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. Aboard our fleet of small ships, we chase the Gulf Stream’s warm currents up Scotland and Norway’s coasts to Spitsbergen; sail the icy waters to Greenland, Iceland and venture further north than ever before with a Franz Josef Land adventure.
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 Franz Josef Land's remote wonders to Norwegian 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!
Discover our two new itineraries as voted by you. Based on the results of our survey, we have launched two new itineraries based on your top two choices: Iceland Circumnavigation and West Greenland Explorer. Explore the iconic and dramatic volcanic landscape of Iceland, or the beautiful glaciated landscape of West Greenland. Explore these two superb new voyages below to discover some of the best amazing natural places the world has to offer.
Canon Master, Richard I'Anson will be our photography guide for Arctic Discovery (ARD001G), departing August 2020; Franz Josef Land Explorer (FJL003G), departing August 2021; and Svalbard Odyssey (SVAL54G), departing August 2021.
Michael Baynes will be our photography guide onboard Jewels of the Arctic (GRN35), departing August 2019 and Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland (ACC04).
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East Greenland Explorer13 Days from AU$11,100 per person
Discover the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland. Zodiac cruise and kayak along sounds filled with spectacular icebergs calved from glaciers of Greenland’s enormous ice cap.
10 Sep to 22 Sep
Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard15 Days from AU$14,600 per person
Combining the North Atlantic Ocean’s wildest outliers, this voyage takes you from historic Orkneys to the lush and craggy Faroe Islands, to the ice-covered slopes of Mount Beerenberg.
23 Jun to 07 Jul
West Greenland Explorer11 Days from AU$9,700 per person
Boasting the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Greenland offers an adventure-filled experience including thrilling Zodiac cruises along gleaming ice-filled fjords.
18 May to 28 May
Iceland Circumnavigation11 Days from AU$9,700 per person
Iceland is a remote volcanic island with mind-blowing landscapes and fascinating culture and history to please even the most discerning traveller. A circumnavigation of Iceland is an experience not to be missed.
02 Jun to 12 Jun
Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard11 DAYS from AU$8,200 per person
Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.
12 Jun to 22 Jun
Inuit Arctic & Beyond21 DAYS from AU$14,900 per person
From the world’s youngest volcano to some of the oldest rocks found anywhere on Earth, you’ll encounter traditional Inuit communities unchanged for tens of thousands of years.
23 Sep to 13 Oct2021
21 Sep to 11 Oct
Jewels of the Arctic13/14/15 DAYS from AU$11,100 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.
04 Aug to 17 Aug
17 Aug to 30 Aug2020
26 Jul to 09 Aug2021
30 Aug to 11 Sep
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
Svalbard Odyssey11/13 DAYS from AU$8,700 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.
15 Jul to 25 Jul
25 Jul to 04 Aug2020
22 Jun to 02 Jul
02 Jul to 12 Jul2021
07 Jul to 19 Jul
18 Aug to 30 Aug
Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland23/24/25 DAYS from AU$14,670 per person
Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 25-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).
25 Jul to 17 Aug
17 Aug to 09 Sep2020
09 Aug to 31 Aug2021
18 Aug to 11 Sep
Franz Josef Land Explorer15/16 DAYS from AU$16,100 per person
Follow in the wake of early sealers to Franz Josef Land, a Russian Arctic achipelago renowned for geological oddities, walrus and North Pole attempts.
12 Jul to 26 Jul2021
19 Jul to 03 Aug
03 Aug to 18 Aug
The Ship - Polar Pioneer
The 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
The Ship - Greg Mortimer
Launching in 2019, the Greg Mortimer is set to redefine expedition cruising. The 104-metre ship is equipped with the best naval technology in the world and is designed with the comfort of passengers in mind. Are you keen to join us onboard?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 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
The trip was simply brilliant, a great adventure providing us with wonderful memories and exceptional insight into this fragile environment. Thank you all so very much.S. O'Neil - Across the Arctic Circle, 2015
We had an absolutely awesome Arctic adventure with Aurora. Loved it!T. Solomons. Svalbard Odyssey, 2015