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Arctic Cruises

Arctic Cruises

We offer an outstanding collection of Arctic expedition cruises that combine the spirit of adventure with onboard style and comfort. The Arctic is imbued with an ethereal magic, an icy land at the top of the world that is home to polar bears, walruses, whales and seabirds.

On your Arctic exploration you will discover deep fjords scattered with icebergs, flowering tundra, dramatic glaciers and small Inuit communities. During the summer months the sun barely sets and the landscape is illuminated under the glow of the Midnight Sun.

Cruise Collection 2021/ 2022

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  • In the Realm of the Polar Bear

    Hurtigruten
    Spitsbergen
    Kayaking in Spitsbergen 9 Nights Cruise Only from £5143pp Book with Confidence! Oslo (Norway) - Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), North West Spitsbergen National Park, Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserve, South Spitsbergen National Park, Isfjord, Longyearbyen - Oslo (Norway)

    Explore remote Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear, on this unique 9-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team

  • Coasts of Greenland Expedition

    Silversea
    Silver Cloud
    Greenland 10 Nights Fly Cruise from £8910pp Save 10%! Reykjavik, Skjoldungen (Greenland), Prince Christian Sound - Aapilatooq, Nanortalik - Uunartoq Island, Qaqortoq - Hvalsey, Qassiarsuk - Itilleq, Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq

    Cross the Denmark Strait from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik to the rugged coast of Greenland to discover traditions of the ancient Inuit culture and enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions with the expedition team

  • Greenland and Iceland Expedition

    Silversea
    Silver Wind
    Polar Bears 15 Nights Cruise Only from £10980pp Arctic All-Inclusive - Included Flights, Hotel Stay and Transfers! Reykjavik (Iceland), Sudureyri - Bolungarvik, Siglufjordur, Husavik, Jan Mayen Island (Norway), Northeast Greenland (Greenland), Scoresby Sund, Ittoqqortoormiit, Reykjavik (Iceland)

    A fascinating expedition cruise to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, Norway and Greenland, with highlights including rarely-visited Jan Mayen Island and Scoresby Sund

  • Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland

    Fred Olsen
    Borealis
    Greenland 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2599pp Liverpool, Reykjavík, Isafjørdur, Cruising Prins Christian Sund, Qaqortoq (Julianehaab), Narsarsuaq, Cruising Tunulliarfik Fjord, Nanortalik, Belfast, Liverpool
  • Circumnavigating Iceland

    Hurtigruten
    Choice of Ships
    Blued Lagoon, Reykjavik 8 Nights Cruise Only from £3127pp Book with Confidence! Reykjavik (Iceland), Stykkisholmur, Patreksfjordur, Northwest Iceland, Akureyri, Grimsey Island, Bakkagerdi, Heimaey, Reykjavik
  • Spitsbergen in Brief

    Quark Expeditions
    Ultramarine
    Spitbergen 5 Nights Cruise Only from £3400pp Flash Sale - 2nd Passenger Cruises Free! Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen
  • Midnight Sun in the Arctic

    Tradewind Voyages
    Golden Horizon
    Norway 21 Nights No Fly Cruise from £4249pp Book With Confidence! Harwich (England), Cruising through Fjords, Floro (Norway), Kristiansund, Namsos, Tromso, Hammerfest, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), Honningsvag (Norway), Andenes, Trondheim, Alesund, Cruising the Sognefjord, Leirvik, Harwich (England)
  • Arctic with the Midnight Sun

    Fred Olsen
    Bolette
    Midnight Sun 28 Nights No Fly Cruise from £4499pp Dover (UK), Andalsnes (Norway), Naeroyfjord - Cruising Seven Sisters - Crossing the Arctic Circle, Svolvaer (Lofoten Islands) - Trollfjord (Norway), Tromso, Honningsvag - North Cape, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - Cruising Tempelfjorden (Norway), Cruising by Jan Mayen Island, Reykjavik (Iceland), Cruising Prins Christian Sund (Greenland), Narsarsuaq, Nanortalik - Cruising Tasermiut Fjord, Cruising Prins Christian Sund, Isafjordur (Iceland), Akureyri, Dover (UK)
  • Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land and Air

    Quark Expeditions
    Ultramarine
    Greenland 7 Nights Cruise Only from £4550pp Flash Sale - 2nd Passenger Cruises Free! Narsarsuaq, Exploring Southern Greenland, Narsarsuaq
  • Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

    Quark Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Longyearbyen 8 Nights Cruise Only from £4590pp Exclusive Savings of up to 20% Plus Pay in Full and Save an Extra 10%! Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

About Arctic Cruises

During your Arctic adventure you can enjoy exhilarating polar activities that immerse you in the enthralling Arctic world. Go ashore in small Zodiac boats that land on remote beaches, kayak in silence past immense blue-tinged glaciers or hike through tundra blooming with wildflowers. Onboard talks and presentations by the Expedition team reveal the wonder of the Arctic, with experts on subjects including polar history, zoology, geology and ornithology.

