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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.

10 Best Arctic Cruises & Tours for 2021-2022

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Franz Josef Land: Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen15%$1039514Jul 21, 2021Join the Sea Spirit on an authentic Arctic adventure. Discover Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of …
North Pole: Top of the World5%$3199513Jul 10, 2022Board your icebreaker vessel, 50 Years of Victory, for a spectacular 13-day Arctic & North Pole voyage. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring …
Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland: Arctic Odyssey15%$909514Aug 25, 2021Explore three fascinating Arctic destinations, Spitsbergen, East Greenland, and Iceland, on a spectacular 14-day cruise. Discover magnificent …
Best of Svalbard15%$839512Jul 12, 2022Join the Sea Spirit on an authentic Arctic adventure. Discover Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of …
Best of Svalbard15%$749511Jul 3, 2022Journey across the enchanting Norwegian Arctic on this 11-day sailing expedition aboard the Sea Spirit. Take every opportunity to experience …
South & West Greenland15%$609512May 27, 2022Start your 12-day Arctic expedition cruise aboard the Sea Spirit, from Reykjavík, Iceland, and make your way to Kangerlussuaq. You'll visit …
West Greenland and Disko Bay15%$46958Jun 7, 2022This 8-day cruise aboard the Sea Spirit will take you all around West Greenland and Disko Bay, where you will see impressive fjords and icebergs in …
Viking Odyssey15%$439510May 19, 2022Sea Spirit hosts this 10-day Arctic cruise from Edinburgh to Reykjavik. Long days and short nights give you ample opportunity to experience this …

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Our Favorite Arctic Cruise Ships

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Ultramarine199$5995New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. …
National Geographic Endurance126$10990The 126 passenger National Geographic Endurance has the highest ice class rating (PC5 Category A) ever for a purpose-built cruise ship which allows …
L'Austral264$3340The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the …
Sylvia Earle126$6295New in 2021, cruise the polar regions in style on the Sylvia Earle. Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, …
Sea Spirit114$4395Explore polar regions in style and comfort aboard the all-suite Sea Spirit. Providing spacious accommodations for a maximum of 114 passengers, the …
MV Janssonius170$1950Janssonius is meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Janssonius represents the most flexible, …
Ocean Endeavour200$5795The Ocean Endeavour is the ultimate expedition cruising ship. Strong and stable, with plenty of creature comforts, we’re sure you will feel at …

10 Best Luxury Arctic Cruises for 2021

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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska$3699025Jul 19, 2021Embark the National Geographic Endurance for this 25-day expedition cruise crossing the Northeast Passage with a mission to explore the Siberian …
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq$1350010Jul 29, 2021Explore the Arctic on this exceptional 10-day expedition cruise, starting in the magical city of Reykjavik, Iceland, and making your way through …
Reykjavik Round-trip$864011Jul 5, 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 …
Expedition to the Thule Region$2669017Jul 30, 2021Departing from cosmopolitan Paris, luxurious L'Austral takes you north to Arctic Greenland on this 17-day expedition cruise. Explore Baffin Bay, …
Longyearbyen to Dublin$2160027Aug 1, 2022Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 27-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, an Arctic territory full of life and color defined by the …
Iceland & Svalbard - Reykjavik to Tromso$1790016Jul 5, 2021On this 16-day adventure cruise aboard Silver Wind, journey to Iceland and Svalbard to see isolated islands, remote landscapes, glaciers, and to look …
Baffin Bay Secrets$1851014Jul 27, 2022This incredible 14-day journey aboard L'Austral will acquaint you with the secrets of the Baffin Bay and Greenland. Glaciers and icebergs are home to …
Expedition along the East Coast of Greenland$1337016Aug 15, 2021Discover the east coast of Greenland during a new 16-day expedition cruise onboard L’Austral, and venture into an extremely remote part of the …
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq$1395012Jul 21, 2022This 12-day Arctic expedition cruise aboard Silver Wind takes you from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq on an epic exploration of Iceland and Greenland, …
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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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
Updated March 22, 2021

There are currently travel advisories and limitations when traveling to most destinations in the Arctic.

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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