Arctic Circle Cruises 2024/25

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime when you book a personalized Arctic cruise with Scott Dunn…

  • A luxury Arctic cruise created with you in mind
  • Seamless support when and where you need it
  • Out-of-the-ordinary experiences curated by local experts
  • Vacations brought to you by award-winning travel specialists
Land or Sail

A voyage through the Arctic Circle should be at the top of every intrepid traveler's bucket list. Exploring the northernmost part of the Earth will take you through some of the most unique regions on the planet.

Spectacular glacial landscapes and dramatic mountain ranges stretch as far as the eye can see, with vast frozen coastlines inhabited by an array of incredible wildlife.

Embarking on a luxury Arctic cruise with Scott Dunn lets you fulfil the desires of the adventurer inside you while also enjoying the superlative luxury our incredible vessels have to offer.

Your Arctic adventure is tailored to you, so our dedicated team of travel specialists will make this expedition one you'll never forget.

The Ultimate Northwest Passage Arctic Cruise

Due to the remoteness of this frozen wilderness, a journey into the depths of the Arctic region is one best experienced by sea. Following routes first established by explorers centuries ago, an Arctic cruise from Greenland to the USA via Canada and the Northwest Passage allows you to witness the sheer scale and beauty of this part of the world in all its glory.

Our Ultimate Northwest Passage voyage will open your eyes to breathtaking landscapes, isolated communities, and extraordinary wildlife found only in this part of the world. Sail through frozen waters and the Arctic Archipelago as you make your way from the far reaches of Greenland towards the rugged, snow-covered mountains of Alaska.

We'll take care of your flights from the US, so you don't have to worry about organizing them yourself. Our local guides will provide you with unparalleled access to exclusive excursions. Marvel at polar bears roaming across vast ice expanses, watch migrating whales surface through crystal-clear waters, and gaze at the dazzling Northern Lights as they dance across the night sky.

The Best Destinations to Visit on a Luxury Arctic Cruise

Traveling around this region by sea is the ideal choice as the wonderful scenery of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska can be enjoyed from the comfort of your luxury vessel. However, there are countless possibilities to venture ashore on your Arctic cruise should you wish. Here are a few highlights of some of the places you can visit:

  • Uummannaq: Visit the isolated fishing community which lies at the foot of the Uummannaq Mountain.
  • Ilulissat: This famous UNESCO World Heritage site located on the west coast of Greenland is the fastest glacier in the northern hemisphere.
  • Devon Island: Explore the remains of a Thule settlement dating back to 1000 AD.
  • Nome: This Alaskan town overlooking the Bering Sea is steeped in rich history extending to the Gold Rush era.

You can also browse other places to visit in the Arctic on the Scott Dunn website.

The Best Things to Do on an Arctic Circle Cruise 

You'll be spoiled for choice with incredible excursions and experiences on your trip to the Arctic with us. All of them have been carefully planned by our experts. Below are some of the exciting activities you can take part in:

  • Whale-watching in the Beaufort Sea: A rich variety of marine life can be seen as you sail through the Beaufort Sea, including whales, seals, and migratory native bird colonies.
  • Visit Inuit communities: Explore the town of Pond Inlet on the north of Canada's Baffin Island and visit several archaeological sites nearby.
  • Search for the elusive polar bear: These magnificent, endangered creatures can be spotted hunting on platforms of sea ice.
  • Kayak through ice formations: Hop off your Arctic cruise ship and head out onto the frozen waters to look for arctic wildlife.

Take a look at some other suggestions for things you can do while on your cruise in the Arctic.

Our Luxury Arctic Cruise Ships

Explore the Earth's final frontier in style when you embark on an expedition in the Arctic on one of our cruise ships. Each of our stunning vessels combines the luxury of a 5-star hotel with state-of-the-art facilities, so you can indulge in comfort as you embark on a life-changing expedition. Our Arctic cruise ships boast fine-dining restaurants and contemporary bars, highly attentive staff, and suite-style accommodation with a butler service available for all guests. There's also an array of fascinating lectures by onboard experts for you to brush up on your polar knowledge! For those looking for some leisure time, you can spend a relaxing day at sea making the most of the onboard facilities, such as a pool, fitness suite, and spa. On an Arctic cruise with Scott Dunn, there really is something for everyone. You can find out more information about our luxurious vessels below:

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Arctic Cruises FAQs

  • How long do your luxury Arctic cruise vacations last?

    To make sure you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the Arctic, our itinerary for the Ultimate Northwest Passage cruise suggests a duration of 23 nights. However, we'll always look to accommodate your needs when it comes to the finer details of your Arctic cruise, so please get in touch with a member of our team and we'll do everything we can to help.

  • When is the best time of year to go on an Arctic cruise?

    Our cruises in the Arctic depart between July and September. This is because there's a very specific season for expeditions due to the sea ice.

    Temperatures are largely variable depending on conditions and which area of the Arctic you visit. The Arctic Circle can see temperatures between 15°F and 50°F during the summer, but temperatures tend to rise no higher than 40°F deep in the Northwest Passage. 

  • What should I pack for an Arctic cruise?

    As the climate in the Arctic can change at a moment's notice, it's important to make sure you come prepared with lots of layers. We recommend the below as a rough guide of items you should bring with you:

    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Vests
    • Thick socks
    • Leggings or long johns
    • Turtleneck jumpers
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Waterproof trousers
    • High-quality thick gloves
    • Beanie-style hat

    Each of our Arctic cruise ships offers guests a pair of complimentary rubber boots, so you'll only need to bring comfortable shoes with you to wear on board the vessel. Some ships will also have a Captain's Dinner, so you may want to consider bringing something a bit smarter for this evening or any other times you dine in the stunning restaurants on board.

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