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From Norway to Canada, Adventure Life offers an array of exciting cruises to the northernmost part of our planet. As you explore the glacial polar waters, you will enjoy the intimacy and comfort of the small vessels that we have hand-selected based on their itineraries, crews, and accommodations. No matter where you want to go, our Arctic cruise experts can help you find a cruise that's perfect for you - Want to learn about Viking lore and the unique cultures of Scandinavia? Then consider visiting Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland. Or perhaps you want to witness the majestic polar bears at the northern tip of America or scuba dive with the narwhals? Then an expedition through the Northwest Passage would be perfect. We even offer extended cruises around the entire Arctic Circle for those with a bit more time.
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Visit historical Arctic settlements on your voyage
$7,495
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Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

13 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova (QU)
  • Search for polar bears
  • Learn about Spitsbergen's history
  • View evidence of past whaling
  • Visit 14th of July Glacier
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Join the Ocean Nova on this 13-day voyage to attempt a circumnavigation of the island. Lying entirely within the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is unspoiled, wild, and utterly unforgettable. It is also one of the premiere locations to view …
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A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains.
$5,995
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Arctic Safari

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Search for bears, whales & walrus
  • Voyage along Greenland's fjords
  • Cruise seabird colonies by Zodiac
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by sea
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Begin your 12-day Arctic expedition inKangerlussuaq, Greenland where you board the Ocean Endeavour. The great icefjord at Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, is one of many highlights. The Canadian Arctic experience begins in …
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Glimpse the King of the Arctic
$3,900
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Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • View & photograph polar bears
  • Navigate through deep fjords
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend 8 days along the northern coast of Spitsbergen searching for the King of the North - the polar bear. Board the MV Plancius and navigate north along the western coast of Greenland and cruise through fjords to spectacular glaciers, through ice-pack, and into remote regions. There are ample …
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Arriving at the North Pole
$27,995
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North Pole: The Ultimate Meeting of Minds

14 Day Itinerary aboard 50 Years of Victory
  • Create change through discovery
  • Crush through ice pack
  • Enjoy wildlife encounters
  • Enjoy helicopter sightseeing
Activities: Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow in the footsteps of early explorers with a small group of intrepid learners, adventurers, writers, scientists, researchers, and educators. Board the 50 Years of Victory in Helsinki, Finland, for a once in a lifetime voyage sharing the perspectives on today´s environmental challenges. …
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Arctic village
$5,750
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Expedition Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Cruise pristine glacial landscapes
  • Search for Polar Bear, Walrus & Fox
  • Watch for whales including Beluga
  • Observe unique arctic birds
  • Enjoy cruises among bird cliffs
  • Discover whaling operation ruins
  • Explore deep fjords lined with rugg
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Svalbard showcases the earth’s northern limits at their most impressive. Traversing this archipelago is a treat for any intrepid traveler, and this Arctic cruise brings forth its most spellbinding facets. This region teems with vast ice fields, towering icebergs, massive glaciers and a …
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An early morning view of Alesund, Norway
$1,610
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Classic Voyage North

7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Lofoten
  • Cruise through Geirangerfjord
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Explore small fishing villages
  • Meet a local Sami family
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and make your way north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating your way through off-the-beaten-path destinations. Adventure awaits as you sail to Trondheim, cross …
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A beautiful arctic reflection.
$8,995
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Into the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Photograph birds and wildlife
  • Marvel at Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Travel to 3 northern regions
  • Learn about Inuit communities
  • See haunting explorer artifacts
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Northwest Passage is the Pinnacle of Arctic exploration. Join this 17-day cruise to venture where the ice allows. Explore the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Work your way north before crossing Smith Sound to visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord), Canada's …
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Visit an important research center
  • Discover former whaling settlements
  • Board Zodiacs for shore excursions
  • Encounter a vast array of wildlife
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a 10-day arctic voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel that is ideal for polar exploration,discover the remote shores, …
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A zodiac landing on remote shores
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Discover unspoiled wilderness
  • Spot iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore the arctic's landscapes
  • Watch for the elusive beluga whale
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on this 10-day voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the Ortelius, explore the Arctic shores on this polar expedition cruise. Take in the history of the region with …
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Reflection of colorful houses in Greenland
$9,650
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Expedition Greenland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Learn about Inuit culture
  • Explore Norse and Viking sites
  • Cruise along Skoldungen Fjord
  • Admire Qaqortoq's colorful houses
  • See the famous Qilakitsoq mummies
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this 11-day journey, take a look around Greenland, an unsullied wilderness that also happens to be the largest island in the world. Discover sites where ancient Vikings roamed, cruise into deep fjords with active glaciers and spectacular icebergs, soak in a natural steaming hot springs, and …
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Caribou antler laying on ground of Baffin Island
$9,350
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North Atlantic Adventure

