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Arctic Circle cruises sail to some of the world’s northernmost ports surrounded by glaciers, ice caves and snow-dusted peaks.

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Arctic from Liverpool with the Bolette

Arctic from Liverpool with the Bolette

7th Aug 25, 15 nights - Arctic, Northern Europe, Iceland, Greenland, England, British Isles, United Kingdom
Bolette
  • Traditional cruising
  • A true taste of Britain
  • Exemplary onboard service
from £2,299 pp
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Arctic from Reykjavik with the Azamara Quest

Arctic from Reykjavik with the Azamara Quest

20th Aug 25, 10 nights - Northern Europe, Iceland, Arctic, Faroe Islands
Azamara Quest
  • Delicious fresh food in all restaurants
  • Perfect for couples and younger cruisers
  • Great overnight stays at destinations
from £2,467 pp
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Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

20th Jun 25, 10 nights - Arctic, Iceland, Northern Europe, Greenland
Norwegian Star
  • Award winning 'Star Club Casino'
  • Garden villas, with private garden and jacuzzi
  • Range of treatments in 'Mandara Spa'
Reduced up to -10%
from £1,730 pp
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Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

22nd Aug 24, 10 nights - Arctic, Iceland, Northern Europe, Greenland
Norwegian Star
  • Award winning 'Star Club Casino'
  • Garden villas, with private garden and jacuzzi
  • Range of treatments in 'Mandara Spa'
Reduced up to -20%
from £1,412 pp
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Luxury Iceland Intensive

Luxury Iceland Intensive

30th Jul 24, 12 nights - Northern Europe, Iceland, Arctic, Denmark, Scandinavia, Baltic Sea, Faroe Islands
Azamara Onward
  • More Inclusive - Unlimited Selected Drinks and Gratuities Included
  • Most destination immersive itineraries yet
  • Visits small hidden gem ports
from £3,499 pp
Including flight
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Arctic from Dublin with the Azamara Quest

Arctic from Dublin with the Azamara Quest

12th Jul 25, 9 nights - Northern Europe, Iceland, Arctic, Faroe Islands, British Isles, Ireland
Azamara Quest
  • Delicious fresh food in all restaurants
  • Perfect for couples and younger cruisers
  • Great overnight stays at destinations
from £2,333 pp
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Arctic from Reykjavik with the Celebrity Silhouette

Arctic from Reykjavik with the Celebrity Silhouette

25th Jul 25, 7 nights - Iceland, Arctic, Northern Europe
Celebrity Silhouette
  • Experience innovative dining with iPad menus at Qsine
  • Play Sous chef to a celebrity chef at the Lawn Club Grill
  • Tax and duty-free shopping at top designer brands
from £948 pp
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Arctic from Southampton with the Emerald Princess

Arctic from Southampton with the Emerald Princess

31st Jul 25, 16 nights - Northern Europe, Arctic, British Isles, Iceland, United Kingdom, England, Greenland, Ireland
Emerald Princess
  • 900 balcony cabins with stunning views
  • Voted one of the best ships for food lovers
  • Varied international passenger base
Reduced up to -7%
from £1,329 pp
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No Fly Ireland and Iceland

No Fly Ireland and Iceland

18th May 25, 12 nights - Northern Europe, Arctic, Iceland, British Isles, United Kingdom, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Carnival Miracle
  • Wedding chapel onboard
  • Impressive 80% of all cabins are outside
  • Mind-blowing shows at "Phantom Lounge"
from £1,299 pp
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Arctic from Southampton with the Arcadia

Arctic from Southampton with the Arcadia

27th Jun 25, 16 nights - Northern Europe, Arctic, Iceland, Norway, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia, British Isles, United Kingdom, England, Svalbard, Northern Ireland
Arcadia
  • Exclusively for adults
  • "The Palladium" - impressive 3-tier theatre
  • Marco Pierre White's "Ocean Grill" restaurant
from £1,279 pp
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Arctic from Southampton with the Emerald Princess

Arctic from Southampton with the Emerald Princess

3rd Jun 25, 14 nights - Northern Europe, Arctic, Norway, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia, England, United Kingdom, Svalbard, British Isles
Emerald Princess
  • 900 balcony cabins with stunning views
  • Voted one of the best ships for food lovers
  • Varied international passenger base
Reduced up to -13%
from £1,281 pp
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New York with Luxury Greenland & Canada

