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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

Cruise on luxurious, all-balcony 'Le Boreal' to pristine and remote Arctic islands few others have seen, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, Greenland and its remote villages, and Iceland's 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 £ 12375 GBP pp
Category 2 - Deluxe Stateroom £ 14249 GBP pp
Category 3 - Premier Stateroom £ 14999 GBP pp
Category 4 - Superior Stateroom £ 15749 GBP pp
Category 5 - Prestige Suite £ 20249 GBP pp
Category 6 - Premier Two-Room Suite £ 23999 GBP pp
Category 7 - Prestige Two-Room Suite £ 26249 GBP pp
Category 8 - Owner's Suite £ 29999 GBP pp

Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland itinerary:

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Day 1: Arrive Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norways modern capital city coexisting in close harmony with nature. Transfer to your hotel and then meet your local guide for an afternoon walking tour. Tonight, gather for a private welcome reception at the Fram Museum, which houses the worlds most famous polar expedition ship.
Day 2: Longyearbyen | Long Year Town
Board a 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 group of islands on the planet, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in glaciers. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic Museum. Following lunch, board your expedition cruiser. Meals: B L D
Days 3-6: Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are as abundant as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An amazing amount of diminutive flora surrounds this barren landscape, which comes alive with color under the August midnight sun. Your captain and Expedition Team determine the days best sightseeing opportunities, which may include these extraordinary regions: 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 slow-moving glaciers travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses. Ny Alesund: History here stretches back to the early Arctic explorers. Today, a polar research station occupies the site where a Norwegian coal mine once operated, and 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. Alkjefellet (Auk Mountains): Set off on Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) to explore the 325-foot sheer cliffs that are home to 60,000 guillemots and kittiwakes. These nests attract poaching polar bears and Arctic foxes, who come for the feast of eggs and birds, and provide opportunities for us to view them safely from your Zodiacs. 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. Meals: B L D
Days 7-8: Cruising the Greenland Sea | Along the Ice Edge
Cruise along the Arctic ice edge through the Greenland Sea, as lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard, and prepare you for the worlds largest island: Greenland. Spend time on board with new friends and the Expedition Team, ever on the lookout for wildlife. Meals: B L D
Days 9-11: Greenland | Franz Josef Fjord & Scoresby Sound
For the next three days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sound. Embark on twice-daily Zodiac excursions to cruise the intricate fjord network and search for musk ox and reindeer, which are common here. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit in Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland. Next, explore the islands and icebergs of Scoresby Sound, the worlds largest and longest Fjord system. Meals: B L D
Day 12: Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the relatively narrow strip of water that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between fascinating lectures presented by your Expedition Team. This evening, gather for a gala dinner hosted by the captain. Meals: B L D
Day 13: Husavik | Whale-Watching Haven
Arrive early in Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. Choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik. Or, set off for Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods) and Lake Myvatn, a thermally active region that provides a rich habitat for a variety of wildlife. Visit the excellent Husavik Whale Museum, one of the worlds foremost centers focused on whales and their habitat. Meals: B L D
Day 14: Grundarfjordur | Journey to the Center of the Earth
Take in the glacier-carved terrain of Icelands West Fjords, highlighted by the sparkling waterfalls and icebergs of Drangajokull Glacier. Visit Grundarfjordur, one of the first villages in Iceland. Then, choose from three excursions. You may visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its fishing villages, stunning Snaefellsnes Glacier and views of the majestic, extinct Snaefellsjokull volcano the site that inspired Jules Vernes fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth. You may also embark on a boat tour among the numerous islands of Breidafjorur, an archipelago teeming with exotic birds, followed by a catch of a fresh shellfish brought on board to enjoy straight from the sea. Or, you may hike well-known sites from the Icelandic Sagas, including the beautiful Berserkjahraun lava field; the 240-foot Mount Helgafell (The Holy Mountain), with spectacular views over the Breidafjorur islands (weather permitting); and the old town of Stykkisholmur and Bjarnarhofn (Bear Harbor), where you explore a shark museum and wooden Dutch church. Meals: B L D
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. Meals: B
Please Note:
Due to the nature of expedition cruising, final itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, sea and other conditions and is at the discretion of the ships captain and Expedition Leader. This journey contains some active elements.

