Luxury Arctic Holidays and Cruises
Think Arctic and think polar bears. For the lucky few who spot them, these incredible creatures are the raison d'etre for a visit to this vast expanse of frozen sea, and yet the Arctic region offers much, much more. Seals float on ice floes, the ocean echoes with minke whales' beautiful song, walrus huddle together on sea shores, musk oxen in shaggy overcoats and cool caribou hang out in herds while Inuit settlements show you how to survive in the wilds. Our luxury expeditions take place in July and August during the Arctic summer, when days are long, the weather is fine and the Arctic tundra is carpeted in wild flowers.
Simply put, you have two choices to explore the Arctic: the ultimate ice-breaking expedition to the North Pole, or shorter voyages to the Arctic islands. Call a travel expert to find out which luxury adventure cruise holiday is right for you.
Any Philip Pullman fan will recognise Svalbard, immortalised in His Dark Materials trilogy as the gateway to parallel universes where armoured polar bears (Panserbjøne) ruled the lands. If you want to see polar bears then this is probably your best place as large numbers still live on the islands east of Spitsbergen, roaming on drifting ice.
Cut off from the rest of Greenland (and the world) for much of the year by frozen seas and ice drifts, this area remains one of the last unspoiled regions of the world. Wild, rugged and often ice-bound, Greenland’s northeastern coast is wildlife-rich and culturally fascinating. Colourful settlements brighten the artic landscape whilst ancient ruins leave an air of mystery over Greenland’s ancient past.
Icebreaker cruises from Canada’s historic Northwest Passage take you through the icy waters to reach the North Pole. Satisfy your inner explorer with one of these unforgettable expeditions.