Chasing Lights & Polar Bears 2020 Chasing Lights & Polar Bears 2020

Chasing Lights & Polar Bears 2020


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Home to mythic long summer nights and housing some of the world's most fascinating wildlife, the Arctic is Mother Nature's playground. 

Spend 3 nights in Tromsø exploring fjords and chasing the Northern Lights before we cast off to the ends of the earth on a Silversea Expedition cruise.

Experience the rush of setting foot on the unknown and rarely explored, enter the realm of the polar bear, and the untamed landscapes of the Arctic; all while enjoying the distinctive, all-inclusive lifestyle on board Silver Explorer.

In Reykjavik, spend 2 nights at Hotel Borg before exploring volcanoes by helicopter and stay at the world renowned Retreat Hotel at the Blue Lagoon. Limited to 20 lucky travelers, we do hope you can join us.  

"Our recent trip with Latitude 33 was truly one of our best holidays ever! Meticulous attention to detail, a unique itinerary, immersive experiences, luxurious accommodation and a great small group of like-minded travellers" - J. & B. Shaw 

Destinations: Arctic, Europe, Northern Europe

Commencing: Tromsø, Norway

Duration: 23 nights

Departure Date: 12 Sep 2020

Pricing: from $32,635

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  • Please click here to watch our tour video
  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • 14 nights on the all inclusive Silver Explorer
  • Fully hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 
  • Chase the elusive Northern Lights 
  • Aerial view of volcanoes and the Blue Lagoon by helicopter 
  • Explore the magma chamber of an extinct volcano
  • 2 nights at the Retreat Hotel at the Blue Lagoon Click here to watch the new video for The Retreat

Silver Explorer | Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise 

  • 14 night cruise on board Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship 
  • Inclusive of room-service, select wine, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac 
  • Complimentary Haglöfs® parka for polar expeditions 
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites 
  • Complimentary WiFi* throughout the ship 
  • Onboard gratuities

Journey from Tromsø​ to Reykjavik 

  • Soak in steaming springs, watching icebergs float by
  • Chase the Northern Lights 
  • Cable car dinner in Tromsø
  • Learn of Greenland's native Inuit 
  • Visit the world's fastest moving glacier
  • Visit Svalbard, only 600 miles from the North Pole 

Wildlife Watch List*

  • Search for Svalbard reindeer in Svalbard, Arctic fox
  • Bearded seals, ringed seal, and walrus 
  • Humpback whales, minke whales, beluga whales and possibly narwhal (Scoresby Sund)
  • Observe seabirds such as auks, puffins, fulmars, eiders, terns and skuas 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon | One of the 25 Wonders of the World 

  • Spend 2 nights in a Lagoon View Junior Suite 
  • Located in a sprawling, 800­ year­ old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Geopark
  • Carved into an 800 year old lava flow, the Retreat brings you into harmony with nature and the timeless powers of the Blue Lagoon's revitalizing warmth 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Saturday 12 Sep 2020

    Australia | Dubai

    Welcome to Dubai! On arrival, you're met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, Raffles delivers impeccable service and sophisticated style.

    Raffles Dubai 

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    Day 02

    Sunday 13 Sep 2020

    Dubai, U.A.E

    Spend a relaxing day at leisure, or take an optional flight over Dubai by seaplane with breathtaking views (surcharge applies). 

    Raffles Dubai (B)

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    Day 03

    Monday 14 Sep 2020

    Dubai, U.A.E | Tromsø, Norway

    Welcome to Norway! On arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel centrally located in Tromsø, also known as the Paris of the north. Spend the evening at leisure. 

    Clarion Hotel, The Edge (B)

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 15 Sep 2020

    Tromsø, Norway

    Join us today to discover Tromsø's beautiful surroundings. Start with a cable car ride, then visit Kvaløya (“Whale Island”), where reindeer and elk crossings are often sighted. Early evening, we begin our exciting trip to chase Earth's most magnificent light show from outer space, the Aurora Borealis. We leave the city lights behind us and drive to where we expect the clearest weather conditions. On some nights the Aurora appears right away, on other nights we have to be patient. 

    Clarion Hotel, The Edge (B-L-LD)

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    Day 05

    Wednesday 16 Sep 2020

    Tromsø, Norway

    Spend the day at leisure.

    Clarion Hotel, The Edge (B)

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    Day 06

    Thursday 17 Sep 2020

    Tromsø, Norway | Embark

    After breakfast, we'll transfer to port and embark on your expedition cruise on board Silver Explorer. Join us on a journey to Svalbard and East Greenland, to see isolated islands, remote landscapes, glaciers, and to look for polar bears, walrus and musk oxen. 

    Embark Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 07

    Friday 18 Sep 2020

    At Sea

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do; whale watch from the Observatory Lounge or simply relax poolside.   

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 08

    Saturday 19 Sep 2020

    Bear Island, Norway

    Almost half way between Tromsø and Svalbard is isolated Bear Island, considered the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The unglaciated island is home to some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere. Common Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Little Auks, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, and Glaucous Gulls are all found along the cliff. Weather depending, we will take the Zodiacs to explore the rugged coastline. 

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 09

    Sunday 20 Sep 2020

    Svalbard’s Southern Region

    In the fjords of southern Svalbard, search the ice and shorelines for seabirds, walruses, seals, and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring you close to mystical wintry settings. The Expedition Leader and Captain will determine Explorer’s best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter. 

