The world’s largest island teems with life, welcoming you into its breathtaking scenery. East Greenland is vast and remote, very sparsely inhabited and stunning in its austere beauty, while West Greenland has more Indigenous communities and varied wildlife. Both have incredible histories. You can take an express cruise and fly in for the fun—or opt for an in-depth trip to take all the time in the world.
Voted one of the top destinations to see in 2015 by the New York Times, Greenland has been dramatically shaped—geographically and culturally—by the ice that dominates and is one of the best places to witness the magic of the Northern Lights,. The best way to experience the rugged beauty of this nature-lover’s paradise is by ship. Our East Greenland fly-in expeditions make this amazing destination more accessible than ever.
Sailing along Greenland’s southern coast is the best way to sample the country’s rich biodiversity and to encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world. From relaxing in Uunartoq hotsprings to exploring historic Norse and Viking sites, to experiencing traditional Inuit settlements, this 15-day voyage to the dramatic land of valleys and fjords offers something for every interest.
Your quest for the farthest reaches of the earth can bring you to the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago—the realm of the polar bear. This landscape between Norway and the North Pole is remote and rugged, its vistas glistening and gorgeous. The varied itineraries and flexible schedules of our Spitsbergen expeditions make your visit an absolute certainty—and long overdue.
This 9-day voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. You’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship, and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic on your visit to Spitsbergen.
Combining the best of Spitsbergen — exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus — this 11-day voyage is the classic Arctic expedition. Packed with options for snowshoeing, sea-kayaking, and whale-viewing, this is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic".
During this 13-day voyage we’ll attempt a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. The island offers highly-coveted opportunities to view polar bears and walrus, who feed in the food-rich icy waters around the island. Whales and seabirds will also entertain you during the sailing portions of the expedition, and on Zodiac excursions, you may catch a glimpse of reindeer or fox.
This popular, award-winning 13-day expedition cruise takes you from high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, to Scoresbysund on the northeast coast of Greenland, ending in fascinating Iceland. From massive glaciers to bird cliffs, to the best sites for polar bear, reindeer and walrus- spotting, this adventure delivers Arctic beauty in all its splendor.
The High Arctic
Vast, pure, fragile, stunning in its simplicity, the High Arctic reveals intense beauty at every turn—glacier-topped mountains, jagged coastlines, and majestic wildlife. You’ll nd a thriving and varied ecosystem and a history as intoxicating as it is accessible. From the sweeping panoramic vistas at 90º N to the captivating and remote island inlets to our adventure-lled land-based safari, the to-do list is as long as an Arctic summer day.
On this new, 17-day voyage departing from Resolute, we’ll hug the remote coast of Ellesmere Island, exploring north Smith Sound before leaving Canadian waters for Greenland. Heading south along its west coast, we’ll take in remote Inuit communities as well as Disko Bay. While exploring deep fjords, ancient glaciers and innumerable icebergs, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery and unique wildlife.
Sail deep into High Arctic history as you cruise through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage on this new 17-day expedition, departing from Kangerlussuaq and following the east coast of Baffin Island. Visit traditional Inuit communities, learn about the whaling heyday of the 1800s and visit the same sites that played an important role in Sir John Franklin’s historic discovery of the sea route.
The North Pole
Get a taste of the ultimate Arctic experience, by journeying to the top of the world with two very different expeditions. Whether you’re looking for the thrill of flying directly to 89° North, or would rather take some time to enjoy the ride, we’ve got something for every interest and ability.
Standing at the top of the Earth, a glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. This 14-day voyage takes place aboard 50 Years of Victory, the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker. Crush through multiyear Arctic ice, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for iconic wildlife, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting.
Not all High Arctic Expeditions involve time spent on a ship. Journeys by air to unique and arresting destinations present ample opportunities to heed the call of the north, embarking on the self-discovery of a lifetime. Ice-camp and wilderness-lodge visits offer unequaled experiences across the board.
Explore the Canadian Arctic for 8 or 10 days at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut. The lodge — 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle — offers guided adventure activities and extraordinary polar photography. Observe wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food.