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Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises

Around Spitsbergen

Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

PLA09-18. Take a cruise around Spitsbergen and explore the icy waters of the North Atlantic. This special expedition offers you the chance to catch site of whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and the star attraction, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

6 Jul - 15 Jul, 2018


7450 USD

Around Spitsbergen

Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation

OTL10-18. Take a cruise around Spitsbergen and explore the icy waters of the North Atlantic. This special expedition offers you the chance to catch site of whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and the star attraction, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

23 Jul - 1 Aug, 2018


4900 USD


Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

RVR25-18. The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears.

Cruise date:

28 Jul - 15 Aug, 2018


7350 USD

Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya

Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation with a visit to Kvitøya

PLA14-18. This cruise around Spitsbergen gives you a great chance to see whales, foxes, reindeer, seals, and polar bears. The expedition will make a landing on the island of Kvitøya, a site of historical significance, and home of a large walrus population.

Cruise date:

20 Aug - 29 Aug, 2018


7450 USD

North Spitsbergen

The best opportunity to spot the King of the Arctic

PLA15-18. Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

29 Aug - 5 Sep, 2018


3900 USD

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 194 votes

Theo Krümmel

Es war eine ganz tolle Reise. Alles war perfekt Organisiert. Das Schiff, die Crew ,der Service, die Landausflüge. Ich würde die Reise genau so wieder machen. Das Gesamtkonzept hat gestimmt

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Mechtild Velber
Alle Träume wurden wahr
by Mechtild Velber on Arctic

Nachdem wir 2 Tage sehr erfolglos und frustriert nach dem König der Arktis gesucht haben, wurden wir gleich mit mehreren Eisbären belohnt. Ein Bär fing sogar vor unseren Augen eine Robbe und verspeiste...

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Ilona Kutger
Eisbären Spezial
by Ilona Kutger on Arctic

Es war eine atemberaubende Erfahrung und ein spitzen Erlebnis. Die Crew des Schiffes professionell und der Expeditionsleiter mit seinem Team waren mehr als nur engagiert, Sie haben sich so viel Mühe gegeben,...

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Ilske Thomsen

it was a overwhelming travel in the rough beauty of the north. The landscape was as endless like the silence. The clouds on the heaven and the rare sunshine make breathtaking pictures. For me it was astonishing...

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Naska Moog

Eine der besten Reisen, die ich je gemacht habe. Alle an Board waren super freundlich und haben ihr Bestes gegeben, die Tour zu einem einzigartigen und unvergesslichen Erlebnis zu machen. Der Abschied von Spitzbergen...

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Ian Wainwrihgt
Whale oddyssey
by Ian Wainwrihgt on Arctic

Wonderful experience, Crew, hotel staff and expedition staff excellent. Very professional and would definitely travel with Oceanwide in the future, a very big thank you to everyone concerned.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my expedition trips?

Our voyages are “expedition” style cruise. Our emphasis is on wildlife encounters, personal contact with the environs, visiting sites of historical interest and to a lesser extent scientific stations. Our actual program will vary to take best...


How much time do we spend ashore during our polar cruise?

That is hard to say. It depends on the weather and constraints of time and distance. Depending on the voyage, you may spend several days aboard the ship, followed by a series of landings, each several hours long. On some cruises you land two or three...


Do I have to be really ‘fit’ and in good health to join an expedition to the Arctic or Antarctica?

To join an expedition cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica, you must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible...


What kind of clothing should I take with me during the expedition cruise?

The choice of clothing for cold temperatures during your Arctic or Antarctica expedition cruise is a very special matter. It depends on your individual experience whether to take warm clothes with you. Our advice is to take warm, wind and waterproof...


Are the Arctic and Antarctica cruise programs final?

All promoted Arctic and Antarctica cruise itineraries are for general guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and ad hoc decisions by the Expedition Leader onboard to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife....


Are lifejackets provided on your cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica?

For the safety of all passengers during our cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica we provide everyone with a lightweight inflatable life jacket, which inflates automatically on contact with water. It is mandatory to wear these life jackets all times...


About Oceanwide Expeditions


Taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions has been our driving passion at Oceanwide Expeditions for over twenty years. Our knowledgeable cruise leaders, committed staff, and thoroughly outfitted vessels are our way of expressing what we care about most: making your cruise to the Arctic and Antarctic truly unforgettable. When you sail with us, you experience a part of the world that is unlike any other. Mountainous glaciers, snow-swept shores, whales and polar bears and vast colonies of penguins make up this world, and they are all part of the surreal ecosystem you can watch unfold before you on your future Oceanwide expedition.


Providing you a travel experience that inspires (and is inspired by) you, that’s what taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions means to us. We get you away from the vessel and into the action as fast as possible: up to two landings per day in the morning and afternoon, with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs ready to shuttle you past the ice floes and onto the shore. We keep our programs flexible so that you get the most out of whatever surprises nature has in mind. When you sail with us, the cruise is just the tip of the iceberg. 


So what exactly is beneath the tip of that iceberg? The pioneering spirit, which all travelers to the polar regions (regardless of age and background) have in common. Guiding our expeditions with passion, tapping into the desire for inspiration and beauty, and always taking you closer to the heart of the Arctic and Antarctic – at Oceanwide Expeditions, that is our promise to you. 

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