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
22 day cruise on board the MSC Orchestra  from Hamburg
22 day cruise on board the MSC Orchestra from Hamburg
21 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
 10.08.2019
p.p.from $6,469
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
25 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
 08.08.2019
p.p.from $8,149
Sail from Copenhagen to Boston via Kristiansand
Sail from Copenhagen to Boston via Kristiansand
16 Nights with the Serenade of the Seas
 25.08.2019
p.p.from $3,311
Expedition from Hamburg with the MSC Orchestra
Expedition from Hamburg with the MSC Orchestra
21 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
 10.08.2019
p.p.from $4,469
14 day cruise from Tilbury
14 day cruise from Tilbury
13 Nights with the Marco Polo
 24.10.2019
p.p.from $1,759
  Longer Adventures
Icelandic Treasures
Icelandic Treasures
17 Nights Arctic Ocean, ...
 Columbus
 24.06.2020
p.p.from $4,399
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
 09.08.2020
p.p.from $3,222
Sail from Copenhagen to Boston via Kristiansand
Sail from Copenhagen to Boston via Kristiansand
16 Nights with the Serenade of the Seas
 25.08.2019
p.p.from $3,311
Journey with Celebrity Cruises from Southampton
Journey with Celebrity Cruises from Southampton
14 Nights with the Celebrity Silhouette
 30.05.2020
p.p.from $3,442
15 day sail from Southampton
15 day sail from Southampton
14 Nights with the Celebrity Silhouette
 05.09.2020
p.p.from $3,770
  Small Ship Journey
Sailing from Reykjavik with the Seabourn Quest
Sailing from Reykjavik with the Seabourn Quest
15 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
 23.06.2020
p.p.from $14,999
Voyage from London to Reykjavik via Seydisfjordur
Voyage from London to Reykjavik via Seydisfjordur
15 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
 08.06.2020
p.p.from $14,999
Travelling to Southampton from Reykjavik
Travelling to Southampton from Reykjavik
15 Nights with the Seabourn Quest
 08.07.2020
p.p.from $14,999
Cruising to Tromsø from Nome
Cruising to Tromsø from Nome
25 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 22.08.2020
p.p.from $45,900
16 day voyage from Southampton
16 day voyage from Southampton
15 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
 06.08.2020
p.p.from $5,665
Our Recommendations
Kelly
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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Katalin
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
  • Arctic Ocean,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Iceland,British Isles,Greenland
  • 04.08.2019

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Harvey
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
  • 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
  • 28.08.2019

from $16,480
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Top Ports in the Arctic
Akureyri, Icelandfrom
$1,619

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, Norwayfrom
$3,199

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
$1,867

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”
Heimaey, Icelandfrom
$5,723
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.
Alta, Norwayfrom
$1,759
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.
Grundarfjörður, Icelandfrom
$3,541
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.
Vigur Island, Icelandfrom
$14,999
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.
Djúpivogur, Icelandfrom
$6,299
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!
Jan Mayen Island, Norwayfrom
$6,799
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.
Kangaamiut, Greenlandfrom
On Request
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.
Aappilattoq, Greenlandfrom
$17,190

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, Russiafrom
$45,900

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, Russiafrom
$45,900

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
Ostrov Nuneangan Island, Russiafrom
$45,900

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
Herald Island (Ostrov Gerald), Russiafrom
$45,900
Small island on the Chukchi Sea, it is very difficult to access due to the rocky nature and cliffs surrounding the island. It is uninhabited and was only discovered in 1849 by a Royal Navy ship.
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!