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. 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!

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Polar Pioneer Farewell Offer - Save up to 10%*

Valid on 2018/19 Antarctica and 2019 Arctic voyages

Book on Polar Pioneer's farewell voyages to Antarctica and Arctic and save up to 10%!*

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Up to 10% off on 2019/20 Antarctica & 2020 Arctic voyages*

For a limited time, book on any 2019/20 Antarctica or 2020 Arctic voyages, and save up to 10%!

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Up to 20% off Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard*

Book Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard by 31 December 2018 and save up to AU$3,100 per person!

The Arctic Expeditions

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  • 20% off special offer*

    Expedition - Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    11 DAYS from AU$8,200

    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. See dramatic bird cliffs and puffins…

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    12 Jun to 22 Jun

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  • Save up to 15% off*!

    Expedition - Inuit Arctic & Beyond

    Inuit Arctic & Beyond

    21 DAYS from AU$14,900

    From the world’s youngest volcano to some of the oldest rocks found anywhere on Earth, you’ll encounter traditional Inuit communities whose strong cultures have remained relatively unchanged for tens of thousands of years…

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    23 Sep to 13 Oct

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  • LAST BERTHS!

    Expedition - Northern Svalbard Explorer

    Northern Svalbard Explorer

    11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person

    Autumn offers us a chance to explore northern Svalbard, where reindeer feast on Arctic berries, walrus haul out on pack ice, and the polar bear reigns supreme.

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    30 Aug to 09 Sep

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  • LAST BERTHS FOR 2019!

    Expedition - Jewels of the Arctic

    Jewels of the Arctic

    14 or 15 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    04 Aug to 17 Aug

    17 Aug to 30 Aug

    2020

    26 Jul to 09 Aug

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  • LAST DEPARTURE IN 2019!

    Expedition - Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

    Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

    14 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!

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    02 Jul to 15 Jul

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  • NEW ITINERARY IN 2020!

    Expedition - Arctic Discovery

    Arctic Discovery

    21 DAYS from AU$14,900 per person

    NEW to Aurora Expeditions' program in 2020, discover the highlights of the Arctic, including Spitsbergen, East Greenland, the rarely visited Jan Mayen and Norway's spectacular coastline.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    31 Aug to 20 Sep

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  • Svalbard Odyssey

    11 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    15 Jul to 25 Jul

    25 Jul to 04 Aug

    2020

    22 Jun to 02 Jul

    02 Jul to 12 Jul

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  • THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE!

    Expedition - Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    23 or 24 DAYS from AU$16,200 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!).

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    25 Jul to 17 Aug

    17 Aug to 09 Sep

    2020

    09 Aug to 31 Aug

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    Expedition - Franz Josef Land Explorer

    Franz Josef Land Explorer

    15 DAYS from AU$11,300 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    12 Jul to 26 Jul

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    Expedition - High Arctic Adventurer

    High Arctic Adventurer

    25 DAYS from AU$17,600

    Combine Svalbard Odyssey and Franz Josef Land Explorer for the ultimate high arctic explorers itinerary

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    02 Jul to 26 Jul

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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!

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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?

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Extras on your trip

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…

Extras on your trip

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
This was our second trip with Aurora and it was every bit as good as the first. We will be coming back for more!
Tony Austin - Jewels of the Arctic, 2016
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