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2021 Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear

Abercrombie Kent
USD $18,995

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Explore the Arctic on an all-encompassingexpedition in search of the mighty polarbear. Travel alongside A&K’s unmatchedExpedition Team and a famed climatescientist to learn about the shifting climateimpacts on this delicate region. Discoverrarely traversed Jan Mayen and the starklybeautiful lava fields and ice caves ofIceland’s Westfjords. Experience this thrillingdestination through daily guided shorelandings, as well as active excursions.

  1. Day 5
    Arrive Oslo, Norway
    Arrive in Oslo, your gateway to the Arctic. On arrival,you are met and escorted to your hotel. This evening, meetfellow guests for a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen  
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 6
    Board an early morning charter flight to Longyearbyen, thecapital of Svalbard, also known as Spitsbergen, the sovereignArctic archipelago of Norway. It is one of the most remotegroups of islands on the planet, with nearly two-thirdsof its surface covered in luminous glaciers. Tour the tinytown and its Arctic Museum. This afternoon, board yourexpedition cruiser, ‘Le Boreal.’Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 12
    At Sea
    Cruise south through the Greenland Sea as lecturersoffer presentations on the wildlife, history and geologyof Svalbard and prepare you for visits to Jan Mayen andGreenland.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 13
    Jan Mayen
    At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas,arrive at Jan Mayen, a fascinating and rugged islanddominated by the 7,500-foot Beerenberg Volcano, whichtoday stands as the world’s northernmost active volcano.With special permission and conditions permitting, landon this rarely visited island to see its meteorological station,Olonkinbyen, and discover its phenomenal bird colonies.Designated by BirdLife International as an Important BirdArea (IBA), Jan Mayen supports large breeding colonies ofnorthern fulmars, little auks, thick-billed murres and blackguillemots.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 16
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the narrow strip ofwater that separates Greenland from Iceland and connectsthe Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Continue excitingconversations with your Expedition Team and enrichmentspecialists. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck inbetween the insightful lectures they present.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 17
    Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik Whale Museum, supported by A&K Philanthropy. The museum isone of the world’s foremost centers for research of whalesand their habitat. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenicwhale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, orelse set off for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn.Tonight, gather with your Expedition Team and fellowguests for a special farewell reception and dinner.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 18
    Iceland���s Westfjords
    The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and much lessvisited than other parts of the country. Settlements aresmall and interspersed among spectacular lava-formedmountains and coves. You might make a visit to DynjandiFalls, the grandest waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is a spectacular sight, with water cascading down tieredridges flanked by a green and brown façade. Enjoy leisurelywalks up to a viewing platform or opt for something morevigorous, like a hike all the way to the top of the falls.Another possible place you may visit is Red Sand Beach,one of the most beguiling shorelines in Iceland. Wanderthe reddish-hued sands as they subtly change color with thesunlight, shifting through a palette of reds, golds and greys.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 19
    Depart Reykjavik
    This morning, disembark ‘Le Boreal’ in Reykjavik andtransfer to the airport for your return flight home, orcontinue on in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.
    Meals: Breakfast
  9. Day 711
    Very few people have the opportunity to view the remotewilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the archipelago,polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incrediblyrich variety of birds are abundant, as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An exquisiteassortment of flora also peppers this barren landscape.The primary objective of your voyage is to spot polarbears as they roam in their natural habitat. Cruising onA&K’s exclusive charter limited to just 199 guests grantsyou unrestricted access to every navigable area withinthe Svalbard archipelago — something ships with largercapacities cannot provide — allowing the ship to visit anylocale favored by the bears. Your Captain and ExpeditionLeader determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities,which may include:Ny Alesund: Home to a polar research station and thenorthernmost post office in the world.Alkefjellet, or “auk cliffs”: Staggering cliffs that drop directlyinto 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 glacierreaches down into Spitsbergen and is frequented by polarbears, harbor and bearded seals, walruses and a multitudeof seabirds.The Austfonna Icecap: One of the world’s largest icecapsspanning over 5,000 square miles.Liefdefjorden (The Love Fjord): Named after a Dutch shipwith the same name, this fjord is another excellent area forspotting polar bears and wildlife.Sjuoyane (“Seven Islands”): The most northerly region ofthe Svalbard archipelago.In every region, enjoy endless moments of discovery alongsideA&K’s seasoned Expedition Team, who know intuitivelywhere and when you’re most likely to see polar bears and wildlife — which you observe from the safety and comfortof ‘Le Boreal.’ These same experts also scout every landingsite in advance of your arrival, assuring your safety andmaximizing your experience ashore.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 1415
    While crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising along theArctic ice edge, your Expedition Team prepares you for theworld’s largest island: Greenland. Arrive at its rarely visitedeast coast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjordsystem in the world, both of which you enjoy exploring forthe next three days. Embark on Zodiac excursions throughthe fjord’s intricate network, taking in its islands andicebergs and searching for residents including the musk oxand Arctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for avisit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of themost isolated villages in Greenland.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Countries Visited

Greenland , Iceland , Norway

Cities Visited

Husavik, Longyearbyen, Oslo, Reykjavik

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