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On a small ship Arctic cruise you'll experience a magical land of icy fjords, jagged mountains, & immense glaciers. Comfortable small ships glide travelers beyond the Arctic Circle through dramatic ice floes to walk in the footsteps of the Vikings or marvel at the breaching of a humpback whale. Hull-hardened ships cut through the polar ice to access areas previously visited by only the most adventurous explorers and even to the North Pole. A cruise of the Arctic offers rare wildlife, natural beauty, and unique cultures that have survived in one of the most extreme environments on Earth. Choose from cruises that visit the Arctic landscapes of Northern Canada's Baffin Island, the Northwest Passage, AlaskaGreenland, Iceland, Canada, Norway, & RussiaContact one of our Arctic cruise experts for help planning your trip.
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High Arctic Explorer15%$759512Aug 2, 2022Explore the high Arctic on this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the ice-class Ocean Endeavour. Departing from Resolute Bay high in the Arctic Circle, …
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Heart of the Arctic$499513Jul 21, 2022This 13-day expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavor brings you into the heart of the Arctic - from Canada's Inuit regions of Nunavik and Nunavut …
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Newfoundland Circumnavigation$499512Jun 12, 2022Board the luxurious Ocean Endeavour on this 11-day autumn expedition cruise of Newfoundland and Labrador, ideally timed for viewing spectacular fall …
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Atlantic Canada Explorer15%$399512Jun 23, 2022Embark on a 12-day exploration cruise of Canada's Atlantic coast, aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Explore highlights of Sable Island, Newfoundland, Nova …
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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East GreenlandSavings$1415012Sep 21, 2022National Geographic Endurance hosts this 12-day expedition cruise to discover the wild west coast of Iceland with its towering bird cliffs, meadows …
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Round-trip ReykjavikSavings$819011Aug 24, 2022Join the Silver Whisper on a splendid 11-day journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on the …
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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Alaska to NorwaySavings$3699026Jul 19, 2022The aptly named National Geographic Endurance hosts this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity: A 26-day expedition cruise crossing the Northeast Passage …
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Unexplored SvalbardSavings$85708Jun 3, 2022Experience something exceptional by discovering the Far North and the immense open spaces of the polar Arctic and its ice floes that extend to the …
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Arctic Expedition: Tromsø to Longyearbyen$1035010Jun 14, 2022Experience the splendid beauty of northern Norway on this 10-day Arctic expedition cruise aboard the luxurious Silver Wind. Sail from Tromsø, a …
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Roundtrip Kangerlussuaq$89108Aug 1, 2022Explore some of Greenland’s most coveted destinations on this 8-day expedition roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq aboard the Silver Wind. Get to know the …
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Best of Svalbard$749511Jun 21, 2022Journey across the enchanting Norwegian Arctic on this 11-day sailing expedition aboard the Sea Spirit. Take every opportunity to experience …
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Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice$515010Jul 6, 2022Explore the arctic seas of the North Atlantic on a voyage around Spitsbergen aboard the MV Plancius. This special 10-day expedition offers you the …
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Arctic Expedition: Roundtrip Longyearbyen$80107Jun 23, 2022Experience the magical wonder of Svalbard as you sail both the northern and southern regions of this remote archipelago on this 7-day cruise aboard …
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Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen$79207Jul 20, 2022Admire the exotic wildlife and breathtaking landscapes this incredible destination has to offer while you discover the wonders of the Arctic as you …
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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Alaska to Norway$3699026Jul 19, 2022The aptly named National Geographic Endurance hosts this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity: A 26-day expedition cruise crossing the Northeast Passage …
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The Northwest Passage: from Greenland to the Bering Sea 2022$3299524Aug 23, 2022Join this 24-day cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, embarking on an epic expedition from western Greenland, through the Canadian …
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Longyearbyen to Reykjavik$1575015Aug 1, 2022Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 15-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, an Arctic territory full of daunting fjords and expansive …
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Arctic Expedition: Reykjavik to Tromsø$1989014Jun 28, 2022Explore the Arctic from this 14-day cruise aboard Silver Cloud expedition and visit the isolated islands and remote regions of the northernmost part …
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Arctic Cruise Top Activities

Any of our small ship Arctic cruises will provide you with a variety of opportunities to experience the ice-capped top of the world in an engaging and active way. The most popular Arctic activities included on most cruises are:​
Traveling To the Arctic in the times of COVID-19

Visits to multiple countries are common on Arctic cruises, so please consult the below list of official government sources for travel advisories, restrictions, and current travel conditions.

From the United States: See US COVID travel informationCheck the US embassy's  travel advisories to Canada, Iceland, Russia, and Norway. 

From Canada: Check the Canadian embassy's advisories to Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, Russia, and Norway

The United Kingdom: Check the United Kingdom's government's current travel advisories.
Top Destinations for Arctic Cruises

Your Arctic cruise will take you across landscapes featuring impressive glaciers & fjords, oceanic fields of ice, expansive snow-covered tundras, and evergreen forests.

The Arctic is an intercontinental region with the land masses of North America, Europe, and Asia surrounding the Arctic Sea's churning icebergs and frigid waters.

The Arctic region is made up of countries like Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, US (Alaska) and Canada

Popular regions to visit on an Arctic cruise include the Northwest Passage, Baffin Island (Canada)SvalbardFaroes Islands, Jan Mayen Island,  and Franz Joseph Land.
 
Best Times to Cruise the Arctic

The travel season in the Arctic runs from May through November.

The best times to go are late May to early June when wildlife spotting is at its best, and mid-August into September when, with a little luck, the Aurora Borealis may be seen.

The weather during these "shoulder seasons" is not as warm as mid-June to mid-August, but the mosquitos and gnats aren't quite as prevalent, or hungry in the late Spring and early Fall. 
Where do Arctic trips usually start/finish and how can you visit?

The Arctic is normally visited on a cruise from one of the below northern ports:

Oslo is the gateway for cruises visiting the Svalbard archipelago, whereas Stockholm and Copenhagen are the main ports for accessing the Baltic Sea.

Reykjavik, Iceland is a major port for accessing cruises to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Baltic Sea

If visiting the Northwest Passage and Baffin Island, Canada cruises often start and/or finish in and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Nome and Anchorage Alaska have several cruises departing for the Northwest Passage, Northeast Passage, and Russia.

Russia's Far East is accessed frequently by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
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