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Arctic Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear

Arctic Cruise

Summary : Cruise on all-balcony Le Boreal to pristine and rarely seen Arctic islands, visiting the polar bear haven of Svalbard, an Inuit village on Scoresby Sound and Iceland’s verdant West Fjords. Benefit from expert photography programming, including lectures and hands-on tutorials, led by a dedicated photo coach. Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitat, exploring everything from the polar bear domain of Norway’s pristine Svalbard Islands to the jaw-dropping wilderness at the edge of the Arctic Circle.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Oslo, Norway

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.

Day 2
Oslo / Longyearbyen, Norway / Embark

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 ship.

Day 3 – 6
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 rugged 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, the primary objective is to search for polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat.

Day 7 – 11
At Sea / Greenland

Cross the Greenland Sea and cruise along the Arctic ice edge, as your Expedition Team prepares you for the world’s largest island: Greenland. 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.

Day 12 – 14
Denmark Strait / Iceland

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, 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.

Day 15
Reykjavik, Iceland

This morning, disembark in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or continue on in Iceland with an optional Reykjavik extension (not included).

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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $100,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Photography Program:
Experience an enhanced photography departure, enjoying added programming led by dedicated photo coaches.

Optional Post-Cruise Extension: Reykjavik
Visit the world’s most northerly capital and enjoy a choice of adventures. 4 days from $4,795 per person double occupancy. Single supplement from $1,395.

Included:
One pre-cruise hotel night in Oslo; transfer from Oslo airport to hotel; transfer from Longyearbyen airport to ship; transfer from ship to Reykjavik airport; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; valet laundry service onboard ship (8 pieces, excludes dry cleaning); gear to keep (parka, backpack); gear on loan (boots, walking poles, pants); all meals onboard the ship; room service onboard ship; select bar drinks, beer, house wine, and soft drinks onboard ship (excluding premium wines, spirits and Champagnes); complimentary local beer and wine for included meals onshore; gratuities for ship's crew and expedition staff. Butler service only for those in Suites (Categories 5-8) onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International airfare; charter flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen; passport and visa expenses; laundry other than mentioned as included; meals not mentioned as included; beverages other than those mentioned as included; communication charges not mentioned as included; all items of a personal nature; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; fuel surcharge may apply.


Photos: © A&K Image Library

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