The earth is an amazing place. It’s filled with locales so beautiful and striking that sometimes one can’t help but feel humbled, and emotional, when viewing them. One such destination is the Norwegian Arctic.
We wanted to share some Norwegian Arctic cruises with you that will allow you to see one example of our planet’s majesty first hand. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite Norwegian Arctic cruises, so that perhaps you may become inspired to experience this magical region yourself.
The following are some of the top Norwegian Arctic cruises and the cruise lines that offer them.
Hurtigruten is a small-ship cruise line that offers Norwegian Arctic adventures starting and ending in Tromsø. The company provides winter voyages that take passengers to the crisp and idyllic remote northern coast, to get close to incredible scenery and fascinating people.
On a Hurtigruten Norwegian Arctic cruise, you can have the Arctic vacation of your dreams as you sail a 5-night itinerary and take in optional off-ship excursions, such as snowmobiling in Lapland and sleeping in the stunning Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
Princess Cruises’ Norwegian Arctic cruises also begin in Tromsø, the “Gateway to the Arctic.” An adventure on one of these Arctic cruises starts at the Tromsø Pier, which is just 1,200 miles from the North Pole. On your cruise, you will explore the Arctic city and sail past historic homes, many of which date back to the 18th century. You will also see quite a few modern structures, which is an exciting comparison to the nearly 10,000 years of human history in the area.
Your Princess Cruises Arctic Cruise will take you to the Tromsø Museum, on Arctic wildlife-viewing tours, past ancient churches, and to places where not many men have stepped foot. You have the choice to ride an exhilarating cable car up 1,300 feet to the top of Storsteinen Mountain or experience a concert at the Arctic Cathedral, which is held to welcome the return of the Midnight Sun.
National Geographic Expeditions
The Explorer is National Geographic Expeditions’ ship to the Norwegian Arctic. This small vessel takes cruisers on an intimate ride along Norway’s fjord-carved coast, past the North Cape to the icy isles of Svalbard. On this exciting cruise you will visit quaint towns in Norway and Sweden, before cruising the fjordlands. Off-ship activities on National Geographic Explorer Arctic cruises include kayaking narrow inlets and hiking islands covered with wildflowers
National Geographic Expeditions cruises stop in Tromsø and they visit Bear Island, en route to Svalbard. In Svalbard, you have the opportunity to see polar bears on the prowl and fat walruses lying on magnificent icebergs. Trip highlights from a National Geographic Expeditions Arctic Cruise include strolling past medieval wooden houses in Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and viewing seals on the ice floes of the Svalbard archipelago.
For many people, taking a Norwegian Arctic cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For others, it’s a trip they love so much that they take it over and over. If you have interest in a Norwegian Arctic cruise, consider the cruise lines we’ve mentioned and compare them, so you can see which might offer you the adventure you’re dreaming of. If you can, think about enjoying each of these cruises, maybe one a year or a cruise per season. Each of these cruises offers a unique way to enjoy one of the most spectacular places in the world.