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2023 Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear

Abercrombie Kent
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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 numerous guidedshore landings and active excursions.

Countries Visited

Iceland , Norway

Cities Visited

Longyearbyen , Oslo , Reykjavik

  1. Day 1
    Oslo, Norway
    Arrive in Oslo, your gateway to the Arctic. Upon arrival,you are met and escorted to your hotel, conveniently locatednear the airport. This evening, gather for a welcome briefing.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: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Very few people have the opportunity to view the remotewilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the archipelago, polarbears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly richvariety of birds are abundant, as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An exquisite assortment offlora also peppers this barren landscape. One of the mainobjectives of your voyage is to spot polar bears in theirnatural habitat. Cruising on A&K'''s exclusive charter, rely onour experts and their intimate knowledge of the Arctic tolead you to locales that provide the highest probability forviewing these elusive animals. Throughout the expedition,your Captain and Expedition Leader determine the day'''s bestsightseeing opportunities, which may include:Ny Alesund: Home to a polar research station and thenorthernmost post office in the world.Alkefjellet, ('''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 polar bears,harbor and bearded seals, walruses and a multitude of seabirds.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 of theSvalbard archipelago.In every region, enjoy endless moments of discoveryalongside A&K'''s Expedition Team, who know intuitivelywhere and when you'''re most likely to see polar bears andwildlife, which you observe from the safety and comfortof your luxury expedition cruiser. These same experts alsoscout every landing site in advancel, assuring your safety andmaximizing your experience ashore.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    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: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Jan Mayen
    At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas, arriveat Jan Mayen, a rugged island dominated by the 7,500-footBeerenberg Volcano, the world'''s northernmost active volcano.With special permission and conditions permitting, landon this rarely visited island to see its meteorological stationOlonkinbyen 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 guillemots andblack guillemots.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    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 icebergsand searching for residents that include the musk ox andArctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visitto the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the mostisolated villages in Greenland.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    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: 'Le Boreal'  
    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 whalesand their habitat. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, or setoff for Godafoss Falls and geothermal Lake Myvatn. Tonight,gather with your Expedition Team and fellow guests for aspecial farewell reception and dinner.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Iceland���s Westfjords
    The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and much lessvisited than other parts of the country, with small settlementsinterspersed among spectacular mountains and coves. Youmight make a visit to Dynjandi Falls, the grandest waterfallin the Westfjords. Dynjandi is a spectacular sight, with watercascading down tiered ridges flanked by a green and brownfa''ade. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the shore or take a morevigorous trek to the viewing platform both offering scenicviews of the falls.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    This morning, disembark your luxury expedition cruiser inReykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flighthome, or continue on in Iceland with A&K'''s small-groupextension in Reykjavik.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

More than 55 offices in more than 30 countries
A&K has over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, a global family consisting of more than 2,500 dedicated travel experts. Chief among them is the Resident Tour Director who leads each group departure, providing unmatched on-the-ground expertise with A&K local guides contributing along the way.

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 all journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations and service provider requirements. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed. Note all protocols are subject to change in accordance with relevant guidelines, local regulations and conditions.

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. 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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