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The Arctic region encompasses a vast area of continent, ocean, islands and ice-sheets, lying north of the Arctic Circle.

Our collection of Arctic holidays features small ship voyages to this incredible region, which encompasses parts of Canada, Greenland, the Svalbard archipelago and the iconic North Pole. We also offer a number of land based options, such as safari-style wilderness lodges in both the Canadian Arctic and Greenland.

NEW: The legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, returns to passenger service for four epic voyages for the 2016 Arctic season.


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Arctic Holidays

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Why choose Discover the World for your Arctic holiday?

Working with a wide range of polar suppliers, we have the most comprehensive choice of polar holidays available in the UK. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to Spitsbergen on a small ship or to stay in a safari camp pitched on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic, we offer an extensive choice of options for exploring the Polar Regions. Our team of passionate and knowledgeable travel specialists have visited many regions of the Arctic, so we can provide you with advice based on our first-hand experience. As well as helping you to choose the most suitable itinerary to your needs, we’ll also book your flights as well as any pre and post voyage accommodation required. We will always offer the best price available from the voyage operator at the time of booking - see our 100% Guarantee for more details.

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About the Arctic

Amazing wildlife is often the main inspiration for a visit to the Arctic - who wouldn’t want to witness a polar bear prowling the pack ice or a quivering herd of walrus hauled out on a remote beach? But the Arctic offers much more than plentiful wildlife - spectacular scenery, unique cultures and a fascinating history of exploration can also be experienced across this vast region.

Deep fjords, ancient glaciers and rugged mountains make up the landscape, whilst the icy Arctic Ocean is home to a wealth of marine life. Permafrost reaches hundreds of metres in depth and only the top layer of soil melts in the brief summer. Yet with 24 hours of summer daylight and at times surprisingly mild temperatures, moss, lichen and flowering plants thrive.

Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard islands, is ruggedly beautiful with prolific wildlife and its easy access, via Oslo, makes it an ideal option for first-time Arctic visitors. In Greenland, the unique bond between the Inuit and the environment adds another dimension to voyaging, which is echoed in the Canadian Arctic and the wild Torngat Ranges of Northern Labrador.

For the ultimate Arctic adventure, you can also follow in the footsteps of early explorers venturing to the North Pole or remote Franz Josef Land with its rich wildlife.

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Arctic voyages operate during the months of June to September when the warmer weather melts the sea ice and the region wakes up from its winter sleep. The long hours of daylight in June are ideal for spotting wildlife and the Arctic flora is blooming. July is the warmest month, belugas are in Hudson Bay and large numbers of birds are breeding. In late summer (Aug-Sep) the region is most accessible and the light is softer and better for photographs.

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