The Arctic

The farthest reaches of the far north. Join one of our Arctic cruises to the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights, and the true sovereign of the north: the polar bear.

Cruises to the Arctic

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

NOO33-17. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

26 Nov - 3 Dec, 2017

Price:

on request

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

NOO34-17. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

23 Dec - 30 Dec, 2017

Price:

2220 USD

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

NOOb-18. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

6 Jan - 13 Jan, 2018

Price:

on request

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

NOO01-18. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

13 Jan - 20 Jan, 2018

Price:

2220 USD

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

NOO03-18. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

27 Jan - 3 Feb, 2018

Price:

on request

Arctic cruise video

Arctic story

Under the Northern Lights of Greenland

Driving towards the port in Akureyri, I recognized Plancius from miles away. This was the ship that once took me to the end of the Earth, the...

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Arctic blog

Chosen by the Sea: An Interview with Captain Ernesto Barria

Ortelius sits drydocked in a cavernous basin of brick and steel, lost in scaffolding like a sidelong building undergoing renovation. Men in dark...

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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

rating reviews

Overall rating based on 102 votes

Stefan Kraus
Einfach gut
by Stefan Kraus on Arctic

Vom Abholen am Flughafen in Longyearbyen bis zur Ankunft in Rejkjavik lief alles wie am Schnürchen. Großes Lob an die Schiffsbesatzung, das Servicepersonal und das Expeditionsteam. War eine ganz tolle...

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Howard Newlove

Upgraded to a superior cabin with 2 bottles of complimentary wine was a great start as was the humpback whales "show" the first evening. Force 10 in the Denmark Strait was quite an experience but was...

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Arjan Woltmeijer
Greenland
by Arjan Woltmeijer on Arctic

A real arctic experience!

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David & Diana Marshall
Svalbard / NE Greenland / Iceland
by David & Diana Marshall on Arctic

Brilliant all-round. A superb trip & log. Fantastic photos. Have informed DtW of how excellent it was in every way. Convivial guides / excellent food ( including vegetarian ) / cabin staffing. Many thanks...

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Hans-Henning Homann
Danke schön
by Hans-Henning Homann on Arctic

Hallo liebes Team, Ihr habt einen super Job gemacht. Es war eine tolle Reise und das Tagebuch war das Tüpfelchen auf dem i. Dafür ganz herzlichen Dank Henning

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Catherine Robinson
Scorsebysund
by Catherine Robinson on Arctic

A fantastic trip! Wonderful views, great hikes and mostly absolutely fantastic staff who were kind, considerate, knowledgeable and friendly! I'd totally travel with oceanwide again :) A great experience.

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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 explorers who set foot in the Arctic must have almost thought they’d wandered onto a different planet. But though they were certainly astonished by the dramatic scenery and rich wildlife, their main concern was surviving until they could find a northern trade route to the Indies.

Instead they discovered Spitsbergen, or “New Land of the Pointed Mountains.” Dutch captain Willem Barentsz named the island in 1596, and over four centuries later it still bears his handle. But though the Dutch didn’t succeed in finding their route, they did manage to return to Amsterdam a year later still wearing the fur clothes and white fox hats gotten in their expeditions ― but without their captain, who died during the journey.

Unlike the explorers, our motivation is purely for experience. We lead cruises to the Arctic and North Atlantic islands so our passengers can enjoy one of the last truly wild places on Earth. Remote and occasionally hostile, these areas are home to countless eye-popping sights: fiery sunsets glowing over the jagged glaciers, peaks and snowdrifts reflected up from water clear as glass, and white-winged birds streaking the bright blue sky. But nothing can prepare polar travelers for their first sight of the undisputed sovereign of the Arctic: the polar bear.



Today we visit these locations during the summer season, taking advantage of the long hours of daylight when temperatures are not so severe. Yet still this harsh and beautiful landscape echoes the history of those first brave voyages of discovery that happened so many centuries ago.

Facts About The Arctic

  • Unlike Antarctica, the Arctic is not a continent but a region ― extending into Canada, the US, Russia, Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland
  • Almost 4,000,000 people live in the Arctic despite its severe conditions
  • The name “Arctic” comes from the Greek word ἀρκτικός (pronounced “arktikos”), which means “near the bear.” This name refers to one or both of two constellations in the northern sky: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Ursa Minor contains the star Polaris, also known as the North Star
  • The Arctic Ocean is about 8,690,450 km2, larger than the surface area of Europe
  • Until recently it was unknown whether the Arctic’s massive sheet of ice was on top of land or water. The answer was revealed in 1958 when the submarine USS Nautilus navigated 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

 

Travel to the Arctic

Oceanwide Expedition’s Arctic cruises take you on a voyage through a region of the Earth that, despite one of the harshest environments, offers many of the planet’s once-in-a-lifetime sights. The lands of the midnight sun and polar night both fall within the Arctic’s borders.

Join us aboard our ice strengthened cruise ships m/v Plancius and m/v Ortelius and explore the northern territories of the polar regions. There you’ll enjoy hikingbird watchingwhale spotting, snow shoeing, and firsthand contact with awe-inspiring wildlife and history. Depending on which trip you take, you may also be able to zip up next to a whale in a Zodiac, take a hike around Greenlanddive under the Arctic waters, or if your love of the Arctic runs even deeper than that, help us clean up the shores of Spitsbergen.

But if you’d prefer to take a cruise on a ship that’s a little smaller ― though definitely not small in terms of adventure ― take a look at the Arctic voyages offered aboard out sailing ships s/v Rembrandt van Rijn and s/v Noorderlicht

Whatever your choice, climbing aboard one of Oceanwide’s Arctic cruises gives you the chance to investigate one of the last surviving wildernesses on the planet.