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Searching For Polar Bears In The Arctic On An Expedition Cruise


Svalbard Islands - © Abercrombie & Kent

July 31, 2020 to August 15, 2020 - An Incredible Expedition Cruise In Search of The Polar Bear


Join Abercrombie & Kent on an amazing expedition cruise in the Arctic. From Oslo, you'll fly to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago. Over the next 14 days, you'll see the beautiful wintery landscapes of the Svalbard islands and Greenland, be dazzled by Iceland's extraordinary landscapes, and you'll witness incredible wildlife throughout your journey. Experiencing nature at its best, all while adventuring to some of the most remote places on the planet makes this the perfect way to cool off this summer.


With A&K's unparalleled hospitality, and award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated photo coach, historian, geologist, ornithologist, botanist and a marine biologist, as well as a team of field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides guidance, you'll enjoy the Arctic in a most incredible way.

Le Boreal in the Svalbard Islands, Norway © Compagnie du Ponant

Advantages of Expedition Cruising with A&K


Limited to just 199 guests, cruising on A&K’s charter is an exclusive opportunity that affords unrestricted access to every navigable area within the Svalbard archipelago. This unique access also allows for visiting locations where the polar bears are known to favor for hunting. Ships with more guests are not permitted to enter into many of these areas and that leaves more for you to experience.


In every region, you'll enjoy endless moments of adventure and discovery alongside A&K’s seasoned Expedition Team. Experts at knowing the where and the when, these professionals are well versed in finding the best opportunities to see polar bears and wildlife. It is what they do best. Observing from the safety and comfort of the ship ‘Le Boreal,’ these same experts will also scout every landing site in advance your arrival to assure not only your safety, but to also maximize your experiences once ashore.


You will experience the amazing Arctic wildlife and their natural habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard. You will then cruise the remote east coast of Greenland, where if conditions allow, a visit to the Kaiser Franz Josef Fjords, Scoresby Sound and the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit are planned.


Discover the North of Iceland and go the whale-watching in the village of Husavik, where you'll experience a private, behind-the scenes tour at the renowned Husavik Whale Museum before exploring the Westfjords of Iceland. Before ending your journey in Reykjavík you will have the opportunity to visit the village of Grundarfjörður and the incredibly beautiful and rugged Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


Included With Your Cruise is Unmatched Hospitality


  • All-balcony accommodations on voyages exclusively chartered by A&K.

  • Butler service in all staterooms and suites.

  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries.

  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed.

  • Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team : historian, geologist, ornithologist, botanist and marine biologist, as well as a team of field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides.

  • Benefit from expert photography programming, including lectures and workshops with a dedicated A&K photo coach.

  • Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles

  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes

  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician

  • Valet laundry service

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

Itinerary At A Glance


07/31 — Arrive Oslo, Norway

08/01 — Oslo to Longyearbyen, begin expedition cruise

08/02 — Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

08/03 — Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

08/04— Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

08/05 — Norway | The Svalbard Archipelago

08/06 — Cruising the Arctic

08/07 — Cruising the Arctic

08/08 — Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

08/09 — Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

08/10 — Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

08/11 — Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait

08/12 — Iceland | Husavik & Grundarfjordur

08/13 — Iceland’s West Fjords | Ice-Carved Lands & Viking Lore

08/14 — Depart Reykjavík

Travels, Day By Day


July 31 - Arrive to Oslo, Norway


Arrive to Norway's capital city of Oslo. Upon arrival to the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by an A&K representative. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail party and meet fellow guests before getting a good night's sleep.


Hotel Radisson Blu Gardermoen


August 1 - Oslo to Longyearbyen

Leaving Oslo in the early morning, you'll board a charter flight early morning to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Islands. Also known as Spitsbergen, the Svalbard archipelago is one of the most remote in the world. You will be able to tour the small town and also visit the Arctic Museum here. In the afternoon, you will board the 'Le Boreal' for your expedition cruise of the Arctic.



August 2–5 - The Svalbard Archipelago

Few people have the opportunity to visit the remote Svalbard archipelago. This is an incredible natural environment with a wealth of Arctic wildlife like walruses, Svalbard reindeer, a variety of bird species and of course, the polar bears. You'll see stunning landscapes with mountains, glaciers and ice, and with a surprisingly beautiful array of plant life for such a barren landscape. The primary objective of this expedition cruise is searching for polar bears as they are in their natural habitat. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime.


