Iceland, Greenland & the Arctic
The Arctic is the 'Kingdom of the Polar Bear' - a spectacular wilderness of glaciers, mountains, fjords and breathtaking icebergs. This region of the planet, north of the imaginary line at 66º30'N, is best explored by expeditionary cruise ship. From the moment you throw the lines and start your voyage you are in the land of the polar bear, beluga, walrus and reindeer. The Arctic is also home to rich and unique cultures such as the Inuit (Eskimos) that have survived in this harsh landscape for over 9,000 years.
Within the Arctic Circle lies Greenland, the largest island in the world, and Iceland, the smallest. Greenland’s remote east coast offers impressive icebergs
and exquisite fjords, along with the opportunity to experience the local Inuit culture; whilst Iceland is a geological treasure trove, forged by fire
and honed by ice. The most accessible destination for northern wildlife and ice fields, however, is Spitsbergen, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard,
where in the summer months of June to August the sun never sets.The islands are the northernmost inhabited places on the planet and this region showcases
tremendous wildlife and birdlife, as well as offering fascinating lessons in glaciology. It is truly an unspoilt wilderness.
Why we like it
- A landscape of fire and ice
- Abundant mega-fauna
- Witness the Midnight Sun
- Historic whaling stations
- Indigenous Inuit culture