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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

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.

15 July, 2019 to 29 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland, departing on 15 July, 2019

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Category 1 - Classic Stateroom £ 12701 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 2 - Deluxe Stateroom £ 14626 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 3 - Premier Stateroom £ 15396 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 4 - Superior Stateroom £ 16166 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 5 - Prestige Suite £ 20786 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 6 - Premier Two-Room Suite £ 24636 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 7 - Prestige Two-Room Suite £ 26946 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)
Category 8 - Owner's Suite £ 30796 GBP pp (+ Internal Air: Economy class from £347 GBP pp)

Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland itinerary:

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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 reception.
Day 2 LONGYEARBYEN | LONG YEAR TOWN
Board an early morning charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, also known as Spits bergen, 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 cruiser.
Days 3 - 6 SVALBARD ISLANDS | SPECTACULAR ARCHIPELAGO
Only a rare few have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands, and our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment specialists reveal their riches in depth, both aboard and on shore. In this archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are abundant. Cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks also populate the landscape, which comes alive with diminutive flora and color under summer's midnight sun. Your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind, daily excursions may include exploration of these spectacular areas: Magdalenefjoren: A stunning fjord with rugged rock walls, Magdalenefjoren surmounts blue-hued glaciers crisscrossed by crevasses, with birds perched in the high cliffs. This "glacier coast" provides magnificent views of the slow-moving ice masses travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses. Ny Alesund: Once a mining town and launching pad for early Arctic expeditions, Ny Alesund is now home to a polar research station where scientists study meteorology, seismology, atmospheric sciences and marine biology. Conditions permitting, visit the small community, including a museum, art gallery and the northernmost post office in the world. Hinlopen Strait: Navigate this passageway between the main island ofSpitsbergen and the island ofNordaustlandet to arrive at the Alkefjellet, or "auk cliffs," towering rock faces that drop directly into the sea and provide a home to colonies of auks. Wahlbergoya: Located in the center of the southern entrance to Hinlopen Strait, this island, named after Swedish botanist Peter Fredrik Wahlberg, is a favorite summer haul-out for walruses. Monaco Bay and Glacier: Located in Northwest Spitsbergen, Monaco Bay is frequented by a variety of wildlife populations, including polar bears, walruses, harbor and bearded seals, and a multitude of seabirds. Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay):In far northern Svalbard, this is an excellent area for spotting polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Throughout your landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, your primary objective will be to search for polar bears as they hunt in their true natural habitat - be it on land or among the ice floes. Each landing is under the close supervision of your bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.
Days 7 - 8 AT SEA | CRUISING THE ARCTIC OCEAN
As 'Le Boreal' plies toward Greenland, spend the day at sea with new friends and the Expedition Team, who continue engaging, exciting discussions and lectures that promise an enlightening experience while you cruise.
Days 9 - 10 GREENLAND | EAST GREENLAND & SCORESBY SOUND
For the next two days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Embark on thrilling, twice-daily Zodiac excursions through the fjord's glistening and intricate network, taking in its islands and icebergs, and searching for common residents that include the musk ox and reindeer. Throughout your explorations, informed enrichment specialists impart meaningful, in-depth know-how about the region. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.
Day 11 CRUISING THE DENMARK STRAIT | CONFLUENCE OF WATERS
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 12 ICELAND'S WEST FJORDS | HORNSTRANDIR NATURE RESERVE
Today, explore the spectacular, unspoiled wilderness on Iceland's remote West Fjords. Designated as a nature reserve in 1975 and free of any roads, Hornstrandir still appears as it would have when the Vikings first arrived. Your treks this morning reveal tranquil wildflower meadows, striking waterfalls and other geological features. This afternoon, visit the small village of Hesteyri, where you are welcomed by the local villagers.
Day 13 AKRANES | THRILLING LANGJÖKULL GLACIER
The glacier-carved West Fjords continue to provide a scenic backdrop as you journey to the Langjökull glacier. Disembark for an adventurous visit aboard special expedition trucks, stopping en route at the shimmering Hraunfossar waterfall before arriving at the entrance of Langjökull glacier. There, explore Langjökull's labyrinth of ice tunnels and caves, all revealing breathtaking shades of blue and depths of ice. Following lunch in nearby Husafell, return this afternoon to Akranes to board 'Le Boreal.'
Day 14 WESTMAN ISLANDS | VOLCANIC ARCHIPELAGO
This morning, arrive in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a rock-studded, volcanically active archipelago on the south coast of Iceland. Explore the volcanic landscape of Iceland's remote Heimaey Island, where a new mountain, Eldfell ("Mount Fire"), was created during a 1973 eruption. Heimaey Island is home to all of Iceland's seabirds, among them the iconic puffin. Excavations of the ruins suggest there were inhabitants here as early as 100 BC. Today, the island's 4,500 locals reside alongside upward of eight million puffins each summer. Visit the local village, seeing ruins of historic farmhouses from the year AD 650. Later, trek to Helgafell to observe the volcanic landscape with your insightful guides. This afternoon, and conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Iceland's southernmost point.
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.
Please Note:
This cruise includes regular Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance purposes only.

Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This cruise includes regular Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance purposes only.
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.
This morning, arrive in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a rock-studded, volcanically active archipelago on the south coast of Iceland. Explore the volcanic landscape of Iceland's remote Heimaey Island, where a new mountain, Eldfell ("Mount Fire"), was created during a 1973 eruption. Heimaey Island is home to all of Iceland's seabirds, among them the iconic puffin. Excavations of the ruins suggest there were inhabitants here as early as 100 BC. Today, the island's 4,500 locals reside alongside upward of eight million puffins each summer. Visit the local village, seeing ruins of historic farmhouses from the year AD 650. Later, trek to Helgafell to observe the volcanic landscape with your insightful guides. This afternoon, and conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Iceland's southernmost point.
The glacier-carved West Fjords continue to provide a scenic backdrop as you journey to the Langjökull glacier. Disembark for an adventurous visit aboard special expedition trucks, stopping en route at the shimmering Hraunfossar waterfall before arriving at the entrance of Langjökull glacier. There, explore Langjökull's labyrinth of ice tunnels and caves, all revealing breathtaking shades of blue and depths of ice. Following lunch in nearby Husafell, return this afternoon to Akranes to board 'Le Boreal.'
Today, explore the spectacular, unspoiled wilderness on Iceland's remote West Fjords. Designated as a nature reserve in 1975 and free of any roads, Hornstrandir still appears as it would have when the Vikings first arrived. Your treks this morning reveal tranquil wildflower meadows, striking waterfalls and other geological features. This afternoon, visit the small village of Hesteyri, where you are welcomed by the local villagers.
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.
For the next two days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Embark on thrilling, twice-daily Zodiac excursions through the fjord's glistening and intricate network, taking in its islands and icebergs, and searching for common residents that include the musk ox and reindeer. Throughout your explorations, informed enrichment specialists impart meaningful, in-depth know-how about the region. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.
As 'Le Boreal' plies toward Greenland, spend the day at sea with new friends and the Expedition Team, who continue engaging, exciting discussions and lectures that promise an enlightening experience while you cruise.
Only a rare few have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands, and our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment specialists reveal their riches in depth, both aboard and on shore. In this archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are abundant. Cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks also populate the landscape, which comes alive with diminutive flora and color under summer's midnight sun. Your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind, daily excursions may include exploration of these spectacular areas: Magdalenefjoren: A stunning fjord with rugged rock walls, Magdalenefjoren surmounts blue-hued glaciers crisscrossed by crevasses, with birds perched in the high cliffs. This "glacier coast" provides magnificent views of the slow-moving ice masses travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses. Ny Alesund: Once a mining town and launching pad for early Arctic expeditions, Ny Alesund is now home to a polar research station where scientists study meteorology, seismology, atmospheric sciences and marine biology. Conditions permitting, visit the small community, including a museum, art gallery and the northernmost post office in the world. Hinlopen Strait: Navigate this passageway between the main island ofSpitsbergen and the island ofNordaustlandet to arrive at the Alkefjellet, or "auk cliffs," towering rock faces that drop directly into the sea and provide a home to colonies of auks. Wahlbergoya: Located in the center of the southern entrance to Hinlopen Strait, this island, named after Swedish botanist Peter Fredrik Wahlberg, is a favorite summer haul-out for walruses. Monaco Bay and Glacier: Located in Northwest Spitsbergen, Monaco Bay is frequented by a variety of wildlife populations, including polar bears, walruses, harbor and bearded seals, and a multitude of seabirds. Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay):In far northern Svalbard, this is an excellent area for spotting polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Throughout your landings and days of cruising in Spitsbergen, your primary objective will be to search for polar bears as they hunt in their true natural habitat - be it on land or among the ice floes. Each landing is under the close supervision of your bear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where to find the white giants.
Board an early morning charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, also known as Spits bergen, 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 cruiser.
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 reception.
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Le Boreal

Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Le Boreal creates a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

The best materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor combined with exterior and interior lines to reflect a nautical mood. On board, soothing neutral tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Cuisine

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Choose from two restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant is situated on Le Liberte Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. In the Grill Restaurant, you have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, Le Boreal has been designed to meet the needs of every guest. 

Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Carita™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting ser vice. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Carita™ brand, the Beauty Centre on Le Boreal welcomes you for some relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).

Wheelchairs
3 specially adapted wheelchair cabins (Deck 3 = Superior cabin no. 307, no balcony, Deck 4 = Prestige Cabin no. 407 - with balcony and Deck 5 = Prestige Cabin no 509, with balcony) and lifts to all decks/areas.

Details
Length:  142 metres. Passenger Capacity:  264 (in twin cabins, just 200 in Antarctica). Built:  2011

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Cabin layout for Le Boreal
• Cruise for 13 nights through the Arctic’s wild and culturally rich regions of Norway, Greenland and Iceland

• Experience luxurious expedition ship ‘Le Boreal’ with guaranteed balcony accommodations for all guests, an A&K exclusive feature

• Sail with an exceptional team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, an experienced service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3

• Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, onboard meals, all Zodiac rides and excursions, expedition gear, port charges, and — our newest offerings — complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet laundry service

• Benefit from expert photography programming, including lectures and hands-on tutorials, led by a dedicated A&K photo coach

• Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitat, exploring everything from the polar bear domain of Norway’s pristine Svalbard Islands to Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a jaw-dropping wilderness at the edge of the Arctic Circle

• Discover stunning Scoresby Sound in East Greenland, where you visit the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit

• Venture on a special excursion inside Iceland’s luminous Langjökull Glacier

• Discover the remote, geologically rich islands of Heimaey and Surtsey in the Westman Islands archipelago
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