Trip Information

8 Days
June & July 2021
Le Boreal

This Expedition Includes:

  • Includes return flights and transfers from Paris to Longyearbyen
  • Complimentary parka jacket for every guest
  • Free rental of boots and other equipment.
  • Guided excursions provided by an expert Naturalist Team
  • All meals

Expedition Highlights:

  • Fantastic chance of spotting polar bears
  • Feel on top of the world as you head towards the North Pole
  • Visit the pretty port town of Alesund, Norway
  • Listen out for huge chunks of ice falling from the Monacobreen Glacier – the sound can be heard from miles away!

Itinerary Summary

The Best of Spitsbergen is a classic expedition itinerary sailing aboard the 264-capacity Le Boreal. Throughout your eight day journey you will enjoy an immersive experience in the Norwegian Arctic, including the opportunity to come face to face with its regal king, the polar bear.

The expedition begins in Longyearbyen, which is the most heavily populated territory in the Svalbard archipelago. From here, the ship sails north along Spitsbergen’s western coastline, taking in various highlights which include Fjortende Julibukta; a stunning bay lined with towering cliffs which famed for its huge population of birds and Danskoya; a small island which served as the starting point for North Pole expeditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

At the midway point in your itinerary you will head out past the northernmost islands of the Svalbard archipelago towards the Arctic Ocean. Crossing through icebergs and channels of ever-thickening ice, this route towards the top of the world is on few have been fortunate enough to travel.

Following a day at sea, you will then return to Spitsbergen and enjoy three days of exploration before arriving back in Longyearbyen where your expedition will end.

It goes without saying that one of the main attractions of exploring this part of the world is the diverse spectrum of wildlife. Understandably, the majestic polar bear is what many come to see but elsewhere there are opportunities to spot walruses, Arctic foxes and even Beluga whales. Overhead, Arctic Norway also enjoys its fair share of birdlife and sightings of white-tailed eagles, puffins and King Elders are not uncommon.

Throughout your expedition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy landings by Zodiac so that you can explore on foot. Every trip ashore is guided by a team of experts in order to enhance your experience and provide detailed overviews of the region’s history, wildlife and geology.


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Day-by-Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
  • Day 02 Lilliehook Breen, Jan Mayen Island
  • Day 02 Fjortende Julibukta, Spitsbergen
  • Day 03 Magdalenefjorden, Gravneset
  • Day 03 Virgohamna, Danskoya
  • Day 04 Sailing among Ice Floes
  • Day 05 Texas Bar, Liefdfefjorden
  • Day 05 Monacobreen, Spitsbergen
  • Day 06 Alesund, Norway
  • Day 06 Kongsbreen, Kongsfjorden
  • Day 07 Alkhornet, Svalbard
  • Day 07 Pyramiden, Svalbard
  • Day 07 Nordenskjold Fjord
  • Day 08 Longyearbyen

About Your Ship

Le Boreal is a 264 capacity ship offering a variety of voyages in several of the world’s most remote regions.  She is primarily owned by the French cruise line, Ponant Cruises. Le Boreal is more of a luxury yacht than a ‘typical’ expedition ship, she is comfortable, elegant and a great choice for couples, solo travellers and experienced explorers who want to upgrade their onboard experience without compromising on the opportunities that an expedition cruise allows.

Owing to Ponant Cruises’ dedication to the highest standards of environmentally-friendly performance, she has been awarded the international Green Label.

Le Boreal is equipped with a fleet of 12 Zodiac boats which can be deployed at a moment’s notice and allow easy access to protected bays and remote inlets, weather permitting. Every trip ashore is accompanied by Le Boreal’s team of Naturalist Guides who will lead small groups on hikes, nature walks and excursions to places of historical and natural significance.

The ship’s theatre, French Line, doubles as a lecture room during the day and hosts a packed programme of guest lectures which serve to really enhance your expedition experience. The theatre is also the venue for pre-excursion briefings as well as recaps once you have returned to the ship.

The accommodation on Le Boreal is comprised of three main categories; Standard Staterooms, Deluxe Staterooms and Prestige Suites. All categories offer outside views, king-size or twin beds, climate control, TV/DVD players and ensuite bathrooms. The largest of the accommodation grades, the Prestige Suites, are immaculately furnished and boast a private veranda and a separate sitting area.

Le Boreal offers two main dining venues. The first of these, The Gastronomic Restaurant, is the ship’s primary restaurant and serves buffet-style fare during breakfast and lunch. Evening meals are à la carte and consist of regionally and internationally influenced gourmet cuisine with vegetarian options available should they be required. The restaurant is an open-seating venue which means you can dine when – and with whom – you wish.

The second dining venue is The Grill, which represents a great alternative if you are looking for a more informal option. Specialising in both hot and cold buffet options, the venue has indoor and outdoor seating with fresh fish and meat available from the grill.

While Le Boreal is not awash with entertainment options, guests can enjoy evening performances in the theatre or head to the bar for pre or post-dinner drinks. There is also an onboard spa where you can enjoy treatments and massages for an additional charge.

Other facilities on Le Boreal include a fitness centre, a library, two pools and full-service salon.

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