New York with Luxury Greenland & Canada

12th Jul 25, 21 nights - Arctic, North America, Greenland, Canada, East Coast USA, United States
Island Princess
  • Includes 2 Night Hotel Stay In New York
  • Princess Plus - Add Drinks, Unlimited WiFi, Gratuities & More for £50pppd
  • Voted 'Best Ship for Service'
from £3,599 pp
Including flight
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Arctic from Newcastle upon Tyne with the Balmoral

Arctic from Newcastle upon Tyne with the Balmoral

29th Aug 24, 9 nights - Northern Europe, Iceland, Arctic, British Isles, United Kingdom, England, Faroe Islands
Balmoral
  • Traditional cruising
  • A true taste of Britain
  • Exemplary onboard service
Reduced up to -8%
from £1,149 pp
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Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

Arctic from Reykjavik with the Norwegian Star

30th Jun 25, 12 nights - Transatlantic & Repositioning, Arctic, Northern Europe, Iceland, North America, Canada, Greenland, United States, East Coast USA
Norwegian Star
  • Award winning 'Star Club Casino'
  • Garden villas, with private garden and jacuzzi
  • Range of treatments in 'Mandara Spa'
Reduced up to -13%
from £2,196 pp
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Arctic from London (Dover) with the Carnival Miracle

Arctic from London (Dover) with the Carnival Miracle

18th May 25, 12 nights - Northern Europe, Arctic, Iceland, British Isles, United Kingdom, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Carnival Miracle
  • Wedding chapel onboard
  • Impressive 80% of all cabins are outside
  • Mind-blowing shows at "Phantom Lounge"
Reduced up to -19%
from £1,121 pp
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Arctic Cruises
Crystal blue glaciers, sparkling ice caves and snow-dusted mountain tops make for impressive backdrops, but spring and summer sees the Arctic Circle bloom with wildflowers and lush greenery that dominate the once stark, white landscape. Whether you sail to Norway, Canada, Alaska, Sweden, Finland or Iceland or just the Arctic Circle itself, you can expect wildlife, natural beauty and rugged coastal ports in abundance. Naturally the Arctic Circle scenery stands out, but don’t miss opportunities to explore new cultures, cities and past times. Sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiles are great ways to explore!
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Harbours for Arctic

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland
-48%
from£909
Reykjavik Cruises
Isafjördur, Iceland
Isafjördur, Iceland
-48%
from£1,075
%s Cruises
Akureyri, Iceland
Akureyri, Iceland
-48%
from£948
Akureyri Cruises
Qaqortoq, Greenland
Qaqortoq, Greenland
-35%
from£1,262
Qaqortoq Cruises
Nanortalik, Greenland
Nanortalik, Greenland
-48%
from£1,262
Nanortalik Cruises
Eyjafjördur, Iceland
Eyjafjördur, Iceland
-13%
from£1,124
Akureyri Cruises
Ålesund, Norway
Ålesund, Norway
-37%
from£619
Ny Alesund (Spitsbergen) Cruises
Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, Greenland
-35%
from£1,599
Nuuk Cruises
Djúpivogur, Iceland
Djúpivogur, Iceland
-15%
from£948
Djúpivogur Cruises
Heimaey, Iceland
Heimaey, Iceland
-20%
from£1,121
Heimaey, Island Cruises
Grundarfjörður, Iceland
Grundarfjörður, Iceland
-31%
from£909
Grundarfjörður Cruises
Paamiut, Greenland
Paamiut, Greenland
-35%
from£1,730
Paamiut Cruises

Travel Tips for Arctic Cruises

History & culture

Unlike the Antarctic, the harshest, northernmost stretches of the Arctic Circle have been inhabited by indigenous populations for thousands of years. Inuit, Sami and Chukchi people have hunted, lived and worked the lands long before cruise passengers started sailing in. Don’t miss the chance to explore their traditions, way of life and the adaptations they’ve made to their changing surroundings and modern culture. Other ways of living to explore include the Swedish hygge (cosy comfort), Finland’s sisu (determination and bravery) and Sweden’s lagom (finding balance). On the music and art scene, Iceland leads the way with work that stands out in every sense.

Food & drink

Remote locations, local produce and the Arctic lifestyle heavily influence the region’s food. International menus aren’t in short supply, but foodies will want to taste a cloudberry, tuck in to a snow crab salad or sample the local craft beer and botanical gin scene. Fermented shark, reindeer burgers and roast puffin are a little harder to swallow, but local delicacies are often an acquired taste. Game, seafood, herbs and berries are the staples behind menus here. Trawl the markets or book a lunch in each of your Arctic Circle cruise ports to explore new ingredients and dishes that will always remind you of this flavour-packed food scene.

