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On a small ship Arctic cruise, you'll experience a magical land of icy fjords, jagged mountains, and 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, and RussiaContact one of our Arctic cruise experts for help planning your trip.
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Greenland OdysseySavings$1779517Jul 6, 2024Experience the world's largest island on this 10-day Greenland Odyssey Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle. Discover the grandeur of Greenland featuring …
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Complete Northwest PassageSavings$3579530Aug 17, 2024Join this spectacular 30-dayComplete Northwest Passage Expedition aboard Sylvia Earle and encounter enigmatic Arctic wildlife, including walrus, …
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Svalbard OdysseySavings$1269512Jun 19, 2024Cruise to the island of Svalbard which is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard …
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Jewels of the ArcticSavings$1619515Jun 23, 2024Experience the beauty of Svalbard and East Greenland on this 15-day adventure cruise aboard the Sylvia Earle. See polar bears, walruses, and …
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Svalbard and the Northern FjordsSavings$1590010Jun 13, 2024This 10-day Arctic expedition on National Geographic Endurance takes you to the remote islands and fjords of northern Norway such as Sørøya Island …
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Hot Springs and Eternal Ice - Tour 1Savings$1265519Jul 11, 2024Experience a 19-day cruise adventure on the MS Seaventure to Iceland and Greenland. Explore Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Isafjordur, Husavik, …
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Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & SvalbardSavings$689512May 29, 2024Join the Sea Spirit on a fantastic 12-day sailing expedition to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Svalbard. Explore some of the Arctic's most magical …
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Northwest PassageSavings$2109517Jul 20, 2024Join this spectacular 17-day Northwest Passage Expedition aboard Sylvia Earle and encounter enigmatic Arctic wildlife, including walrus, beluga …
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Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise$102657May 18, 2024Join the 7-day summer cruise through Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord and discover the breathtaking wilderness, glaciers, and natural beauty of …
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Spitsbergen Photography: Domain of the Polar Bear$1229514May 10, 2024This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard$2330016May 2, 2024Cruise across Norway's fjords and Arctic Svalbard on a 16-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Resolution, and explore the wilderness, …
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Discover Iceland$25818Oct 11, 2023Explore the best of Iceland on this 8-day tour, covering Reykjavik and the highlights along the famed Ring Road. Visit the Golden Triangle, witness …
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Out of the Northwest Passage$1399517Sep 12, 2024The Northwest Passage remains one of the world’s last true frontiers. Embark on the Ocean Endeavour for a 17-day Arctic cruise to the far reaches …
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice$40008Jun 10, 2024Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearbyen, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the …
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High Arctic Explorer$999512Aug 3, 2024Explore 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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Best of Iceland$26498Oct 5, 2023Explore the best of Iceland on this exciting 8-day tour starting and ending in Reykjavik. Beautiful glaciers reach across the landscape as you visit …
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief$49957May 15, 2024Board the Ocean Adventurer in Longyearbyen for a 7-day Arctic cruise through the pack of ice and participate in optional adventure activities like …
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland$1117210Jul 4, 2024On this active 10-day Iceland cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer, you'll circumnavigate Iceland and witness glaciers, geysers, thundering …
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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

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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