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Isolated by its harsh northern climate, the Arctic is seldom visited. Settlements can be remote and some can only be accessed by air or sea. Needless to say, a journey of this kind requires careful planning. However, Audley have years of experience in the region and work with a number of excellent lodges that enable you to discover the terrain and wildlife on guided excursions.

Our Arctic itinerary ideas are intended to give you a flavour of what is possible here, suggesting when you should go and what you might see.

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Ideas for your trip to the Arctic

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Arctic, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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North Spitsbergen: 7-night cruise

  • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved in to hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

  • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

9 Days from £4,985pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Spitsbergen circumnavigation 9-night cruise

  • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

  • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

11 Days from £6,225pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Spitsbergen and north east Greenland: 12-night cruise

  • Visit the spectacular Scoresby Sund, rich in Arctic wildlife from musk oxen to little auks.

  • Possible northern lights sightings when you travel towards the end of the year.

  • Whales, including the possibility of narwhals.

  • Visit ancient Inuit sites.

15 Days from £7,125pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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