The Arctic Experience: 5 Best Arctic Cruises

By admin / 26 March 2018

The Arctic Experience: 5 Best Arctic Cruises

For an Arctic experience, there are many countries and styles of travel to choose from. Expeditions Online have years of experience in Arctic exploration, so here's our list of the five best Arctic adventures!

When you consider an Arctic experience, you might not realise there are many countries and styles of travel to choose from. Luckily, we’ve experienced them all so can reveal five of the best Arctic adventures meaning you can spend less of your precious time researching and more experiencing the magic of seeing a polar bear in the flesh, sipping glacial water fresh from a stream and discovering the wonders of the Arctic under the midnight sun. 

We believe the best way to explore this remote region is onboard one of the Arctic expedition cruises. Sailing through this enchanted icy landscape onboard a small expedition ship enables you to get up close and personal with the unique wildlife that inhabits this seemingly inhospitable land and to really appreciate your size in the vast open space of the Arctic. 


Just a few hours north of Oslo lies Svalbard and the Spitsbergen Archipelago, a region abundant with Arctic wildlife and impressive scenery. Start your Arctic journey in the colourful, quirky town on Longyearbyen before climbing aboard your small expedition ship to seek out polar bears on the pack ice, witness mammoth colonies of seabirds nesting on cliff faces, and to explore the isolated islands peppering the Arctic Ocean while learning about the history of whalers and the changing climate of this region.

Scenic landscape on Svalbard arctic expedition


Greenland cruises offer you the best of both worlds as you can choose to travel during the winter, to witness the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, or during the summer which basks in 24-hour daylight allowing you to discover Arctic wildlife at all hours of the day and night. During a Greenland cruise, travel through breathtaking fjords, marvel at the magnificent colours of huge icebergs floating in the sea, and encounter unique Inuit settlements. Greenland cruises can easily be combined with North American adventures, Iceland or Svalbard cruises.

Greenland arctic expedition landscape


Canada provides travellers with year-round Arctic tourism opportunities, but perhaps some of the best experiences here are those on the water. Being home to a number of resident and migratory whale species you will be able to witness and photograph belugas in their thousands and look out for captivating narwhals, the unicorns of the sea. Follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous Arctic explorers during your own Arctic adventure tour in Canada.

Canadian Arctic expedition - Labrador


Perhaps best suited to avid polar explorers, your Russian Arctic cruise will certainly be an adventure. With so much to explore off the coast of Russia, you could return here time and time again and still enjoy new experiences. Choose between a voyage through Franz Josef Land, a journey across the Barents Sea or time discovering the wildlife and landscapes of Wrangell Island, Kamchatka or the Siberian coastline.

Sunset over the Barents Sea from Russia

North Pole

For the epitome of Arctic Circle trips, you’ll want to choose a North Pole expedition. These voyages to the end of the Earth allow you to be one of very few who get to experience the wonder of standing on top of the world and walking around each of the time zones within minutes. Not only will you enjoy an Arctic cruise abundant in wildlife en route to the pole, but you’ll also be able to take that once-in-a-lifetime photo at the summit.

Standing at the North Pole

Adventure expeditions aboard small ships allow you to be environmentally conscious in this ever more vulnerable environment, taking care when moving through the pack ice and making a minimal impact on the wildlife around you. For a little more luxury you can choose a larger ship, although these often have lower ice classifications meaning you may not be able to venture as far into the ice floes. 

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