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Luxury Expedition Cruises

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear 2020


15 days from $15,995 was $17,495

Limited to 199 guests

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Book early and save $1,500 per person on all staterooms and suites.

Voyage on all-balcony ‘Le Boreal’ to pristine Arctic islands, visiting Norway’s polar bear haven of Svalbard, an Inuit village on Greenland’s Scoresby Sound and Iceland’s verdant West Fjords.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for 13 nights through the Arctic’s wildest regions on luxurious ‘Le Boreal,’ enjoying all-balcony accommodations only on voyages exclusively chartered by A&K

Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated photo coach, historian, geologist, ornithologist, botanist and marine biologist, as well as a team of field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides

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

Benefit from expert photography programming, including lectures and workshops with a dedicated A&K photo coach

Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, where A&K enjoys unrestricted access to landing sites with our guest limited capacity limited to just 199

Cruise to the remote east coast of Greenland, where you may visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjords, Scoresby Sound and the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit

Discover North Iceland and the whale-watching village of Husavik, where you experience a private, behind-thescenes tour at the renowned Husavik Whale Museum

Explore Iceland’s West Fjords, visiting the village

Itinerary at a Glance

JUL 31
Arrive Oslo, Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen
AUG 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen
AUG 2–5
Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago
AUG 6–7
At Sea | Cruising the Arctic Ocean
AUG 8-10
Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village
AUG 11
Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait
AUG 12
Iceland | Husavik & Grundarfjordur
AUG 13
Iceland’s West Fjords | Ice-Carved Lands & Viking Lore
AUG 14
Depart Reykjavik

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JUL 31
Arrive Oslo, Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen

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.

Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen, Oslo
'Le Boreal'
AUG 1
Norway | Oslo to Longyearbyen

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 cruiser.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 2–5
Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

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 seabirds; 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 Svalbard archipelago. 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.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 6–7
At Sea | Cruising the Arctic Ocean

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.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 8-10
Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

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 reindeer. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 11
Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait

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.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 12
Iceland | Husavik & Grundarfjordur

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.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 13
Iceland’s West Fjords | Ice-Carved Lands & Viking Lore

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.

'Le Boreal'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
AUG 14
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: Breakfast

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Reykjavik Post-Tour Extension

Post-Tour Extension: Reykjavik

4 days from $4,795

Single Supplement from $1,395

Visit the world’s most northerly capital and enjoy a choice of adventures, including Thingvellir National Park, Skogafoss falls and the Blue Lagoon.

Aug 14

Disembark ‘Le Boreal’ in Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital, and tour the city’s landmarks, including the Perlan Museum.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Lunch
Aug 15

Choose from two excursions: Drive along Iceland’s rugged South Shore, visiting the volcano exhibition, Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the Skogar Folk Museum; or spend the day in the Thorsmork glacial valley including driving in a 4x4 vehicle.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Aug 16

More adventures await today when you choose to explore Iceland’s Golden Circle, including Thingvellir National Park, a thermal greenhouse farm, and the Gullfoss waterfall. Alternatively, you may opt to instead visit the iconic Blue Lagoon. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a farewell cocktail reception.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Aug 17

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jul 31 - Aug 14
    Special Offer
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 1 - Classic Stateroom
    Price
    $15,995 was $17,495
    Single Supplement
    $13,125
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 2 - Deluxe Stateroom
    Price
    $18,495 was $19,995
    Single Supplement
    $14,995
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 3 - Premier Stateroom
    Price
    $19,495 was $20,995
    Single Supplement
    $15,745
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 4 - Superior Stateroom
    Price
    $20,495 was $21,995
    Single Supplement
    $16,495
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 5 - Prestige Suite
    Price
    $28,495 was $29,995
    Single Supplement
    $26,995
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 6 - Premier Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $33,995 was $35,495
    Single Supplement
    $32,295
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 7 - Prestige Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $36,995 was $38,495
    Single Supplement
    $35,145
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 8 - Owner's Suite
    Price
    $41,995 was $43,495
    Single Supplement
    $39,895
    Internal air from
    $495
    Availability
    Waitlist - Call A&K

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $495
Oslo/Reykjavik

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain. 

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 5–8 include suite accommodations at the hotel and butler service on board the ship.

First group event: welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. on Jul 31.

Last group event: disembarkation in Reykjavik at 9:00 a.m. on Aug 14.


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