Arctic Cruises

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.

Arctic Ocean

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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Our Recommendations
  2019 Expeditions
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
25 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
p.p.from $8,149
Travelling from Amsterdam via Ålesund
Travelling from Amsterdam via Ålesund
28 Nights with the ms Prinsendam
p.p.from $6,899
Journey with the Columbus from Tilbury
Journey with the Columbus from Tilbury
12 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $1,439
31 day trip to Amsterdam from Rotterdam
31 day trip to Amsterdam from Rotterdam
30 Nights with the ms Rotterdam
p.p.from $5,399
Expedition from Hamburg with the MSC Orchestra
Expedition from Hamburg with the MSC Orchestra
21 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
p.p.from $6,999
  Longer Adventures
Journey with the Columbus from Tilbury
Journey with the Columbus from Tilbury
12 Nights with the Columbus
 June 2019 - July 2020
p.p.from $1,439
Voyage with the Columbus from Tilbury
Voyage with the Columbus from Tilbury
12 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $1,987
13 day expedition from Rotterdam
13 day expedition from Rotterdam
12 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $1,987
Cruising from Rotterdam via Akureyri
Cruising from Rotterdam via Akureyri
12 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $1,987
Cruise with the ms Rotterdam from Rotterdam
Cruise with the ms Rotterdam from Rotterdam
14 Nights with the ms Rotterdam
p.p.from $4,099
  Small Ship Journey
Travelling with the Le Bellot to Bergen from Reykjavik
Travelling with the Le Bellot to Bergen from Reykjavik
9 Nights with the Le Bellot
p.p.from $6,520
Cruising to Reykjavik from London
Cruising to Reykjavik from London
30 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
p.p.from $27,499
Sail from Lisbon with the Seabourn Quest
Sail from Lisbon with the Seabourn Quest
27 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
p.p.from $22,999
13 day trip from Greenwich to Reykjavik
13 day trip from Greenwich to Reykjavik
12 Nights with the Silver Whisper
p.p.from $9,990
Cruise with the Silver Explorer from Nome
Cruise with the Silver Explorer from Nome
25 Nights with the Silver Explorer
p.p.from $97,600
Our Recommendations
Cruise with the MS Spitsbergen to Longyearbyen from Reykjavik
This 11 night cruise leaving from Reykjavik will take you on an adventure visiting the best of Iceland and Norway. Enjoy the spectacular views from the luxurious comfort of your cabin on board the MS Spitsbergen.
Our advice:
A day trip from Reykjavik, Iceland to the famous Iceland Golden Circle is a must if you have the time!

  • Reykjavik - Longyearbyen
  • Iceland,Northern Europe,Norwegian Fjords
  • 01.07.2019

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Travelling from Southampton with the Nautica
Spend 20 nights sailing the seas visiting scenic destinations in Iceland and Greenland in addition to the UK. This cruise is return from London, England.
Our advice:
While in the Faroe Islands, be sure to explore the narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula, the oldest part of town.

  • Southampton - Southampton
  • Northern Europe,British Isles,Western Europe,Iceland,Greenland
  • 04.08.2019

from $10,121
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31 day cruise on board the Riviera from Southampton
Embark on this 31 day adventure of a life time sailing from Southampton to New York. Explore the best of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Greenland & much more.
Our advice:
Wander around the charming narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula in Torshavn on Faroe Islands.

  • Southampton - New York
  • Northern Europe,British Isles,Western Europe,Iceland,Canada and the USA East Coast,European Rivers,Baltic Sea,Norwegian Fjords,Greenland,North America,Transatlantic
  • 28.08.2019

from $15,810
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Top Ports in the Arctic
Seydisfjordur, Icelandfrom

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”
Alta, Norwayfrom
Alta is a town of 20,000 inhabitants in northen Norway. It is a popular location for tourists interested in seeing the Northern Lights and also for birdwatchers, as many species stop here on their migration route.
Arctic Circlefrom

The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed. It directly depends on the Earth's axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period due to tidal forces from the orbit of the Moon. The Arctic Circle is currently drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 m (49 ft) per year. Some areas of the Arctic Circle have been inhibited for thousands of years It is one of the coldest places on earth, with temperatures falloing as far as -50 °C in winter, but the coastal areas around Norway are milder due to the Gulf Stream and remain ice free.

Highlights of Arctic Circle
  • View the Northern Lights
  • Get an Arctic Circle stamp and souvenir
  • See Polar bears, seals and more
Kangaamiut, Greenlandfrom
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Kangaamiut is a settlement with a population of 353 in the Qeqqata municipality in central-western Greenland. The Dano-Norwegian settlement Sukkertoppen was originally located at the site of present-day Kangaamiut, when it was founded in 1755.
Patreksfjordur, Icelandfrom

Patreksfjordur is the largest village located in the southern part of the Westfjords. The village gets it's name from St Patrick who was the spiritual guide of the first settler. The main trade of the Patreksfjordur is fishing, however it is home to many beautiful and iconic sites that have been instrumental in the town becoming very popular with tourists in recent years.

