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Arctic

Explore the Land of the Midnight Sun, sailing through dynamic fjords, on the lookout for polar bears.
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About Arctic

Picture yourself standing on the ship deck gazing out over the rapidly-changing Arctic Ocean. You spot a polar bear, the king of the Arctic, through your binoculars so the captain swings the ship closer for a better view. Explore the distinct blue of Arctic fjords by water, then disembark to walk through tundra wildflowers. Inhale the invigorating, pure air of the far north. Encounter a grazing herd of prehistoric-looking musk oxen gathered around their young, backlit by the midnight sun. Drift near a huddle of walruses, aka tooth-walkers, hauled out and basking on an ice floe. Cheer on juvenile thick-billed murres as they follow their fathers on their first cliff jump into the sea. Examine tabular icebergs the size of skyscrapers and keep always on the lookout for whales. Connect with cultures finely attuned to living in these northernmost climes for millennia. Share stories, photographs, and camaraderie with your shipmates over dinner, exclaiming over the day’s adventures. Return home an exhilarated and inspired ambassador for this crucial, fragile landscape.
Trip #1

Land of the Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

The icy realm of Svalbard is the place to go if you want to find polar bears. Embark on this 11-day National Geographic voyage into the high Arctic archipelago to get close to these majestic bears and learn about their habitat. Experienced onboard naturalists are always on the lookout for other wildlife too, like fur seals, arctic fox, pelagic birds, and the wondrous walrus.

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Trip #2

Beyond the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

This 20-day voyage takes you up to Canada’s Baffin Island and along the western coast of Greenland to engage with local communities and search for wildlife. Aboard Quark’s state-of-the-art icebreaker the Ultramarine, you’ll sail in maximum comfort and have opportunities for flight-seeing and heli-landings. Find polar bears and walruses, whales and musk oxen, plus abundant seabirds. Visit Illulisat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the most active glaciers in the world.

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Trip #3

The Geographic North Pole

Embark on a 16-day quest for adventure on the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot, which is outfitted for exceptional luxury by Ponant. From Spitsbergen, sail to the edge of the pack ice and maneuver through the labyrinth of fast ice to find the Geographical North Pole. Go exploring by Zodiac or fly above the ice in a hovercraft for flight excursions. And be on the lookout for the hearty animals that make their home in these extreme polar waters.

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