Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2021)

Explore the Arctic on an all-encompassing expedition in search of the mighty polar bear.

Journey Overview

Explore the Arctic on an all-encompassing expedition in search of the mighty polar bear. Travel alongside A&K’s unmatched Expedition Team and a famed climatic scientist to learn about the shifting climate impacts on this delicate region. Discover rarely traversed volcanic island Jan Mayen and the starkly beautiful lava fields and ice caves of Iceland’s Westfjords. Experience this thrilling destination through daily guided shore landings, as well as active excursions.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 13 nights through the Arctic’s wildest regions on a voyage exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Enjoy active exploration of the Arctic’s varied landscapes, from sea kayaking through ice floes to epic volcanic hikes, all under the guide of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • 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-the-scenes tour at the renowned Husavik Whale Museum
  • Learn about the science behind the changing polar climate with famed climate scientist, ecologist and guest lecturer Dr. James McClintock, who has authored multiple research articles and books on the topic of climate change

Featured Experts
Dr. James McClintock, Climate Scientist
A noted climate change expert whose research has covered the polar regions, James has authored 235 research publications, four books on climate science, and has led numerous polar expeditions.

Brent Houston, Naturalist, Polar Bear Expert
Travelling yearly to Antarctica and the Arctic, Brent has served as an Expedition Leader, ornithology lecturer, and naturalist guide. Brent currently serves as a polar bear expert and wildlife scout.

Click Here to read Brian Johnston's account of  searching for a polar bear.


Journey Itinerary

Aug 5: Arrive Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, your gateway to the Arctic. On arrival, you are met and escorted to your hotel. This evening, meet fellow guests for a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen, Oslo | Meals: D

Aug 6: 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.’
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 7-11: 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 peppers this barren landscape.

The primary objective of your voyage is to spot polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat. Cruising on A&K’s exclusive charter limited to just 199 guests grants you unrestricted access to every navigable area within the Svalbard archipelago — something ships with larger capacities cannot provide — allowing the ship to visit any locale favoured 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.

Alkefjellet, or “auk cliffs”: Staggering cliffs that drop directly into the water and provide a home to vast colonies of auks, diving birds entirely dependent on the sea for their food.

Monacobreen: Formerly known as Monaco Bay, this glacier reaches down into Spitsbergen and is frequented by polar bears, harbor and bearded seals, walruses and a multitude of seabirds.

The Austfonna Icecap: One of the world’s largest icecaps spanning over 5,000 square miles.

Liefdefjorden (The Love Fjord): Named after a Dutch ship with the same name, this fjord is another excellent area for spotting polar bears and wildlife.

Sjuoyane (“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 you’re most likely to see polar bears and wildlife — which you 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: BLD

Aug 12: At Sea | Cruising the Greenland Sea

Cruise south through the Greenland Sea as lecturers offer presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Svalbard and prepare you for visits to Jan Mayen and Greenland.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 13: Jan Mayen | Glacier-Covered Volcano

At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas, arrive at Jan Mayen, a fascinating and rugged island dominated by the 7,500-foot Beerenberg Volcano, which today stands as the world’s northernmost active volcano. With special permission and conditions permitting, land on this rarely visited island to see its meteorological station, Olonkinbyen, and discover its phenomenal bird colonies. Designated by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA), Jan Mayen supports large breeding colonies of northern fulmars, little auks, thick-billed murres and black guillemots.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 14-15: Greenland | 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, both 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 including the musk ox and Arctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 16: 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. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between the insightful lectures they present.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 17: Iceland | Whale Watching haven

Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik Whale Museum, supported by A&K Philanthropy. The museum is one of the world’s foremost centres for research of whales and their habitat. Afterward, choose to embark on a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time in Husavik, or else 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: BLD

Aug 18: Iceland’s Westfjords | Lava & Ice-Carved Lands

The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and much less visited than other parts of the country. Settlements are small and interspersed among spectacular lava-formed mountains and coves. You might make a visit to Dynjandi Falls, the grandest waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is a spectacular sight, with water cascading down tiered ridges flanked by a green and brown façade. Enjoy leisurely walks up to a viewing platform or opt for something more vigorous, like a hike all the way to the top of the falls. Another possible place you may visit is Red Sand Beach, one of the most beguiling shorelines in Iceland. Wander the reddish-hued sands as they subtly change colour with the sunlight, shifting through a palette of reds, golds and greys.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Aug 19: 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

Journey Details

Internal Air Included: Economy class Oslo/Longyearbyen

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 4–9 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome reception 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Day 15.

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2021)

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 5, 2021 - Aug 19, 2021 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Classic Balcony Stateroom-Category 1 Price AU$24,990pp was AU$28,665 Single Supplement AU$20,950 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom-Category 2 Price AU$28,665pp was AU$32,340 Single Supplement AU$23,715 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Balcony Stateroom-Category 3 Price AU$30,870pp was AU$34,545 Single Supplement AU$25,360 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Superior Balcony Stateroom-Category 4 Price AU$32,340pp was AU$36,015 Single Supplement AU$29,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Balcony Suite-Category 5 Price AU$44,105pp was AU$47,780 Single Supplement AU$41,170 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$52,930pp was AU$56,605 Single Supplement AU$49,550 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 7 Price AU$57,340pp was AU$61,015 Single Supplement AU$53,785 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Owner's Balcony Suite-Category 8 Price AU$64,695pp was AU$68,370 Single Supplement AU$60,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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