Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2023)

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 Scoresby Sound and the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Discover North Iceland and the whale-watching town 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

Featured Experts

Dr. Nikita Ovsynaykov, Polar Bear Expert
A recognized authority on polar bears, Nikita is a zoologist focused on animal behavior, population ecology and conservation. His film Polar Bears: Life on the Field of Bones documents a season on Herald Island.

Dr. James McClintock, Climate Scientist
James is a noted climate change expert who has joined numerous A&K expeditions to the White Continent. On this voyage, he outlines the effects of climate change on Antarctica and offers a hopeful plan for future action.

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


Journey Itinerary

Jul 17: 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 18: 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 19-23: 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.

One of the objectives of your voyage is to spot polar bears as they roam in their natural habitat. Cruising on A&K’s exclusive charter, rely on
our experts and their intimate knowledge of the Arctic to lead you to locales that provide the highest probability for viewing these elusive animals. 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 24: 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 25: 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 26-27: 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 28: 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.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 29: 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 farewell reception and dinner.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 30: 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 a leisurely walk along the shore or take a more vigorous trek to the viewing platform both offering scenic views of the falls.

'Le Boreal' | Meals: BLD

Jul 31: 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&K’s small-group extension in Reykjavik.

Meals: B

Journey Details

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

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.

Oslo/Longyearbyen Economy Class flights included.

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 17.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Jul 31.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stay at Ideally Located Hotel
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles
  • Zodiac Excursions Led by Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen, Oslo

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2023)

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (2023)

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jul 17, 2023 - Jul 31, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Classic Balcony Stateroom-Category 1 Price AU$26,040pp was AU$29,560 Single Supplement AU$21,655 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom-Category 2 Price AU$29,560pp was AU$33,080 Single Supplement AU$24,290 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Balcony Stateroom-Category 3 Price AU$31,675pp was AU$35,195 Single Supplement AU$25,880 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Superior Balcony Stateroom-Category 4 Price AU$33,085pp was AU$36,605 Single Supplement AU$26,935 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Balcony Suite-Category 5 Price AU$45,055pp was AU$48,575 Single Supplement AU$42,150 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$54,210pp was AU$57,730 Single Supplement AU$50,840 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 7 Price AU$58,435pp was AU$61,955 Single Supplement AU$54,850 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Owner's Balcony Suite-Category 8 Price AU$65,480pp was AU$69,000 Single Supplement AU$61,540 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Related Extensions

Related Extensions

4 days, from AU$5,910pp
Oslo Pre-Tour Extension (2023)

4 days, from AU$5,910pp
4 days, from AU$7,315pp

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