Highlights of Patreksfjordur
  • Látrabjarg cliffs
  • Rauðasandur beach
  • Dynjandi waterfall
Edinburgh Island, Canadafrom

Edinburgh Island is an island located in the Coronation Gulf in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. The island lies approximately 103 meters above sea level. Edinburgh Island is a former Distant Early Warning Line and is now currently a North Warning Site.

Highlights of Edinburgh Island
  • Whale watching
  • Native birds
  • Hike around the island
Aappilattoq, Greenlandfrom

Aappilattoq is a very small port village located in the south of Greenland. The name literally means 'red' in Greenlandic because of the red-coloured mountain rising above the village. The settlement is surrounded by mountains, meaning that it is only accessible by air or sea. The big cruise ships sailing through the nearby Prince Christian Sound come every summer, otherwise, the villagers lead a pretty quiet life throughout the year, using government helicopters as a means of transportation.

Highlights of Aappilattoq
  • Enjoy some of the country's most scenic views over the fjords
  • Visit the pretty local church
  • Get an insight into the life of a Greenlandic Inuit
Beechey Island, Canadafrom
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Beechey Island is located on the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut. It had its first European settlement in 1819 by Captain William Edward Perry. It was used as a base for many polar explorers during the 1800's and is a Territorial Historic Site since 1975. There is plenty of Arctic wildlife to be discovered so be sure to bring your camera to capture these breathtaking moments.

Highlights of Beechey Island
  • Visit the graves of Franklin expedition explorers.
  • Cruise the North West Passage
  • Whale watching
Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Island, Canadafrom
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Sam Ford is an Arctic fjord located on the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The island's steep rocky cliffs attract a lot of climbers and the harsh beauty of its landscapes is popular among other tourists. It has traditionally been one of the main hunting areas for Inuit, and is home to many different whales and other marine animals. The steep stone walls of the cliffs were formed by ancient glaciers that throughout time carved out the spectacular landscape.

Highlights of Sam Ford Fjord
  • Hike the mountainous landscape
  • Nesting ground for many different species of bird
  • See bowhead whales and harp seals
Cape Kuyveveem, Russiafrom

Cape Kuyveveem is located near Provideniya. Visitors will be in awe of the beautiful scenery and sandy beaches that are located here. The bay is sheltered by two stunning cliffs and sheer granite rocks, basalt caves and arches make a perfect environment for Tufted Puffins. Definitely one for animal lovers and bird watchers. Due to the rugged terrain and steep cliffs, this part of Russia is almost exclusively accessible via cruise making it a real hidden treasure

Highlights of Cape Kuyveveem
  • Rugged and breathtaking scenery
  • Home to Tufted Puffins
  • Best seen via cruise ship
Proliv Senyavina, Russiafrom

Proliv Senyavina is a strait near the Chukotka Peninsula in Russia. It is located near Nashkunak. The strait contains a stream with some natural hot springs that draw tourists from across globe. Although, not so easy to get to - you will need to first hike across a big chunk of the Tundra forest - visiting the hot springs and actually going into the water is well worth it. The area is surrounded by astonishing geology of aeonian stratas of time and is a find for any aspiring scientist.

Highlights of Proliv Senyavina
  • Relax in the small man-made pool filled with hot springs' water
  • Explore the wonder that is the boreal forest of Tundra
  • Learn all about what its like to live in Tundra from the local fishermen
Ayon Island, Russiafrom

Ayon Island is on the coast of Chukotka, Eastern Siberia. The island itself consists mainly of low-lying tundra, and is primarily populated by the indigenous Chukchi people, who use the tundra as pasture for their reindeer herds. The island is hard to visit except by ship so you should make the most of your time there. A must see are the Neolithic camps which located a short distance from the main village which give an insight into prehistoric ways of life. As visitors are not too common, the local population are welcoming and you can get a rare glimpse into their unique culture.

Highlights of Ayon Island
  • The culture of the indigenous Chukchi people
  • Neolithic camps
  • Stunning landscapes
Gibbs Fjord, Canadafrom
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Gibbs Fjord, Nunavut is a picturesque cruising destination in northern Canada. When cruising the fjord, found in the Nunavut territory, you will be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and nature. With deep blue waters, cliffs 4,000 feet high and glacial ice rivers, there are countless opportunities for photographs. And what’s more amazing is that much of the territory is unexplored.

Highlights of Gibbs Fjord
  • Deep blue water
  • Unique and unexplored territory
  • Natural wonders making for great photos
Cape York, Greenlandfrom
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Cape York is located on the northwest of the island of Greenland and is famous for the large meteorites which fell here, one of which can be seen at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Cape York used to have one settlement called Perlernerit on the northeast of the cape but this has since been abandoned.

Highlights of Cape York
  • Magnificent glaciers
  • Surreal blue waters
  • Staggering icebergs
Hooker Island, Russiafrom

Hooker Island is one of the most important islands of Franz Josef Land, it is located in the central area of the archipelago. The island was named after Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and has a long history connected to polar exhibitions. The landscape is varied and truly breathtaking; with a glacier, rock formations, and ice domes, you won’t want to leave your camera on the ship. Nature lovers will also want to take the opportunity to see several different species of birds that call the island home.

Highlights of Hooker Island
  • Striking landscapes and natural wonders
  • Several species of arctic birds
  • A rich and interesting history to be discovered
Arctic Ocean

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!