From the Norwegian Sea to Spitsbergen
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.Embark on an all-new 12-day itinerary to discover remote and wild islands. Aboard Le Boréal, you will sail on the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland Sea during this expedition cruise that will take you from Glasgow to Longyearbyen.You will first call atthe Hebrides and theOrkney Islands, two archipelagos in the northern United Kingdom where numerous seabirds, such as gannets and European shags, have taken up residence.Next, Le Boréal will head for the Icelandic coast. First, you will discover Heimaey. This is the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. It is an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source. You will then explore the stunning fjords along the country's east coast and marvel at waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, and villages dotted with colourful houses.Le Boréal will then cross the Arctic Circle before making its way toJan Mayen Island, which was very dear to Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Located at the limit of the Arctic and North-Atlantic oceans, this remote and uninhabited volcanic island was once a major whaling base and is home to large colonies of birds.Continue your cruise with an exploration of Spitsbergen. There, you will discover Hornsund, one of the island's most beautiful fjords, boasting an impressive glacier front, as well as Bellsund, whose lush valleys are sure to win you over.We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO.

Trip highlights

Experience the natural wonders of the area including; the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen.

Head to shore on Zodiac inflatables where youll be accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Cross the Arctic Circle and witness fjords, icebergs, glaciers, ice caps and vertiginous cliffs as well as wildlife such as fin whales, arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer and arctic terns.

Experience the Norwegian Fjords and Spitsbergen alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

Victoria Herrmann
Explorer

National Geographic granteeVictoriaHerrmannworks with coastal communities in polar regions on climate change adaptation. As lead researcher for the Americas Eroding Edges project, shespent two years travelling and interviewing 350 local leaders to identify whats needed most to safeguard coastal communities against the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Her current project seeks to safeguard cultural heritage by connecting national expertise to some of the 13 million Americans at risk of being displaced due to sea-level rise. Victoriais also the president and managing director of The Arctic Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Arctic security research.Sheteaches sustainability management at American University; science communication at the University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland; and public speaking at National Geographic Sciencetelling Bootcamps.

Paolo Verzone
Photographer

Paolo Verzone has been photographing the world around him for nearly 30 years, from news reporting to environmental portraiture and documentary projects. Born in Italy, Verzone spent nearly two decades living in France and is currently based in Spain. He has been traveling to the Arctic since 2014 for a long-term project documenting scientific activities in Svalbard, Greenland, and Siberia with a special focus on climate change. His work covering a former coal-mining village in Svalbard that is now a leading center of Arctic research was published in a digital story for National Geographic. Verzone is a three-time World Press Photo award winner, and his images have been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Le Monde, The Independent, Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Geo, Mare, Courrier International, and Das Magazin.

Itinerary - 12 Days

1 Glasgow, Scotland

Start your adventure in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow which is overflowing with historic landmarks and a vibrant culture. The distinct architecture is reminiscent classic 19th-century fused together with modern early 20th-century dubbed ‘Glasgow Style’. The checkerboard layout makes the city easy to navigate with lively street entertainment around every corner.

2 Stornoway, Hebrides

Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Outer Hebrides. The busy port town is home to everything from bars & restaurants to gift shops and delis selling the best in Hebridean food and produce around. The friendly town boasts a number of several interesting attractions including the historic Lews Castle, Museum nan Eilean and Arnish Point Lighthouse.

3 Kirkwall, Scotland

Arrive early morning to Orkney archipelago in Kirkwall, which is an ideal stopover before heading into the Northern Isles. The welcoming town aptly means “church bay” which is paved with old houses, craft shops and of course the cathedral which is an architectural gem built with red and gold stone.

4 At Sea

The first day at sea should be an opportunity to explore the facilities and activities onboard. Take a moment to relax in the spa or head to the fitness centre for a workout. There is plenty of entertainment to keep you and the whole family entertained as well as access to the upper deck which allow you to take in the journey from a spectacular viewpoint.

5 Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, (Vestmann Islands) Iceland

Heimaey is an Icelandic island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The island is famed after the Eldfell volcano which erupted in 1973 and nearly destroyed the island completely. The museum Eldheimar perfectly captures the devastation caused by the volcano, go back in time to 1973 and see a snapshot of life post-Eldfell. During your visit in summer, you may catch sight of the eight million puffins that descend on Heimaey every year.

6 Djúpivogur, Iceland

Djúpavogshreppur is a small town and municipality located on a peninsula in the Austurland in eastern Iceland. The coastline consists of three magnificent fjords, Berufjörður, Hamarsfjörður, and Álftafjörður which create a striking landscape to explore. On land, the town is shadowed by Búlandstindur, a pyramid-shaped basalt mountain peaking at 1069m making for an incredible sight.

7 Seydisfjördur, Iceland

Cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and fascinating architecture; welcome to Seyðisfjörður. The fjord, which has been carefully crafted by the ice age glaciers makes for a remarkable backdrop to this bustling town. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses that date back to the 20th century make Seyðisfjörður stand out as a unique Icelandic town.

8 Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard, Norway

Located in the Arctic Ocean, Jan Mayen Island is a volcanic island that sits beside Svalbard. The mountainous, uninhabited island is home to several volcanoes, the highest being Beerenberg in the north and a number of large lakes. In 2010 the island was granted a nature reserve to ensure the pristine preservation of the Arctic island and the marine wildlife that lives nearby. You may be able to spot some of the unique wildlife such as seabirds who bread on the island.

9 At Sea

Enjoy the wide array of activities and entertainment on board during this day at sea. From treating yourself in the spa to exercising in the fitness centre or having a swim in the swimming pool, there’s a choice for everyone. You can also enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, or simply visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

10 Horn Glacier, Spitsbergen, Norway

Referred to as the “the crown of Arctic Norway”, the Hornsund fjord, which is situated on Svalbard’s southernmost fjord and is considered to be the most spectacular of them all. At the end of the vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along the waters.

11 Bellsund, Spitsbergen, Norway

Bellsund is a 20km sound in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. It is distinctly cut into two branches, the fjords Van Mijenfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden which together offer a stunning journey. You’ll be dwarfed by the high mountains which characterise the landscape along with rich wildlife that thrives in such diverse conditions.

12 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Longyearbyen is the capital and largest settlement in Svalbard. It is the most northern territorial capital in the world with an extreme climate that sees winter hit temperatures of below 40 °C. With breath-taking glaciers, vast mountains and undisturbed nature, Longyearbyen is the perfect place to complete your once in a lifetime cruise.