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Explore the land of the midnight sun and discover the pristine, unobstructed scenery of the Arctic.

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Arctic Cruises

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.

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Expert tips for cruising The Arctic Ocean

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The Arctic Ocean is one of the most exciting cruising routes in the world. Spectacular scenery, wildlife and the chance to experience amazing activities such husky sledding. P&O International and Holland America Line both have round the year voyages to the Arctic that are extremely popular and regularly on offer with discounted rates.

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Travel Tips for Arctic Cruises

The Arctic is the planet’s northernmost territory and is a polar region. Unlike the South Pole, that lies on a land mass, the North Pole is situated in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst constantly shifting ice floes, and as such is a destination that only few researchers are privileged to visit. Instead, cruises around the Arctic will take you to spectacularly beautiful destinations in:

  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Norway
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Sweden

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 liberating. Combine this with the beautiful scenery around you and there is a recipe for a magical holiday.

  • Snow covered mountains
  • Islands full of birds
  • Boiling mud pools
  • Spurting geysers
  • Jaw-dropping glaciers
  • Imposing waterfalls

The Arctic region is also home to a staggering variety of flora and fauna. A lot of the species can be spotted from the decks of your ice-breaker vessel or whilst on a shore excursion:

  • Polar bears
  • Walrus
  • Seals
  • Manatees
  • Musk ox
  • Narwhal

Other shore excursions will see you:

  • Snow shoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
In short – prepare yourself for an exhilarating time!

Cruise Lines

Going on an expedition cruise to the Arctic is no joke, the ship must be designed specifically for the weather conditions of the region and should, ideally, have its hull hardened in order to break the polar ice.

There is a number of great cruise lines that will take on such an adventure of lifetime:

  • Silversea - the all-inclusive luxury on board the intimate Silversea ships will add to the amazing memories you’ll have after your Arctic cruise.
  • Viking Ocean Cruises - their luxury ships are purpose-built for expeditions and will sail you to some of the most remote corners of the region.
  • Seabourn - hike and Zodiac the Arctic on one of Seabourn’s fantastic shore excursions. The exquisite Seabourn Venture amenities will make your expedition into a luxury experience.

The Best Time to Visit

The months between June and September are perfect for an Arctic cruise holiday:

  • The ice packs recede
  • The region enjoys a brief respite from the harsh wintery conditions
  • The Arctic summer kicks in

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