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Polar Regions Cruises - The Arctic & Antarctic

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Landscape of Antarctica
Antarctica
  • 221 Cruises + Land Tours
King penguins on South Georgia
Ross Sea
  • 7 Cruises
Soak in the silence of the Ross Sea ice shelf
South Georgia
  • 74 Cruises
Mike Murphy
A group of penguins check out the camera
Falkland Islands
  • 70 Cruises + Land Tours
A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands
Arctic
  • 236 Cruises + Land Tours
Matt Pain
A polar bear climbs glacial ice in the Arctic
Svalbard
  • 104 Cruises
Glass-still waters around Spitsbergen
Baffin Island
  • 22 Cruises + Land Tours
CE Bell
Arctic walrus colony on Wrangel Island
Greenland
  • 74 Cruises + Land Tours
Early morning in Tasiilaq, East Greenland
Northwest Passage
  • 18 Cruises + Land Tours
Herd of Arctic reindeer
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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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10 Best Arctic Cruise Ideas for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail$25508Mar 25, 2023Board the Rembrandt van Rijn for this 8-day cruise from Tromso all the way to Alta. Enjoy the exhilaration of climbing snow-covered alpine mountains …
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Norwegian Fjords$57308Jul 9, 2022Discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Come aboard Le Bellot for an 8-day cruise and sail along the Norwegian coastline, whose vertiginous …
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North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales$24508Nov 19, 2022Get your camera ready for this North Norway cruise which follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. …
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Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard$2096016May 29, 2023Cruise across Norway's fjords and Arctic Svalbard on a 16-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Resolution, and explore the wilderness, …
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Svalbard Odyssey$1109512Jun 19, 2022Greg Mortimer embarks on a 12-day voyage to explore Svalbard, an island renowned for its rugged, distant terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra that …
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Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles$123508May 3, 2023Prepare your binoculars and cameras to capture the stunning scenery of the nature and wildlife in both Norway and Scotland.This 8-day adventure …
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Norwegian Fjords : Bergen - Oslo$41808Jul 16, 2022Sail in the heart of the Norwegian fjords, explore extraordinary landscapes: steep cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and lush vegetation on this 8-day …
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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1149514Jun 10, 2022This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
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Out of the Northwest Passage$1199517Sep 9, 2022The Northwest Passage remains one of the world’s last true frontiers. Embark on the Ocean Endeavour for a 17-day Arctic cruise to the far reaches …
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Expedition Svalbard$809011Jul 9, 2022Cruise the fantastic fjords of Svalbard, Norway on this 11-day cruise on the M/S Quest. Make daily landings with Zodiac craft to find remnants of the …
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10 Best Luxury Cruises of the Arctic for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Svalbard Odyssey$1109512Jun 19, 2022Greg Mortimer embarks on a 12-day voyage to explore Svalbard, an island renowned for its rugged, distant terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra that …
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Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1149514Jun 10, 2022This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
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Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland$1749520Sep 13, 2022Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join this 20-day itinerary in the exploration of the Arctic Circle through the legendary Northwest Passage, searching …
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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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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard$799510May 30, 2023This exciting 10-day Arctic cruise of the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen aboard the sleek new vessel Ultramarine, travels from Oslo to …
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Norway Fjords & Spitsbergen$1031012May 19, 2023Experience Norway and the awe-inspiring Svalbard archipelago from aboard LeBoreal. Starting in Bergen and sailing across magical landscapes of …
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Jewels of the Arctic$1289515Jul 19, 2022While cruising the icy waters of the Greenland Sea between Norway and Iceland, keep an eye out for whales, sea ice and countless seabirds on your …
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Iceland Circumnavigation$929511Aug 1, 2022Discover Iceland below the surface – a land rich in wildlife, culture, and fascinating human history during this 11-day Arctic roundtrip cruise …
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Expedition to the Thule Region$2090017Jul 25, 2023Departing 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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Antarctica

