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Le Boreal

Norwegian Fjords and the magic of Spitsbergen with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. One of the most state-of-the-art ships, launched in May 2010, the luxury Le Boreal features a modern design, sleek silhouette and small size - just 142 metres in length. Le Boreal offers intimate itineraries to rare ports. A mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and offers utter French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, creating a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Glasgow.

Day 1: Glasgow

Board the ship in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city which overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: Stornoway, Hebrides

Arrive in Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, considered to be the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather- covered valleys and lochs stretch on to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have taken up residence in the long, jagged coastlines where. Not far from Stornoway, the island’s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century stands one of Scotland’s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back to more than 3,000 years B.C

Day 3: Kirkwall

Arrive at the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark.

Day 4: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Vestmann islands.

Day 5: Vestmann islands

Today the ship arrives at the Vestmann islands located on the southern coast of Iceland, the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. You could also visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973

Day 6: Djupivogur

Visit Djupivogur, a small coastal town in east Iceland. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and colourful houses, the town is a popular tourist spot.

Day 7: Seyoisfjorour

Today you will be fortunate to journey through the heart of a very beautiful 17-km-long fjord, discover Seyðisfjörður, on the north-east coast of Iceland. Its typically Scandinavian, colourful houses and small blue church stand in the middle of an enchanting setting, between rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-topped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants.

Day 8: Jan Mayen Island

The island of Jan Mayen, belonging to Norway, lies hidden off Greenland’s coastlines, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. Tongues of ice descend from its volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres and is covered with a thick glacial coat.

Day 9: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Horn Glacier.

Day 10: Horn Glacier, Spitsbergen

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord.

Day 11: Bellsund fjord

You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys.

Day 12: Longyearbyen

Your voyage ends in Longyearbyen where you will disembark. Transfer to the airport and board your flight to London.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport for your flight to London.

Includes

  • 11 Nights' accommodation on board Le Boreal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Flight from Longyearbyen to London plus ship to airport transfer
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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