Favorite Arctic Expeditions
This summer, journey to the far north—to the land of fire and ice and the midnight sun! Prepare to be awed and inspired by Iceland, Greenland, or the Canadian High Arctic. These stunning destinations are among the most pristine and least densely populated on the planet, and they're a paradise for travelers who appreciate wild vistas and off-the-beaten-path experiences.
Forged by volcanic forces, Iceland is a geologic wonderland in the North Atlantic. Perhaps surprisingly, only about 11% of the country is concealed by ice yet 30% is covered with lava fields. Circumnavigating Iceland aboard the Fram, a well-equipped expedition vessel, gives you excellent access to some of the most picturesque and remote sites around the Arctic island. Accompanied by an experienced expedition team, you will have ample opportunities to explore this land of contrasts. Stroll through tiny fishing villages, hike along the wild outer edges of the island, and search for eider ducks and comical puffins. Kayaking, fishing, and flightseeing may be offered as options onboard if conditions permit. Remember to watch for whales while you're on deck, because Iceland is home to several species of cetaceans and is one of the best places in the world for whale watching!
Greenland, on the other hand, is home to the second largest body of ice in the world—and it's truly spectacular. On the Silver Explorer’s Expedition Greenland, you’ll be enchanted by some of the most rugged vistas imaginable as you sail in comfort aboard a sleek luxury expedition ship. Cruise into deep fjords carved by active glaciers and laced with glittering waterfalls. Listen for the thunderous calving of glaciers as they send icebergs out to sea. Hike the tundra in search of the ultimate vantage point, watch for seabirds and whales from the deck of the ship, and explore ancient Norse and Viking sites. While visiting isolated communities, you’ll be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration, have the opportunity to meet a Greenlandic sledge dog team, and be introduced to pioneering people who continue to live with nature in an evolving environment. When you ultimately reach the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll have a front-row seat to the mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. This awe-inspiring glacier produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day, creating an ever-changing gallery of sculptural ice in brilliant blue and white!
Even further north, rich history and wildlife await in the Canadian High Arctic and the comfortable Sea Explorer has a truly epic journey in store. Be prepared for an in-depth Canadian expedition through an area where polar bears, walruses, and whales are often seen. Other marine mammals may be sighted as well, including the beautiful ringed seal, belugas, and the elusive unicorn of the sea, the narwhal. Seabirds are in abundance throughout the journey, and you’ll wind your way along impressive sea cliffs that are home to hundreds of thousands of birds. Visit the graves of men from Franklin’s 1845-46 Expedition on Beechey Island, sail through the rarely traversed Fury & Hecla Strait, and explore areas where Hudson’s Bay Company established trading posts. In many areas, there will be hiking opportunities. Before your journey ends, you’ll visit the small hamlet of Cape Dorset, which has earned an international reputation as Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art.
Unspoiled landscapes. Fantastic wildlife. A taste of traditional culture. Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian High Arctic have so much to offer for curious travelers…and no matter which you choose, you’re sure to have a brilliant summer in the far north!