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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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Ocean Nova
$5,795
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

9 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
  • Search for and photograph wildlife
  • Visit polar bear hunting areas
  • Observe walrus haul-outs
  • Kayak along icebergs and glaciers
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) on this 9-day itinerary and introduce yourself to the island of Spitsbergen. Embark in Longyearbyen and explore the island on an interesting wildlife circumnavigation. Keep your eyes on the horizon for polar bears, whales, and birds, as the ship navigates …
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A group of walrus rest on the sand.
$9,995
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Classic Northwest Passage & Baffin Island

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Visit a polar bears' hot spot
  • Cruise through Lancaster Sound
  • Observe a display of Inuit crafts
  • Enter the stunning Gibbs Fjord
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the ice-ratedAkademik Ioffe in Cambridge Bay,a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle, and begin a 13-day expedition through the remarkable Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline. Explore thearchipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high …
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Glimpse the King of the Arctic
$4,050
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Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • View & photograph polar bears
  • Navigate through deep fjords
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend 8 days along the northern coast of Spitsbergen searching for the King of the North - the polar bear. Board the MV Plancius and navigate north along the western coast of Svalbard and cruise through fjords to spectacular glaciers, through ice-pack, and into remote regions. There are ample …
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Travelers standing next to the North Pole.
$29,995
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North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure

14 Day Itinerary aboard 50 Years of Victory
  • Helicopter over the Arctic
  • Reach the North Pole
  • Search for polar bears
  • Explore Arctic expedition remains
Activities: Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your North Pole voyage is one that you won’t soon …
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Contemplate the vastness of nature
$6,695
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Arctic Express: Greenland's Northern Lights Fly North Fly South

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova (QU)
  • Enjoy stunning Greenland vistas
  • Explore the world’s largest fjords
  • Hike in Greenland National Park
  • Visit Inuit communities
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
With the world’s largest fjord system, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 10-day voyage. As one of our more active adventures, you have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains, and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the …
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Walrus in the Arctic
$7,895
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Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

13 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
  • Explore polar bear feeding areas
  • Discover the tundra & polar desert
  • Spot beluga and walrus populations
  • Kayak through icebergs and glaciers
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this 13-day voyage attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Take advantage of the conitinous daylight and observe the extraordinary arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walrus poulations, seabirds, reeinders, and Arctic foxes. Embark theOcean …
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The breathtaking scenery of Iceland
$2,190
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Iceland Circumnavigation Express

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Diamond (IPC)
  • Discover Snaefellnes Peninsula
  • Visit the Lake Myvatn region
  • Whale watch in Skjalfandi Bay
  • Explore charming Djupivogur
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Discover mystical Iceland on an unforgettable journey steeped in Viking traditions and volcanic landscapes rarely seen anywhere else on earth. This voyage on the Ocean Diamond reveals a diverse array of natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life. A range of exciting shore excursions offers …
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Voyage to the top of the world aboard the 50 Years of Victory
$29,995
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North Pole: Murmansk - Murmansk

13 Day Itinerary aboard 50 Years of Victory (PO)
  • 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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Kayakers come into close contact with icebergs
$9,695
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Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

17 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
  • Tour traditional Inuit communities
  • Observe arctic wildlife
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Enjoy Zodiac and hiking excursions
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this new, 17-day voyage aboard the Ocean Adventurer, journey back in time to the height of arctic exploration. As a modern-day adventurer, navigate the same waters and visit the same sites that played an important role in the discovery of the sea route—all from the comfort of your small …
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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
$24,870
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The Northwest Passage

23 Day Itinerary aboard L'Austral
  • Discover the Ilulissat ice fjord
  • Visit the village of Kullorsuaq
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Admire the enormous Smoking Hills
Activities: Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark L'Austral for a five-star expedition to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Set sail for the Far North to a legendary, highly-coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage. Once the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific, the area transforms into a majestic white …
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$5,000
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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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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$6,400
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Around Spitsbergen

16 Day Itinerary aboard Noorderlicht
  • Visit whaling and hunting stations
  • Observe distinctive arctic wildlife
  • Learn about the region from experts
  • Marvel at breathtaking scenery
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 16-day Arctic expedition cruise in Spitsbergen and Norway is carried out by the two-mast sailing vessel Noorderlicht. This beautiful vessel brings you to the most remote places around Spitsbergen, Lofoten and the Troms area. The small ship is well- suited for sailing among small islands and …
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A baby cub follows its mother across the Arctic ice
$5,895
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Spitsbergen Encounter

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore stunning historic locations
  • Admire the sublime Arctic scenery
  • Sail along the polar pack ice edge
  • Visit a walrus colony
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov for a 10-day expedition exploring Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago - regions rich in wildlife and birdlife, glaciology, and history. From the moment the ship's lines are thrown, enter into the land of the polar bear, beluga whale, walrus, and reindeer. …
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Hike along the coastal Russian mountains
$21,900
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Northeast Passage: The Northern Sea Route

28 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Be part of a history-making voyage
  • Cruise between the Pacific & Arctic
  • Encounter Arctic wildlife
  • View archaeological sites
  • Journey to remote islands
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a 28-day history-making expedition through the Northern Sea Route/Northeast Passage from Anadyr to Svalbard. Aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, learn about the development of the commercial shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. First transited in 1878-1880 by Swedish …
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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
$6,495
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Spitsbergen Explorer

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova (QU)
  • Cruise stunning fjords and glaciers
  • Learn about history and geology
  • Walk or hike to explore further
  • Experience the Arctic via kayak
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
If there is such a thing as a "classic" Arctic expedition cruise, this would be it! Join the Ocean Nova on this 11-day voyage to get the best of Spitsbergen. Explore the western edge of the island and venture into some northern outlying areas, where polar bears and walruses make their …
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kittiwakes
$13,910
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Baffin Bay Secrets

14 Day Itinerary aboard L'Austral
  • Visit traditional villages
  • Enjoy spectacular Karrat Fjord
  • Explore Disko Bay
  • Discover Sisimiut's wildlife
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Enjoy a unique cruise experience on this 14-day Baffin Bay & Greenland journey aboard luxurious L'Austral. In the remote northern reaches of the planet, you'll see a land abundant with hardy fauna like seals, whales, polar bears, musk oxen, walruses and sea birds. Zodiacs allow you to …
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A polar bear and her playful cub.
$10,740
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Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • View polar bears on the pack ice
  • Observe walruses and other wildlife
  • Hike, walk, Zodiac cruise & kayak
  • Enjoy superlative photos ops
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice glowing under the midnight sun. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides …
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Fishing village in the arctic
$5,780
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The Icelandic Loop

8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
  • Discover Reykjavik
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Admire Iceland's natural beauty
  • Observe unique wildlife
Activities: Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. Houses with colorful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting.During the cruise,Le Boréalcrosses the Arctic Circle, and sails towards the ice floe. Explore the …
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