For wildlife lovers, rugged land explorers, frosty weather fanatics or those who love mystery and magic, an Arctic holiday is the gift that keeps on giving. A stark contrast to the usual holiday choices, an Arctic adventure will educate, exhilarate and leave a lasting memory in any travellers mind.
The Arctic circle certainly brings variety to any explorer looking to make the most of a break overseas. Consisting of eight different countries such as Iceland, Norway and Greenland, the Arctic is incomparable to any other destination thanks to its special location, rare wildlife, icy climate and incredibly unique landscapes. Following Antarctica, the Arctic ranks as the second largest desert in the world, inhabited by indigenous tribes such as the Inuits and the Eskimos who have adapted to the harsh weather conditions and survive here all year round. Home to polar bears, walruses, penguins, mousse and more, Arctic holidays are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the flipside of nature - life that thrives with ice and snow.
The Arctic, a strange and mystical place like no other…
Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located between mainland Norway and the North Pole, is an ideal destination for first time Arctic travellers. Svalbard is a genuine Arctic fairytale, with its majestic mountain ranges, glittering glaciers and eerie frozen lands of the Tundra, reminiscent of a sci-fi movie scene. With the Northern Lights visible during the winter season and summertime bringing 24-hour sunshine, this place is Pandora's box full of surprises.
Our Introduction to Spitsbergen tour is a ten-day Arctic cruise upon a luxury boat around the island, giving you a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer. This voyage will take you on an adventure that will include exciting wildlife encounters, spellbinding hikes across the Tundra and Polar desert and expeditions through eerie waters filled with breathtaking glaciers, fjords and icebergs.
If ten days isn’t enough, our fourteen day Arctic cruise - Spitsbergen in Depth: Big Island, Big Adventure - offers an extensive Arctic package holiday which, if conditions allow, includes a circumnavigation of the whole Svalbard archipelago. A Northern Lights holiday should be on everyone’s bucket list and so for those looking to be completely awestruck with scenes of the Aurora Borealis, a holiday to Greenland will be an unforgettable Arctic experience. Whether you are a couple looking for romance or a solo traveller with a love for photography, we highly recommend our fourteen day trip Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland and East Greenland.
Whatever your Arctic explorer dreams, our Destination Specialists are ready and waiting to help bring them to life. As well travelled experts in this field, we can help you create the ideal holiday itinerary with minimal fuss and maximum excitement.
Great sample itineraries
From searching for polar bears to spying the Northern Lights, we've selected three incredible Arctic itineraries for the perfect Arctic experience.
Northern Lights Cruise Iceland Tour
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