European Arctic Expeditions
The Arctic summer brings a sense of urgency, and the best way to experience its wonders is on an exciting Arctic expedition cruise.
Like the Inuits and Vikings who preceded us, our Arctic trips are explorations by sea. In our small polar cruise ship, we chase the Gulf Stream’s warm currents up Scotland and Norway’s coasts to Spitsbergen, then sail the icy waters to Greenland, Iceland and back again.
A short season of long days, the Arctic summer offers sunsets that linger until dawn, snowmelt feeding waterfalls and glaciers that drop massive icebergs into the sea. Whether calving from Svalbard’s vast glacier fronts or squeezing into Greenland’s deep fjords, mesmerising icebergs of every shape and aqua hue can be seen. From Scottish seaports to Norwegian and Icelandic fishing towns, the adventure base of Longyearbyen to Inuit villages of East Greenland, we enjoy a wide range of history and local culture.
Now with more Arctic cruises to choose from, expeditions to the Arctic have never been more exciting. Whether you join us for a single voyage, or link back-to-back Arctic tours for a more in-depth exploration, your Arctic holiday will be a wilderness adventure you’ll never forget!
FREE European City Stopovers!
Extend your 2018 Arctic adventure
Explore the gateways to the European Arctic with our stopover packages, free with selected 2018 European Arctic expeditions!
2019 Scotland & Arctic Early Bird Offers
Save up to 20%!
Book a 2019 Scotland or European Arctic for an early bird discount - you could save up to $2,120!
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Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen14 DAYS from AU$7,300 per person
Sail from Scotland’s rugged northern coast up to Norway’s picturesque coastline, before crossing the Arctic Circle and reach the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen, home to the mighty polar bear!
02 Jul to 15 Jul
Spitsbergen Odyssey11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person
Circumnavigate Spitsbergen and experience a world filled with deep shimmering fjords, polar deserts, old whaling settlements and magnificent wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.
07 Jul to 17 Jul
17 Jul to 27 Jul
27 Jul to 06 Aug2019
15 Jul to 25 Jul
25 Jul to 04 Aug
Jewels of the Arctic14 days from AU$8,900 per person
Halfway between Spitsbergen and Iceland, East Greenland’s coastline invites you to explore its breathtaking environment made of the world’s largest icebergs, welcoming Inuit communities and diverse fauna and flora.
06 Aug to 19 Aug
19 Aug to 01 Sep2019
04 Aug to 17 Aug
17 Aug to 30 Aug
Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland24 DAYS from AU$14,490 per person
Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 24-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).
27 Jul to 19 Aug2019
25 Jul to 17 Aug
17 Aug to 09 Sep
The Ship - Polar Pioneer
Take a closer look at Polar Pioneer, your home-away-from-home as we cruise to polar regions. Offering accommodation for just 54 passengers, she features a range of cabin and suite options as well as great viewing platforms for the ultimate polar adventure!View Ship Details
Your Exclusive Photo Book
Aurora Expeditions are pleased to provide you with a complimentary photo book memento of your trip to help your adventure last a lifetime. On your return home you will receive a printed Photo Journal of your…
Your Expedition Jacket
Each passenger aboard our Antarctic and Arctic expeditions will receive an expedition jacket when you board the ship. Designed exclusively for Aurora Expeditions, the 2-in-1 jacket offers sophisticated expedition-styling…
I wanted to see "A" polar bear in its natural habitat, the expedition went beyond my wildest dreams. To see so much wild life and particularly "23" polar bears, I had tears in my eyes just seeing the first one!! The bonus and I still cannot believe it, to see a blue whale.M. Johnston - Spitsbergen Odyssey, 2016
Every one was superb; kind, caring, approachable, responsible, capable, sensible, intelligent and above all loads of funJenny Hunter - Across the Arctic Circle, 205
I cannot rate Aurora, the staff, the expedition team, the hotel staff and chefs and the crew highly enough. And the ship....love Polar Pioneer in all its non-luxury glory!Karen Hinchliffe - Jewels of the Arctic, 2015