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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Arctic cruise exploring Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland from Adventure Center

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Tweet: @AdventureCenter Promotes Award-Winning Arctic Cruise – 14 Days Exploring Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland; www.adventurecenter.com
New York, NY – Combining three of the Arctic’s remote islands into a single expedition has garnered “Three Arctic Islands: Triple the Adventure” worthy attention from National Geographic Traveler – naming it one of 2011’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
The 14-day exploration cruise, promoted by Adventure Center, offers a rare view of one of the world’s remaining unspoiled regions as it journeys between Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.  Center stage is an expansive array of stunning scenery, from glaciers to icebergs to flower-covered tundra, as well as wildlife that begs to be photographed -- polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, ringed and harp seals, beluga and bowhead whales and thousands of sea birds.  Fares for the Aug. 9 and 21, 2012, departures range from $6,390 to $11,990 per person, double.

To land on National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious list, an expedition must be designed for experience, immersion, sustainability and a cultural connection.  Each of these three islands fit that possibility on their own – combined in a single package makes it truly impressive.  In Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located above the Arctic Circle, the population of more than 4,500 polar bears makes it one of the best places in the world for sightings.  Two days are spent exploring the west coast with its glacier fronts, steep-walled fjords and midnight sun as well as a visit to Ny-Alesund, the world's northernmost settlement.
Greenland is the center of the climate change discussion – with lengthening summers and glaciers that are sending out icebergs at an ever-increasing rate.  Visits to the ancient Thule settlements are capped with a sailing through the stunning Scoresbysund, considered one of the world’s most beautiful fjord systems.
After traversing the Denmark Strait, the ship stops in Iceland’s Westman Islands, named for the Irishmen enslaved by the medieval Norse-Gaels.  Its storied history serves as a polar opposite to the next stop, the cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, where the many museums and shops within the city, and the numerous glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and hot spring spas just outside the city's boundaries, make an extended stay, either before or after cruise, time well spent.
Optional extensions allow guests to add their own flair to the trip.  A three-night “Reykjavik Highlights” option shows off some of the city’s best sights; while “Iceland Adventure” adds time beyond the city on a four-night extension.  The two-night “Oslo Highlights” includes a three-hour private tour of the city.  A three-night option combines stays in both Oslo and Bergen with a first class seat on the Bergen Railway and a ride through the countryside on the famous Flam Railway.  “Essential Extras” puts travelers in touch with the company’s Travel Advisors to set up flights, hotel stays, trip extensions, even sea-kayaking opportunities while on the cruise. 
Included in the fare are all shipboard meals, shore landings, professional expedition guides, educational presentations by the Expedition Team, the loan of waterproof boots and an official Expeditions parka to keep, baggage handling, service taxes and port charges, and one-night hotel accommodation for the Reykjavik departure. Airfare and gratuities are extra.
Adventure Center offers several Polar departures in the Arctic as well as Antarctic regions for the 2011 and 2012 season.  Booking information, brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Adventure Center’s visitor-friendly web site, www.adventurecenter.com; or by phone: U.S. (800) 228-8747; Canada (866) 338-8735.  Canadian travel agents needing bulk orders of brochures can order them at www.hippoexpress.com in Canada while U.S. agents should call Adventure Center.
Adventure Center has provided world-class, affordably priced adventure travel experiences with one-on-one advice for more than 35 years.  Adventure Center’s Travel Specialists have personally traveled to more than 130 countries and offer knowledgeable guidance to guests in selecting an “adventure of a lifetime.” 
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