An Arctic tour with Encounters Travel is guaranteed to show off the country's natural beauty and unique wildlife – making it an irresistible draw for anyone looking to get close to nature and experience an adventure of a lifetime.
An Arctic tour introduces you to the frigid land and ice-covered seas that are home to the polar bear, caribou, musk oxen, arctic fox, whale and numerous species of bird and all set to the stunning backdrop of snow and ice – the perfect opportunity to experience Arctic wildlife.
The northern polar region is a place of unparalleled beauty – its ice-filled seas, glacier streaked mountains and vast polar deserts make it a truly memorable place to visit.
A cruise in Canada's Northwest Passage is a popular option and perfect for an Arctic expedition - its highlights include Prince Leopold Island, where spectacular sandstone cliffs are the nesting home to thousands of thick-billed murres, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes; the iceberg-filled Bellot Strait; and Cambridge Bay, the Musk ox capital of the world.
A cruise around Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, Iceland and Greenland offers a great opportunity to view polar bear, walrus and caribou. Sightings of Arctic Terns, Arctic Skuas, Long-tailed Ducks, Kittiwakes and Glaucous Gulls are possible in and around the many glacier-fed fjords.
If you’re keen on an Arctic tour and seeking the ultimate adventure to the North Pole, it is very possible on board a specially designed ice-breaker ship however, spaces are very limited to the North Pole.
The best way to experience the wonderful variety of scenery and wildlife of the Arctic is onboard one of the many specially converted expedition cruise boats, although the land-only option is possible.
There are plenty of cruise ships to choose from and the lengths of itineraries vary depending on which area of the Arctic you are interested in visiting and, of course, your budget.
The expedition vessels range in size from 50 to 130 passenger and levels of comfort vary accordingly. Typical embarkation ports include Resolute Bay in Canada, Juneau in Alaska and Spitsbergen in Norway – an almost complete Arctic circle.
Our suggested Arctic tour itineraries are a good starting point and will give you an idea of what's available.
At Encounters Travel, our Arctic tours are based on specific cruise ships which we prefer to use, however, if you have a preferred shipper, we can normally provide a quote including all air and ground arrangements pre and post-cruise.
It is also possible to include some extra time either before or after your cruise, to explore your country of embarkation – simply contact us for any additional information.
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Yes, it is safe to visit the Arctic, but you can also expect unpredictable weather and rough seas.
There is no Arctic currency, but US dollars will be accepted on most cruises.
The best time to see the ice and snow is from June to mid-July, as the sun has not melted the snow yet, and polar bears and walruses will be out hunting. From mid-July to mid-August, the ice is less likely to block the channels in Spitsbergen, and the Tundra flowers are blooming.
As the temperatures in the Arctic can be freezing, you should wear a thermal layer, a waterproof jacket, rubber boots and two sets of gloves.
You do not need to be in excellent fitness, but you do need to be in good overall health. The cruise will be visiting remote areas, and you will not have easy access to modern medical facilities. The cruise or tour does not need to be physically demanding, and you can always opt out of onshore activities.
Knowing if you need a vaccine or not depends on where you are departing from, landing sites and where you will disembark at the end of your tour.
To be safe, we suggest visiting your local doctor to find out more about travel vaccines. Please note that some vaccines require it to be taken a few weeks in advance, so be sure to factor this in.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.
This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.
Dial Code: The area code for the three Territories of Canada in the Arctic far north is +867.
Area: 13,985,000 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in the Arctic is the Litke Deep in the Eurasian Basin, at 5,450m (17,880 ft.) | The highest point in the Arctic is the GunnbjÃ¸rn Fjeld, Sermersooq, Island of Greenland, Greenland summit at 3694m (12,119 ft.)
Population: About 4 million people live in the Arctic
Government: The eight Arctic nations make up the Arctic Council
The Arctic is a polar region situated at the northernmost part of the Earth. The Arctic encompasses the Arctic Ocean, nearby seas and parts of Alaska (United States), Northern Canada, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.
The landscape of the Arctic is characterised by seasonally varying snow and ice cover, as well as treeless permafrost (permanently frozen underground ice) containing tundra. Depending on the season, parts of the Arctic seas feature blocks of ice. The Arctic land is bordered by the subarctic.
The climate in the Arctic consists of cold winters and cool summers. The precipitation is usually in the form of snow. The coastal climate is influenced by the ocean with warmer temperatures and heavier rainfalls. Global warming is currently affecting the Arctic, resulting in sea ice shrinkage and diminished ice in the Greenland ice sheet.
The indigenous people of the Arctic and the cultures in the region have adapted to the cold conditions over the years. Herbivores living in the tundra include the caribou, the lemming, the Arctic hare and the muskox. There is also a vast collection of birds and marine species that reside in the colder regions.
The Arctic has sizeable natural resources, such as gas, minerals, fish and fresh water. The region encompasses some of the last continuous wilderness areas in the world. The Arctic holds one-fifth of the Earth's water supply. The Arctic's tourism industry is on the rise.
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