Luxury Greenland to Spitsbergen via Jan Mayen 13 DaysAboard: Le Boreal
Step aboard your beautiful expedition ship and set sail for an Arctic trip to remember. Encompassing Greenland’s fascinating east coast, the remote and wild island of Jan Mayen, and the picturesque Isfjorden on Spitsbergen in Svalbard, a new adventure lies around every corner. Sailing from Reykjavik accompanied by a team of experienced destination experts and guides, you will follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers as you witness the snow-topped peaks and majestic fjords of the incomparable Scoresby Sund region. Visit local communities, spectacular fjords and glaciers, and enjoy Zodiac cruising and shore visits in search of a multitude of wildlife including Polar bears, musk oxen, various species of whale and an abundance of seabirds.
- Discover Greenland and Svalbard & Jan Mayen on one fantastic Arctic trip
- Visit the rarely-explored volcanic island of Jan Mayen, a birdwatcher’s paradise
- Explore around the beautiful Scoresby Sund, the longest fjord in the world!
- Incredible scenery at every turn – from majestic fjords, flowering tundra and snow-capped mountains to ice floes, glaciers, icecaps, and icebergs
- Visit remote Inuit communities to share in their traditions and learn all about life this far north
- Search for sightings of iconic Arctic wildlife including Polar bears, orcas, narwhals, musk oxen, walruses and reindeer
- Enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises, shore visits and hiking opportunities
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flight from Longyearbyen to Paris post-voyage
- Transfer from ship to airport post-voyage
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Reykjavik - Embark
Your thrilling Arctic trip begins in Reykjavik, the vibrant Icelandic capital, where after arriving independently you will make your way to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. After settling into your supremely comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with the fantastic facilities on board, you might wish to make your way to the deck to watch as we leave Iceland behind and set sail into the Denmark Strait towards Greenland.
We recommend arriving in Reykjavik a few days ahead of departure to allow you time to soak up the sights of this very special city and its beautiful surroundings. Please let us know if you would like any advice on places to visit and stay.
Today will be spent at sea sailing towards Greenland. This will be the perfect time to relax and enjoy the luxurious facilities on board including the spa, wellness centre, fitness centre, swimming pool and panoramic lounge. You might also choose to spend some time on deck looking for seabirds and whales following the ship and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.
Ammassalik & Storo Island
As we arrive along Greenland's untouched and only recently explored eastern coast, we will make our way to the Ammassalik region where alpine mountains, snow-capped fjords and drifting icebergs of all shapes and sizes make for an incredible backdrop. Here we will hope to enjoy an exploration around the small island of Ammassalik itself to visit the local community of Tasiilaq.
On the nearby island of Storo, staying within the Ammassalik region, we will hope to land to learn all about how the famous French explorer Paul-Emile Victor in 1932 spent a year here hosted by an Inuit family. While we’re here we will also be on the lookout for the whales that frequent the waters at the entrance of a small fjord facing the Denmark Strait, including narwhals and belugas.
East Kangerlussuaq & Nansen Fjords
Our next adventures will take us to the area between the magnificent Sermilik fjord and the vast expanses of Liverpool Land, where we will find the impressive Kangerlussuaq Fjord, one of the largest on the south-east coast of Greenland. The fjord is fed by the gigantic Kangerlussuaq glacier, the largest on the east coast of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and we will enjoy a thrilling sail or Zodiac cruise through the landscapes of icy seas surrounded by imposing jagged peaks.
Your next area for discovery in Greenland will be the scenic Ittoqqortoormiit area, one of the most remote inhabited places in the world. Incomparably located between the world’s largest national park and the world’s longest fjord system, Ittoqqortoormiit really is unlike any other place on earth. During our exploration here we will hope to come ashore to visit the Inuit community and learn all about their traditions and way of life this far north where the land is covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year and hunting remains the main source of food.
Your final adventure in Greenland is certain to be one to remember as your ship makes its way to the largest and deepest fjord system in the world for 2 days of unforgettable exploration. Scoresby Sund is wild and deserted, with high snow-capped peaks rising tall alongside icebergs immersed in clear, blue-tinged waters creating incredibly impressive scenery at every turn. During your time here you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac boat excursions, shore visits and nature walks designed to truly immerse you in this unique place. Whilst you’re here, a visit to Rode Fjord and its iconic iron-red cliffs is likely to be a highlight.
Jan Mayen Island
Leaving Greenland behind we now make our way to Jan Mayen Island, just off Greenland’s coastline between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. Inhabited only by a few Norwegian meteorologists, this volcanic island not only offers beautiful scenery and perfect photo opportunities but is also a great place to spot fin whales and countless seabirds.
As we make our way towards Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, you may wish to spend some time on deck looking for seabirds and whales following the ship. Your informative lecture and presentation programme will also continue, focusing now on the sights you are likely to see in Svalbard, your final destination.
As we arrive in beautiful Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, we will spend the day exploring around the vast Isfjorden, one of Svalbard’s major fjords. While we’re here we will hope to visit the spectacular 5km wide Nordenskiöld Glacier as well as the famous “ghost town” of Pyramiden which is a former Soviet Union mining town which was abandoned in 1998 and offers a great insight into the coal mining industry that was once so prominent in Svalbard. There will also be good chances for marine wildlife sightings today along with possible sightings of Svalbard reindeer.
Longyearbyen to Paris
As you arrive into beautiful Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, after breakfast it will be time to disembark and join your included flight to Paris where your itinerary sadly comes to an end. Numerous further Arctic adventures are available in Longyearbyen so please enquire should you wish to extend your experience and spend a few more days in this unique Arctic town.
A view from Above
Le Boreal is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambiance with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites are and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, Ipod docks, wifi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii ans slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hamman and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.
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