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From Norway to Canada, Adventure Life offers an array of exciting cruises to the northernmost part of our planet. As you explore the glacial polar waters, you will enjoy the intimacy and comfort of the small vessels that we have hand-selected based on their itineraries, crews, and accommodations. No matter where you want to go, our Arctic cruise experts can help you find a cruise that's perfect for you - Want to learn about Viking lore and the unique cultures of Scandinavia? Then consider visiting Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland. Or perhaps you want to witness the majestic polar bears at the northern tip of America or scuba dive with the narwhals? Then an expedition through the Northwest Passage would be perfect. We even offer extended cruises around the entire Arctic Circle for those with a bit more time.
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Scattered houses of Tromso
$2,450
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Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail

8 Day Itinerary aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Ski up to Trolltinden
  • Enjoy the view of Norway coastline
  • Explore Tromso
  • Climb Norway's summits
Starts/ Ends in:
Tromso / Tromso
Activities:
Skiing, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Starting in Tromsø, the “Paris of the North,” and finishing in Alta, the home of the Northern Lights Cathedral, this adventurous voyage lets you ski some of the best and biggest off-the-beaten-track slopes in Northern Norway. Summits like Trolltinden, Arnoyhogda, and …
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Whale watching in the European arctic.
$2,450
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North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales

Tromsø - Tromsø - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Spot whales
  • See white-tailed eagles
  • Hike on Sommarøy
  • Explore fishing villages
Starts/ Ends in:
Tromso / Senja
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. Keep a lookout for sperm whales and other whale species along your journey. The long Norway nights offer travelers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and …
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$19,960
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Oslo
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board National Geographic Resolution and explore Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromsø and …
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Colorful port of Bergen
$4,180
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Norwegian Fjords : Oslo - Bergen

Oslo - Bergen - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Discover unusual landscapes
  • Sail in the Lysefjord
  • Explore Art architecture in Alesund
  • Hike Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Bergen
Activities:
Hiking, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise withLe Bellot on an 8-day exceptional itineraryand discoverthe beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Leaving from Oslo, the Norwegian capital in its exceptional natural setting, set sail for the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Next, visit Stavanger,a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a …
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$11,990
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Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Visit Shetland Islands for wildlife
  • Stroll to see the wooden houses
  • Explore Hardangerfjorden
  • Explore the Stone Age sites
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Edinburgh
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, sail across the North Sea in the wake of legendary explorers and seafarers, traveling from Norway’s breathtaking fjords and snow-dusted mountains to Scotland’s rolling green hills and ancient ruins. Glide beneath the dramatic …
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Famed Pulpit Rock in Norway
$4,180
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Norwegian Fjords : Bergen - Oslo

Bergen - Oslo - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
  • Discover unusual landscapes
  • Sail in the Lysefjord
  • Visit Gothenburg
  • Sail along Göteborg’s canals
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Oslo
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Come aboard the Le Dumont-d'Urville on an 8-day cruise and sail along the Norwegian coastline, whose vertiginous cliff faces have been sculpted by the wind and the sea, giving rise to many unspoiled fjords. FromBergen, famous for its Hanseatic wharf, which still carries a few traces of the rich …
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Enjoy northern lights on an Arctic cruise
$5,070
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Magic of the Arctic Winter

12 Day Itinerary aboard MS Trollfjord
  • See the northern lights
  • Discover Lofoten
  • Experience the Norwegian coast
  • Discover fascinating Tromsø
Starts/ Ends in:
Bergen / Bergen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
The spectacular northern lights are the most famous reason to explore Norway in the winter, but the coast has so much more to offer. Sail with us to discover an Arctic landscape filled with impressive mountains, deep fjords, and charming coastal towns. Discover Norway’s hidden pearls, and …
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Zodiac cruising in Svalbard
$11,495
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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • View iconic arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy continuous daylight
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Learn techniques from photographers
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Oslo
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Cruising along the coast, ice edge and inner fjords of Spitsbergen, you’ll be immersed in the natural wonders of the land of the midnight sun as you pursue your quest to photograph arctic wildlife: the polar bear as it prowls the edges of the pack ice on its perpetual hunt for food; the …
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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
$11,995
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Out of the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Travel the NW Passage Route
  • Enjoy Inuit hospitality
  • Visit Franklin Expedition graves
  • View Arctic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Kugluktuk / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Hiking, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
An iconic journey, the Northwest Passage remains an adventure today. Join the Ocean Endeavour on this 17-day journey as it sets sail eastward from Kugluktuk toward Gjoa Haven, where Amundsen honed his polar skills. Sail the Queen Maud Gulf, stopping for daily hikes and Zodiac cruises. Continue on …
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$8,090
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Expedition Svalbard