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

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Please Note: *
Due to the nature of expedition cruising, final itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, sea and other conditions and is at the discretion of the ships captain and Expedition Leader. This journey contains some active elements.
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. Meals: B
Day 14: Grundarfjordur | Journey to the Center of the Earth *
Take in the glacier-carved terrain of Icelands West Fjords, highlighted by the sparkling waterfalls and icebergs of Drangajokull Glacier. Visit Grundarfjordur, one of the first villages in Iceland. Then, choose from three excursions. You may visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its fishing villages, stunning Snaefellsnes Glacier and views of the majestic, extinct Snaefellsjokull volcano the site that inspired Jules Vernes fictional Journey to the Center of the Earth. You may also embark on a boat tour among the numerous islands of Breidafjorur, an archipelago teeming with exotic birds, followed by a catch of a fresh shellfish brought on board to enjoy straight from the sea. Or, you may hike well-known sites from the Icelandic Sagas, including the beautiful Berserkjahraun lava field; the 240-foot Mount Helgafell (The Holy Mountain), with spectacular views over the Breidafjorur islands (weather permitting); and the old town of Stykkisholmur and Bjarnarhofn (Bear Harbor), where you explore a shark museum and wooden Dutch church. Meals: B L D
Day 13: Husavik | Whale-Watching Haven *
Arrive early in Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. Choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik. Or, set off for Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods) and Lake Myvatn, a thermally active region that provides a rich habitat for a variety of wildlife. Visit the excellent Husavik Whale Museum, one of the worlds foremost centers focused on whales and their habitat. Meals: B L D
Day 12: Cruising the Denmark Strait | Confluence of Waters *
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the relatively narrow strip of water that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between fascinating lectures presented by your Expedition Team. This evening, gather for a gala dinner hosted by the captain. Meals: B L D
Days 9-11: Greenland | Franz Josef Fjord & Scoresby Sound *
For the next three days, explore the rarely visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sound. Embark on twice-daily Zodiac excursions to cruise the intricate fjord network and search for musk ox and reindeer, which are common here. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit in Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement founded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages in Greenland. Next, explore the islands and icebergs of Scoresby Sound, the worlds largest and longest Fjord system. Meals: B L D
Days 7-8: Cruising the Greenland Sea | Along the Ice Edge *
Cruise along the Arctic ice edge through the Greenland Sea, as lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard, and prepare you for the worlds largest island: Greenland. Spend time on board with new friends and the Expedition Team, ever on the lookout for wildlife. Meals: B L D
Days 3-6: Svalbard Islands | Spectacular Archipelago *
Very few people have the opportunity to view the remote wilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago, polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incredibly rich variety of birds are as abundant as are cathedrals of ice, glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An amazing amount of diminutive flora surrounds this barren landscape, which comes alive with color under the August midnight sun. Your captain and Expedition Team determine the days best sightseeing opportunities, which may include these extraordinary regions: 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 slow-moving glaciers travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequented by walruses. Ny Alesund: History here stretches back to the early Arctic explorers. Today, a polar research station occupies the site where a Norwegian coal mine once operated, and 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. Alkjefellet (Auk Mountains): Set off on Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) to explore the 325-foot sheer cliffs that are home to 60,000 guillemots and kittiwakes. These nests attract poaching polar bears and Arctic foxes, who come for the feast of eggs and birds, and provide opportunities for us to view them safely from your Zodiacs. 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. Meals: B L D
Day 2: Longyearbyen | Long Year Town *
Board a 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 group of islands on the planet, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in glaciers. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic Museum. Following lunch, board your expedition cruiser. Meals: B L D
Day 1: Arrive Oslo, Norway *
Arrive in Oslo, Norways modern capital city coexisting in close harmony with nature. Transfer to your hotel and then meet your local guide for an afternoon walking tour. Tonight, gather for a private welcome reception at the Fram Museum, which houses the worlds most famous polar expedition ship.
* = Indicative
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Le Boreal, the ship servicing Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

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

Boreal

Cabin layout for Le Boreal
Travel in the company of experienced Expedition Team, which includes experts on polar bear behavior as well as Bear Guardians

Contrast the Arctic's most remote and culturally significant regions, exploring the incredible wilds of Svalbard and East Greenland with the timeless fishing hamlets of Iceland

Experience cruising along the Arctic ice cap in late summer

Explore the rarely visited Kejser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sound on Greenland's east coast

Join in a private behind-the-scenes tour and reception at the world renowned Husavik Whale Museum in Iceland

Discover Iceland's geologically rich Snaefellsjokull volcano, famously known as the setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth
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