Arctic Tours & Trips 2020
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Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
Attractions & Cities Visited
Activities & Interests
Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Flight & Transport Inclusions
Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
Rivers & Seas Visitied
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- Encounter the legacy of Russian tsar Peter the Great while exploring the enigmatic streets that showcase the many palaces and museums of St Petersburg.
- Join a local family in St. Petersburg and have some tasty home cooked meal while learning some Russia games!
- Visit the Solovetsky Islands, location of one of the first GULAGs
- Travel to Murmansk, the biggest city within the Arctic Circle, and venture through tundra to the deserted town of Teriberka by the Barents Sea.
- Visit the Golden Ring towns of Yaroslavl, an 'open air museum' displaying Russia's history through its onion-domed Orthodox churches, monasteries and kremlins
- Red Square has long been at the heart of Russian history – visit the austere mausoleum of Lenin, the initiator of the 1917 Russian revolution, contrasting with the eye-bulging treasure collection in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
- This trip is a perfect balance of the must see highlights of Russia and the off the beaten track adventures in this great country. You'll cover immense grounds and travel deep into the country and its culture with the help and insight of your local tour leader.
- Seek out unforgettable polar bears sightings while roaming the hunting grounds of this ruler of the arctic.
- Discover the history of greenland with explorations of the ruins of ancient thule settlements and learn about life in ittoqqortoormiit.
- Experience how this incredible environment is ever-changing while cruising through freshly birthed icebergs in scoresbysund.
- Kayaking on crisp, clear arctic waters is a unique and intimate way of exploring this amazing region and just one of the incredible optional activities on offer.
- Relax on board your fully equipped polar vessel during time at sea with multiple lounging areas, wellness facilities and a comprehensive lecture series to learn about the world around.
- Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city.
- Don't miss Gothenburg's Haga district, with its picturesque wooden houses and the iconic Skansen Kronan, as well as laid-back Langgatan street.
- Take a ferry to Vrango Island, a stunning fishing town in the Gothenburg Archipelago, and discover this rocky nature haven by kayak.
- Visit Trondheim, which translates as 'a good place to live', and stroll past the colourful wooden storehouses flanking the river.
- Explore the long-adored Lofoten Islands, a patchwork of fishing villages, by land and sea and take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire world.
- Finish in Tromso, hundreds of kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, where the arts and culture scene is thriving despite its isolated, northerly location.
- Witness inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs of the westfjords.
- Sail through the icebergs of scoresbysund, arguably the most beautiful fjord system on the planet.
- Explore the remains of ancient thule settlements in frederiksdal and sydkap.
- Keep an eye out for the northern lights in ittoqqortoormiit.
- Explore by kayak, and come even closer to nature
- Expert guides will accompany you
- Enjoy a tranquil tour at your own pace
- Visit a local horse farm to meet affable Icelandic horses first brought to the country by Viking settlers
- Discover some of Iceland's Saga-like history at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes.
- Enjoy views of colorful mountain cliffs, pristine fjords, and fertile valleys where horses graze.
- Visit a museum dedicated to this once-thriving industry before returning to Akureyri.
- Visit the stunning Gullfoss waterfall
- Visit a flower farm that relies on geothermal energy to grow lilies, roses and other species.
- Discover highlights of both Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on a polar expedition that focuses on remote natural landscapes, ancient Inuit cultures and unique wildlife sightings.
- See the colourful villages of Greenland’s western shores, framed by natural canals and jagged peaks, stopping in to learn about Inuit and Thule histories.
- Take to the water – and the skies – on a series of included Zodiac cruises and helicopter jaunts, taking you to places otherwise inaccessible to human beings.
- After days spent exploring the Arctic wilderness, chill out (and warm up) in an ultra-modern vessel complete with multiple dining, bar and lounge areas, plus health and wellness facilities.
- Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, walrus and musk oxen, and appreciate the sweeping vistas of colourful tundra, striking fjords and calving glaciers.
- Explore the sam ford fjord – one of the most isolated places on the planet.
- Make your way up smith sound, exploring both sides of this uninhabited passage.
- Search for iconic arctic wildlife including walrus, seals and, whales and even polar bears in the abundant waters of lancaster sound.
