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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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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska$3699025Jul 19, 2021Embark the National Geographic Endurance for this 25-day expedition cruise crossing the Northeast Passage with a mission to explore the Siberian …
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Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq$1350010Jul 29, 2021Explore the Arctic on this exceptional 10-day expedition cruise, starting in the magical city of Reykjavik, Iceland, and making your way through …
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Reykjavik Round-trip$864011Jul 5, 2022Join 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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Expedition to the Thule Region$2669017Jul 30, 2021Departing from cosmopolitan Paris, luxurious L'Austral takes you north to Arctic Greenland on this 17-day expedition cruise. Explore Baffin Bay, …
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Longyearbyen to Dublin$2160027Aug 1, 2022Join the Silver Cloud on a magnificent 27-day sailing expedition exploring Svalbard, an Arctic territory full of life and color defined by the …
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Iceland & Svalbard - Reykjavik to Tromso$1790016Jul 5, 2021On this 16-day adventure cruise aboard Silver Wind, journey to Iceland and Svalbard to see isolated islands, remote landscapes, glaciers, and to look …
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Baffin Bay Secrets$1851014Jul 27, 2022This 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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Expedition along the East Coast of Greenland$1337016Aug 15, 2021Discover the east coast of Greenland during a new 16-day expedition cruise onboard L’Austral, and venture into an extremely remote part of the …
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Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq$1395012Jul 21, 2022This 12-day Arctic expedition cruise aboard Silver Wind takes you from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq on an epic exploration of Iceland and Greenland, …
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Arctic Expedition: Reykjavik to Tromsø$1989014Jun 28, 2022Explore the Arctic from this 14-day cruise aboard Silver Cloud expedition and visit the isolated islands and remote regions of the northernmost part …
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Luxury Cruises of the Antarctic

Antarctica
Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Antarctic Small Ship Expedition$599511Mar 14, 2022Embark 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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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia$1870017Nov 14, 2021Admire the wonders Antarctica has to offer on this 17-day sailing adventure. Starting in the historical city of Punta Arenas, explore the magnificent …
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Antarctica Express Air Cruise$49956Dec 15, 2022This 6-day Antarctic adventure aboard the small luxury cruise ship Hebridean Sky sails to Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. As you cruise, …
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Expedition to Southern Lands$2046019Nov 12, 2021Join this 19-day expedition aboard Le Lyrial and cruise between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the most beautiful sites of …
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The Great Austral Loop$1358017Jan 19, 2022Join this 17-day itinerary sailing aboard Le Boreal from South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and …
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Classic Antarctica - Holiday Edition$2050016Dec 21, 2021Spend a holiday to remember aboard the glamorous Silver Cloud. Sail to Antarctica on a classic cruise admiring the wonders of one of the most desired …
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Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent$1508012Nov 9, 2021This 12-day classic Antarctica cruise delivers huge tabular icebergs, sculptural bergs floating in pools of turquoise blue melt water, mountains …
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands$2875022Nov 18, 2021The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can …
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Christmas and New Year in Southern Lands$1903018Dec 18, 2021On this 18-day expedition cruise aboard L'Austral, celebrate Christmas and the New Year by exploring the world's southernmost territories. The …
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent$1645012Nov 8, 2021This 12-day classic luxury Antarctica cruise on the National Geographic Endurance takes you to huge tabular icebergs in pools of turquoise blue …
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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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