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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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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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An early morning view of Alesund, Norway
$1,478
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Classic Voyage North

7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Lofoten
  • Cruise through Geirangerfjord
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Explore small fishing villages
  • Meet a local Sami family
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and make your way north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating your way through off-the-beaten-path destinations. Adventure awaits as you sail to Trondheim, cross …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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kittiwakes
$13,300
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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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Ittoqqortoormiit Village, Greenland
$14,180
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Baffin Bay Secrets

14 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
  • Explore beautiful Greenland
  • Enjoy Ilulissat Fjord's beauty
  • Admire Pond Islet's glaciers
  • Discover Sisimiut's wildlife
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 14-day expedition cruise aboard luxurious Le Boreal explores the rugged and impressive landscapes of Greenland and Baffin Bay. As you hike across glaciers, you will see just how the marvelous fjords and mountains were carved. And zodiacs allow you to get up close to the massive icebergs of the …
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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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Late summer in West Greenland
$10,260
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Iceland & Greenland

Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Enjoy the Skjoldungen Fjord
  • Admire Prince Christian Sound
  • Discover Uunartoq's hot springs
  • Visit the charming Qaqortoq
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure.Join the Silver Cloud Expedition and follow the route of the Norse in their explorations of Greenland. Heading first to East Greenland, experience the beauty of deep fjords and crystal clear glaciers. In South and …
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A towering iceberg drifts in Disko Bay
$3,900
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Art and Wildlife of the Arctic

Kangerlussuaq to St.John’s - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Explore Iluissat, a UNESCO Site
  • Visit charming Sisimiut
  • Admire Nuuk’s natural beauty
  • Hike Silvia Grinnell Park
Activities: Helicopter Tour, Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Slow down life’s hectic pace on a two-week journey of watery wonderment. Marvel at the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord as it glistens beautifully in the virgin waters. Enjoy Zodiac® tours and tundra hikes, bird spotting, and absorbing the fascinating geological formations before feasting …
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Arctic Birds
$16,790
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Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Venture to the Northwest Passage
  • Explore Ilulissat Glacier
  • Observe polar bears and whales
  • Visit an Inuit fishing village
Activities: Adventure Options, Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the coastal waters of Greenland and Canada's high Arctic on this 15-day small ship cruise. Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic on a quest for wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice––occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. Share the experience …
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Greenland hiking views
$10,800
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Following the Route of the Norse

Reykjavik to St. John's - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Keep an eye out for whales
  • Cruise the Prince Christian Sound
  • Visit Uunartoq's hot springs
  • Stroll through Qaqortoq
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow in the footsteps of the early Norse exploration of Greenland and Canada and go beyond your boundaries in a region that is unparalleled in bucolic loveliness. From the outstanding pieces of Inuit art in Qaqortoq, Nuuk and Iqaluit to small fishing communities of Aappilattoq to relaxing in hot …
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Looking out over an iceberg-filled lagoon in Jokulsarlon, Iceland
$7,400
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Iceland Round-trip

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Discover the dramatic Heimaey
  • Explore Husavik
  • Admire the Latrabjarg bird cliffs
  • Enjoy the Icelandic culture
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
A spectrum of natural wonders awaits you on this voyage: from the geological playground of Lake Myvatn to a glacial lagoon and recent volcanic eruptions, immerse yourself in authentic local living. Share coffee, cake, stories, and laughter around a table with the owners of Vigur Island and sail …
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Arctic puffins
$7,570
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The Best of Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
  • Hike and Zodiac cruise with guides
  • Sail in Spitsbergen's fjords
  • Follow the path of early explorers
  • Encounter Spitsbergen wildlife
Activities: Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Spa & Relaxing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 8-day route brings you intimately close to the natural colors of the polar region. Between icebergs, ice caps, and the sea ice, your adventure is interspersed with unusual excursions, such as outings in Zodiac inflatables at the early light of dawn. Sail in some of the world’s most …
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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
$9,295
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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
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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