It is sad to say, but the Arctic is shrinking fast, both in terms of the ice and retreating glaciers, but expedition cruises are now able to explore deeper into this wonderful area.
From breaking through the pack ice on a Northwest Passage voyage to taking a helicopter flight to the North Pole or flying over the largest glaciers outside Antarctica, this region has so much to offer.
Some of the most diverse wildlife anywhere on earth, fascinating native peoples, and the natural phenomena of the Northern Lights, a midnight sun partnered with staggering scenery make this region of our planet an unforgettable place to visit.
Similar to when you cross the equator, when crossing the Arctic Circle for the first time, you may be greeted by King Neptune who baptises you with ice and other special treats.!
When to go
The cruising season usually starts in June and run through to October but surprisingly in some areas you can experience the Arctic all year round. The sea ice in the winter months makes the remoter parts such as the Northwest Passage, Greenland and Spitzbergen impossible and most of the expedition ships relocate to the Antarctic.