10 Best Luxury Cruises of the Antarctic for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Antarctic Explorer - Sail/Fly Expedition$1529511Jan 18, 2023Enjoy 11 days aboard the Sylvia Earle and explore the vast white continent of Antarctica. Get a chance to spot seals and penguins on their natural …
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2409521Dec 19, 2022This 21-day roundtrip Ushuaia voyage aboard Sylvia Earle encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South …
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia$3059523Jan 29, 2023From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this …
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Emblematic Antarctica$1079011Nov 19, 2022Join L'Austral for this 11-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$1678012Nov 28, 2022This 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$134958Dec 1, 2022Embark 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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Spirit of Antarctica$1239512Nov 7, 2022Visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth on this 12-day adventure cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer. Explore all the …
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Celebrating Antarctica$999513Dec 7, 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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Spirit of Antarctica$1239512Nov 19, 2022Explore all the wonders that Antarctica has to offer on this 12-day adventure cruise aboard Sylvia Earle. Have a tour of Ushuaia and enjoy the …
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Antarctica Complete$2639523Mar 13, 2023Explore Antarctica along with South Georgia and the Falkland - Malvinas islands on this 23-day adventure cruise aboard the Sylvia Earle. Enjoy the …
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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.

Best Polar Regions Cruise Lines for 2022-2023

  • Ponant - has small capacity ships that can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved polar locations. Onboard, this is translated through exceptional services, a multilingual crew, and bringing French know-how to the fore. The latest addition to its fleet, Le Commandant Charcot, the very first luxury hybrid electric polar exploration ship powered by liquified natural gas, is the epitome of responsible and sustainable sailing. 
  • Aurora Expeditions - pioneered ship-based adventures 30 years ago with expedition cruises to Antarctica and remained committed to small, low-impact groups. Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, which allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal spaces and unsurpassed environmental credentials. 
  • Quark Expeditions - headquartered in Seattle, is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. The newest addition to its fleet, the 199-guest Ultramarine is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, spacious suites, wellness amenities, and numerous outdoor wildlife viewing spaces.
  • Silversea Cruises - is a luxury cruise line with headquarters in Monaco and is a subsidiary of the Royal Caribbean Group that explores the elegant lifestyle of all-inclusive ultra-luxury polar cruising. With 20-brand new Zodiacs, four superlative restaurants in Antarctica, and a pole-to-pole expedition itinerary, Silver Cloud does break the ice between expedition and luxury.
  • Polar Latitudes - offers a wide variety of trips to Antarctica, including itineraries to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and Falkland Island. Its newest addition MS Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice-class rating, the highest ice class awarded to passenger's vessels. The ship offers all outside-facing staterooms, some with balconies and beautifully appointed dining areas, as well as al fresco dining on the Lido deck. 
  • Oceanwide Expeditions - are pioneers of ship-based expeditions, inventors of Basecamp Antarctica, and one of the first companies to take travelers to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen. MV Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, optimized for the most innovative exploratory voyages throughout the Arctic. 
  • Lindblad Expeditions - has an entire cast of expedition specialists that guide their polar expeditions: experienced sailors and ice masters, expedition leaders, naturalists, undersea specialists, top photographers, cultural specialists, historians, and professional filmmakers. National Geographic Resolution's most striking exterior feature is her distinctive profile, the patented X-Bow®, a game-changing design that guarantees the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions; and since it eliminates bow impact, thus a quieter ride.
  • Antarctica 21 -  is committed to creating the ideal Antarctic expedition, providing safe, convenient, comfortable access to a life-changing experience. Magellan Explorer, a new and modern expedition vessel custom-built for our Antarctic air-cruises, has a capacity for 73 guests accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. 
  • Poseidon Expeditions - has been a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry since 1999. Providing spacious suites for the accommodation of 114 passengers, the Sea Spirit has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing. 
  • Heritage Expeditions - headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand, was formed in 1985 to increase awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. Heritage Adventurer is a pioneering expedition vessel often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due to her illustrious history and refined design.
  • Hurtigruten - is Svalbard's most experienced tour operator, tracing its roots back to the late 1800s, and offers year-round land-based adventures next to the North Pole. MS Fram uses the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.
  • Adventure Canada - is a family-owned business that makes learning fun, deepening cultural connections and scientific understanding of the world's farthest-flung arctic regions. The spacious, ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. 
  • Iceland Pro Cruises - is part of the Iceland ProTravel Group, the leading tour operator in Europe, specializing in Iceland. The Ocean Diamond can enter fjords and bays too shallow for larger vessels. The ship features a range of modern onboard amenities and is staffed with outstanding officers and crew and bilingual expedition leaders and guides.

 

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