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the starkly beautiful Svalbard Archipelago, 400 miles north of mainland Norway and just 600 miles from the North Pole itself. Spectacular cliffs dominate the coastline with deep hidden fjords and colourful villages. Plants and migratory birds flourish in this national park, and Spitsbergen expedition cruises give the chance to spot reindeer, seals, arctic foxes and polar bears. The volcanic island of Jan Mayen is a nature reserve so remote that few have been fortunate to visit.

Still within the Arctic Circle, Greenland expedition cruises take you to the heart of the largest island in the world. Greenland is dotted with ancient Thule archaeological sites and the remains of Inuit hunters' cabins. Explore the ice-covered extremities of northern Greenland and the staggeringly fertile green expanses of southern Greenland. Expedition cruises to East Greenland venture deep into the heart of Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system where majestic icebergs drift and glaciers wind their way towards the coast. The Arctic wilderness of West Greenland is home to unforgettable wildlife including musk oxen, polar bears and whales.

Explore one of Earth’s least-visited frontiers on Russian Arctic cruises to discover a land of isolated, spectacular beauty. From the ancient mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife-rich remote Franz Josef Land, there is an exhilarating mix of unique sights and adventures. Learn about early explorers including Fridtjof Nansen who overwintered in Franz Josef Land. The waters are rich with marine wildlife including walrus, whales, seals and even polar bears.

In the Canadian Arctic step back in time to where Vikings settled in L’Anse-aux-Meadows, North America’s only known Norse village. The historic Northwest Passage connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and is a rarely-travelled and challenging route that has been attempted by many explorers in the past including James Cook. Observe a diversity of wildlife, breathtaking scenery and traditional culture as you explore this renowned maritime route. Northwest Passage expedition cruises call at some of the world’s northernmost communities, from the traditional Inuit community of Pond Inlet to the abandoned settlement of Dundas Harbour with several archaeological sites.

The ultimate Arctic expedition cruise is an icebreaker voyage to the legendary North Pole. Crush through the Arctic pack ice and perhaps board the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling flight over the ship and the Arctic Ocean before arriving at the North Pole, the top of the world.

Lofoten Islands, Norway Iceberg arches, Greenland Brown bears, Russian Arctic Viking settlement in L'Anse-aux-Meadows

Arctic Adventure Highlights

Akureyri

The small town of Akureyri sits at the end of Eyjafjordur below a landscape of volcanic mountains. The town has a lively atmosphere with art galleries and coffee houses, a folklore museum of local life and a heated outdoor pool with geo-thermal hot pots. Visits to Akureyri may include tours to the thermal Lake Myvatn and the waterfalls of Godafoss.

Akureyri (Iceland)

Alesund

Alesund is built across three islands and uniquely for Norway, is an Art Nouveau town, rebuilt in this style after a devastating fire in 1904. The KUBE Art Museum is housed in the former premises of the Norwegian Bank, and upmarket shops line Apotekergata. For good views of the islands, hills and coast, take the steps from Alesund's park up to Mount Aksla. Worthy of a visit is the magnificent 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal.

Alesund (Norway)

Bergen

The old Hanseatic port of Bergen is within walking distance of the city centre and the famous Bryggen, the World Heritage listed waterfront area of gabled traditional buildings which dates back 900 years. The outdoor fish market is one of Bergen's popular tourist attractions, along with the Floibanen, the funicular which travels up Mount Floyen close to Skomadkerdiket Lake for views of the city and the sea.

Bergen (Norway)

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the capital of the remote and beautiful Svalbard Archipelago, situated on its largest island, Spitsbergen and the gateway to the High Arctic. The town nestles between two glacier tongues on Advent Fjord and has a modern feel to it, with brightly-painted buildings, good facilities and the interesting Svalbard Museum. Longyearbyen has several research stations and the Global Seed Vault, which was dug into the permafrost and preserves seeds to ensure the future of plant diversity and food crops.

