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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

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

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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Walrus in the Arctic
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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 the Ocean …
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Travelers standing next to the North Pole.

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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Sea kayak with beluga whales during your stay at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

10 Day Itinerary
  • Encounter arctic wildlife
  • Visit the Cunningham River estuary
  • Enjoy multiple adventure activities
  • Visit Cape Anne Thule sites
  • Take unique photographs
Activities: Adventure Options, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Land, Whale Watching, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend a week exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada. Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure …
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Fishing village in the arctic

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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Contemplate the vastness of nature
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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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A polar bear and her playful cub.

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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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape

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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Explore Alkhornet on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen
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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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Giant whale jaw in the arctic

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

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
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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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Polar bear and cub

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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Hike along the coastal Russian mountains

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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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower

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

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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Trekking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier

Iceland Medley

8 Day Itinerary
  • Get active with varied excursions!
  • HIke Þórsmörk & Fimmvörðuháls Pass
  • Tour the Golden Circle Route
  • Stay in the country and ride horses
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land
Activity Level: Moderate
Choose this 8-day Iceland tour that gets you out exploring the varied and stunning landscape of South Iceland in a new way each day. Mountain bike the lava fields outside of Reykjavik, or spend the morning sea kayaking off the coast of the island. Try your hand at horseback riding an Icelandic …
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