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On an Arctic cruise with Adventure Life, you'll make your way across the land of polar bears and puffins at the top of the world. The only way to experience these majestic, frigid waters is by a hull-hardened ship prepared for Arctic waters. Start your cruise on a world-class icebreaker or expedition ship from ports in Scandanavia, Greenland, Canada and RussiaSvalbard, Norway's northernmost island or continuing on to Iceland, Greenland, Baffin Island, and even towards the North Pole itself. From northwestern Canada or Alaska, access the Northwest Passage. Get off the boat and into a sea kayak, or take hikes, or even go camping in the ArcticContact one of our Arctic cruise experts for help choosing and planning the perfect cruise to the Arctic.
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Glimpse the King of the Arctic
$4,100
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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.
$30,995
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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
Starts/ Ends in:
Helsinki / Murmansk
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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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
$30,995
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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
$26,400
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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
Starts/ Ends in:
Kangerlussuaq / Nome
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
$5,050
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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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Polar bear and cub
$8,188
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Polar Bear Migration Fly-in

8 Day Itinerary
  • Stay in a bear-proof cabin
  • Observe and photograph polar bears
  • Enjoy daily guided hikes
  • Delight in magical northern lights
Activities:
Land, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Fly-in to a remote polar bear cabin camp set along the coast of Hudson Bay for an almost private polar bear viewing and photography experience like none other. Join this unique opportunity to photograph one of the world’s most magnificent predators from ground level in the Canadian Arctic! …
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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
$770
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Explore Reykjavik

3 Day Itinerary
  • Stay in a Reykjavik hotel
  • Tour the Golden Circle Route
  • Explore Reykjavik at your own pace
Activities:
Land
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Reykjavik on this short 3-day trip with a 2-night stay in a Reykjavik hotel. Spend your time leisurely exploring the city and see some of Reykjavik's main attractions, including Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church. Spend a full day to get into the nearby highlands as you tour …
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Gullfoss on the Golden Circle
$853
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Golden Circle & Glaciers

3 Day Itinerary
  • Tour Þingvellir National Park
  • See Geysir and Gulfoss Waterfall
  • Hunt for Northern Lights in winter
  • Observe Vatnajökull and Jökulsárlon
Activities:
Hiking, Land
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Spend three days exploring the Golden Circle and South Iceland coast in fall, spring, or winter on this short Iceland adventure. First visit the Golden Circle Route including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Continue south where you stop to visit Jökulsárlón …
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kittiwakes
$13,790
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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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The amazing Godafoss Waterfall
$2,790
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The Icelandic Saga: Land of Fire and Ice

Reykjavik to Akureyri - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama
  • Visit Grundafjordur
  • Discover Thingvellir National Park
  • Explore Husavik's fishing village
  • Reach Godafoss Waterfall
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the elegant Panorama for an 8-day journey from Reykjavik to Akureyri discovering Iceland's west and north coasts, amazing rugged landscapes, and wildlife, such as humpback whales, orcas, and dolphins. Learn about Vikings and Norse legacies, and visit a variety of locations such as …
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$2,695
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Iceland Circumnavigation

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Diamond (IPC)
  • Explore Breidafjördur Bay
  • See Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve
  • Visit the Whale Capital of Iceland!
  • Reach Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Play golf in a volcano crater
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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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
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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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
$8,910
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Expedition Svalbard: Longyearbyen to Tromsø

2020 - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
  • Discover NW Spitsbergen NP
  • Circumnavigate the Duck Islands
  • Hike up to the 14th of July Glacier
  • Admire Pasvik Valley’s wildlife
  • Visit beautiful Skarsvag
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this journey from the isolated and remote areas of Svalbard to Northern Norway via Bear Island. Aboard theSilver Cloud or on her Zodiacs you will witness a spectacular bird cliff in Bear Island. You will find yourself marveling at the amounts guillemots and gulls that congregate using this …
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Sun shining on the ice
$11,306
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Sailing North of 80° to the Russian Arctic

15 Day Itinerary aboard MS Spitsbergen
  • Experience Franz Josef Land
  • Discover Sørøya Island
  • Visit the North Cape
  • Enjoy the port of Murmansk
Starts/ Ends in:
Tromso / Tromso
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Remote Franz Josef Land has always attracted hardy adventurers, and now you can set foot on the ice were Nansen and Johansen spent the winter, watch for polar bears wandering in their natural environment, and feel the cool Arctic from the North Pole just a few miles away.
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Arctic Birds
$16,790
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Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

17 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 17-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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