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Two zodiac boats have a close encounter with a humpback whale

Cruises in the Arctic

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers on an Arctic expedition cruise. This is the easiest and most comfortable way of experiencing this vast region of glaciers, fjords and elusive wildlife, with boat trips providing access to places unreachable by land. On most days you’ll disembark to take small group trips by rigid inflatable or on land to observe wildlife, explore the landscape and experience Inuit culture in the company of a highly qualified guide. 

Cruises run during the Arctic’s brief summer and the vessels vary considerably. Have a look through the options below and discuss your ideas with a member of our team.

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Our suggested Arctic cruising itineraries

Each of these itineraries features an element, big or small, of experiencing the Arctic by boat. As we've discovered, cruising lets you slow the pace and gain a different — sometimes exclusive — perspective on a destination. As with all our itineraries, treat these as just inspiration for your uniquely created trip.

Ships selected by our specialists

Ranging from luxurious floating hotels to far simpler options, the selection of The Arctic cruise vessels you can choose from all have one thing in common: they offer unparalleled access to sights well off the beaten track.