Embark on a 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. First call at the Hebrides and the Orkney 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 and explore the stunning fjords along the country’s east coast and marvel at waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, and villages dotted with colourful houses. Cross the Arctic Circle before heading to Jan Mayen Island, 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.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Boreal ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Flight Longyearbyen / London + transfers included

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 you’ll 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.

Itinerary - 11 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.

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