adventure activities on arctic cruises

Adventure activities in the Arctic


With such an incredible display of nature in the High Arctic, our adventure activities will ensure that you bring out your inner adventurer.

When planning to set sail on your trip of a lifetime, you can create your own adventure from the many unique experiences on offer. How many times will you find yourself at the top of the World? Get into the spirit of a true adventurer and enhance your expedition by:


Get to new heights on a scenic helicopter flight over the North Pole expedition on board the 50 Years of Victory.  A thrilling ride and spectacular scenery await, with the opportunity to be on the lookout for polar bears, seals, walruses, and whales. 

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If the top of the world isn’t high enough, experience the beauty and unique perspective like few others have – from a Hot Air Balloon at 90 degrees North.  Read more about the inclusive Hot Air Ballooning experience as part of the North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure expedition aboard 50 Years of Victory.

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A once in a lifetime experience on your once in a lifetime trip.  The Orca Snorkel Expedition Norway aboard the Malmo is an unbeatable experience for nature and whale enthusiasts. The Malmo has the flexibility to follow schools of herring that attract Humpbacks and Orcas deep into the Norwegian fjords, a spectacular sight in themselves.

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Take in the spectacular surroundings quietly and peacefully under your own steam in a sea kayak and in close proximity to the icebergs and wildlife than a Zodiac can achieve.   Arctic sea kayaking will see you paddling through icy waters in the comfort of your drysuit, drifting past icebergs, exploring the rugged coastline and becoming a part of your surroundings.  You may spy seals sunbaking on the ice, polar bears with their cubs and birds flying overhead as you slip by.

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The magical dancing lights of the aurora borealis are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. Pale green and pink are the most common colours of the Auroral display, although shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have been reported. The lights of the aurora take many different forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

The best time to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis):

  1. Norway: Late August through until Late November
  2. Svalbard & Greenland: Late August & September
  3. Iceland: September through until April

The best places to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis):

  1. Norway: Combine Norway’s picturesque coastline with Northern Lights opportunities and you have a dream expedition. Norway is one of the best-known places for seeing the Northern Lights, a number of our voyages here even have a Northern Lights Promise. Search our Norway Northern Light voyages here.
  2. Svalbard: A voyage to Svalbard in the late summer will see you in search of the Polar bear before their hibernation and exploring this beautiful archipelago. High above the Arctic Circle Svalbard is well known for its Norther Lights. Search our Svalbard Northern Light voyages here.
  3. Greenland: Bring together magnificent scenery, ancient cultures and the incredible iceberg-choked Scoresby Sund and Disko Bay, voyages to Greenland combine epic landscapes and Northern Light experiences. Search our Greenland Northern Light voyages here.
  4. Iceland: Just a short flight from continental Europe or the UK, Iceland is among the easiest places in Europe to see the Northern Lights. Search our Iceland Northern Light voyages here.

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Want to experience more than the tip of the iceberg?  Dive into another world with expeditions providing polar scuba diving. Explore the Arctic ocean’s glaciers, giant icebergs, and witness the wildlife drawn to the waters rich with krill.  Polar scuba diving will give you the chance to see water based predators in their most active and graceful state.  Add depth to your Arctic adventure, lead by expert polar diving guides.  A high level of experience is required in order to participate.

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With many of the spectacular benefits of diving expeditions, without the need to be a qualified and experienced diver, polar snorkelling allows you to visit the underwater world. See beneath the surface of the Arctic and explore the coastline from below, in the comfort of your drysuit. Snorkelling gives you the opportunity to see wildlife, glaciers, icebergs and all of the magic that happens under the sea.  

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With Kodak-moments a-plenty, you’ll want to get the best out of your equipment. Learn from the talented photographers accompanying you on your journey, with workshops on the ship and out on location.  Bringing professional experience both in the trade and the polar conditions, their tips and tricks will assist you to translate your favourite moments into lasting mementoes. Workshops are generally inclusive.

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Allowing you to cover more distance than regular walking excursions, with no previous experience necessary, snowshoeing eases walking in powdery conditions and on uphill slopes. Led by expert guides, you will reach some of the Arctic coastlines’ best vantage points, giving you a better perspective of the majestic slice of paradise you have travelled so far to see. Snowshoeing is generally inclusive. 

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If you like to be a little more adventurous when you travel these adventure activities on board our Arctic expeditions should excite you. If you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for, you can search here to explore our entire collection of adventure activities. If there is an activity you are interested in and not listed, please Contact Us and we will do our best to find what you are looking for.