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.
A day trip from Reykjavik, Iceland to the famous Iceland Golden Circle is a must if you have the time!
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While in the Faroe Islands, be sure to explore the narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula, the oldest part of town.
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Wander around the charming narrow streets of the Tinganes Peninsula in Torshavn on Faroe Islands.
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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
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
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 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 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
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
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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