Polar Tours & Cruises

A boat of tourists inspect an iceberg with an arch in Antarctica.

Hike, Kayak & Cruise the Arctic & Antarctic!

Greenland’s glacier and fjord landscapes reveal the sublime beauty of the Arctic as well as its traditional culture, while the wild Svalbard Archipelago is a showcase for polar bears and walruses. The iceberg-dotted Antarctic Peninsula is as rich in wildlife as it is in the lore of fabled polar explorers, including Scott and Shackleton. On an expedition cruise, explore these magnificent polar realms in comfort.

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The Antarctica cruise was fantastic and the quality of the ship and staff exceeded my expectation. I was especially impressed by the experience and friendliness of the expedition staff.


The northern lights delivered a spectacular show. We were kept busy the whole time and it went by way too fast.


Doe-eyed reindeer, dog sleds, snow-draped trees in hidden forests, tipis, glass-topped igloos, snowshoes, saunas, laughter, and homemade doughnuts are my treasured Lapland memories…and light, always the light.


This is the trip of a lifetime! For most of us, it is the only opportunity to be part of an expedition to one of the most remote places on the planet. The lectures were excellent and certainly enhanced the whole experience.


We chose this trip for the variety of activities, with not every day being all about a hike. The trip met our expectations in this regard with all of the great venues and adventures.


I wasn’t sure what to expect on the trip, the only certainty was penguins and icebergs. There were lots of both! The pristine beauty of Antarctica has to be seen to be believed. I always had a smile on my face and didn’t want to return to the ship. We have been all over the world and this has to be in the top three of favorites.


The history, culture, and beauty of Norway’s northern islands were amazing. This trip hit it out of the park with great hikes, followed by wonderful food and wine. It was a fabulous time!


This trip had a great balance of active outdoor fun and cultural activities. The sea kayaking among the islands near Senja was really special. And the rorbuer (former fisherman’s cabins) were just lovely!


This trip is unique—there is nothing comparable. The expedition director was superb, and the procedures for getting ashore were well organized. There was a rich variety of lectures that expanded the experience and our knowledge.


This trip is an adventure of a lifetime. The crew really knows what they are doing; their passion and dedication to the environment makes the experience fabulous. Everyone on the ship loves what they do and it shows—they really do care about your experience and want you to have the best trip possible. I would recommend this trip to anyone as my words and pictures can’t convey what a truly amazing experience I had. Every time I think of Antarctica, I smile!

Everything You Need to Know

Penguins and other wildlife in Antarctica.

The Antarctica expedition cruising season begins in late October (the Antarctic spring) and continues through mid-March (the Antarctic fall). Throughout this period you will be surprised with how mild the weather can be, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-30s°F ranging to highs in the 50s°F. While there is an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty throughout this time, there are differences in what wildlife is present through the Antarctic summer season.

A group of travelers on the deck of a ship in Antarctica.

Operating in Antarctic waters responsibly and comfortably requires an expedition ship specifically outfitted with an ice-strengthened hull, state-of-the-art navigation technology, and a crew of officers and naturalist guides who are experts in their fields. We feel confident we have selected the finest expedition ships exploring Antarctica. Our Expedition Cruise staff here in our office can help you find the itinerary that best fits your interests and schedule, or compare some of the ships we use below to decide for yourself.

Three people hiking along the Danco Coast in Antarctica.

A trip to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for most people, so it’s important to do it right! We have already selected the finest itineraries, ships, and departure dates, but we give you options of different trip lengths and places to visit. See below for a comparison of our top choices, or contact our Expedition Cruise staff to help find the itinerary that best fits your interests and schedule.

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Our Polar Specialists know every detail about our Polar trips. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!