prepare you for the world's largest Island, Greenland. Spend time on board with newfound friends, and the expedition staff who are always on the lookout for wildlife

24th July-25th July 2015: Greenland | Franz Josef Fjords & Scoresby Sound

The next three days will be spent exploring the seldom visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound. We disembark village of Ittoqqortoormiit, where the sea is frozen over for around nine months of the year. The ice conditions permitting, the Zodiacs will take you to this small settlement which was only founded in 1925 and continues to be one of the most isolated villages in Greenland to the present day. Conditions permitting, the next few days are spent cruising the intricate fjord network here, always with the intent of spotting wildlife and birds.

26th July 2015: Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, with time for lectures and recaps about your adventures in Greenland. As the Le Boreal heads northward, be out on deck to view seabirds and whales that are frequent in these nutrient rich waters of the Denmark Strait. This Evening enjoy a gala dinner.

27th July 2015: Husavik | Whale Watching Haven

This morning we arrive early to Husavik where we will disembark for our full day 'Jewells of Northern Iceland' tour. We begin with visit to the Husavik Whale Centre & Museum which is one of the world's foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat. Here we will enjoy a private presentation by the Museum Director or one of the curators followed by comprehensive tour of the facility. We will depart Husavik to continue our tour to Godafoss and Lake Myvatn a thermally active region providing a rich habitat for a vast variety of bird and wildlife species. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy actively supports the Husavik Whale Museum and their project for expansion to increase space to house the Blue whale skeleton. For the second year, our visit will include presentation for financial contribution from AKP for this project.

28th July 2015: Grundarfjrdur | 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. Today, visit the small village of Grundarfjrdur, which was one of the first villages in Iceland. It became a trading center for the Snaefellsnes peninsula in 1786. Its harbour is considered one of the best natural harbors on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We will embark on a sightseeing tour of the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula including the Snaaefelsnes Glacier with views of the majestic extinct volcano, Snaefellsjokull, site of Jules Verne's fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth.

29th July 2015: Depart Reykjavik
This morning, disembark Le Boreal in Reykjavik as you transfer to the airport for your return flights or enjoy an extension in Iceland.

Important Note: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is for guidance purposes and is subject to change due to variables outside of A&K's control such as ice, weather and wildlife conditions and is at the discretion of the Expedition Leader and Ships Captain. Flight schedules and rates are also subject to change.

Contrary to normal booking conditions, please note final full payment is due 130 days prior to departure and strict cancellation fees apply and are noted in your booking conditions.

PRICING

Guide price for this 15-day journey to the Arctic will cost from 9,231 per person based on two adults sharing a double / twin cabin on deck 3. Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply

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