Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

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Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Arctic

Best time to go: July

14 Nights | from £10,970pp

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Arctic Cruise Adventure with Abercrombie & Kent

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 13 nights aboard the luxury all-balcony expedition ship 'Le Boreal' exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Sail the Arctic ice cap in late summer, accessing the most remote regions in search of Arctic wildlife, accompanied by A&K's expert Expedition Team
  • Contrast the rugged wilderness of Svalbard and East Greenland with the culture of Iceland's fishing hamlets
  • Explore rarely visited Kejser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sound on the coast of East Greenland
  • Experience a private reception and behind-the scenes tour at Iceland's world renowned Husavik Whale Museum
  • Visit Iceland's stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the setting for Jules Verne's
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth'″Enjoy the convenience of an A&K charter flight to begin your journey in Longyearbyen

Dates: 2nd - 16th August 2016

2nd August 2016: Arrive Oslo, Norway
Arrive in Oslo, capital of Norway, a mixture of the ancient and the modern, coexisting in close harmony with nature. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you'll meet your local guide who will take you on a walking tour in the afternoon. Join fellow travellers this evening for a welcome reception at the world famous Fram Museum located on the Bygdøynes Peninsula.
Hotel Bristol, Oslo

3rd August 2016: Longyearbyen
Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard on the main island of Spitsbergen, the sovereign Arctic archipelago of Norway. One of the most remote archipelagos on the globe, nearly two-thirds of its surface is covered in spectacular glaciers. After lunch at a nearby restaurant and a brief orientation tour, you'll be driven to the docks where you'll board MV 'Le Boreal' to embark on your Arctic adventure.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

4th - 7th August 2016: Svalbard Islands
'Le Boreal' serves as your maritime passport to adventure in these remote Arctic Islands that very few people in the world will ever have the opportunity to view. The captain and expedition team are on the lookout for the day's best expeditionary options. Visits may include Magdalenefjoren, a stunning fjord with rugged rock walls. Other options may include Monaco Bay and Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay) located in far Northern Svalbard and noted as an excellent area for viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Throughout the days of cruising and numerous landings in Spitsbergen, the primary objective is to view the polar bears that reside in this remote Arctic wilderness. Each landing is under the close supervision of our Bear Guardians, and our time at sea will be primarily in search of ice, which is where we have the optimal chance to find the bears in their natural habitat.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

8th - 9th August 2016: Cruising The Greenland Sea
Cruise along the Arctic ice edge to Greenland. Sailing south and west, the lecturers recap their presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard and prepare you for the world's largest island, Greenland. Spend time enjoying the facilities on board with new-found friends and the expedition staff, who are always on the lookout for wildlife.
Le Boreal| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10th - 12th August 2016: Greenland
The next three days will be spent exploring the seldom visited east coast of Greenland, Kejser Franz Josef Fjords and Scoresby Sound, exploring the intricate fjord network, always on the lookout for birdlife and wildlife. Conditions permitting, there will be twice-daily Zodiac excursions including the chance to disembark in Greenland's remote village of Ittoqqortoormiit where the sea is frozen for around nine months of the year.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

13th August 2016: Cruising The Denmark Strait
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, with time for lectures and recaps about your adventures in Greenland. As 'Le Boreal' heads northward towards Iceland, make sure you are on deck to view seabirds and whales that are frequent in these nutrient rich waters of the Denmark Strait. In the evening there is a gala dinner hosted by the captain.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

14th August 2016: Husavik
Arrive early to Husavik, the first permanent village settled in Iceland. The day begins with a visit to the Husavik Whale Museum, one of the world's foremost centres focused on the research of whales and their habitat. Spend more time in Husavik or join a tour of Godafoss and Lake Myvatn, a thermally active region providing a rich habitat for a vast variety of bird and wildlife species.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

15th August 2016: Grundarfjördur
The glacier-carved terrain of the west fjords of Iceland provides a rugged and scenic landscape highlighted by Drangajokull Glacier with its sparkling waterfalls and icebergs and is home to the small village of Grundarfjördur. Choose one of three excursions: Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its fishing villages and magnificent Snaefellsnes Glacier and views of the majestic, extinct Snaefellsjokull volcano;embark on a boat tour for a fresh sushi adventure around an archipelago teeming with exotic birds;or hike the region's scenic lava trails, steeped in Viking folklore and Icelandic sagas.
Le Boreal | MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

16th August 2016: Depart Reykjavik
This morning, disembark 'Le Boreal' in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
MEALS: Breakfast

Important Note:
Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is for guidance purposes and is subject to change due to variables outside of A&K's control such as ice, weather and wildlife conditions and is at the discretion of the Expedition Leader and Ships Captain. Flight schedules and rates are also subject to change. Contrary to normal booking conditions, please note final full payment is due 130 days prior to departure and strict cancellation fees apply and are noted in your booking conditions.
 

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Useful info

Best time to be there

September to May to see the Northern lights

Fly to

Nuuk (the capital), Constable Point or Ilulissat - via Reykjavik, Iceland

flying time

6-8 hours

time difference

GMT -1 hour




Best time to be there

June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Fly to

Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik

flying time

3 hours non-stop

time difference

GMT

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders


Best time to be there

September to May to see the Northern lights

Fly to:

Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Stavanger Tromso, Longyearbyen

Flying time

4-6 hours

time difference

GMT +1 hour

 


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