Discover the Arctic
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Our collection of small ship voyages to this incredible region includes parts of Canada, Greenland and the Svalbard archipelago. Deep fjords, ancient glaciers...
There is something truly special about encountering animals in their natural environment and a single wildlife encounter can be the absolute stand out moment...
Explore the epic wilderness, incredible wildlife and fascinating history of the Arctic in the company of knowledgeable guides on our land-based Arctic...
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.
Popular Arctic holidays
Spitsbergen to East Greenland Cruise
Voyage to the North Pole
A Taste of Spitsbergen
Spitsbergen Explorer Cruise
Tromso and Svalbard
Scotland to Svalbard
Introduction to Spitsbergen
Sailing Scoresby Sund
Greenland Base Camp
Spitsbergen & Franz Josef Land
Baffin Island & West Greenland Adventure
Iceland, Greenland & Baffin Island
Greenland Northern Lights Cruise
Discovery at Arctic Watch
Baffin Island Explorer
Canadian High Arctic Explorer
WHEN TO TRAVEL
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.