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
While in the Faroe Islands, be sure to explore the narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula, the oldest part of town.
- Southampton - Southampton
- Arctic Ocean,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Iceland,British Isles,Greenland
Wander around the charming narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula in Torshavn on Faroe Islands.
- Southampton - New York
- Arctic Ocean,Norwegian Fjords,European Rivers,Canada and the USA East Coast,Baltic Sea,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Iceland,British Isles,North America,Greenland,Benelux, Europe (River),Transatlantic
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”
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
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
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
The Island of Ostrov Nuneangan is located in the very north east of Russia near to Alaska. The Ostrov Nuneangan has an extremely low population made up of Siberian Yupiks. Visitors may want to take the opportunity to take an organised touzr to experience their unique culture. The proximity to Alaska and the Arctic make Ostrov Nuneangan a popular destinations on cruises to these areas.Highlights of Invergordon
- Unique Siberian Yupik culture
- Cruise destination on Alaska and Arctic cruises
- Found in the very north east of Russia
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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