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Cruise the Arctic and the Antarctic with Adventure Life. Choose a small ship cruise of the Arctic and visit Greenland, Iceland, CanadaNorwayFinlandRussia, Alaska, and the Scottish Isles. Small ship cruises through Canada's Northwest Passages and Baffin Island, as well as Norway's Svalbard, and are among the most popular expedition cruises into the Arctic. You can even mount an expedition to the distant and remote North Pole! Antarctica is accessed from the southern tip of South America out of Ushuaia, Argentina or occasionally from Punta Arenas, Chile. Choose from small expedition ships, luxury shipsfly/cruise combos that save travel time and even tours that include camping in Antartica. Contact us, and we'll help you find the perfect small ship or expedition cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic. 

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Luxury Cruises of the Arctic

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The Northwest Passage$2610023Aug 28, 2020Cruise the mythical Northwest Passage in style on this 23-day Arctic cruise aboard luxurious L'Austral. The expedition begins in Greenland and makes …
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Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq$1330010Jul 29, 2021Explore the Arctic on this exceptional 10-day voyage, starting in the magical city of Reykjavik, Iceland and making your way through Greenland. Enjoy …
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Expedition Svalbard: Longyearbyen to Tromsø$1197010Jul 30, 2021Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 10-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, a beautiful territory full of life and color defined by the …
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Round-trip Reykjavik$860011Jul 4, 2021Join the Silver Whisper on a splendid 11-day journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on the …
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Best of Svalbard$737611Jun 29, 2021Journey across the enchanting Norwegian Arctic on this 11-day sailing expedition aboard the Sea Spirit. Take every opportunity to experience …
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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Alaska to Norway$3699026Aug 11, 2021Embark on a 26-day expedition crossing the Northeast Passage with a mission to explore the Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos that brims …
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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska$3699025Jul 19, 2021Embark on a 25-day expedition crossing the Northeast Passage with a mission to explore the Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos that brims …
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Round-trip Reykjavik$1720016Aug 31, 2021Join the Silver Wind on a splendid 16-day journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on the …
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Expedition to the Thule Region$1715017Jul 30, 2021Sail along the coastline of Baffin Bay, discovering the region of Thule, the mythical territory of the Far North. From the ice cap to the ice …
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Baffin Bay Secrets 2021$1942014Jul 17, 2021This incredible 14-day journey aboard L'Austral will acquaint you with the secrets of the Baffin Bay and Greenland. Glaciers and icebergs are home to …
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Luxury Cruises of the Antarctic

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Antarctic Small Ship Expedition$599511Mar 16, 2021Embark on this 11-day Antarctic cruise aboard Magellan Explorer. Sail the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia and across the infamous Drake Passage to the …
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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands$2349518Jan 13, 2021Board luxurious Le Lyrial on an exciting 18-day expedition cruise to Antarctica. After a flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the tip …
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Emblematic Antarctica$1079012Nov 27, 2020Embark on an unforgettable 12-day voyage starting and ending in Ushuaia and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by …
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The Great Austral Loop$1700517Jan 18, 2021Board luxurious L'Austral expedition ship for a 17-day Antarctica cruise. Flying from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina this round-trip cruise heads …
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Emblematic Antarctica$1241012Jan 7, 2021Explore the heart of the icy realm of Antarctica Peninsula and the Patagonia. Explore a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers …
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Round-trip King George Island$175007Dec 11, 2021Fly in style to the last continent and indulge in Antarctic beauty with this incredible 7-day cruise starts in the heart of the destination. …
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Antarctic Expedition$1830013Feb 8, 2022This 13-day expedition leads you to one discovery after another. Fully experience the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland islands with a …
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Christmas In Antarctica$1331012Dec 17, 2020Embark on an unforgettable 12-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife and spend a …
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Polar Circle Air Cruise$1899510Jan 24, 2021Bypass the Drake Passage by flying directly to the South Shetland Islands. Exit the airplane to a world unlike any other on earth; ice-filled fjords, …
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Emblematic Antarctica$1023012Dec 1, 2020Join Le Boreal for a 12-day voyage to the Heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail from Ushuaia to an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier where …
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Polar Regions Travel Guide

Cruising Antarctica vs the Arctic - Advantages & Disadvantages 

Are they similar? Or polar opposites?

Wildlife - Both sides have remarkable wildlife viewing opportunities. The icons of each pole - penguins in the south and polar bears in the north - don't disappoint. That is, unless the elusive polar bear escapes your view, which is a possibility depending on where you go. Penguins, in all their cuteness, will be seen by the thousands on any Antarctica cruise. 

Travel - Both the Arctic and Antarctic are accessed by expedition cruises. Antarctica is accessed primarily from the southern tip of South America, while most in North America and Europe have quicker access to Arctic cruise ports. In general, the time committment and cost of an Arctic cruise is considerably less than an Antarctic cruise. 

Geography -  The Arctic region is an ocean surrounded by continents, while the Antarctic is a continent surrounded by oceans. Antartica is aslo has the highest average altitude above sea level of any continent, largely because of 90% of the world's ice is piled upon the continent. Both poles are cold, but the South Pole is colder - by a long shot.

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