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The Arctic’s scenic extremes have long beguiled visitors. In the far north of Svalbard, in the Norwegian Arctic, you’ll see glacier fronts, icebergs and mountainscapes. Thousands of guillemots turn towering cliffs into a riot of movement. In other parts, it’s the encompassing stillness that can stagger you — lonely bays dotted with icebergs, or an unbroken bed of sea ice engulfing the horizon line. Our Polar cruising team have experienced Svalbard on their own voyages, and they’re well-placed to help you choose the ideal itinerary and vessel for your Arctic expedition cruise.

Polar bear sightings, understandably, receive much fanfare. But, as our specialists will tell you, there are also walruses and numerous whale species to look out for, not to mention a host of birdlife. They’ll also recommend you explore Longyearbyen, a permanent human settlement whose existence and history are a surprising and enriching aspect of Arctic travel.
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Suggested tours for the Arctic

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to the Arctic could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Practical tips for travelling to the Arctic, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest government travel advice.

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The Arctic in pictures

Our expert guides to travelling in the Arctic

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the Arctic. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the Arctic at its best.

  • My travels in Svalbard

    My travels in Svalbard

    Venturing to Norway and then Svalbard on an Arctic cruise, Megan captured part of this journey on video.

  • The Sea Adventurer in the Canadian Arctic

    Arctic cruises to Svalbard

    Polar specialist Tom shares his experiences of expedition cruising in Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. He talks about the scenery you’ll be immersed in, the wildlife you may encounter, and what life’s like on board a polar expedition vessel.

  • Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

    A typical polar day

    A trip to the Arctic or Antarctic is a real adventure but many travellers are unsure of what to expect during their voyage. Here, we share with you what a typical day on an expedition cruise in the Arctic or Antarctic is like and what you can expect to see and do.

  • Zodiac excursion

    Choosing your polar cruise

    The awe-inspiring polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic, are amongst the most beautiful and captivating in the world. Irrespective of which region you choose, visiting one of the world’s ultimate travel frontiers should prove to be a truly unforgettable and enriching experience.

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