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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 Northern Passage, AlaskaGreenland, Iceland, Canada, Norway, & RussiaContact one of our Arctic cruise experts for help planning your trip.

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The Saga of Erik The Red33%$1073013RelaxedStep aboard Le Soléal in Reykjavik for a 13-day expedition cruise to the remote and beautiful southern Greenland. Cruise across the Arctic and discover Viking ruins on this incredible voyage following in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red.
Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords$3000-$4000$699515RelaxedDiscover Greenland on this 15-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Sailing along the coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful country. Kayaking around fjords, cruising Cape Farewell, and soaking in hot springs offers an exclusive Arctic immersion experience.
Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland20%$399512RelaxedJoin the Ocean Diamond for a 12-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Take in the magical scenery of Iceland’s volcanic landscape and the inviting, immense fjords of Greenland. Learn about these countries, their people, and wildlife on your unforgettable journey.
Spitsbergen Explorer$1500-$2500$649511RelaxedExplore Spitsbergen – the wildlife capital of the Arctic – on this 11-day voyage aboard the Ocean Nova. Unique Arctic animals, like polar bears, walrus, and reindeer, can be spotted while Zodiac cruising, tundra hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Take advantage of continuous daylight for your polar desert exploration.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$2500$749513RelaxedAs you embark the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, prepare for a 13-day adventure where you will see Arctic wildlife, incredible geological formations, and visit some of our favorite landing sites as you cruise around Spitsbergen, home to numerous seabirds, whales, walruses and even the king of the Arctic – the polar bear.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$2500$789513RelaxedAlong this 13-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer you'll encounter Arctic wildlife, visit incredible geological formations, and explore some of the favorite landing sites in the Arctic Circle. Circumnavigate along the Spitsbergen archipelago and enhance your polar experience with optional excursions like kayaking and hiking.

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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:​
Where to Take an Arctic Cruise?

Your cruise will take you across various Arctic landscapes, featuring impressive glaciers & fjords, oceanic fields of ice, and snow-covered tundras, where evergreens have amazingly rooted sparce lives.

As you journey across this rugged & windswept landscape, you will have the chance to see the natural phenomenon of Aurora Borealis and some of the most breathtaking wildlife on the planet. 

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

Popular regions to visit on an Arctic cruise include the Faroes Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Norway, Svalbard and Russia.

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

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