An Arctic cruise is an awe-inspiring experience, considered a
once-in-a-lifetime trip for many. Often defined as the area within
the Arctic Circle, the unspoiled territory of the Arctic encompasses
parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland, Iceland and Russia, and cruises
here offer an up-close look at snowcapped mountains, deep fjords and
gigantic ice sheets. You may encounter remarkable wildlife, including
polar bears, arctic foxes, walruses, reindeer and whales, plus a
wonderful variety of birds. Experience the midnight sun in Longyearbyen,
explore the rugged coastline of Bear Island and take in the majestic
landscapes of Spitsbergen.
- The Arctic cruise season typically runs from May through September. However, Hurtigruten offers Norway cruises that explore the lower regions of the Arctic circle year round.
- Arctic cruises are typically 5 to 16 nights in length, but may be longer.
- Some Arctic cruises depart from major European capitals such as London,
Amsterdam Copenhagen or Oslo, although most leave from lesser-known cities
in Norway. If you need to fly a long distance to reach your port of
departure, we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or
two days in advance. A pre-cruise hotel package will give you time to
rest and get oriented before your Arctic cruise.
For a list of Arctic cruise ports,