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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017)

Cruise on all-balcony 'Le Boreal' to pristine and rarely seen Arctic islands, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, glacier-covered Jan Mayen and Iceland's verdant West Fjords.

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17th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s modern yet timeless capital, coexistingin close harmony with nature. On arrival, transfer to your hoteland then meet your local guide for an afternoon walking tour.This evening, join fellow guests this evening for a welcomecocktail reception.
18th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Board a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard,also known as Spitsbergen, the sovereign Arctic archipelagoof Norway. It is one of the most remote group of islands on theplanet, with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered in luminousglaciers. Tour the tiny town and its Arctic Museum. Followinglunch, board your expedition cruiser.
19th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Very few people have the opportunity to view the remotewilderness of the Svalbard Islands. In the Svalbard archipelago,polar bears, walruses, Svalbard reindeer and an incrediblyrich variety of birds are abundant, as are cathedrals of ice,glaciers and craggy mountain peaks. An amazing amountof diminutive flora surrounds this barren landscape, whichcomes alive with color under summer’s midnight sun.Your captain and Expedition Team determine the day’sbest sightseeing opportunities, which may include theseextraordinary regions:
20th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Magdalenefjoren: A stunning fjord with rugged rock walls,Magdalenefjoren surmounts blue-hued glaciers crisscrossedby crevasses, with birds perched in the high cliffs. This “glaciercoast” provides magnificent views of the slow-moving icemasses travelling out to sea as well as beaches frequentedby walruses.Ny Alesund: Once a mining town and launching pad forearly Arctic expeditions, Ny Alesund is now home to a polarresearch station where scientists study meteorology, seismology,atmospheric sciences and marine biology. Conditionspermitting, visit the small community, including a museum,art gallery and the northernmost post office in the world.Hinlopen Strait: ‘Le Boreal’ navigates this passageway betweenthe main island of Spitsbergen and the island of Nordaustlandetto deliver you to the Alkefjellet, or “auk cliffs,” towering rockfaces that drop directly into the sea and provide a home tocolonies of auks.Wahlbergoya: Located in the center of the southern entrance toHinlopen Strait, this island, named after Swedish botanist PeterFredrik Wahlberg, is a favorite summer haul-out for walrus.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, anda multitude of seabirds.Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay): In far northern Svalbard, this is anexcellent 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 theyhunt in their true natural habitat — be it on land or among theice floes. Each landing is under the close supervision of yourbear guardians, who have the best knowledge about where tofind the white giants.
21st Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) As ‘Le Boreal’ plies toward remote Jan Mayen, spend the day atsea with new friends and the Expedition Team, who continue anengaging lecture series.
22nd Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas,arrive at Jan Mayen, a fascinating and rugged island dominatedby the 7,500-foot Beerenberg Volcano, which today standsas the world’s northernmost active volcano. With specialpermission and conditions permitting, land on this rarelyvisited island to see its meteorological station Olonkinbyen anddiscover its phenomenal bird colonies. Designated by BirdlifeInternational as an Important Bird Area (IBA), Jan Mayensupports large breeding colonies of northern fulmars, littleauks, thick-billed guillemots and black guillemots.
23rd Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) For the next three days, explore the rarely visited east coast ofGreenland and Scoresby Sound, the largest and longest fjordsystem in the world. Embark on twice-daily Zodiac excursionsthrough the fjord’s glistening and intricate network, taking in itsislands and icebergs, and searching for common residents thatinclude the musk ox and reindeer. Ice conditions permitting,disembark for a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlementfounded in 1925 and one of the most isolated villages inGreenland.
24th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the relatively narrow stripof water that separates Greenland from Iceland, and connectsthe Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds andwhales from the deck in between insightful lectures presented byyour Expedition Team.
25th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) Today, explore the spectacular Hornstrandir Peninsula,an unspoiled wilderness on Iceland’s remote Westfjords.Designated as a nature reserve in 1975 and free of any roads,Hornstrandir still appears as it would have when the Vikingsfirst arrived. Your treks this morning reveal tranquil wildflowermeadows, striking waterfalls and other geological features. Thisafternoon, visit the small village of Hesteyri, where you arewelcomed by the local villagers.
26th Jul 2017
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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017) The glacier-carved Westfjords continue to provide a scenicbackdrop as you journey to the Langjökull Glacier. Disembarkfor a memorable adventure in the tiny port of Akranes, whereyou board special glacier trucks for an exciting trip to theLangjökull. Stop en route at the shimmering Hraunfossarwaterfall before arriving at Langjökull, where you enter alabyrinth of ice tunnels and caves that lead to the heart of theglacier, all revealing breathtaking depths of ice and shadesof blue. Following lunch in Húsafell, return this afternoonto Akranes to board ‘Le Boreal.’

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Cruise on all-balcony 'Le Boreal' to pristine and rarely seen Arctic islands, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, glacier-covered Jan Mayen and Iceland's verdant West Fjords.

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