Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2022)

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 knowledgeable experts intimately familiar with the region, seeking out the sea bear in the Svalbard Islands and discovering 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 wing of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard
  • 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
  • Join photography lectures, hands-on-workshops and tips in the field led by A&K’s dedicated photo coach

Take 10 with an A&K Expert to Hear More About This Voyage

Featured Experts


Juan Jose Apestegui, Assistant Expedition Leader
Born in Costa Rica, JJ’s fascination with nature called him to a career as a naturalist guide and expedition leader. He brings his expertise of natural history as well as polar bears and their native habitat to the Arctic.


Michelle Valberg, Photographer, Nikon Ambassador
An award-winning photographer celebrated for her work in the north, Michelle is a Canadian Nikon Ambassador, Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence and the author of four books.


Journey Itinerary

Jun 30: 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 cocktail reception and dinner.
Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen, Oslo | Meals: D

Jul 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 luxury expedition cruiser.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 2-6: 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 your luxury expedition cruiser. These same experts also scout every landing site in advance of your arrival, assuring your safety and maximizing your experience ashore.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 7: At Sea | Cruising the Greenland Sea

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

Jul 8: Jan Mayen | Glacier-Cloaked Volcano

At the confluence of the Greenland and Norwegian seas, arrive at Jan Mayen, a rugged island dominated by the 7,500- foot Beerenberg Volcano, 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 guillemots and black guillemots.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 9-10: Greenland | Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

While crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising 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 two 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 Arctic fox. Ice conditions permitting, disembark for a visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in Greenland.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 11: At Sea | Cruising the Denmark Strait

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea cruising the 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 insightful lectures presented by your Expedition Team.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 12: 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.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 13: Iceland’s Westfjords | Lava & Ice-Carved Lands

The Westfjords of Iceland are more remote and much less visited than other parts of the country, with small settlements interspersed among spectacular 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. You might also visit 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 grays.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Jul 14: Depart Reykjavik

This morning, disembark your luxury expedition cruiser 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

Oslo/Longyearbyen Economy Class flights included.

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 room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

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

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Jul 14.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 30, 2022 - Jul 14, 2022 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 1 - Classic Balcony Stateroom Price AU$23,635pp was AU$27,015 Single Supplement AU$19,250 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 2 - Deluxe Balcony Stateroom Price AU$27,015pp was AU$30,395 Single Supplement AU$22,290 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 3 - Premier Balcony Stateroom Price AU$29,040pp was AU$32,420 Single Supplement AU$23,820 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 4 - Superior Balcony Stateroom Price AU$30,390pp was AU$33,770 Single Supplement AU$24,830 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 5 - Premier Balcony Suite Price AU$41,200pp was AU$44,580 Single Supplement AU$38,505 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 6 - Prestige Balcony Suite Price AU$49,310pp was AU$52,690 Single Supplement AU$46,210 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 7 - Prestige 2-room balcony suite Price AU$53,365pp was AU$56,745 Single Supplement AU$50,060 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 8 - Owners Balcony suite Price AU$60,120pp was AU$63,500 Single Supplement AU$56,480 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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