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2022 Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear

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Tour Itinerary

Explore the Arctic on an all-encompassingexpedition in search of the mighty polarbear. Travel alongside A&K’s unmatchedExpedition Team and knowledgeableexperts intimately familiar with the region,seeking out the sea bear in the SvalbardIslands and discovering the starkly beautifullava fields and ice caves of Iceland’sWestfjords. Experience this thrillingdestination through daily guided shorelandings, as well as active excursions.

Countries Visited

Iceland , Norway

Cities Visited

Oslo , Reykjavik

  1. Day 1
    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 cocktail reception and dinner.Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen  
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    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-thirds ofits surface covered in luminous glaciers. Tour the tiny townand its Arctic Museum. This afternoon, board your luxuryexpedition cruiser.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    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 your luxury expedition cruiser. These same experts alsoscout every landing site in advance of your arrival, assuringyour safety and maximizing your experience ashore.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    At Sea
    Cruise south through the Greenland Sea as your lecturersoffer presentations on the wildlife, history and geologyof Svalbard, and prepare you for visits to Jan Mayen andGreenland.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Jan Mayen
    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 activevolcano. With special permission and conditions permitting,land on this rarely visited island to see its meteorologicalstation Olonkinbyen and discover its phenomenal birdcolonies. Designated by BirdLife International as anImportant Bird Area (IBA), Jan Mayen supports largebreeding colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, thick-billedguillemots and black guillemots.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    While crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising the Arcticice edge, your Expedition Team prepares you for the world'''slargest island: Greenland. Arrive at its rarely visited eastcoast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjordsystem in the world, all of which you enjoy exploring for thenext two days. Embark on Zodiac excursions through thefjord'''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 visitto the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the mostisolated villages in Greenland.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    At Sea
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the strip of water thatseparates Greenland from Iceland and connects the ArcticSea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whalesfrom the deck in between insightful lectures presented byyour Expedition Team.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik WhaleMuseum, supported by A&K Philanthropy. The museum isone of the world'''s foremost centers for research of whales and their habitat. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenicwhale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, orset off for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn.Tonight, gather with your Expedition Team and fellowguests for a special farewell reception and dinner.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Iceland���s Westfjords
    The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and muchless visited than other parts of the country, with smallsettlements interspersed among spectacular mountainsand coves. You might make a visit to Dynjandi Falls,the grandest waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is aspectacular sight, with water cascading down tiered ridgesflanked by a green and brown fa''ade. Enjoy leisurelywalks up to a viewing platform or opt for something morevigorous, like a hike all the way to the top of the falls. Youmight also visit Red Sand Beach, one of the most beguilingshorelines in Iceland. Wander the reddish-hued sands asthey subtly change color with the sunlight, shifting througha palette of reds, golds and grays.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Depart Reykjavik
    This morning, disembark your luxury expedition cruiser in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flighthome, or continue on in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

All guides and staff follow rigorous health and safety procedures.
Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

We provide 24/7 support, seven days a week.
Abercrombie & Kent’s worldwide network is always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. Our local offices are experienced in handling emergencies and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7 in the event of medical challenges, including, if necessary, arranging for doctor’s visits or even emergency medical evacuation.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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