Abercrombie & Kent Travel Logs

Wonder what it feels like to travel with A&K? Read our travel logs for a first-hand look at our latest adventures, captured live on select A&K journeys that include voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 30, 2013 – Hafnarfjördur, and Reykjavik

‘Le Boreal’ arrived early in the morning at Hafnarfjördur port in Reykjavik. We enjoyed our final breakfast aboard the ship, sharing in some favorite memories and laughs with the new friends we had made. The Arctic was a magnificent place unlike any other, spanning so many fascinating cultures, geological features, wildlife and historical points [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 29, 2013 – Iceland: voyage to Grundarfjörđur and Wonders of the West

Our last full day at sea proved a full and exciting one with time for events in the Theater. Captain Patrick began with a fascinating lecture on “Piracy and the Hijacking of Le Ponant in the Indian Ocean.” He has been master of a ship in the Gulf of Aden when Somali pirates attacked, [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 28, 2013 – Iceland: Húsavík and Jewels of the North

‘Le Boreal’ docked in the small town of Húsavík as breakfast was being served, during which Icelandic migration and customs formalities were conducted quickly and efficiently. Today, we were scheduled for an exciting coach tour to several amazing sites in northern Iceland. On the horizon were many peaks, which retained much of their winter [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 27, 2013 – Transit to Island

After a calm night on the water, we began our day at sea with some engaging lectures from our Expedition Team. First to speak was Ralph Eshelman who described the geology of our next destination with “Land of Fire and Ice: the Geology of Iceland.” He discussed the mid-Atlantic ridge, the longest mountain chain [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 26, 2013 – Deep within Scoresby Sound, Danmark Øy and Føhn Fjord

‘Le Boréal’ moved west during the night, the sun hanging low on the horizon even through the midnight hour. The early morning was greeted with the rumble of the anchor chain and, as we had come to expect, another splendidly clear day. ‘Le Boréal’ anchored close to Danmark, the largest island in the fjord [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 25, 2013 – Scoresby Sound

The low, midnight sun persisted as we continued cruising from the Antarctic Fjord south along the mountainous coast, where bergs and floes became frequent and thick in the early morning. During this time, our Captain announced a blue whale sighting which had us on deck in an instant. Although a young animal, the whale [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 24, 2013 – Kajser Franz Josef Fjord and Antarctic Fjord

Ice conditions and weather were very favorable during the night and ‘Le Boréal’ came to anchor off Blomsterbukta opposite the magnificent cliffs of Teufelsschloss (Teufel Castle). Little imagination was needed to understand the reason for the name. The weather was ideal with a totally clear blue, sunny sky. Near the base of the ‘schloss/castle, [...]

01 72313 Ornitholgist Patricia Silva
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 23, 2013 – Westbound approaching Greenland

We had another calm day at sea full of lectures. First to speak was Patricia Silva with the subject “Life History, Seabirds of the Arctic, Auks.” In this she described one of the most specialized families of birds, six of which by the time the voyage was finished, we could expect to see. Richard [...]

01 72213 young Harp Seal
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 22, 2013 – Westbound on the Greenland Sea

We experienced a time change as we sailed west and everyone an extra hour in bed at the beginning of a day at sea. Conditions throughout the 24 hours were calm, the motion of ‘Le Boreal’ barely perceptible, especially by the standards one might expect on the Greenland Sea. Once out and about on [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 21, 2013 – Holmiabukta and Magdelenafjorden

‘Le Boreal’ anchored in Holmiabukta as breakfast was being prepared. Mountainous views of the northwest part of the archipelago surrounded the ship, with some low clouds obscuring the peaks. This side of Svalbard experiences the effects of the Gulf Stream more strongly than elsewhere, which leaves it free from ice and more accessible. Zodiac [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 20, 2013 – Liefdefjorden

In the early morning, ‘Le Boreal’ moved westbound into Liefdefjorden, named after an early Netherlands vessel ‘de Liefde’ (whose name translates as “The Love”). The weather was calm and windless, but became overcast as we entered the fjord — a marked change from the intense Arctic sunlight of the previous days. This particular part [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 19, 2013 – Alkjefellett and the Arctic Ocean

During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ sailed east toward one of the most amazing bird cliffs in the archipelago, Aukjefellet (Auk Mountains). Initially fog-bound, our ship emerged into sunlight and calm seas, with the fog remaining just to our north throughout the morning. The site of the Auk Mountains with cliffs standing some 325 feet [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 18, 2013 – Ny Ålesund and Kongsfjorden

We reached the settlement of Ny Ålesund in the morning. Much smaller than Longyearbyen and originally a mining town, Ny Ålesund is now a multi-national scientific research base. After breakfast, ‘LeBoreal’ docked at the pier, where we disembarked to explore the town. Polar bear (Ursus maritimos) sightings in Svalbard and here in Ny Ålesund are [...]

Aerial Svalbard
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 17, 2013 – Oslo to Longyearbyen

We rose at first light this morning (4:00 am at this latitude in summer) and departed on a charter flight in Guardemoen and a scheduled flight in Tromsø. Both flights crossed the Arctic Circle and provided amazing views. As the forests diminished, snow-covered mountains appeared and tundra vegetation became dominant. We crossed the Barents Sea [...]

Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country

July 16, 2013 – Oslo

A very sunny and warm day marked the beginning of our adventure in the Arctic. We gathered at the historic Grand Hotel at the center of Oslo, joining guests who had arrived from all corners of the world, and were greeted by an A&K representative who shared our plans for the next day. There [...]

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