Svalbard, Norway, Greenland & Iceland

Arctic Cruise

  • Le Boreal (charter)
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 264 Capacity
  • 15 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
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    • 2015
    • Jul 15 Wed Offer
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  • $12,995

Summary : Voyage aboard the all-balcony luxury expedition ship, Le Boreal, on this exclusive trip of a lifetime. Travel in the company of a world-class, seasoned expedition team creating a more memorable journey. Visit remote Arctic islands that few others have seen. Explore remote areas of Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound on Greenland's east coast. Enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour at the world renowned Husavik Whale Museum. And not to be missed is the up-close visit to extinct Snaefellsjokull volcano, setting for Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
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 are met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, meet your local guide for a walking tour. Join fellow guests this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2
Oslo / Longyearbyen, Norway

Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard on the main island of 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. After a tour of the town, board your luxurious expedition vessel.

Day 3 – 6
Svalbard Islands

Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walrus, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are as abundant as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. Unexpectedly, an amazing amount of flora exists on this barren landscape, which comes alive with color under the August midnight sun. Your captain and expedition crew take advantage of local conditions to determine the day’s best sightseeing, which may include visits to stunning fjords, a polar research station or a 17th-century Dutch whaling station. However, the main focus is to search for polar bears as they hunt in their true natural habitat. Each landing is under the close supervision of the bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.

Day 7 – 8
Greenland Sea

Cruise along the Arctic ice edge and 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.

Day 9 – 11
East Greenland

Explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound. Cruise the intricate fjord network and be on the lookout for musk oxen and reindeer. Enjoy twice daily Zodiac excursions and a chance to disembark in Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

Day 12
Denmark Strait

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.

Day 13
Husavik, Iceland

Arrive in Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. Visit the Husavik Whale Museum, one of the world’s foremost centers focused on research of whales and their habitat. 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.

Day 14
Grundarfjordur, Iceland

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 Snaaefelsnes Glacier with views of the majestic extinct volcano, Snaefellsjokull, site of Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Day 15
Reykjavik, Iceland

This morning, disembark in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of US$50,000. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
One night pre-cruise accommodation in Oslo, Norway; accommodation and meals on the ship; arrival transfer to the starting hotel regardless of day of arrival; transfer to the airport on the day of debarkation; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary including park and entrance fees; local bottled water during sightseeing; complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water (excluding premium wines and Champagnes) while on board; handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights (other conditions/restrictions may apply for internal routes); hotel taxes; cabin categories 6-8 include butler service; parka; and gratuities throughout.

Not Included:
International airfare; charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen; passport or visa expenses; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines, liquors and champagnes; communication charges and optional activities; all items of a personal nature; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; fuel surcharge may apply.