The Arctic

A world very few have ever experienced. Those who come aboard our Arctic cruises get to explore one of the last true untouched wildernesses on the planet.

Cruises to the Arctic

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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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:

31 May - 7 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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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:

21 Jun - 28 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Up to 800 USD discount

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

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The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

Cruise date:

11 Sep - 18 Sep, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 1090 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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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:

8 Jun - 15 Jun, 2017

Price:

5540 USD 4450 USD 1090 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 950 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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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:

14 Jun - 21 Jun, 2017

Price:

on request

Arctic cruise video

Arctic story

Following the tracks of Viking Explorer Fridtjof Nansen

In late August of 2016, I went on a week-long tour of East Greenland on the Rembrandt Van Rijn. The ship was originally built in the 1920's but...

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Arctic blog

5 of history’s greatest Polar explorers

Today’s visitors to the Polar regions follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous explorers in history. Here’s a list of 5 great explorers...

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Arctic experiences

Arctic wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Arctic

Arctic cruise reviews

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wim van passel
the best time of my life
by wim van passel on Antarctica

Dear fellow-travelers, My wife and I had the extreme prevelage to join countless Oceanwide expeditions during the last 20 years, resulting in thousands of new " free-off-costs" images for the Int. Imagebank...

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Kathrin Freise
Second time
by Kathrin Freise on Arctic

This year in january I have been onboard of the Noorderlicht for my second time. The new owners are amazing. One day we had lots of orcas and humpbacks around the ship - wow. Unfortunately we were not so lucky...

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Rudolf und Agnès Graf
Ostgrönland Polarlichter
by Rudolf und Agnès Graf on Arctic

Mit der ganzen Reise und dem Wetter, sehr zufrieden! Was hätten wir bei ständig schlechtem Wetter gemacht?...

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Kathrin Freise
I got the arctic fever!
by Kathrin Freise on Arctic

In march 2016 I visited the Lofoten on board of the SV Noorderlicht. It was an unforgetable trip. The landscape is amazing, the crew was absolutely friendly and very well prepared and the Noorderlicht stole a...

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Eduard Clément
Standart und einfach aber OK
by Eduard Clément on Arctic

Organisation: am Flughafen in Reykjavik war so was von katastrophal oder chaotisch wie es nicht schlimmer sein könnte, ein Wunder dass alle Teilnehmer in die Stadt gekommen sind! Am Morgen 2 Std vor dem...

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Ruedi Seiz

Wir buchten ein aussergewöhnliches Programm, in einem Teil der Welt, der noch weitgehend unberührt ist, in klimatischen Verhältnissen, die für uns neu waren und in einer Landschaft, die zum...

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Arctic FAQ

What should I take into account when travelling to the Arctic?

Avoid unnecessary damage to the ground surface and vegetarian cover, as regeneration rates are extremely slow. Do not take specimens from plants. Do not pick flowers. Avoid disturbing or feeding the wildlife. Be aware of your activities and whether...

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What checks should I undertake before going to the Arctic?

Ensure that the footwear you intend to take has been scrubbed clean and all soil and seeds removed. Check all of your clothing for soil, seeds and insects, especially cuffs, pockets , hoods and all Velcro. Check that any equipment and luggage you...

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Where is the Arctic?

The north Pole is the top point of earth. At the North Pole, night and day occurs continuously half the year. This depends on whether the pole is facing the sun or not.The North Pole is in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and is surrounded by Alaska, Canada,...

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Who lives in the Arctic?

The Arctic is inhabited by different groups of people with mostly an European background. People from the surrounding countries live at the North Pole. 

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What is the time in the Arctic?

The time zone in the Arctic is GMT +1.0 hour.on Svalbard trips is CET. East Greenland trips switch time zones mid-trip to fit Iceland time (GMT), West Greenland trips stays at GMT -2.

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What would be the longest delay for medical attention during a trip to the Arctic?

In Svalbard and West Greenland we are generally within helicopter reach and a medevac is usually not more than some hours away if we have a serious problem. In East Greenland there are only limited aerial medevac possibilities and an evacuation via a...

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About Arctic

Arctic Expedition Cruises

The first discoverers setting foot in new Arctic lands must have been astonished by the dramatic scenery and the rich wildlife, but their main concern was to combat the cold, eagerly awaiting the return of summer to continue their voyages to find a northern trading passage to the Indies. In 1596 the Dutch captain Willem Barentsz discovered a land he called “the new land of the pointed mountains” (in Dutch and today still known as Spitsbergen). The Dutch did not succeed in their attempts to find a northern route to Asia and the expedition ended with a wintering on what is today the Russian Arctic territory of Novaya Zemlya. The Dutch managed to return to Amsterdam in 1597, still wearing their fur clothes and white fox hats, but without their captain, who had died and was left behind with four of his companions.

Contrary to these first discoverers, our incentive in visiting the Arctic and the North Atlantic Islands is to enjoy one of the last great wildernesses on earth. Remote and occasionally hostile, these areas are home to countless birds, nesting on spectacular cliffs. The Arctic is a place where glaciers mirror the sunset, setting fire to mountain tops, and nothing can prepare the traveller for his or her first sight of the indisputable King of the Arctic: the Polar Bear.



Today, we visit the North Atlantic Islands and the Arctic in the summer season, taking advantage of the long hours of daylight when temperatures are not severe. Yet still the harsh, beautiful landscapes of the north echo the history of these first heroic discovery voyages and the whaling enterprises which were indirectly a result of Willem Barentsz’ voyage to the Northern region.

Facts About The Arctic

  • The Arctic is not a continent like Antarctica. Instead it’s a region that dips down into Canada, the U.S., Russia, Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
  • Despite the harsh living conditions almost 4,000,000 people live within the region.
  • The name “Arctic” comes from the Greek word ἀρκτικός (pronounced “arktikos”) which means “near the bear.” This refers to one or both of two constellations found in the northern sky – Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Ursa Minor contains the star Polaris which is also known as the North Star.
  • Until relatively recently it was unknown if the Arctic’s massive sheet of ice was on top of land or water. The answer was revealed in 1958 when the submarine the USS Nautilus was able to navigate under the ice, proving it was indeed over water.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic was around -68°C in Siberia.
  • The Arctic glacier holds about 7% of the world’s fresh water.
  • The Arctic Ocean is about 8,690,450 km2, making it bigger than the surface area of Europe.

 

Travel to the Arctic

Oceanwide Expeditions’ Arctic cruises take you on a trip through a region of the Earth that, despite having one of the harshest environments on the planet, has called over 4 million people to make it their home. Its borders encompass the lands of the midnight sun and the polar night.

Cme aboard our ice strengthened cruise ships m/v Plancius and m/v Ortelius and explore the Polar Region while you enjoy hiking, bird watching, whale spotting, snow shoeing and being introduced to the wildlife and history.

If you’d like to take a cruise on a ship that’s a little smaller but still big on adventure then we humbly suggest you take a look at the Arctic voyages offered aboard out sailing ships the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn or the s/v Noorderlicht

Joining one of our Arctic cruises gives you the chance to investigate one of the last great wildernesses on the planet. Depending on which trip you take, you’ll be able to zip up next to a whale in a Zodiac, take a hike around Greenland, dive under the Arctic waters, or even help clean up the shores of Spitsbergen