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 Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 8, 2014 – Longyearbyen

By 8 a.m., ‘Le Boreal’ came alongside the pier at Longyearbyen, the last stop on our journey. After enjoying our final breakfast aboard this incredible ship, we departed for a brief tour of the town. We stopped at the cultural house — the equivalent of a town hall — and the fascinating Svalbard Museum, [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 7, 2014 – Hornsund

During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ passed Sorkapp, the southernmost point of Spitsbergen, and entered Hornsund fjord. Discovered by British explorer Jonas Poole in 1610, the fjord was named for the many reindeer horns found here (proof they had also been hunted here). The fjord was quite dramatic — it highest peaks shrouded in mist— [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 6, 2014 – Barentsøya and Edgeøya

Many of us got up in the early hours of the morning to view the navigation of the narrow passage between Barentsøya and Edgeøya (Freemansundet). The island is named after the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, who is attributed with the official discovery of Svalbard. As a bonus, we also spotted a succession of three [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 5, 2014 – Whalbergøya and Alkefjellet

‘Le Boreal’ anchored off Whalbergøya overnight, and that allowed us to start our outing shortly after the first group had finished breakfast. Whalbergøya is an island located in the centre of the southern entrance to Hinlopenstretet and is named after the Swedish botanist Peter Fredrik Wahlberg (1800-1877), who lived at a time when Sweden [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 4, 2014 – Ice edge and Kinnvika

Most of us awoke to an early announcement this morning, alerting us to the presence of a Blue Whale with its calf right alongside the port of ‘Le Boreal.’ Naturally, we all jumped out of our beds and out onto our balconies, where we were rewarded with a spectacular and rare sight. After this [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 3, 2014 – Andøyane and Monacobreen

By early morning, ‘Le Boreal’ reached the Andøyane Isands in Liefdefjorden, which means “love fjord” in Dutch. The islands are low-lying but are known to be rich in bird-life and occasionally frequented by polar bears. Almost immediately after the Zodiacs launched from the marina on ‘Le Boreal,’ a polar bear was sighted! One by [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 2, 2014 – Ny-Ålesund and Fjortende Julibreen

While finishing our breakfasts, we arrived at the small settlement of Ny-Ålesund. One of the world’s most northernmost, continuously inhabited settlements, the town is now only a research town without a complete community. It dates back to 1917 when the Kings Bay Company (based in Ålesund on the Norwegian mainland) decided to attempt coal [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

August 1, 2014 – Alkhornet and Poolepynten

During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ reached the Svalbard archipelago and sailed along its west coast towards Isfjorden, where we planned to embark on our first expedition. Isfjorden (Ice fjord) is one of the many place names on Svalbard attributed to the British explorer, Jonas Poole (1566-1612). It was his report in 1610 on the [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

July 31, 2014 – Bjørnøya (Bear Island)

We continued our journey to the Svalbard archipelago overnight and awoke in the Barents Sea with a growing swell, mist and rain. However, thanks to the fantastic stability of ‘Le Boreal,’ most of us still enjoyed a lavish breakfast. There was also another opportunity for those still unsure about the sizes of their parkas [...]

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Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

July 30, 2014 – Oslo to Tromsø

We woke at first light in this latitude (4:00 am) and departed on charter and scheduled flights from Guardemoen to Tromsø. The views were amazing as we crossed the Arctic Circle, the forests diminishing as the snow-covered mountains appeared. Soon enough, we were landing in Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway, north of the [...]

Arctic Cruise Norway: Polar Bears & the Midnight Sun

July 29, 2014 – Oslo

An unusually warm and sunny day welcomed us upon our arrival in the center of Oslo, the capital of Norway. After checking in at the historic Grand Hotel, we acquainted ourselves with our rooms and enjoyed the fine food available at the hotel’s restaurant. Next, we ventured outdoors to choose from a number of [...]

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