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Voyage Under the Midnight Sun

Program Overview

Voyage across the Arctic Circle on this 11-day itinerary featuring a seven-night cruise on the five-star Le Boréal. Visit when the region is bathed in the magical light of the Midnight Sun. Cruise the shores of Spitsbergen—the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago—and enjoy expert-led Zodiac excursions through sandstone mountain ranges, verdant tundra, and awe-inspiring ice formations. See glaciers calve in luminous blues and search for Arctic wildlife, including the “King of the Arctic”—the polar bear—whales, walruses, and Svalbard reindeer. Overnight accommodations included in Copenhagen before/after flights round trip Longyearbyen. Copenhagen Pre-Program and Norway Post-Program Options.

Program Details

June 20 to 30, 2022 (Le Boreal)
From $6,995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Unique 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night Arctic cruise.
  • Cruise the shores of Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago, a dramatic island of sweeping contrasts.
  • Ocean-view accommodations aboard a five-star expedition ship, most with a private balcony—simply the optimal cruising experience.
  • Explore Spitsbergen’s protected fjords, bays, and shores, where glacial sheets meet alpine peaks, red sandstone mountains, and verdant tundra.
  • Cruise to seldom-seen areas in search of the polar bear, “King of the Arctic.”
  • Remarkable wildlife—whales, walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, northern fulmars, and Arctic terns.
  • Zodiac excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists with expertise spanning marine biology, ornithology, glaciology, conservation, history, photography, and lectures aboard ship on natural wonders and wildlife.
  • Opportunities for this exclusively chartered, ice-class ship to adjust course to maximize wildlife sightings.
  • Includes flights round trip Copenhagen/Longyearbyen.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • Copenhagen Pre-Program Option and Norway Post-Program Option.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 3 - Copenhagen / Fly to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago / Embark Le Boréal

Day 4 - Hornsund for Burgerbukta Bay/ Samarin Glacier

Day 5 - Bellsund for Calypsobyen / Camp Millar

Day 6 - Cruising the Arctic Ice Pack

Day 7 - Måkeøyane, Woodfjorden / Monaco Glacier

Day 8 - Raudfjorden for Smeerenburg

Day 9 - Ny-Ålesund / Kongsfjorden for King’s Glacier

Day 10 - Longyearbyen / Disembark ship / Fly to Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 11 - Copenhagen/Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Please note that the itinerary, cruising pattern, excursions and positionings are dependent on weather, ice, and sea conditions and are subject to change.

Le Boréal

Five-Star, Small Ship

Join us aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Boréal, where distinctive French sophistication meets innovative nautical design. The ship’s efficient electrical propulsion system and custom stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet, and comfortable voyage. Each of the 110 ocean-view staterooms and suites range from 200 to 484 square feet, and most have a private balcony.

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SKT Petri is located in the very heart of Copenhagen’s lively Latin Quarter close to restaurants and the shopping street. It is only 20 minutes away from the airport by metro. With 288 luxury rooms, some of which have a balcony or terrace, Skt. Petri truly puts the city towers at your feet. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, to cool down and stay connected. The unique hotel creates the perfect frame for a contemporary lifestyle, accompanied by the hotel’s excellent service and gastronomy. Skt. Petri is a truly inspirational hotel–the Danish mindset at the service of discerning global travellers.

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport is located at Terminal 3 of the Copenhagen Airport.

Copenhagen Pre-Program Option

Enjoy a cruise of Copenhagen’s idyllic canals, where you will see landmarks including the historical Naval Church, the Old Stock Exchange, and view The Sixtus Battery and the Three Crowns Sea Fortress—two of the oldest structures of the Holmen naval complex and part of the original fortifications of Copenhagen dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Call at Christiansborg to see the palace gardens and courtyards as well as the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace. See the iconic Little Mermaid statue, unveiled in 1913 in tribute to the fairytale by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson. Visit the popular Tivoli Gardens and admire the historical architecture, stunning gardens, and twinkling lights that surround the park’s various attractions. Tour the Viking Ship Museum and see five original Skuldelev Viking ships, where you can immerse yourself in the Nordic maritime adventures. Visit the UNESCO-inscribed Roskilde Cathedral, where the Danish royal family has been buried since the Reformation, and an exemplary reference of memorial architecture. Spend two nights in the ideally located, five-star Hotel Skt. Petri.