Bjorndalen, Svalbard Islands - Image © Lillitve, Getty Images

The beauty of an expedition cruise allows for taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. The Captain and Expedition Leader will work to determine those opportunities, day to day, and this flexibility allows you to see more.


Potential visits could include;


Ny Alesund, where there is a polar research station and also the northernmost post office in the world. Sending a postcard home from here is a great way to let everyone know what a great time you are having!

Alkefjellet

A visit to spectacular Alkefjellet which mean "auk cliffs" will amaze you. The cliffs drop directly onto the water and are home to large colonies of auks. Auks are diving birds that are dependent on the ocean for their food and they can put on quite a show when doing so.


Monaco Bay and Glacier are frequented by polar bears, walruses, both harbor and bearded seals, and also a menagerie of seabirds. Here you'll find many amazing opportunities for taking photographs and witnessing Mother Nature.

Magdalenefjord / Magdalena Bay - © Abercrombie & Kent

The Austfonna ice cliffs are one of the world’s largest ice caps. They span over 5,000 square miles and are a stunning sight to see.


Liefdefjorden (Loves Bay) in far northern Svalbard is yet another excellent place for spotting polar bears and other wonderful wildlife. Sjuøyane (“Seven Islands”), are in the most northerly region of the Svalbard archipelago and this would make for more incredible landscapes and wildlife sightings.


Bearded Seal in Liefdefjorden - AG-ChapelHill, Getty Images

August 6–7 At Sea


Cruising the Arctic Ocean toward Greenland, you'll spend time at sea with new friends and your Expedition Team. There will be more engaging discussions and lectures. This is a great time to relax and enjoy the incredible culinary experiences and the refinement of the Le Boreal.



August 8-10 - Greenland | Scoresby Sound & Remote Ittoqqortoormiit Village

Crossing the Greenland Sea and cruising along the Arctic ice edge, the Expedition Team will help to prepare you for your visit to the largest island in the world, Greenland.


For the next three days in Greenland, you will have the rare opportunity to visit the east coast and Scoresby Sound which is the longest and largest system of fjords on the planet.


You will adventure out on Zodiac boats coasting through the intricate network of the fjords. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife of this little visited area. You'll see icebergs and islands while seeking such animals as the musk ox and Arctic fox.


Depending on the ice conditions, a possible visit to the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit will certainly be a highlight of your voyage. Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated villages in all of Greenland and where local hunters have made a living from hunting for generations. With a population of less than 500 people, hunting is still a significant cultural-economical factor in this area.



AUG 11 - Iceland | Cruising the Denmark Strait

The Denmark Strait is the narrow strip of water separating Greenland from Iceland. You'll enjoy relaxing at sea while cruising toward Iceland.

You'll have more exciting conversations and partake in insightful lectures with your Expedition Team and enrichment specialists and learn more about what is to come. Watching for seabirds and whales from the deck in between is a great way to pass the time between onboard activities. August 12 - Iceland | Husavik & Grundarfjordur

Husavik - © Blue Jay Photo | Getty Images Pro

Arrive in picturesque Husavik and visit the Husavik Whale Museum which is supported by A&K Philanthropy. The museum is one of the world’s foremost centers for the research of whales and their habitat. Afterward, you can opt to embark the Le Boreal for a scenic whale-watching tour followed by free time to enjoy the sights in Husavik or set you could set off for Godafoss Falls and the geothermal Lake Myvatn. End the day with your Expedition Team and fellow guests for a special farewell reception and dinner.


Godafoss - © M Liberra | Getty Images

August 13 - Iceland’s Westfjords


Experience Viking lore and explore the glacier-carved terrain of Iceland’s Westfjords and its Drangajokull Glacier. Visit one of the first villages in Iceland at Grundarfjordur. Then, choose from excursions that include exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its stunning landscape and iconic peak. You'll experience a a boat tour and fresh sushi while you adventure around an archipelago teeming with exotic birds like puffins. You'll also have the opportunity to hike over lava trails and take it all in.



Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula - © tawatchaiprakobkit |Getty Images

August 14 — Disembark Reykjavik

The Le Boreal will arrive to Iceland's capital city in the morning for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or extend your visit for a few more days in wonderful Iceland.

15 days from Was From $15,995 per person

Limited to just 199 guests

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy.

Offer available until March 31, 2020

Please contact Soul Free Travels for availability and an accurate quote based on your needs and preferences.


For complete terms and details see A&K's website.


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