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Arctic Expedition Under the Midnight Sun

June 21–July 1, 2019

Tour Operator: Tour Operator: Gohagan & Co.

Activity Level: Active

Voyage through the otherworldly Arctic Circle on this unique 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’Austral. Visit in the region’s most enchanting season, when the sun never sets. Sail the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago, and enjoy expert-led Zodiac excursions in diverse terrains, where remarkable wildlife—from whales and walruses to Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes—roam freely.


  • Cruise the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago
  • Explore Spitsbergen’s protected fjords, bays and shores, where glacial sheets meet alpine peaks, red sandstone mountains and lush green tundra
  • Cruise to seldom-seen areas in search of the polar bear, “King of the Arctic”
  • Remarkable wildlife—whales, walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, northern fulmars and Arctic terns
  • Zodiac excursions led by a team of expert naturalist guides from diverse fields of study
  • Lectures aboard ship on natural wonders and wildlife
  • Best time of year to cruise the waters of Spitsbergen, under the midnight sun!


Day 1: Depart from the U.S.

Day 2: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France

Day 3: Paris/Fly to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago/Embark L’Austral

Day 4: Hornsund/Samarin Glacier

Day 5: Bellsund

Day 6 – 9: Cruising the Arctic Ice Pack


Day 10: Longyearbyen/Disembark ship/Fly to Paris, France

Day 11: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris/Return to the U.S.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Cruise rates start at $6,995 and vary by cabin category. Please see tour brochure for details.

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