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Join A&K’s seasoned expedition team on board MV ‘Le Boreal’ and set sail to an exciting new destination, offered for the first time through A&K Australia in 2013. In next year’s northern hemisphere summer, A&K is giving discerning travellers an unparalleled opportunity to experience to the islands of the High Arctic Svalbard archipelago in Norway, less than 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole.
Observe firsthand the amazing flora that comes alive with unexpected colour under July’s midnight sun, as expert guides help seek out the mighty polar bear in its natural habitat. Discover Greenland’s Bronze Age villages, Eskimo settlements and fishing enclaves and search for local wildlife including whales, seabirds, reindeer and walrus. This enriching journey ends amid the contrast of Iceland’s rural tranquillity and stunning volcanic landscape.
The calibre of the A&K on-board team of experts is second to none. For example, expedition leader Larry Hobbs has been a marine mammal biologist for more than 35 years. He has served as director of the Marine Mammal tagging office for the United States Department of Interior as well as the Department of Commerce, and as the principal research scientist at the National Marine Laboratories. In addition to over 20 seasons leading expeditions in Antarctica, Larry has also led trips in Norway, Greenland and Iceland.
A&K’s home afloat in Arctic waters is luxury vessel MV Le Boreal. She carries 200 passengers (though in other destinations capacity will extend to 264) and has an elegant, slim-line design. The ship is designed in accordance with strong environmental guidelines including a computerised positioning system to avoid need for dropping anchor in fragile environments; engine insulation to reduce energy consumption; advanced waste water system and waste management; lightest, cleanest fuel; and Zodiacs with 4-stroke fuel-efficient motors. A technologically advanced stabilising system also minimises the effect of rough waters for added passenger comfort.
Cruise dates are from 16 – 30 July 2013, with prices starting from USD $11,995 per person twin share (excluding charter flights).