Day 1 - Arrive Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital city and your gateway to the
Arctic. On arrival, you are met and escorted to your hotel.
This evening, meet fellow guests for a welcome cocktail
Day 2 - Norway
Board an early morning charter flight to Longyearbyen, the
capital of Svalbard, also known as Spitsbergen, the sovereign
Arctic archipelago of Norway. It is one of the most remote
groups of islands on the planet, with nearly two-thirds of its
surface covered in luminous glaciers. Tour the tiny town and
its Arctic Museum. This afternoon, board your expedition
Day 6 - Norway
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote
wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. 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 barren landscape.
Throughout your voyage, our primary objective is to
search for polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat.
Cruising on A&K’s exclusive charter limited to just 199 guests grants A&K with a unique advantage, affording us
with unrestricted access to every navigable area within
the Svalbard archipelago — something ships with larger
capacities are not permitted to do — and allowing us to
visit any locale favored by the bears. 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, or “auk cliffs,” which drop directly
into the water and provide a home to vast colonies of auks,
diving birds entirely dependent on the sea for their food;
Monaco Bay and Glacier, frequented by polar bears,
walruses, harbor and bearded seals, and a multitude of
The Austfonna ice cliffs and one of the world’s largest ice
caps, spanning over 5,000 square miles;
Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay) in far northern Svalbard, another
excellent area for spotting polar bears and wildlife; and
Sjuøyane (“Seven Islands”), the most northerly region of the
In every region, enjoy endless moments of discovery
alongside A&K’s seasoned Expedition Team, who know
intuitively where and when we are most likely to see polar
bears and wildlife, which we observe from the safety and
comfort of ‘Le Boreal.’ These same experts also scout every
landing site in advance of your arrival, assuring your safety
and maximizing your experience ashore.
Day 8 - At Sea
As ‘Le Boreal’ plies toward Greenland, spend time at sea
with the new friends you’ve made and your Expedition
Team, who continue offering engaging discussions and
lectures that promise an enlightening experience at sea.
Day 11 - Greenland
While crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising along the
Arctic ice edge, your Expedition Team prepares you for the
world’s largest island: Greenland. Arrive at its rarely visited
east coast and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord
system in the world, all of which you enjoy exploring for the
next three days. 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 Arctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to
the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most
isolated villages in Greenland.
Day 12 - Iceland
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the narrow strip of water
that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connects the Arctic
Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Continue exciting conversations
with your Expedition Team and enrichment specialists, and
watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between the
insightful lectures they present.
Day 13 - Iceland
Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik
Whale Museum, supported by A&K Philanthropy. The
museum is one of the world’s foremost centers for research
of whales and their habitat. Afterward, 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, gather with your Expedition Team and
fellow guests for a special farewell reception and dinner.
Day 14 - Iceland’s West Fjords
Explore the glacier-carved terrain of Iceland’s West Fjords
with its Drangajokull Glacier. Visit the small fishing village
of Grundarfjordur, one of the first villages in Iceland.
Then, choose from excursions that include exploring the
Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its stunning glacially formed
peak; taking a boat tour and fresh sushi adventure around
an archipelago teeming with exotic birds; and hiking over
the region’s lava trails, steeped in Viking lore.
Day 15 - Depart Reykjavik
This morning, disembark ‘Le Boreal’ in Reykjavik and
transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or
continue on in Iceland with a Reykjavik extension.