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Expedition cruises to the Arctic (around the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, plus Greenland and the Russian far east) operate in the brief Arctic summer, when the sea ice has receded enough to allow the expedition vessels in to explore. In the high summer of late June and early July, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 hours a day and sea birds are in abundance. Hopefully you will have a chance to meet a polar bear or two at whatever time you travel, while whales will hopefully be spotted throughout the season too.

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I have sent clients at every time of the Arctic summer travel season, and all have had great experiences. As with any trip that is wildlife-based, you are at the mercy of nature, and the polar bear sightings are a matter of luck and being in the ‘right place at the right time’ (along with the skill of your expedition crew) rather than travelling at any particular point in the season.

Lizzie, Latin America and Polar Specialist

Arctic Climate Guide

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Arctic

Kangaamiut, Greenland

Visiting the Arctic in September

As the Arctic summer comes to an end, several of the Spitsbergen expedition boats complete their season by heading over to East Greenland. Here you will see magnificent fjord scenery and have the chance to see the aurora borealis as the nights reappear. 

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Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring the Arctic

Trip ideas for exploring the Arctic