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: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 21, 2014 – Hafnarfjördur and Reykjavik

Around 1 a.m. this morning, there was a short announcement in our cabins informing us of the occurrence of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Many of us jumped out of bed and out onto our balconies and the public decks to enjoy this unforgettable spectacle. Lucky for us, it was a particularly strong [...]

1 Morning smiles
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 20, 2014 – Voyage to Grundarfjörđur: Archipelago adventure, lava trails and Viking tales

Our last full day on board started with a relaxing morning as we cruised the stunning West Coast of Iceland heading for the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We had the opportunity for a “sneak preview” of the voyage DVD shot by Le Boreal’s on board videographer Elie. Next,  our A&K Expedition staff were introduced  before Richard [...]

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Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 19, 2014 – Húsavík, whale watching and Jewels of the North

‘Le Boreal’ came alongside the quay at the small town of Húsavík as breakfast was being served. All necessary customs formalities were conducted without a hitch and we set out for the day’s adventures. There were many small boats in the harbor with green and luxuriant vegetation canvassing the surrounding slopes as well as [...]

1 Charlie Wheatley
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 18, 2014 – Sailing to Iceland

After another calm night on the water crossing the notorious Denmark Strait, we began our day at sea — a day many of us were looking forward to for the engaging lectures from our Expedition Team. First to speak was marine biologist Charley Wheatley who presented “The Future of the Oceans.” In this lecture, [...]

1 Icebergs
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 17, 2015 – Scoresby Sund – Føhnfjord and Danmark

In the night, ‘Le Boreal’ sailed deeper into spectacular Scoresby Sund. Breakfast was served earlier than usual this morning in La Bousolle Restaurant to make sure that we all had ample time to dine before an early Zodiac cruise around Røde Ø. A stunning, red sandstone island located within the narrow Føhnfjord, Røde Ø [...]

1 Humpback whales!
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 16, 2014 – Transit to Scoresby Sund and Ittoqqortoormiit

While we sipped coffee over breakfast, an announcement informed us that numerous humpback whales had been spotted. We all, of course, excitedly rushed to the decks for a view! For over an hour, the ship was completely surrounded by the whales, with a number of these massive, beautiful creatures swimming right up to the [...]

1 Morning scenery of Greenland
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 15, 2014 – Kejser Franz-Joseph Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord

‘Le Boreal’ cruised into the Kejser Franz-Joseph Fjord early this morning, and those of us awake to witness were greeted with stunning vistas of the Greenlandic coast.We later learned that the fjord was discovered by the German North Polar Expedition of 1869-70, who then named it after Franz-Joseph, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, who had made [...]

1 Historian David Burton
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 14, 2014 – Westbound on the Greenland Sea

Another calm day at sea was filled with captivating lectures and scenery. And again, because of our continued journey westwards, we were rewarded with another time change and an extra hour in bed. First to speak this morning was our historian David Burton with his talk entitled “Greenland: Exploration and Transformation,” which provided an [...]

1 Observation Lounge
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 13, 2014 – Westbound on the Greenland Sea

Sailing westward, we experienced a time change and everyone got an extra hour in bed. Conditions at sea were very calm for the entire day with no perceptible motion, however, the presence of Arctic pack ice drifting south meant that ‘Le Boreal’ would need to make a small detour. In the morning, many keen [...]

1 Bear & cub
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 12, 2014 – Arctic ice edge and Raudfjorden

During the early hours of the morning, ‘Le Boreal’ negotiated relatively heavy pack-ice, which was coming down from the central Arctic Ocean and heading west along the north coast of Spitsbergen. For those of us who were watching, the views of the ice-studded water couldn’t get more fascinating, until a blue whale and her [...]

1 Arctic Fox
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 11, 2014 – Alkefjellet and Wahlbergøya

While we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee, ‘Le Boreal’ made its final approach to the infamous bird cliffs of Alkefjellet, our destination for a morning Zodiac cruise. The cliffs are extraordinary, not only for their height —some 330 feet tall! — but also in the individual columns dissected from the cliff by erosion. Defined [...]

1 Searching for bears
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 10, 2014 – Måkeøyane and Monacobreen

During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ rounded the northwestern-most point of Spitsbergen, and by breakfast was entering Liefdefjorden, which means “Love fjord” in Dutch. The initial plan was to explore the low-lying Andøyane Isands, known to be rich in bird-life and occasionally frequented by polar bears. Despite a number of sighting of seabirds, there were [...]

1 Ny Alesund
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 9, 2014 – Ny-Ålesund and Fjortende Julibreen

During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ travelled 125 nautical miles (145 miles). Shortly after finishing our breakfast, we arrived at the small settlement of Ny-Ålesund in glorious Arctic sunshine. The town is one of the world’s most northernmost continuously inhabited settlements, however it is now only a research town and does not constitute a complete [...]

1 Longyearbyen signpost
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

August 8, 2014 – Arrival in Longyearbyen

We left the Grand Hotel and Oslo city center early this morning, departing for the airport and the start of our Arctic adventure. By midday, we arrived at Longyearbyen, the capital of the Svalbard archipelago, and were met by our friendly A&K representatives. It was soon evident that we had left the warmth of [...]

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