Visit some of the world’s most remote and awe-inspiring destinations such as Greenland, Antarctica, Iceland and Svalbard. An expedition cruise featuring any of these unspoilt destinations is the experience of a lifetime.

 

A cruise to the Polar regions is anything but typical and along your voyage there’s the opportunity to spot hundreds of different species including penguins, humpback whales, seals, reindeer, walruses, arctic foxes and hares and even polar bears. For many of the ports of call, wildlife is the main highlight such as Elephant Island where elephant seals can often be found dozing on its shore, or the Falkland Islands which are home to colonies of Gentoo and King penguins.

 

Whilst this wild landscape is enough to sate any taste for adventure, explorers will also find it fascinating to learn about the heritage and maritime history of these villages and settlements that are often the last outpost between civilization and seemingly endless stretches of icy tundras and mountains.

 

These polar region cruises will provide you with unforgettable experiences, whether it’s seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, spotting a pod of whales out in the ocean or trying local dishes such as skyr in Iceland or suaasat, a traditional Greenlandic soup.

 

Here at WOWCruise we offer a wide choice of expedition cruises to breathtaking destinations including Antarctica and Svalbard so we can help you discover a holiday which is perfect for you. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

POPULAR PORTS OF CALL

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Port Stanley, Falkland Islands


Port Stanley is the capital of the Falklands and here you can learn more about the 1982 Falklands war, Antarctic heritage, and the maritime and natural history of the area at the Historic Dockyard Museum. Port Stanley is particularly popular with visitors due to its resident penguins and you can find Magellanic penguins at Gypsy Cove, Gentoo penguins at Bluff Cove and King penguins at Volunteer Point.

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Bear Island


Located almost halfway between Tromsø and Svalbard is the isolated Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. The island has steep, imposing cliffs which are favoured as nesting grounds by a flurry of sea bids including razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, puffins and little auks. The island is a well-protected nature reserve and vessels which visit near the island must adhere to environmental regulations in order to enjoy the privilege of visiting.

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Akureyri


Located at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland, Akureyri has a unique biosphere resulting in a diverse landscape and lush vegetation in particular areas. In fact among the top points of interest here is a botanical garden which is highly regarded for its excellent walking paths and hikes. The garden was founded in 1912 and today it contains nearly every plant found in Iceland (approx 450) as well as nearly 7,000 foreign plants. Akureyri is an idea port of call to spend time learning about the fascinating heritage and culture of Iceland, try some traditional local cuisine and if you’re lucky, spot the Northern Lights.

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Nuuk


As the capital city of Greenland, Nuuk offers a complete juxtaposition of cultures where the fascinating lives of old tradition mix with modern twists and diverse influences. During your visit you can discover mummies at the Greenland National Museum and new and old expressions of Inuit culture at the Nuuk Art Museum. Visitors can also take a small boat tour to explore along the winding fjords and nearby villages with the chance to spot some whales or get set for action packed adventures such as diving, climbing or cross-country skiing.


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Natalia says "Polar habitats are located in the very north and very south of the globe – the two pole ends of the Earth. The northern polar region is called the Arctic, and in the south the polar region is the continent of Antarctica. Both these protected areas of the world have been made more accessible to travellers with the introductions of Luxury Expedition vessels from such cruise lines as Hurtigruten, Voloso, Saga, Silverseas and Celebrity."


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