Longyearbyen (Norway)

Nuuk

Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, founded in 1728 and situated at the head of a large network of fjords. It is a blend of modern architecture and the older buildings of Kolonihaven. The Greenland National Museum houses the famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq Mummies, discovered beneath a hillside underhang in 1972 in a remarkable state of preservation. In the harbour is the beautiful statue of the 'Mother of the Sea' which is covered by the waves at high tide.

Nuuk (Greenland)

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world. The wooden buildings of the old town sit beside lively, modern Reykjavik which has excellent museums, galleries and contemporary outdoor geo-thermal pools. There are superb viewing decks in the lovely church of Hallgr'mskirkja, built to resemble lava flow. The Imagine Peace Tower opposite the harbour was built by Yoko Ono as a memorial to John Lennon and emits a tower of light during the last three months of the year.

Reykjavik (Iceland)

Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the remote Svalbard archipelago and the only one with a permanent population. For travellers continuing north, it is the gateway to the High Arctic and the last stop before the North Pole. This harsh habitat supports polar bears, reindeer and hardy flora, and is home to international research stations and the Global Seed Vault. Its dramatic scenery includes Advent Fjord, the Monaco Glacier and jagged granite mountains.

Spitsbergen (Norway)

Svolvaer

Svolvaer is the main port and capital of the Lofoten Islands, and its harbour is idyllically set below a ring of mountains. It's renowned for the special qualities of its natural light which attracts painters and sculptors to the town, built across small islets connected by bridges. For such a small town, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and good public transport links to smaller towns nearby.

Svolvaer (Lofoten Islands, Norway)

The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands

These beautiful, mountainous island chains, rising to 1,000 metres in places, are some of the oldest in the world, fjorded during the Ice Age. Many of the fishermen's cabins are built on stilts along the waterfront in the small settlements here. Tiny islands like Rost are home to nesting seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, eider ducks, cormorants and sea eagles. See the Legends of the Lofoten Islands Tour, which spends more time here.

The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands (Norway)

Tromso

Tromso is the capital of the Arctic, and has been the starting point for many Polar expeditions. In the waterfront Polar Museum there are exhibits related to these and the history of hunting and trapping in the Polar region. There are shops, cafes, the stunning stained glass Arctic Cathedral and the world's most northerly botanic garden in the town, which benefits from the Gulf Stream.

Tromso (Norway)

Trondheim

Trondheim is an attractive city partly encircled by the River Nid and was once the capital of Norway. Its waterfront is bordered by brightly-painted wharves and the old town bridge leads to the lively Bakklandet neighbourhood where there are numerous wooden houses, shops and cafes. The town's chief sight is the ancient cathedral of Nidaros which was built in the 11th century over the burial site of St Olav.

Trondheim (Norway)

Customer Reviews

The North West Passage trip on LAustral, Ponant, was a fabulous experience. There was a very special mix of wildlife, landscape, Inuit culture, and history.

Compared to the Antartic penninsular, where the wildlife is easy to find, in the NW Passage it has to be sought out and cannot be guaranteed. However, the Captain made great efforts to ensure we saw as much as possible and what we did see was extraordinary. From polar bears swimming near the ship, to dozens of narwhals, belugas and walrus, with a couple of grey whales and musk ox, and some bearded seals, the photographers on board were going crazy.

The landscape is spectacular,so being able to land and walk on the tundra, and islands where Franklin and others landed, is a great experience. Icebergs and ice flows were also seen, though with global climate change the ice flows are much reduced.

Intuit culture and life style were highlights and vists to two villages, one in Greenland and one on Canada, gave a glimpse into the challenges they face and how the climate has dictated their way of life. In fact this trip really makes you appreciate the impact of climate change and the adverse effect on Inuit life and the pressure on wildlife with reduced numbers of polar bears and other species that rely on ice. We, and our governments, urgently need to look at how we reduce our carbon output significantly.

Finally, the history of early explorers, particularly Frankins ill fated voyage and the many attempts to find him, was fascinating.

All this was enhanced by the excellent talks given by the expedition team members who were also on hand to help at the landings and on the walks.

The luxury on board LAustral with first class food and service was as you would expect.

Hurtigruten are a great company and the ship is wonderful. My second trip with them (first was to Antarctica) and the service and professionalism of the crew and expedition team is always top notch.

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