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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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Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland$2247016Jun 6, 2022Join National Geographic Resolution on this 16-day exploration across Norway, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland, visiting highlights including the …
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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen$787011May 21, 2022Experience Norway and the awe-inspiring Svalbard archipelago from aboard LeBoreal. Starting in Bergen and sailing across magical landscapes of …
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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$2229017Aug 9, 2022Departing 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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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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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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Lofoten Islands & Norwegian Fjords$1349513Sep 21, 2022From Tromso to Copenhagen, this epic 13-day cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse explores the Lofoten Islands and Norwegian fjords, where you will see …
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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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Roundtrip Kangerlussuaq$89108Aug 1, 2022Explore some of Greenland’s most coveted destinations on this 8-day expedition roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq aboard the Silver Wind. Get to know the …
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Luxury Cruises of the Antarctic

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Emblematic Antarctica$1024012Dec 8, 2021Join L'Austral for this 12-day polar expedition cruise to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable voyage and succumb to the …
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent$1645012Dec 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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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise$133958Dec 6, 2021Embark on this 8-day Antarctic adventure with Magellan Explorer Air Cruises. Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas to King George Island where …
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Celebrating Antarctica$1122513Dec 29, 2022Explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the comfort of the Island Sky and experience close encounters with the abundant wildlife which call this frozen …
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Antarctica in Depth$1789513Nov 10, 2022This luxury class Antarctic cruise on the Scenic Eclipse begins in Buenos Aires with a flight to Ushuaia, where you embark and sail two days to reach …
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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$1508012Dec 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 Complete$2279523Mar 14, 2022Embark on a 22-day unique experience, where you'll visit Antarctica and cross south of the Antarctic Circle while aboard the Greg Mortimer. Expect a …
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Christmas in Antarctica$1094513Dec 17, 2022Celebrate the Christmas season and explore the majestic white continent, enjoying abundant wildlife encounters and the striking panoramic landscape …
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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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