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Oct 8th, 2008, 03:33 AM
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Arctic- low budget iceberg spoting-mission impossible?

Hi everybody out there!
I 'm working on a plan to visit the arctic zone in order to get close to icebergs.
Some packages i see on the internet cost absolutely crazy... some thousands of euro for a few days...
Can you suggest ways to get there, in let's say some kind of low budget terms?
Perhaps without disembarking to arctic islands, or short visits to them.
Any reasonable (cost-wise) ideas to get to the iceberg area would be a big help.
i wish great trips
Many many thanks
Nikos
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Oct 8th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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No need to go that far north. Visit Newfoundland in February/March there are usually icebergs off the coast.
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Oct 8th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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Search cruises in N. Europe, some of them cross the Arctic Circle, I remember seeing one along Norway. Brrr...
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Oct 9th, 2008, 12:36 AM
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i was thinking for starting from europe for the moment (like Norway as you say or other north european sea port/airport.
Newfoundland is to be considered next, perhaps with combination to alaska. do you think this is feasible and cost-effective?
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Oct 9th, 2008, 05:35 AM
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I don't believe there are any cruises that go from Northern Europe or Newfoundland to Alaska. Just not possible.
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Oct 10th, 2008, 07:02 AM
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There are NO iceburgs on Norway cruises, NONE of the glaciers are tidewater, all hanging.

IF you want iceburgs then get yourself to Alaska. All the cruises have a glacier sailing, and if glaciers and ice REALLY are your priority, then sail a one way, and do a Prince William Sound boat tour out of Whittier, superb glacier viewing and plenty of ice.

Do your homework on the various itineraries, there are significant differences.
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Oct 10th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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BudgetQueen thanks for the tip, it sounds a great idea.
the downside for me is the more expensive flight ticket from here, but i'll work the posibilities.
ice is really my thing, i hope i can get very close to very big pieces of it!
i'll do my homework as you say, but
in case you know from your experience a couple of key points to take into account when choosing cruise or/and land itinerary, it would be great!
many thanks!
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Oct 11th, 2008, 05:30 AM
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A top one way Vancouver/Seward itinerary is with HAL, which goes to both Glacier Bay and College Fjords. Request a brochure.
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Oct 11th, 2008, 01:57 PM
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you are great-thanks a lot!
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