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The Arctic, Spitsbergen, Greenland and the North Pole - Small Ship Expedition Voyages

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The Arctic coastlines offer some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world. Visitors to the region can witness enormous colonies of seabirds thronging the cliffs and shores, and enjoy the thrilling antics of whales and dolphins at sea and seals and walrus hauled out on the rocks and ice floes and of course encounter the very symbol of the Arctic - the polar bear. Though remote and sparsely populated today, many of the places you will explore have been inhabited in the last 5000 years, and thousands of unique prehistoric and historic sites are a testimony to the thriving cultures of the past.

Of all the sites in the European Arctic, Spitsbergen is the most romantic, a combination perhaps of its evocative name and a reputation as a genuine wilderness, difficult to reach and hostile to explore. Our trips to the north and around the island offer 24 hours of daylight and the near certainty of seeing polar bears as well as walruses and a variety of seabirds rarely found outside the High Arctic.

V
isit fjords where you can hike for several hours across a tundra dotted with an astonishing array of wild flowers; Magdalenafjord is claimed by many to be the most beautiful place in the Arctic and Smeerenberg, once the largest of all Spitsbergen 's whaling stations, is now scattered with ruins against a backdrop of the dark ocean. In the dreamlike landscapes of Greenland you are met by icebergs in all colour hues, shapes and sizes, calving glaciers and breathtaking views of a seemingly endless ice cap.

Visiting local Greenlandic hunting community of Itoqqortoormiit is a great experience or take shore landings to search for wildlife and with luck you may come across a herd of Musk Oxen grazing on the tundra. In this part of Greenland narwhals are often spotted and you may encounter polar bears as they drift southwards on the ice floes.

We have teamed up with some of the worlds leading Polar Operators to bring you unforgettable voyages on board small research vessels as well as Icebreakers.

 

There are three classes of vessel on offer:

Expedition and Adventure cruises: These vessels which are usually converted research vessels are all ice strengthened vessels purpose built for these locations. They offer comfortable cabins with standard facilities such as 3* dining, lectures rooms, small libraries, bar/lounge facilities and good deck space for viewing while sailing. Adventure vessels are the same but have facilities for more activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, camping or snowshoe hiking.

Itineraries are offered with these activities available as well as special photography and bird watching voyages. Take a look at the itineraries for more information or contact us if you are looking for something specific.

Luxury cruises: These vessels have the same itineraries as the Expedition and Adventure vessels but allow you to pamper yourself a little more. These vessels have more luxurious accommodation, restaurant, lounge facilities.

Ice breakers: As the name suggests that's just what these vessels do. They are designed for accessing more isolated locations such as the North Pole or parts of Antarctica where thick sea ice has to be broken to advance. These vessels are of similar standard to the Expedition and Adventure vessels.

Guest numbers on vessels vary from 46 - 114 passengers.

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So do you want to go to Antarctica?

 

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