- Learn about the culture and traditions of the local inuit people in qaanaaq, formerly known as thule.
- Learn more about the climate changes
- Fascinating lectures from the Expedition team
- Landings, excursions and activities
- Visit Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen
- View expansive Greenland landscapes and icescapes
- Explore the world’s longest and largest fjord system
- Hike through the arctic treasure of Greenland National Park, the world’s largest
- Possible whale, musk ox, and polar bear sightings
- Cruise in a Zodiac
- Inuit community visit
- Take advantage of optional kayak adventure opportunities
- Wasilla: Visit Iditarod Headquarters
- Talkeetna–Denali: Journey aboard the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service
- Denali National Park: Welcome dinner with [LF] exclusive presentation by a local Naturalist; guided wilderness tour, [LF] lunch and tasting at the 49th State Brewery
- Fairbanks: City tour;cruise aboard the sternwheeler Discovery; visit the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Museum and the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
- Dawson City: Visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Claim #1, and the Robert Service Interpretive Center
- Whitehorse: Visit the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and riverboat SS Klondike; [LF] presentation at Muktuk Adventures with a special Taste of the Yukon dinner
- Valdez: Visit the Valdez Museum; private cruise on Prince William Sound
- Learn about living in the Arctic in Akureyri
- Take a Herring Adventure in the North Atlantic sea
- Walk on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Explore steaming thermal geysers and towering waterfalls along the Golden Circle
- Ride a snowmobile on the Langjökull Glacier
- Travel to the earth’s northernmost point and feel the rush of standing on top of the world – 90 degrees north.
- Explore franz josef land on your return journey. cruise past icebergs, discover remote seabird colonies and see the historic remains of ill-fated arctic expeditions.
- Get a bird-eye-view of the arctic with included excursions on the onboard helicopter or an optional hot air balloon ride over the north pole.
- Travelling in one of the earth’s most remote reaches offers the chance to spot rare wildlife like polar bears, walruses, minke and humpback whales.
- Travel on legendary nuclear-powered icebreaker the 50 years of victory with a full expedition crew and onboard staff to look after your every need.
- Explore several of the isles and islands in the North Atlantic Ocean
- Sail in the wake of the Vikings
- Learn more about Viking history and heritage
- Exciting excursions, both with and without a Viking theme
- Witness inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs of the Westfjords.
- Sail through the icebergs of Scoresbysund, arguably the most beautiful fjord system on the planet.
- Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements in Frederiksdal and Sydkap.
- Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights in Ittoqqortoormiit.
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Top Arctic Experiences
Viewing the spectacular view of Mt. McKinley or Denali, North America’s highest mountain along with other natural wonders is Denali National Park, Alaska.
Exploring the nature and wildlife of the Arctic by snowmobile excursion or sledding tour.
Hot-air ballooning at the North Pole.
Taking a small ship expedition style cruise in Arctic waters to view snow-covered mountains, fjords, glaciers, and icebergs.
Spotting the many varied types of wildlife and birds that inhabit the Arctic such as polar bears, whales, dolphins, fur seals, musk ox, walruses, and puffins.
Visiting some of the 191 unexplored Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Land islands - a nature-lover’s Arctic paradise.
Glimpsing polar bears - the world’s largest land predator - on the Svalbard Archipelago on a fly-in Arctic photo safari.
Viewing the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) as they illuminate the sky with swirling streaks of green, red, and other vibrant colors.
Driving your own sled dog team in Alaska, Greenland, Northern Scandinavia, and other polar regions.
Spending time with the locals in a small village in Greenland, gaining insights into their culture and day-to-day lives.
Sleeping overnight in an igloo or ice hotel.
Sail the route of the Vikings from Scotland across the North Sea and along the Norway coastline to Svalbard.
Trekking to the North Cape in Norway - the most northerly point in mainland Europe.
Visiting some of the 191 unexplored Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Land islands - a nature-lover’s Arctic paradise.
Whale-watching and seeing narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales.
Kayaking or cruising amidst icebergs through the surreal Blue River in Greenland
Taking a brief dip in the chilly polar waters and earning a certificate from your ship's crew, honoring your feat.
Standing on your ship's deck after dark, basking in the solitude of one of the world's last wildernesses.
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