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 10

    Monday 21 Sep 2020

    Svalbard Northern Region

    There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier.

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 11

    Tuesday 22 Sep 2020

    Svalbard Northern Region

    The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert”. Walks and hikes ashore to have a closer look at flora and wildlife are a possibility in the spectacular Northern Region of Svalbard.

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

  • Day 12

    Wednesday 23 Sep 2020

    Svalbard Northern Region


    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 13

    Thursday 24 Sep 2020

    At Sea

    Days at sea to relax and unwind. 

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

  • Day 14

    Friday 25 Sep 2020

    At Sea


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    Day 15

    Saturday 26 Sep 2020

    Scoresby Sund, Greenland

    Scoresbysund is named for the Arctic explorer and whaler William Scoresby who charted the region in 1822. Conditions permitting we will enter this, the largest and longest fjord in the world, to look for spectacular icebergs and fascinating wildlife. 

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

  • Day 16

    Sunday 27 Sep 2020

    Scoresby Sund, Greenland

    Scoresbysund is the ultimate fjord system; likely the longest, largest and deepest of any in the world. The massive fjord is tucked into the eastern coast of Greenland and on the icy western edges of the Greenland Sea. Scoresbysund’s scale deserves several days to explore, especially while plying the waters between castle-sized icebergs as they gently drift under the persuasion of the Arctic waters in the mighty fjord.

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

  • Day 17

    Monday 28 Sep 2020

    Scoresby Sund, Greenland

    Scattered in the remote bays and smaller fjords are places to discover old Inuit settlements, slowly growing over with Arctic willow and dwarf birch. The lower slopes of many mountains are draped in the herbs and grasses favoured by muskox, Arctic fox, lemmings, Ptarmigan, Barnacle Geese, and Snowy Owls. The waters of Scoresbysund warrant a vigilant eye for sightings of whales, seals, narwhals, beluga whales and walrus.

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)


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    Day 18

    Tuesday 29 Sep 2020

    Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

    The little village of Ittoqqortoormiit is one of very few settlements on the east coast of Greenland. About 550 people live here, and approximately 90 percent of them are native Greenlandic. If weather and ice allow, we will walk around the village, learn about the sled dogs and their traditional uses, and visit the community’s little church. 

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 19

    Wednesday 30 Sep 2020

    At Sea

    Enjoy a day relaxing at sea.

    Silver Explorer (B-L-D)

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    Day 20

    Thursday 01 Oct 2020

    Disembark | Reykjavík, Iceland

    This morning, transfer to your hotel upon disembarkation. Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. It's name comes from the Icelandic words for smoke, reykur, and bay, vík. The afternoon and evening will be at leisure. 

    Hotel Borg (B) 

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    Day 21

    Friday 02 Oct 2020

    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Today you will explore the Golden Circle which consists of Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfalls and Thingvellir National Park. Of all the spectacular nature that resides in Iceland these are three “must see” highlights that are easily experienced in one day. En route you will stop at Friðheimar family run tomato farm for a delicious lunch and a and a nice visit to their horse stables.

    Hotel Borg (B-L) 

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    Day 22

    Saturday 03 Oct 2020

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Journey to the centre of the earth. The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano, also known as "Three Peaks Crater" is a truly unique natural phenomenon. For your comfort, we'll transfer to the crater by helicopter giving you a bird's eye view of the surrounding landscape. Join the team for a descend to 120 metres to the bottom of the volcano's magma chamber in an open cable lift. The volcano last erupted over 4,000 years ago and there are no indications of it erupting again in the near future. We’ll transfer by helicopter from the volcano directly to our final destination, the world renowned Blue Lagoon, staying 2 nights in a Junior Suite at the new Retreat Hotel. 

    The Retreat Blue Lagoon (B) 

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    Day 23

    Sunday 04 Oct 2020

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Located in the heart of an 800-year-old, moss-covered lava flow, the Retreat will be a place of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. Conceived for both day and overnight experiences, the Retreat journey is designed to bring you closer to nature and the wonders of geothermal seawater. The Retreat is non-smoking and there are no televisions. Our aim is to erase the boundary between hospitality and wellness, creating a sanctuary of peace and serenity where you can unwind the clock of modern life and unlock the door to a wonder of the world. Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner at the Moss restaurant.

    The Retreat Blue Lagoon (B-D) 

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    Day 24

    Monday 05 Oct 2020

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland | Australia

    Today you bid farewell to Iceland and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Please note return flights can be flexible; via London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt etc. 

    Check-out of hotel (B) 


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  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return International Economy Class airfares with Emirates from Australia 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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  • Raffles, Dubai (2 nights)
  • Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø (3 nights)
  • Silver Explorer (14 nights) 
  • Hotel Borg, Reykjavik (2 nights)
  • The Retreat Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik (2 nights) 
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  • Personalised service with butler service in every suite and stateroom
  • All gourmet meals with open-seating dining options 
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship (conditions apply)
  • Gratuities always included in your fare


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Built into the volcanic frontier and encircled by the Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich geothermal waters, the suites at the Retreat open the door to unparalleled hospitality. Included with the accommodation experience is full access to the Retreat spa, the Blue Lagoon Ritual, the Retreat lagoon, and the Blue Lagoon. 

from $32,635.00 per person

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