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!

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.

The Arctic Expeditions

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    Expedition - Franz Josef Land Explorer

    Franz Josef Land Explorer

    15/16 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    12 Jul to 26 Jul

    2021

    19 Jul to 03 Aug

    03 Aug to 18 Aug

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  • Up to 20% off*

    Expedition - East Greenland Explorer

    East Greenland Explorer

    13 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2021

    10 Sep to 22 Sep

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    Expedition - West Greenland Explorer

    West Greenland Explorer

    11 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    18 May to 28 May

    18 May to 28 May

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  • Up to 20% off*

    Expedition - Iceland Circumnavigation

    Iceland Circumnavigation

    11 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    02 Jun to 12 Jun

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    Expedition - Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard

    11 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    12 Jun to 22 Jun

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    Expedition - Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

    Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

    15 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2021

    23 Jun to 07 Jul

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    Expedition - Svalbard Odyssey

    Svalbard Odyssey

    11/13 DAYS from AU$13,100 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

    2021

    07 Jul to 19 Jul

    18 Aug to 30 Aug

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    Expedition - Jewels of the Arctic

    Jewels of the Arctic

    13/14/15 DAYS from AU$12,000 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

    2021

    30 Aug to 11 Sep

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    Expedition - Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    23/24/25 DAYS from AU$22,600 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!).

    Expedition Dates

    2019

    25 Jul to 17 Aug

    17 Aug to 09 Sep

    2020

    09 Aug to 31 Aug

    2021

    18 Aug to 11 Sep

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    Expedition - Iceland, Greenland & East Canada

    Iceland, Greenland & East Canada

    21 DAYS from AU$18,500 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.

    Expedition Dates

    2020

    23 Sep to 13 Oct

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    Expedition - Arctic Discovery

    Arctic Discovery

    21 DAYS from AU$15,800 per person

    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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  • 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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  • 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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    Expedition - High Arctic Adventurer

    High Arctic Adventurer

    25 DAYS from AU$17,600 per person

    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…

Aurora, this adventure expedition had NO flaws in it, & indeed it was a trip of a lifetime.
R. Meyers - Svalbard Odyssey, 2018
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
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
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