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Top Arctic Trips & Tours in May 2023

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Discover Arctic in May 2023 on one of these 29 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Longyearbyen, Reykjavik, Oslo, Bergen, and Ny Alesund during May 2023 as you enjoy small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking, and whale watching. Prices for trips in May 2023 range from $1,895 to $60,136 for a vacation of 5 to 22 days. Choose any of the below 29 amazing itineraries in May 2023 and customize it to make it your own with the help of one of Adventure Life's expert Arctic trip planners.
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Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
$20,960
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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 sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$12,350
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Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles

Edinburgh - Bergen - 10 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:
Edinburgh / Bergen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Resolution, 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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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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Waterfall Skogafoss in South Iceland
$1,895
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Discover Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 8 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Reykjavik
  • Visit the Golden Circle
  • Search for whales
  • Circumnavigate Ring Road
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Land Tours, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover Iceland's most famous attractions and natural wonders on this exciting 8-day Ring Road tour. Explore Reykjavik's quaint streets and charming cafes, taking in the essence of this Arctic capital city. Hike a shimmering glacier, stand at the base of thunderous waterfalls, soak in …
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Arctic puffins
$7,995
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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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Hengifoss Waterfall
$2,171
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Best of Iceland

8 Day Itinerary
  • Drive the Ring Road
  • Enjoy Whale Watching Tour
  • Visit National Parks
  • Wander Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Tour the Golden Circle
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Land Exploration, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Circumnavigate Iceland while traveling the island's famous Ring Road. Hike along a pristine glacier, stand in awe at the base of tumbling waterfalls, board a boat in search of whales fromDalvik and achance to ride across Langjokull Glacier on a snowmobile. Your trip concludes inSnaefellsnes, …
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Zodiac cruising in Spitsbergen
$7,995
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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard

Oslo-Longyeabyen - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Encounter arctic wildlife
  • Immerse in the Arctic realm
  • Hike the polar desert
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This fascinating expedition provides a taste of everything Spitsbergen has to offer, starting with its largest settlement, Longyearbyen. The largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is known as the “wildlife capital of the Arctic,” and on this stirring voyage. Geared toward optimum …
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Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway
$21,370
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Explore the rare northern fjords
  • Paddle in a deep fjord
  • Explore Lofoten Islands
  • Visit the famous building in Tromso
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take National Geographic Endurance in exploring 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 Tromso and Bear …
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Homes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
$10,310
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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen

12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal
  • Wander through Bergen's streets
  • Visit traditional Norwegian towns
  • Tour the pristine Lofoten Islands
  • Admire Tromsø, Paris of the North
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from Bergen for an 12-day expedition aboard Le Boréal transporting you to exceptional sites above the Arctic Circle. From Olden sail to the Briksdal glacier, one of the most beautiful in Europe.Cruise towards theGeiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The …
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Crater Lake Viti on Krafla Volcano
$6,294
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Circumnavigating Iceland

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 9 Day Itinerary aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Visit Snæfellsnes National Park
  • See fascinating landscapes
  • Experience bird and whale paradise
  • Step across the Arctic Circle
  • Take in the beauty of Bakkagerdi
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 9-day epic expedition to the majestic volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and bubbling springs of Iceland, the land of ice and fire aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Start your expedition cruise in Reykjavik, then journey north to Stykkishólmur, doorway to the breath-taking …
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Zodiac boats bring you closer to the majestic Arctic landscape
$7,595
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South & West Greenland and Disko Bay

Reykjavik - Kangerlussuaq - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Sail along picturesque fjords
  • Hear presentations by experts
  • Learn about Vikings and Inuit
  • Spot Arctic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Find yourself among some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world on this inspiring 14-day cruise through South and West Greenland! While sailing aboard Sea Spirit, admire icebergs the size of city blocks and soaring mountains. The juxtaposition of glittering icebergs and verdant hillsides in …
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Colorful houses of Svalbard
$11,895
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Svalbard Odyssey

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Sail to Spitsbergen’s coastline
  • Spot lots of wildlife
  • Photograph Arctic tundra flowers
  • Look out for birdlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy the best of Svalbard, a world of endless daylight where polar bear sightings quicken your pulse, guillemot cries echo from sea cliffs and beluga whales rise from the sea. Explore tundra adorned with wildflowers and look out for arctic fox, or discover historic camps of explorers and hunters. …
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Narwhal sighting in the Arctic
$15,607
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Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

8 Day Itinerary
  • Travel by traditional qamutik
  • Camp close to the ice floe edge
  • Look for icebergs and drifting ice
  • Observe narwhals and polar bears
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy an 8-day experience with dramatic landscapes and icebergs of Sirmilik National Park, and possibly wildlife. Revel in the stunning landscapes of towering granite cliffs, glaciers and icebergs at our Tented Safari Camp with stunning views of Bylot Island, access to Sirmilik National Park and …
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Ice diving in the Arctic
$18,042
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Baffin Island Dive Safari

7 Day Itinerary
  • Travel by snowmobile and qamutik
  • Have progressive diving experiences
  • See the Arctic's vast wildlife
  • Stay in a safari-style base camp
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Land, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Imagine yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the midnight sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhal whales pass by. Settle into a safari-style ice camp, the only one of its kind, and enter into a world even more unlike anything you can ever have imagined. …
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A polar bear and her playful cub.
$12,830
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Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • View polar bears on the pack ice
  • Observe walruses and other wildlife
  • Hike, walk, Zodiac cruise & kayak
  • Enjoy incredible photos ops
Starts/ Ends in:
Oslo / Oslo
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-carved 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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Wild Icelandic Horse grazing
$5,350
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Iceland Circumnavigation

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • 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 Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the MS Seaventure on an exciting 10-day cruise across Iceland. Discover this magical land steeped in Viking tradition and unique volcanic landscapes. This cruise showcases Iceland's vast array of natural beauties and way of life. A number of thrilling shore excursions provide several …
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Surfacing Humpback Whales
$3,250
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Arctic Ocean Expedition, Bremerhaven - Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

13 Day Itinerary aboard MV Janssonius
  • Cruise along the edge of sea-ice
  • Visit the volcanic Jan Mayen island
  • Observe orca and minke whales
  • Tour ancient circular stone towers
Starts/ Ends in:
Vlissingen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Search for whales, and other Arctic wildlife of the land, sea, and air on an adventurous voyage from our home port of Vlissingen to our favorite Arctic island group.Enjoy places of great beauty and fascinating wildlife. You will most likely take home memories that will accompany you wherever your …
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Ski the Arctic.
$3,300
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Alpine Peaks of Spitsbergen, Ski & Sail

8 Day Itinerary aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Watch for polar bears and walrus
  • Visit Kongsfjorden and Isfjord
  • Ski the snowy Arctic terrain
  • Enjoy zodiac cruising and hiking
Starts/ Ends in:
Longyearbyen / Longyearbyen
Activities:
Skiing, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The 8-day journey will start and end in Longyearbyen. This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered ski techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves ski climbs on mountaintops averaging heights of …
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