2 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

North East Greenland National Park

North East Greenland NP is the world’s largest (almost 1m sqkm). Though the park is part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, there are large ice-free areas of green mountains with beautiful wild flowers, long fjords, precipitous cliffs and hot springs. Off shore, huge icebergs in fantastic shapes float on the deep blue sea.

  • Ideal for viewing: Bearded seal, Musk ox, Ringed seal, Walrus, Polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Birdwatching

Spitsbergen

High above the Arctic Circle lies the remarkable archipelago known in Norwegian as Svalbard. Spitsbergen, the main island, means “jagged peaks” and befits this remarkable land with its spectacular coastline, littered with glaciers flowing into the sea, and high cliffs with endless opportunities for viewing wildlife.

  • Ideal for viewing: Arctic tern, Bearded seal, Beluga whale, Narwal, Polar bear
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Polar bear watching, Birdwatching

7 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Across the Arctic Circle

Follow the Vikings’ journey from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun, Along the way you’ll encounter spectacular birdlife and migrating whales, before reaching the polar bears of Spitsbergen.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 14 days

East Greenland

Greenland and its surrounding waters are home to an impressive array of wildlife. The scenery is dramatic, particularly in autumn with vivid colours by day and the spectacular northern lights by night.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

South Spitsbergen - Northern Lights

Observe the extraordinary phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, when the night skies glow green and red with one of Mother Natures finest displays

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Greenland - Disko Bay Whale Safari

Explore the largest and newest of Greenland's islands, Disko Bay, to observe the wildlife, birdlife and marinelife along this spectacular coastline.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

North Spitsbergen

Take a week to explore the stunning coastline, astonishing landscapes and spectacular wildlife of Spitsbergen, the largest wilderness area in Europe.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Sailing amid an awe inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers you pass by the world’s largest national park and see the birthplace of Greenland’s giant icebergs.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 14 days

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birdwatchers paradise.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 10 days

When to go

There are two seasons in the Arctic, but summer (not winter), falling between the spring and autumn equinoxes, when daylight virtually round the clock, is the best for visiting.

Seasons

  • Summer

    Apr to Sep: Truly the land of the midnight sun – the further north, the longer the light
  • Winter

    Oct to Apr: The sun disappears for months at a time, and the icy cold returns

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Arrival of the Arctic summer
  • Jul: Beluga whales in estuaries around Churchill
  • Sep to Feb: Northern Lights visible
  • Oct to Nov: Polar bears wait for pack ice to form

7 recommended wildlife cruise vessels.

Akademik Ioffe

Designed originally for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. There are public spaces suitable for small group sessions or briefings for all passengers.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the m/v Akademik Sergey Vavilov is an ice-strengthened vessel which has been recently refitted and refurbished.

Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht has a well-balanced two-masted schooner rig and accommodation for 20 passengers in comfortable twin cabins, all of which have upper and lower berths, a cupboard and wash basin.

Ortelius

The ice-strengthened Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, providing possibilities to travel to remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

Plancius

The Plancius accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in cabins ranging from triple to superior, all with outside view and private facilities.

Polar Pioneer

Small and manoeuvrable, the Polar Pioneer is an ice-strengthened vessel, capable of venturing into remote corners of the world that many larger ships cannot reach.

Rembrandt van Rijn

The Rembrandt van Rijn is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers good open deck viewing areas.

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