Why an Arctic cruise?
The Arctic earnt its name from the bear-shaped constellations overhead, but it’s also famously home to the polar bear. You can see this snow-white predator roaming the sea ice in the winter, but also spot it venturing inland during the summer along the coast of the Northwest Passage.
There are many more hardy animals to admire during your Arctic cruise, so keep your camera ready. Above water, you may see reindeer, the Arctic fox, lemming, muskox and the Arctic hair. Below the water you’ll find orca, narwhal and beluga whale. Meanwhile, seal and walrus move easily between the ice, land and sea.
The Arctic encompasses the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding coastlines – including territories of Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the USA. So, you can expect a broad range of landscapes to enjoy during an Arctic cruise. Within the Ocean, ever-shifting sea ice and drifting ice bergs mean you’ll rarely follow the same course twice. On land, iridescent glaciers, towering mountains and sparkling fjords promise endless, dramatic photo opportunities.
At night, keep an eye on the sky. The land of the North Pole is one of the best places to witness the aurora borealis (northern lights). This natural light display dazzles with its shapeshifting waves of colour, and people flock to the world’s most northerly reaches to witness it.
Around four million people live within the Arctic Circle, including indigenous communities who have called this chilly region home for millennia. A cruise here is the perfect opportunity to visit these remote towns, meet their resilient inhabitants and learn about their ways of life. We can arrange shore excursions to everywhere from the tiny town of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to charming Sisimiut, Greenland.