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ARCTIC CRUISE TOURS

The tranquil natural beauty and unique wildlife of the Arctic make it an irresistible draw for anyone looking to get close to nature and experience an adventure of a lifetime. The frigid land and ice covered seas are home to polar bear, caribou, musk oxen, arctic fox, whale and numerous species of bird and all set to the stunning backdrop of snow and ice, and there is always the chance to catch a glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful northern lights.

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 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, muskox 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. For those seeking the ultimate adventure it is possible to reach the Noth Pole on board a specially designed ice-breaker ship, but spaces are very limited.

The best way to experience the wonderful variety of scenery and wildlife of the Arctic is on board one of the many specially converted expedition cruise boats, although land only option are 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.

Our suggested Arctic holiday itineraries are a good starting point and will give you an idea of what's available. They are based on specific cruise ships which we prefer to use, however if you have a preferred ship, 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, just ask us about this when you make your enquiry.

TOP Arctic TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

Tour name Tour type Days Start Date Offer Price
Polar Bear Encounters Small Group 8 10th of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 Book Now
Polar Bear Encounters Small Group 8 17th of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 Book Now
Polar Bear Encounters Small Group 8 27th of May 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 Book Now
Polar Bear Encounters Small Group 8 3rd of Jun 2019
Polar Bear Encounters
US$4339 Book Now
Northern Lights Adventure Small Group 8 20th of Sep 2019
Northern Lights Adventure
US$3359 Book Now

Small Group Arctic TOURS

Polar Bear Encounters

Take a cruise around the isolated island of Spitsbergen in search of the elusive polar bear. Enjoy the magical landscapes and unique flora and fauna that makes the Arctic a truly unforgettable holiday destination.

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Price

Small Group

8

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$4339


Northern Lights Adventure

This 8-day Northern Lights Adventure explores Spitsbergen's stunning fjord region by traditional sailboat, and is an excellent base to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis.

Type

Days

Price

Small Group

8

From

$3359


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TAILOR-MADE Arctic TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 18th, 2016

Guide to Longyearbyen

In Norway

Longyearbyen is the gateway to the Arctic and starting point for many cruise based expeditions operating in the chilly polar waters.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 18th, 2016

Wildlife of the Arctic

In Arctic

Overview of the diverse and unique wildlife of the Arctic from polar bears to humpback whale, to walrus and arctic fox.

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