Featured Arctic Circle Destinations to visit

Iceland

 

The land of fire and ice isn’t always so tempestuous. In the spring and summer the snow melts, revealing stunning green scenery. Puffins fly from sea to nest feeding their young, whales breach the waves and wildflowers make the most of the briefest of summers. The dramatic, volcanic landscape is not to be missed.

Norway

It can be easy to forget you’re on an Arctic Circle cruise in Norway. In spring and summer, the turquoise melt waters of the retreating glaciers are all that’s left to remind you of Norway’s winters. Plunging waterfalls, seemingly endless fjords and architecturally intriguing coastal ports make Norway an Arctic Circle stop to treasure.

Alaska

Exploring Alaska’s vast wilderness is made all the easier on an Arctic Circle cruise. Hop on an excursion to the sprawling forests of Denali National Park or be enchanted by the sea lions in Glacier Bay. Salmon-fishing grizzlies, soaring bald eagles and migrating humpbacks add to the wildlife spotting opportunities. But often, it’s the towering glaciers that are Alaska’s most jaw-dropping sights.

Arctic Circle Calling Ports

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Whale Watching

Arctic Circle cruises are some of the best cruises for whale watching. In port, you’ll have the chance to book a whale watching excursion. Hop in a rib to get close to nature’s gentle giants or take a larger boat to sail the waves spotting blow holes. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for whales as you sail between ports too.

Polar Bears

If your Arctic Circle cruise ports in or near Greenland, Churchill, Kaktovik or Svalbard you may spot a polar bear in its natural habitat. Sightings are increasingly rare – but don’t miss the chance to join an excursion to spot these magnificent bears lounging on ice floes or hunting its prey.

Northern Lights

Autumn and winter cruises to the Arctic Circle increase your chances of spotting the magical Northern Lights. The green shimmering dance of the Aurora Borealis is an unforgettable sight and the further north you sail the more likely you are to see a spectacular show. If your Arctic Circle cruise ports in Reykjavik, take time to visit the Northern Lights Centre to learn more about nature’s surreal phenomenon.

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Tips for cruising to the Arctic Circle

Currency considerations

Major credit cards are accepted in all of the countries spanning the Arctic Circle. However, some supermarkets in Norway may not accept foreign credit cards. If you’re travelling to more remote spots, take a small amount of local currency for souvenirs and small purchases, just in case.

Transport

In spring and summer, most Arctic Circle transport will be by car, bus, boat or train – as all but the coldest areas will be free from snow and ice. Autumn and winter open up options to travel by sled, skidoo, sleigh or skis.

Making the most use of short durations in port

Research Arctic Circle cruise ports in advance to pinpoint what that area specialises in. If you’re short on time, look for excursions that visit all the key sights in port. Consider alternative transport methods too.

Cruise Lines sailing to the Arctic Circle

FAQs about Arctic Circle cruises

  • Will Arctic Circle cruises see the Northern Lights?

Yes, Arctic Circle cruises do see the Northern Lights – but only those that sail in late autumn. Most Arctic Circle cruises sail through the spring and summer months. During this time, the 24 hour days mean the skies never darken enough to see the Northern Lights.

  • What time of year is best for an Arctic Circle cruise?

The best time of year for an Arctic Circle cruise all depends on what you want to see. If you’re looking to spot polar bears on ice floes or the crisp white snow of winter, sail in May or June. For the Northern Lights, sail the stormier autumn seas of October. For the wildflowers, wildlife and midnight sun, sail in July or August.

  • Do cruise ships still hit icebergs?

While it’s true that cruise ships still hit ice in the Arctic Circle, this tends to be melting pack ice – rather than what most would consider an iceberg. Cruise ships take extraordinary care to navigate away from icebergs and any contact with them is considered to be extremely rare.

  • Does it get very cold on the ship on an Arctic Circle cruise?

It’s rarely very cold on the ship on an Arctic Circle cruise. Heating and cabin-controlled temperatures mean that however cold it is outside, you’ll be warm within the ship’s interior. As most cruises explore the Arctic Circle in spring and summer, the outside temperatures can be warm too.

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Traditional hunting methods in the Arctic Circle mean that you may see reindeer, whale or puffin on the menu. In addition, it’s not unusual to see furs and hides for sale in souvenir shops. Some cruise liners perform a ‘ceremony’ when crossing the Arctic Circle. This can range from a deck party or themed lunch to a ‘Blue Nose Ceremony.’

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