Depending on when you cruise, there's a chance you might catch a glimpse of this breathtaking natural phenomenon in the Arctic!
Tired of watersports in topic weather? Take a kayak or stand up paddle board excursion to a glacier in the Arctic!
There's a good chance you'll get to see Arctic polar bears in their natural habitat, along with a bunch of other native wildlife!
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The Arctic is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and is famous for its undisturbed landscapes and diverse wildlife. Located close to Canada, the United States, and Europe, it is one of the easiest destinations to reach. Cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions, Ponant, Seabourn, and Silversea currently offer cruises to the Arctic.
An Arctic cruise can range in length from 7- to 3-nights depending on cruise line and itinerary. In addition to the incredible amenities available onboard your cruise ship, many Arctic itineraries include a great variety of shore excursions you can experience. Activities ashore might include Zodiac expeditions, nature hikes, boat trips, crabbing, and horseback riding.
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Highlighted Arctic Cruise Attractions
The following are just a few of the many things to do while in the Arctic:
The Arctic is legendary for its massive glaciers, some of which are even considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A typical Arctic excursion consists of touring these natural wonders by boat. There’s no better way to appreciate the gigantic size of these icebergs than by taking an excursion to see them up close by boat. Viewing the icefjords does not require much movement or action so almost anybody can enjoy them as long as you’re dressed warmly.
Dog Sledding Experience
Dog sledding is a staple activity in the Arctic. During the winter months, you may be able to experience the fast-paced sledding action across a snowy tundra for yourself. If you’re traveling in the summer where the weather is a little warmer and less snowy, you can still opt to take a tour where you can see the dogs, learn the basics, and even take a ride using a wheeled sled. Be the first of your peers to try out this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Kayaking is one of the most popular types of adventures you can try in the Arctic. Instead of paddling to a sunny tropical backdrop, you get a stunning view of snow-capped mountains and glaciers while enjoying the fresh Arctic air. It’s a great way to experience wildlife, as you will have the opportunity to spot many kinds of birds and fish.
The following cruise lines offer Arctic Vacations:
Specialty Cruise Lines
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Luxury Cruise Lines
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Part of Hurtigruten Group, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers expedition-style cruises to some of the most remote destinations in the world. Their small ships take guests up close to the wildlife and landscapes of those areas, including Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Arctic. An expert Expedition Team provides wonderful onboard enrichment lectures, and a variety of unique, exciting shore excursions (such as dog sledding, kayaking, and snow mobile safaris) are available during each Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise,
Experience a different and magical way of cruising. Ponant prides themselves in providing modest-sized yachts that will transport you where most larger ships cannot reach. Included on board are restaurants that prepare the finest in French-inspired cuisine, as well as a well-trained and discreet staff whose goal is to provide you with the best service possible. For those who enjoy the luxurious life, some of their ships have butler service (for guests staying in select suites). All this and so much more is offered, along with all the privacy you could ask for. Come experience cruising "A la Française", the tasteful style of this company.
Founded in 1991, Quark Expeditions is a leader in polar adventures. In fact, they ran the first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage (to the North Pole). They take their guests on polar expeditions to remote parts of the Arctic and Antarctic. The vessels in their fleet accommodate under 200 passengers, taking their guests to remote areas that larger ships cannot reach. Their Expedition Team is made up of seasoned veterans with backgrounds in fields such as marine biology, history, glaciology, geology and more. With a high staff-to-guest ratio, Quark Expeditions will provide you with a truly memorable experience.
Seabourn is one of the world's most luxurious cruise lines, offering state of the art amenities such as complimentary welcome champagne, open bars, complimentary gourmet dining and personalized service. Since its founding, Seabourn's ultra-luxury ships have consistently ranked among the very best vacation experiences in surveys, polls and the annual honors lists of international guidebooks and travel critics. New for Seabourn in May 2018 was Seabourn Ovation, sister ship to the innovative Seabourn Encore.
Silversea's all-inclusive ultra-luxury vacations appeal to discriminating travelers accustomed to plush accommodations and attentive, individualized service. Distinguished by its award-winning, all-suite ships and impeccable service, Silversea's all-inclusive fares include round-trip airfare (from select gateways), a pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay, all beverages including select wines and spirits, gratuities, transfers, and a special shoreside event, The Silversea Experience, on select sailings.
For those seeking to combine the best of both luxury and adventure cruising, look no further than Silversea's expedition ships. These magnificent vessels sail to some of the most exotic locales in the world. Guests can enjoy 5-star service, as they view penguins in the Arctic, sip on champagne while searching for humpback whales in the Pacific Northwest, or even get professional hot stone massages while discovering the untouched nature of the Galapagos. Silversea Expeditions will help you see the world in a whole new way, without having to compromise comfort and service.
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The following are just a few of the more popular tour operators that offer Arctic Vacations. Use the search box that's higher up on this page, or contact us, if you're interested in pricing, availablity and our special deals on other brand.
When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.
These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.
An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.
Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).
Also referred to as self-guided travel, independent travel gives you the freedom to do things at your own pace. You don't have a guide with you like you would on an escorted tour, but you can make your own schedule and choose your own itinerary.
This option is usually significantly less expensive than an escorted tour that includes similar components; however, cost and quality simply depends on the tour you select as both budget and luxury tour operators offer this type of travel.
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Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
One of the world's leaders in luxury tour travel, offering journeys in all seven continents. Unique itineraries include in-depth destination explorations, and feature premium accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Since 1990, G Adventures has been offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and tours they were accustomed to. Examples of the types of adventure tours are: active, family, independent, expedition, and overland.
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