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While cruises are traditionally associated with sun, sand and glittering seas, Arctic expeditions offer a whole new calibre of cruising that make for a truly unforgettable holiday. Read on for our top five incredible Arctic cruising experiences that should not be missed!
For those that love wondrous natural scenery, Bergen is an absolute must see destination. There is simply no better way to soak up the stunning rugged glacial scenery than from the decks of a luxury liner. As well as unparalleled natural beauty, Bergen also boasts some of Norway’s finest examples of Baroque architecture.
While the natural splendour of the Arctic cannot be ignored, cruising also calls for a dose of cosmopolitan excitement. Tromso well and truly delivers on the wow factor with its lively nightlife, rich cultural scene, colourful architecture and mouth-watering local cuisine. Here, passengers can experience all the quintessential Artic delights including reindeer sleigh riding, dog sledding and ice fishing in winter and tranquil canoe trips, scenic bike rides and breath-taking hikes in the warmer summer months.
Architecture enthusiasts will be captivated with Alesund’s towering turrets, majestic spires and magical Art Nouveau style. This fairytale-esque town is one of Norway’s gems and is also conveniently close to Geirangerfjord, one of the country’s most spectacular peaks.
As Europe’s northernmost town, Honningsvag lies deep in the heart of the land of the Midnight Sun. Yet despite its remote location, this popular town plays host to over 1000 cruise ships each summer season. Don’t forget to look out for wild reindeer grazing on the outskirts of the settlement!
Europe’s last great wilderness. Located in the Arctic Ocean between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard’s archipelago of islands is a haven for wildlife. There is no shortage of raw beauty from postcard perfect mountainscapes and glaciers to the sheer vastness of ice fields. An absolute must for all polar enthusiasts.
An Arctic cruise wouldn’t be complete without an encounter with some of nature’s most impressive and intriguing animals. Wilderness lovers will be in heaven with the opportunity to spot whales, caribou, and beautiful snowy white polar bears.
If you are captivated with the experiences on offer from an Arctic cruise, take a look at our latest Arctic cruise packages here. The company is partnered with some of the best names in Arctic cruising such as Quark Expeditions, Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and G Adventures.
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