Cruising the Arctic
The Arctic is one of the most remote and fascinating regions of the world. Arctic small ship cruises with AdventureSmith journey along fjords, mountains and glaciers in search of polar bears and other unique wildlife. Why book your Arctic cruise with AdventureSmith?
Work with one Adventure Specialist to research, purchase & prepare for your Arctic cruise.
We offer an unmatched selection of nearly 30 Arctic cruises aboard 20 expedition ships.
Our crew has cruised the Arctic and can make personalized recommendations.
Our breadth of Arctic cruises means more opportunities to match you with savings.
Where to Cruise in the Arctic?
Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Russia, the Bering Sea and the North Pole are ideal for explorations by small ship cruise–how to choose? Svalbard is the most popular region for Arctic cruises, with its wealth of diversity in wildlife and cultural sites. Iceland is another popular Arctic destination, with wildlife flocking to the shorelines. Choose Greenland to explore the world’s largest island. Canada offers chances to spot mythical narwhals. And the North Pole is a bucket list destination unto itself. To explore more than one region, choose a cruise over two weeks.
Antarctic vs Arctic Cruises
Distinct differences exist between the South and North Pole. Antarctica cruises operate in North American wintertime, focusing primarily on the Antarctic Peninsula. Arctic cruises run during the North American summer, offering a plethora of regions to explore. Amazing wildlife exists in both destinations, with Antarctica featuring penguins and whales; while the Arctic offers polar bears, walrus and reindeer. Arctic small ships include some sailboats, while both poles see expedition ships. Finally, the Arctic offers cultural highlights and historic settlements, while Antarctica has no inhabitants aside from scientists at research stations. Need more guidance to cruise the Arctic?
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Summer-Time Arctic Cruises
Arctic cruises operate primarily May-September. Long days are ripe for exploration, with polar bears roaming more pack ice in the spring, opportunities to cruise farther as the season progresses, and northern lights cruises focused in the fall.