Top Destinations For Luxury Arctic cruises
The Arctic region provides one of the world’s most elusive and unique holiday experiences and there is a vast range of holiday options available. Luxury Arctic cruises are designed with two things in mind – comfort for everyone on board, and exploration of amazing destinations.
Unlike travel to Antarctica where you have one destination that covers the entire South Pole, the ocean of the Arctic is actually home to a number of countries, each with their own unique culture and experiences. From Spitsbergen in Norway to the Canadian Arctic, cruises to Iceland and Greenland, through to Alaska, Russia and the North Pole.
Why & When Should You Visit the Arctic?
If you’re planning tours to the Arctic circle region, you want to base it on the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. The most popular luxury Arctic cruises operate between June and September, where you can enjoy anywhere from 18 to 24 hours of sunlight. Travel in June will still provide you with plenty of ice and polar bears, while September is ideal if you plan to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. This is also when the birds begin their migration.
If your ultimate goal is to see the Northern lights, the lights are usually visible between the end of September and early March. If you do travel in winter, keep in mind you’ll have limited daylight and won’t be able to enjoy the scenery as much. It’ll also be well below freezing!
Top Luxury Arctic Cruise Destinations
Iceland Tours show you vast glaciers, national parks, geysers, waterfalls and the warm waters of its famous blue lagoon where you can take a relaxing dip in this one of many natural thermal baths. Visit the capital Reykjavík for a closer look at the Icelandic culture that has been shaped by isolation and extreme forces of nature.
Greenland Tours are the lesser-known travel experiences that should be on everybody’s must-do list. Greenland Tours showcase a world of experiences in just one country. You will see and experience dogsledding settlements and cultural shows that will connect you to the people who really live a unique way of life, while you can also go whale watching, hiking and trekking through the tundras, and explore the world’s fastest moving glaciers.
Spitsbergen Tours and Travel Packages. Located in the Svalbard archipelago of Norway, Spitsbergen is the wildlife capital of the Arctic due to the spectacular scenery and huge variety Arctic animals on show such as Polar Bears, Reindeer, Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Walruses. This is the place to visit for your ideal Arctic expedition!
North Pole Tours
We have a wide selection of North Pole cruise and tours. Take this trip to the top of the world where you will have an ultimate experience aboard our hand picked vessels. Along the journey you will encounter rookeries of Arctic birds, walruses and seals. Polar bears might get curious enough to approach and examine your vessel from a very close distance. Join this spectacular trip and it will sure become an unforgettable journey of a lifetime!
If you want to truly experience a unique holiday, visiting the North Pole is something most people never have the opportunity to do. Your luxury Arctic cruises will take your ship through the pack ice, stopping at Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote landscapes on earth. Franz Josef Land is a Russian archipelago that is inhabited by military personnel.
It’s made up of 192 islands and is home to polar bears and colonies of kittiwakes, as well as passing bowhead whales and Atlantic walruses. As your cruise continues through the North Pole, you’ll spot Polaris, the North Star – and a point of direction for many sailors in history. Although the North Pole is much warmer than the South Pole, don’t expect the temperatures to be more than 0 degrees Celsius in summer.
Luxury Arctic cruises will also take you to Russia and the Far East where you can experience an abundance of whale and wildlife viewing; and Newfoundland, where you can explore the rich Viking history, Labrador and the Inuit culture of Baffin Island.
When planning your luxury Arctic cruises, do some research to find the ultimate tour. Eclipse Travel has holidays and expeditions you’re guaranteed to love.
Best Luxury Arctic Deals
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|Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands||Exclusive||$10905 pp||13||10 Jul 2020||Enjoy a fabulous sea journey between Russia and Alaska, along the Pacific Ring of Fire....|
|A Circumnavigation of Iceland||Exclusive||$8354 pp||10||12 Jul 2023||Explore the wonders of Iceland in comfort on the National Geographic Explorer, a state-of-the-art ship...|
Blog Posts on the Arctic
Top 6 Reasons to add Franz Josef Land to your Bucket List!
By Anton Clasquin
I recently had the opportunity to visit Franz Josef Land on board the Sea Spirit. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a Russian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean which is inhabited only by military personnel and spectacular wildlife. These are my top reasons you should add Franz Josef Land...
By Tiffany Chek
First things first…. EVERYONE NEEDS TO VISIT ICELAND! I could go on and on about how beautiful, stunning, and magical Iceland is, but assuming you have already made the smart decision to go, the next question is, what is the best way to see this magnificent country? Well, there are several options:-...
Northwest Passage Cruise Review – Canadian Arctic on the Ioffe
By Shae Doherty
So I will try to be brief while still giving a good idea about my experience, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put in writing the incredible week i had but i’m going to give it a go. What an amazing experience to be able to take part in an...
Polar bears and the Arctic on Akademik Sergey Vavilov
By Tim Farquhar
Spitsbergen, Svalbard Akademik Vavilov July 3 – July 13, 2015 Having travelled to Antarctica a few years ago, I have been interested to head up to the Arctic and see the wildlife up there, and was not disappointed! This time I went on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov which is a former Russian...