Explore the land of the midnight sun and discover the pristine, unobstructed scenery of the Arctic. From the fascinating landscapes, untouched beauty, and extraordinary wildlife, your trip will be unlike any other.
Adventure into the wilderness of the Arctic Ocean and embrace the unique experiences this special cruise destination has to offer. Behold the staggering beauty of the Northern Lights or witness a sky speckled and dotted with stars. The wide variety of activities offered by this area are completely one of a kind. Feel free to choose from cross-country skiing, sledding with huskies and reindeer or exploring geothermally active valleys.
Rest assured that the cruise ships that dare to embark into the mysterious waters of the Arctic are well prepared for the extreme yet endearing weather conditions that come with it. Relish up-close views of real life icebergs from the comfort of your warm and luxurious ship, and don't forget throughout your journey to keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of the native Arctic wildlife including Polar bears, seals and many more.
Enjoy some time in Bergen before set sailing on this fascinating journey. Bergen is known for being the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords.
- Bergen - Kirkenes
- Arctic Ocean,Norwegian Fjords,Northern Europe
- November 2019 - May 2020
Enjoy an overnight stay in Edinburgh, Scotland's cultural hub and capital city. Spend one day wandering around the beautiful medieval district in the Old town, and another in the more urban, modern part of the city. There's something for everyone!
- Greenwich - Reykjavik
- Arctic Ocean,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Iceland,British Isles
On your visit to the Shetland Islands be sure to take in the beautiful, rugged Scottish landscape.
- Southampton - New York
- Arctic Ocean,Canada and the USA East Coast,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Iceland,British Isles,North America,Greenland,Transatlantic
Reykjavik, with a population of approximately 120,00 may not be the biggest European capital, but it is widely regarded as an exciting destination and Icelands cultural and economic center, having been established as a city in the 18th century. Reykjavik provides the perfect base for exploring nearby landmarks such as fjords, glaciers and more. There are strong connections between the city and the Vikings, with many visible signs still remaining today, such as the Longhouse at Hofsstaðir Historic Park.Highlights of Reykjavik
- Delve into Reykjaviks Viking connections at Hofsstaðir
- Learn the city's history at the National Museum
- Explore the art at the Harpa Art Center in Laugavegur
Akureyri is a city with an approximate population of 18,000, located in northern Iceland. The city is known for having a stunning natural landscape, which means that there are many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. One of the most unique opportunities which can be enjoyed in Akureyri is the chance to witness the Northern Lights between September and April. Akureyri is located at the base of the Eyjafjordur, another example of the stunning natural surroundings.Highlights of Akureyri
- Try out some skiing and snowboarding at Hlidarfjall
- The Botantical Gardens are not to be missed
- Visit the Old Town, the city's cultural quarter
Hammerfest is a city located on the northwestern coast of Norway. For a long time, Hammerfest was the northernmost city in the world. Today, its slogan is still "the most northern town in Europe". Hammerfest is a great starting point for an outdoor adventure. The landscapes surrounding it - impressive mountains and sandy beaches - are beautiful. Fishing is another attraction of the area around the city, the numerous lakes and rivers are full of top notch quality trout and char.Highlights of Hammerfest
- Learn all about Polar bears, Arctic hunting and local history at the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society
- Climb all 86m up Salen Hill to enjoy a fantastic view over the city, coast and mountains
- Try traditional Norwegian tapas with a contemporary twist at the Du Verden Matbar
Seyðisfjörður is a small town in eastern Iceland tucked inside the fjord of the same name. The town itself and surrounding area is strikingly beautiful and home several waterfalls. You might consider taking a hike along the river on the popular trail that starts in the town. The town is well known for old wooden buildings and the “blue church” is one of the most recognisable sights.Highlights of Seyðisfjörður
- Beautiful nature including several waterfalls
- Private tours and hiking trails
- Typical wooden buildings including the “blue church”
Ny Ålesund is a research town located on the island of Spitsbergen in Norway. Spitsbergen Island makes up part of the Svalbard Archipelago. The town is home to only about 30 people living here permanently. Every summer this number grows to an amazing 130 with scientists flying in from 15 different countries. A visit here would be like visiting a completely different world - the area is so naturally beautiful and remote.Highlights of Ny Alesund
- Take a snowmobile tour of the area (but always stay on the marked path)
- Admire the colonies of waders and Svalbard ptarmigans
- Enjoy a guided tour around the town between May and September
The world’s northernmost territory is something awesome to behold. Unlike the South Pole, which lies on a land mass, the North Pole is actually situated in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst constantly shifting icefloes, and as such is a destination that only few researchers are privileged to visit. Instead, cruises around the Arctic will take you to breathtakingly beautiful destinations in Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Norway.
The summer months between July and September are the times to visit since this is when the ice packs recede. This is also the time of year when this extreme weather region enjoys a brief respite from the harsh wintery conditions and the Arctic summer kicks in. A cruise in the Land of the Midnight Sun will be unlike anything you have ever experienced – an endless day lends life an utterly relaxed pace and is very freeing. Combine this with the beautiful remote scenery that you sail past and you have a recipe for a magical and utterly otherworldly holiday.
Snow-covered mountains, bird-covered islands, boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, jaw-dropping glaciers and imposing waterfalls are just some of the sights that await you on a cruise in the Arctic Circle. The Arctic region is also home to a staggering variety of flora and fauna – polar bears, walrus, seals, manatees, musk ox and narwhal are just some of the species you can spot either from the decks of your ice-breaker vessel or whilst on a shore excursion. Whale-watching is another once-in-a-lifetime experience that you must do whilst on a cruise here. Other shore excursions will see you snow shoeing, being pulled along on a sled by husky dogs, hot air ballooning, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and of course taking plenty of photographs all the while. In short – prepare yourself for an exhilarating time!
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