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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Expert tips for cruising The Arctic Ocean
Our Recommendations
  2019 Expeditions
14 day cruise from Tilbury
14 day cruise from Tilbury
13 Nights with the Marco Polo
p.p.from $1,529
Breath-taking voyage from Southampton with Cunard
Breath-taking voyage from Southampton with Cunard
12 Nights with the Queen Victoria
p.p.from $3,529
Expedition from Southampton with the Norwegian Spirit
Expedition from Southampton with the Norwegian Spirit
14 Nights with the Norwegian Spirit
p.p.from $3,304
13 day journey from Tilbury
13 day journey from Tilbury
12 Nights with the Marco Polo
p.p.from $1,439
Journey from Southampton with the Queen Elizabeth
Journey from Southampton with the Queen Elizabeth
12 Nights with the Queen Elizabeth
p.p.from $5,299
  Longer Adventures
Sailing from Rotterdam with the ms Rotterdam
Sailing from Rotterdam with the ms Rotterdam
14 Nights with the Rotterdam
p.p.from $4,699
13 day journey on board the Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam
13 day journey on board the Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam
12 Nights with the Brilliance of the Seas
p.p.from $3,075
17 day cruise with the Island Princess to Southampton
17 day cruise with the Island Princess to Southampton
16 Nights with the Island Princess
p.p.from $3,654
Cruise with the Island Princess to New York from Southampton
Cruise with the Island Princess to New York from Southampton
16 Nights with the Island Princess
p.p.from $4,199
Cruising from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England via Reykjavik
Cruising from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England via Reykjavik
11 Nights with the Marco Polo
p.p.from $1,839
  Small Ship Journey
14 day cruise with the Azamara Pursuit to Dublin
14 day cruise with the Azamara Pursuit to Dublin
13 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from $8,289
16 day voyage from Southampton
16 day voyage from Southampton
15 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from $7,915
Sailing from Copenhagen to Reykjavik
Sailing from Copenhagen to Reykjavik
10 Nights with the Le Bellot
p.p.from $8,310
Cruising to Montreal from Southampton
Cruising to Montreal from Southampton
24 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
p.p.from $20,499
9 day expedition from Reykjavik
9 day expedition from Reykjavik
8 Nights with the MS Fram
 July 2020 - July 2020
p.p.from $11,430
Our Recommendations
Journey with the MS Spitsbergen to Kirkenes from Bergen
This 6 night cruise leaving from Bergen will take you on an adventure visiting the best of Norway. Enjoy the spectacular views from the luxurious comfort of your cabin on board the MS Spitsbergen.
Our advice:
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

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13 day trip from Greenwich to Reykjavik
Spend 13 days at sea on board the luxurious Silver Whisper as you sail from the UK and Scottish highlands to the beautiful island of Iceland.
Our advice:
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
  • 06.06.2020

from $13,590
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Sail with the Island Princess from Southampton
Embark on this 16 day adventure time sailing from Southampton to New York. Explore the best of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada!
Our advice:
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
  • 23.07.2020

from $4,199
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Top Ports in the Arctic
Reykjavik, Icelandfrom

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, Icelandfrom

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
Isafjördur, Icelandfrom
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Isafjordur is a small town in north-western Iceland. The city is characterized by its industrial and fishing ports, which are some of the city's main attractions. The city is very impressive and has a variety of old and colorful houses. Enjoy the site of the beautiful lighthouse or visit some of the restaurants to try the local Icelandic specialities.
Hammerfest, Norwayfrom

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
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”
Ny Alesund (Spitsbergen), Norwayfrom

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
Eyjafjördur, Icelandfrom
Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland and is located in the central north of the country. The fjord is long and narrow and measures 60 km from mouth to bottom. The region of Eyjafjörður is Iceland's second most populous one after the Capital Region in Southwest Iceland. The total population of the region is approximately 24,000. The scenic fjord is surrounded by hills and mountains on both sides and makes for idyllic sightseeing. Many rivers flow into Eyjafjörður, the most significant being Eyjafjarðará, Fnjóská and Hörgá.
Heimaey, Icelandfrom
The island of Heimaey is a volcanic island and makes up part of the Westman Islands archipelago. It lies off the south coast of Iceland.
Grundarfjörður, Icelandfrom
The fishing village Grundarfjöður is located on the Snaefellsnes penninsula and is surrounded by a diverse landscape. Here you can find volcanoes, glaciers, lava and rock formations as well as various bird species.
North Cape Passage, Norwayfrom
Vigur Island, Icelandfrom
Vigur is a small island in the northwest of Iceland. Visiting Vigur is one of the best ways to get a glimpse into the Icelandic past. The island is a home to thousands of birds e.g. eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot and more.
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.
Djúpivogur, Icelandfrom
The town is home to fewer than 400 inhabitants and with its many colorful houses, is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Explore the small town and its beautiful surroundings and try the local fresh fish!
Siglufjordur, Icelandfrom
Siglufjordur is a city on the northern coast of Iceland. It used to be the centre of the Icelandic herring industry. It's history is well-portrayed at the award-winning Herring Museum. The city is surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Trollaskagi Peninsula.
Jan Mayen Island, Norwayfrom
Jan Mayen Island is a volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean and a part of the Kingdom of Norway. The island is mountainous, the highest summit being the Beerenberg volcano in the north. The isthmus is the location of the two largest lakes of the island. A regulation dating from 2010 renders the island a nature reserve under Norwegian jurisdiction. The aim of this is to ensure the preservation of a pristine arctic island and the marine life nearby, including the ocean floor.
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!