Arctic Cruises & Tours

Midnight sun, ethereal natural light shows and preening polar bears – welcome to the edge of the map.

A pristine Eden of mountain peaks, glacial structures and pretty much every shade of blue known to man, this winter wonderland sometimes seems too beautiful to be real. Polar bears, whales, reindeer and walruses dot the ice-strewn land and seascapes while wildflowers bloom on the inland plains. Come the seasonal equinoxes, Aurora Borealis throws up its dazzling display of lights. On some summer nights the sun never sets. Enchanting, stark and about as remote as you can get while crossing parts of eight countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Canada and the USA – the Arctic Circle really is poles apart from the typical travel experience. Set sail on a cruise to the Earth's tip top - The Arctic.

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Your home on the sea

We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while on board, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences along with luxurious touches that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.

Boat Ocean Adventurer
Ocean Adventurer
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 128
This sturdy expedition ship was built in 1975 and underwent an $8 million refurbishment in 2017 which included new engines and refurbished cabins...
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Ultramarine
Ultramarine
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 199
If you’re looking to take your polar adventure to the next level, Ultramarine is designed to help you discover amazing new places.
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Ocean Endeavour - Arctic
Ocean Endeavour - Arctic
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 200
The Ocean Endeavour - Arctic is a comfortable and spacious ship with a gym, library and wide range of cabin types.
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Why choose us

Custom built ships

Each vessel is purpose-built for polar conditions, well-equipped and fitted with modern conveniences to create a home away from home. Each ship also boasts a team of professional chefs preparing high-quality meals around the clock, a crew of experienced sailors and expedition leaders to chart a course.

Expert leaders

Travel with polar experts in a range of fields – glaciology, ornithology, marine biology and natural history – who provide invaluable context and insight to the region. Trained guides in Arctic terrain ensure you can travel with peace of mind onboard and during onshore activities.

Onboard activities

When you’re not spotting wildlife from the deck, exploring onshore or taking part in an adventure activity, all our Arctic trips include educational seminars to learn about the region’s unique flora and fauna. On top of all that, there’s a library where you can do your own polar research or have some downtime in the lounge.

Full board

All cruises provide three meals a day, 24-hour tea and coffee, and activities including Zodiac excursions, onboard seminars and shore landings. Our chefs know just how to warm you up after your Arctic outing, just be ready for a second serving!

Safety

Our polar operators are the best in the business and make your safety travelling in this potentially hazardous region their number one priority, adhering to all international maritime and SOLAS regulations.

Sustainable travel

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.

Arctic tour reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 704 reviews submitted.
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Iceland Discovery

Marion · Traveled April 2024
Iceland is beautiful and offers so many beautiful experiences. We were fortunate to have a great guide, Siggy, who ensured we saw so much wildlife (2 artic foxes, reindeer, birds), waterfalls, beaches, geysers and provided a lot of details to ensure we had context. Absolutely loved my Iceland tour and visits to 3 thermal pools (Blue lagoon was not on tour but well worth a visit, as was Forest Lagoon - optional extra).
Review submitted 08 May 2024

Iceland Discovery

Carys · Traveled April 2024
Once in a lifetime trip. Jaw dropping at every corner, worth every penny you spend. The Glacier lagoon and the hike on the glacier were some highlights. Thanks mostly to our trip Leader Thor for his unlimited knowledge and passion for Iceland.
Review submitted 04 May 2024

Iceland Discovery

Cassy · Traveled April 2024
Our guide Thordur was so experienced (he has run 98 Intrepid tours so far!), and was able to make adjustments to the itinerary on the fly to ensure we made the most of the time and weather we had - even adding in extra activities/locations to make up for ones missed due to road closures etc. I can see that every trip to Iceland is unique in this way.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2024

Iceland Discovery

Peter & Fiona · Traveled April 2024
Our tour guide’s commentaries were enriched by his broad knowledge of Iceland’s history, its geography, its plants and animals, its culture, its traditions and its people. We were immersed in the beauty of Iceland and we have fallen in love with this country.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2024

Six Days in Iceland

Duncan · Traveled April 2024
An incredible trip. Gisli was an awesome guide and his knowledge of the area heightened the experience. All the stops were interesting. Only note is it’s really 3.5 days, not 6. Can’t recommend enough
Review submitted 12 Apr 2024

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