16 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Cruise among floating icebergs
  • Learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit Torngat National Park
  • See polar bears
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Spa & Relaxing, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Look for Polar Bears and thousands of birds, while you wonder at the spectacular wilderness of the Torngat Mountains National Park. A unique opportunity to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord by air is not to be missed.
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A polar bear and her playful cub.
$10,220
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Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • View polar bears on the pack ice
  • Observe walruses and other wildlife
  • Hike, walk, Zodiac cruise & kayak
  • Enjoy superlative photos ops
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice glowing under the midnight sun. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides …
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$6,250
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Around Spitsbergen

16 Day Itinerary aboard Noorderlicht
  • Visit whaling and hunting stations
  • Observe distinctive arctic wildlife
  • Learn about the region from experts
  • Marvel at breathtaking scenery
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 16-day Arctic expedition cruise in Spitsbergen and Norway is carried out by the two-mast sailing vessel Noorderlicht. This beautiful vessel brings you to the most remote places around Spitsbergen, Lofoten and the Troms area. The small ship is well- suited for sailing among small islands and …
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A mother bear and her two cubs
$3,900
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North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Search for the King of the Arctic
  • Enjoy excursions in Zodiacs
  • Watch for Greenland and minke whale
  • Navigate through pack ice
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this Arctic voyage offers the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic. Sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favored by ringed and bearded seal. The cliffs and …
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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
$6,495
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Spitsbergen Explorer

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova (QU)
  • Cruise stunning fjords and glaciers
  • Learn about history and geology
  • Walk or hike to explore further
  • Experience the Arctic via kayak
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
If there is such a thing as a "classic" Arctic expedition cruise, this would be it! Join the Ocean Nova on this 11-day voyage to get the best of Spitsbergen. Explore the western edge of the island and venture into some northern outlying areas, where polar bears and walruses make their …
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Travelers standing next to the North Pole.
$27,995
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North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure

14 Day Itinerary aboard 50 Years of Victory
  • Helicopter over the Arctic
  • Reach the North Pole
  • Search for polar bears
  • Explore Arctic expedition remains
Activities: Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your North Pole voyage is one that you won’t soon …
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A baby cub follows its mother across the Arctic ice
$5,695
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Spitsbergen Encounter

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore stunning historic locations
  • Admire the sublime Arctic scenery
  • Sail along the polar pack ice edge
  • Visit a walrus colony
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov for a 10-day expedition exploring Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago - regions rich in wildlife and birdlife, glaciology, and history. From the moment the ship's lines are thrown, enter into the land of the polar bear, beluga whale, walrus, and reindeer. …
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Hike along the coastal Russian mountains
$19,800
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Northeast Passage: The Northern Sea Route

28 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Be part of a history-making voyage
  • Cruise between the Pacific & Arctic
  • Encounter Arctic wildlife
  • View archaeological sites
  • Journey to remote islands
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a 28-day history-making expedition through the Northern Sea Route/Northeast Passage from Anadyr to Svalbard. Aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, learn about the development of the commercial shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. First transited in 1878-1880 by Swedish …
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