Wonders of Norway Post-program Option

Oslo, Fjords, and Bergen by Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry

Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and Scandinavian culture on this unique, five-night journey from Oslo to Bergen. Explore the highlights of vibrant Oslo on a walking tour and learn more about Norwegian exploration with visits to the Kon-Tiki Museum and Fram Museum. Revel in the dramatic scenery of Sognefjord on a private cruise into UNESCO World Heritage-designated Nærøyfjord. Travel through pristine fjordlands on the Bergen Line Train and Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, amid the tranquil landscape of snowcapped mountains and alpine lakes. Tour the historical city of Bergen, including Bryggen (the old wharf)—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and visit Troldhaugen, the former home of famed composer Edvard Grieg. Spend one night each in the five-star Grand Hotel Oslo and historical Stalheim Hotel, and two nights in the deluxe Radisson Blu Royal Bergen Hotel.

The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Copenhagen, Denmark

On arrival, check into the Hotel Skt. Petri. Enjoy a canal cruise to the port of Copenhagen and see the Old Stock Exchange, Three Crowns fortress, and famous Little Mermaid statue. Attend the Welcome Reception in the hotel this evening.

Day 3 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, the archipelago’s capital. This afternoon, arrive in this small port town at 78 degrees North latitude, approximately 650 miles from the North Pole. Enjoy a glimpse of daily life here in the Longyearbyen Culture House. Embark the ice-class Le Boréal.

Day 4 Burgerbukta

An expert naturalist-led excursion navigates through slow-drifting ice by Zodiac in the pristine bay of Burgerbukta to reach the majestic Samarin Glacier. This afternoon, walk along the glacier and examine firsthand its dramatic terrain, frequented by seabirds such as black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots. Discover the perfect snapshot of miniature Arctic wildflowers and attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening.

Day 5 Calypsobyen

In the bell-shaped sound of Bellsund, surrounded by soaring, snow-covered peaks, anchor off Calypsobyen, part of Sør-Spitsbergen, Norway’s largest national park. Relics of the former coal mining settlement offer a glimpse into its history. Expert naturalists accompany you on a Zodiac excursion through Calypsobyen’s intriguing ecosystem, where nimble Arctic foxes live.

After lunch on board the ship, continue via Zodiac to Camp Millar, a former gold mining base and now a favored grazing spot for the Svalbard reindeer. Look for the graceful reindeer and the resident colony of little auks.

Day 6 Arctic Ice Pack

Approach the Arctic Ice Pack at the approximate latitude of 80 degrees North. Survey expansive sea ice for the “King of the Arctic”—the polar bear. Ice habitats are crucial for this vulnerable mammal’s hunting and breeding. Keep a keen eye out for these well-adapted creatures and scan the cobalt-blue waters for bowhead whales—among the longest surviving species in the world with a lifespan of up to 200 years—and social beluga whales, often spotted swimming in pods.

Day 7 Woodfjorden

One of Svalbard’s longest fjords, Woodfjorden carves its way 40 miles inland, linking the Liefdefjorden with the Arctic Ocean. Cruise past the islands of the Måkeøyane archipelago, where Arctic terns lay their eggs and polar bears often roam. Woodfjorden showcases the Arctic’s contrasts—icy, glacier-fronted shores are juxtaposed against the surrounding red sandstone mountains. Cruise to the startlingly beautiful Monaco Glacier and listen for the sound of white thunder as the tidewater glaciers calve into the ocean.

Day 8 Raudfjorden

Your expert naturalist guides lead an adventurous walk around protected Raudfjorden, amidst Svalbard poppies. Look for rare seabirds, such as pink-footed geese, black-legged kittiwakes, and glaucous gulls.

Enjoy a Zodiac excursion to the former 17th-century Dutch whaling station of Smeerenburg, today a prized resting shore for long-toothed walruses.

Day 9 Ny Alesund

Discover the hub of scientific exploration, Ny-Ålesund, where 16 international research stations function as both lab and living quarters for polar research scientists. Founded in 1916, this former coal mining facility was the launching pad for legendary Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen.

An afternoon excursion by Zodiac through the inlet of Kongsfjorden takes you to the tidewater Kongsbreen (King’s Glacier), a nesting ground for barnacle geese, common and king eiders, long-tailed ducks, purple sandpipers, Atlantic puffins, and snow buntings.

Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.

Day 11 Return Home

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada, or choose to continue your journey on the Wonders of Norway Post-Program Option.