Jun 21, 2019 — Jul 01, 2019

Arctic Expedition

With Dr. Carla Thorson

About this Trip

Voyage through the otherworldly Arctic Circle on this unique 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night cruise on the Five-Star L’AUSTRAL. Visit during the region’s most enchanting season, when shimmering ice basks in the midnight sun’s ceaseless glow. Sail the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago.  Enjoy expert-led Zodiac excursions in diverse, serene terrains, where remarkable wildlife—from whales and walruses to Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes—roam freely. Accompanied by Dr. Carla Thorson, you will explore the politics of this Arctic region.  Spend one night in Paris before the flight to Longyearbyen and one night in the deluxe Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel upon return from the Arctic. 

From $7,995 per person plus airfare.  Early booking discount extended!

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About the Lecturer

Dr. Carla Thorson, Vice President of Public Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, earned her MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Council, she was on the faculty at UCLA and was Outreach Coordinator for the UCLA International Institute’s Center for European and Eurasian Studies. While studying for her degrees, she also worked as a consultant at the RAND Corporation and as an analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. Dr. Thorson has led several Council tours and lectured on a Baltics cruise, Antarctica cruise, Iceland cruise, and most recently our 2018 trip to South Africa.

  • “Dr. Thorson was beyond ‘good’. Her knowledge was enlightening, but more importantly she engaged with everyone in the group.”

    Sylvia Lieberman, PA

  • “It was lovely traveling with Carla again. She is very confident and calm about everything.”

    Phyllis Weber, NJ