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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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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland25%$1415012Jul 3, 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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Natural Wonders of Greenland - Tour 120%$695012Aug 12, 2022This 12-day expedition voyage aboard MS Seaventure takes you from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq, through the Prince Christian Sound, visiting the old …
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Natural Wonders of Greenland - Tour 220%$695012Aug 23, 2022Board the MS Seaventure on this incredible 12-day Arctic expedition cruise of Greenland and Iceland. Spot wildlife such as musk ox and whales, trek …
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Iceland Circumnavigation20%$535010May 27, 2023Take a 10-day voyage around Iceland on MS Seaventure. Along the way, experience both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life on a variety of …
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Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in BriefSavings$49957Jul 2, 2023Board 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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Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest PassageSavings$74959Aug 15, 2022During this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Ultramarine you will discover the great sea route known as the Northwest Passage at the top of the …
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East Greenland Scoresby Sund - Aurora BorealisSavings$45009Sep 12, 2022This 9-day Arctic expedition cruise travels from east Greenland to Scoresby Sund across the Arctic Circle, home waters of multiple species of whale. …
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of SvalbardSavings$799510May 30, 2023This exciting 10-day Arctic cruise of the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen aboard the sleek new vessel Ultramarine, travels from Oslo to …
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Svalbard Odyssey$1109512Jun 29, 2022Greg Mortimer embarks on a 12-day voyage to explore Svalbard, an island renowned for its rugged, distant terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra that …
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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1149514May 18, 2023This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland$1749520Sep 13, 2022Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join this 20-day itinerary in the exploration of the Arctic Circle through the legendary Northwest Passage, searching …
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Majestic Norwegian Fjords$1240912Aug 31, 2023From Tromso to Copenhagen, this epic 12-day cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse explores the Lofoten Islands and Norwegian fjords, where you will see …
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard$799510May 30, 2023This exciting 10-day Arctic cruise of the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen aboard the sleek new vessel Ultramarine, travels from Oslo to …
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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen$1031012May 19, 2023Experience Norway and the awe-inspiring Svalbard archipelago from aboard LeBoreal. Starting in Bergen and sailing across magical landscapes of …
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Jewels of the Arctic$1289515Jul 19, 2022While cruising the icy waters of the Greenland Sea between Norway and Iceland, keep an eye out for whales, sea ice and countless seabirds on your …
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Iceland Circumnavigation$929511Aug 1, 2022Discover Iceland below the surface – a land rich in wildlife, culture, and fascinating human history during this 11-day Arctic roundtrip cruise …
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Expedition to the Thule Region$2090017Jul 25, 2023Departing from cosmopolitan Paris, luxurious L'Austral takes you north to Arctic Greenland on this 17-day expedition cruise. Explore Baffin Bay, …
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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 …
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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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