Voyage Under the Midnight Sun: Arctic Expedition (Trip Sold Out)

Trip Leader(s)
Glenn Starkman, Professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics
June 20-30, 2022
Trip Description

Spitsbergen • Svalbard Archipelago


Engage in the excitement and spirit of adventure to explore the unspoiled Arctic wilderness at the best time of year, under the Midnight Sun, during this once-in-a-lifetime, 11-day expedition through the High Arctic’s extraordinary Svalbard archipelago. As we navigate through pristine fjords, see stunning views of glimmering glaciers, land by Zodiac for Arctic walks on ice and discover abundant Arctic wildlife, including the King of the Arctic—the polar bear— and walruses, whales, reindeer and several species of rare Arctic seabirds.

Our Arctic Expedition launches in the small port town of Longyearbyen, the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago’s capital and, at 78 degrees North latitude, approximately 650 miles from the North Pole.  We will have expert naturalist-led excursions through slow-drifting ice by Zodiac in the pristine bay of Burgerbukta to reach the majestic Samarin Glacier. A walk along the glacier examines firsthand its dramatic terrain, frequented by seabirds such as black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnich’s guillemots.

We will be led by an Arctic Expedition Team of seasoned naturalists, who have studied and traveled extensively in the remote Arctic, accompany you throughout your voyage. The team’s collaborative efforts, experience, particular interest in the Arctic’s ecosystems and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge make them exceptionally well-suited to lead your Arctic Expedition.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:               3

SHIP:                                     Le Boreal

GROUP SIZE:                      Ship Accommodates up to 200 guests

CO-SPONSORS:                 TBD

PRICE:*                                Cabin prices start at $6,995 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy cabins start at $15,795.

                                                Includes round-trip charter flight from Paris to Longyearbyern.

*Preliminary 2022 Pricing

Early Reservation Form

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For more information about this trip, please contact:
Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: CWRU’s Luminary Society members may receive additional discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For further information on Luminary Society travel discounts only, please contact The Office of Strategic Giving or 216.368.4460.