11 Day Itinerary aboard M/S Quest
  • Explore eastern Svalbard
  • Search for Arctic wildlife & birds
  • Find 17th-century whaling remnants
  • Cruise spectacular landscapes
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit Svalbard during the second half of the season on this Arctic expedition cruise. The ice is slowly starting to loosen its grip, which offers good opportunities to explore the seldom-visited eastern parts. During this expedition explore the Arctic archipelago, searching for wildlife such as …
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Grass-roofed houses of the Faroe Islands
$22,470
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Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore secluded inlets by kayak
  • Encounter the Bronze Age ruins
  • Explore the culture of Faroe Island
  • Observe nesting seabirds
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Follow the Viking trail aboard the new National Geographic Resolution on a 16-day voyage from Norway to the far-flung islands and archipelagos of the Arctic. Cruise the famed Norwegian fjords and the magical Lofoten islands, explore Bronze Age sites in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, and delve …
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First views of Baffin Island
$7,595
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High Arctic Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit Beechey Island
  • Hike on Devon Island
  • Enjoy a cultural welcome at Pond
  • Watch Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the tundra
Starts/ Ends in:
Resolute Bay / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Tallurutiup Imanga, a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik; try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and …
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Wild Icelandic Horse grazing
$2,885
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Iceland Circumnavigation

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Diamond
  • Explore Breidafjördur Bay
  • See Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve
  • Play golf in a volcano crater
  • Reach Vatnajökull Glacier
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience an unforgettable 10-day journey around Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond. Discover this mystical land steeped in Viking traditions and volcanic landscapes not seen anywhere else on earth. This cruise reveals a diverse array of natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life. A range of …
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Voyage to the top of the world aboard the 50 Years of Victory
$31,995
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North Pole: Top of the World

Murmansk - Murmansk - 13 Day Itinerary aboard 50 Years of Victory
  • Cruise through the Barents Sea
  • Join a helicopter flightseeing tour
  • Visit the top of the world
  • Discover historical sites
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day, endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals and penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights, the North Pole isdefinitely one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. …
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Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions
$17,495
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

20 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Explore Canadian wildlife sanctuary
  • Visit and learn the Inuit culture
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore the arctic on a Zodiac
Starts/ Ends in:
Kangerlussuaq / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Venture far above the Arctic Circle, in a land where the sun never sets and polar bears roam, with Ocean Adventurer. On this 20-day cruise, explore the northerly shores of Canada’s Baffin Island and the western coast of Greenland, searching for the wildlife and visiting the communities that …
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$5,150
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Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Visit an important research center
  • Discover former whaling settlements
  • Board Zodiacs for shore excursions
  • Encounter a vast array of wildlife
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 10-day arctic voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel that is ideal for polar exploration,discover the remote shores, …
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Midnight sun light, Ilulissat
$11,995
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Into the Northwest Passage

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Visit ancient sites and villages
  • Meet the stunning Arctic wildlife
  • Experience Inuit culture first hand
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord
Starts/ Ends in:
Kangerlussuaq / Kugluktuk
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard the ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour. On this 17-day journey, experience quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, cross the Davis Strait, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. …
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Arctic puffins
$6,995
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Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Follow in the footsteps of Norsemen
  • Explore the volcanic and glacier
  • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife
  • Cruise in a Zodiac for exploration
Activities:
Hiking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Travel to some of the most remote islands on the planet, where only a small number of adventurers have ever left their footprints. This 14-day sailing expedition on Ocean Adventurer shows you the region’s rugged beauty and whaling and Viking history, visiting the awe-inspiring and unspoiled …
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