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Penguins Antarctica

The coldest place on Earth, Antarctica is a vast, remote, icy wilderness - and home to utterly breathtaking scenery, a thriving and spectacular array of wildlife and an overwhelming sense of awe that is, quite simply, impossible to put into words. A cruise around this fascinating and remote part of the world is a genuinely magical experience and one in which you'll be creating memories that will last you a lifetime.

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The rugged and fragile Arctic is a fairytale of a destination, and an expedition cruise to Svalbard is the quintessential Arctic cruise to discover its many wonders. Also often known as Spitsbergen, the name of the archipelago's largest and only permanently populated island, it’s a dramatic wilderness of glaciers and mountainsice fields and barren tundrasextremities of light and dark, and home to more polar bears than people, yet people it has – making this a destination in which you can truly experience life in the high Arctic.

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The largest island on Earth, Greenland is a marvel to behold. Encrusted in a thick ice sheet with magnificently large glaciers flowing into the sea, the rugged landscape has been carved by one million years of glaciation, which has resulted in scenery that is, quite simply, astounding. But combine that with incredible history, a fascinating modern way of life, and charming colourful villages, and Greenland promises to be a destination unlike any other you'll have been to. 

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Situated within the Aurora Zone and just south of the Arctic Circle, the beautiful rugged country of Iceland is where ice literally coexists with fire - and one with oh so much to offer. From warm and welcoming communities, captivating culture and fascinatingly diverse geology, a visit to the 'land of ice and fire' is one you'll wish you could repeat time and time again. This is a country in which you'll feel a part of nature itself, at its most intense and powerful best.

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North Pole

North Pole

Standing at the top of the world - the only place in the world in which every direction you face is south - is still the ultimate in Arctic expedition endeavours, and in the history of humankind, only very few have ever been lucky enough to do so. This is a place shrouded in mystery, that has beguiled explorers for centuries. A North Pole expedition cruise really is the ultimate Arctic adventure! 

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Norwegian Coast

North Cape

A cruise along the Norwegian Coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful voyages in the world, with chiselled high-sided fjords, fast-flowing waterfalls and scenic archipelagos all providing a striking backdrop to charming, picturesque towns and cities dotted along the coastline.

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Canadian Arctic

Arctic Fox

More than 36,000 islands make up the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the beautiful frozen wilderness north of mainland Canada, where the lands seems as though it's melting into the sea. Characterised by its deep fjords, steep cliffs and mountains stretching well into the horizon, this Arctic wonderland is home to spectacular sights, iconic wildlife and fascinating exploration history.

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Russian Far East

Russian far east, Transfiguration Cathedral

The least explored of our planet's great wildernesses, the Russian Far East is a region of rich diversity, with lush islands, beautiful snow-capped peaks, hot springs and smoking volcanoes that create a landscape as spectacular as it sounds. Add to that a unique culture, fascinating history and wildlife encounters beyond our imagination, and you have a truly incredible destination to explore.

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Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage

A route that has fascinated sailors for centuries, the Northwest Passage - 500 miles north of the Arctic circle, and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the frozen and foreboding Canadian Archipelago - has proven an insurmountable challenge for some of history's greatest and most famous explorers, and is still one of the most inaccessible parts of the world. A cruise through this legendary passage will not only make you feel like a true intrepid adventurer, but its beauty will leave you in silent awe.

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Russian Arctic

The Russian Arctic region is home to majestic mountain ranges, remote islands and remarkable wildlife. From its towering bird cliffs to its frozen seas home to gray whales, orcas and humpbacks and its icy landscapes where the majestic polar bear roams, a cruise here will be like nothing you have ever experienced before. Take in the outstanding views across the Barents Sea and explore the breathtaking scenery of this remote and unspoilt destination.

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Patagonia is so much more than a place it’s an idea. Shared between, Chile and Argentina this southernmost tip of South America is a vast, underexplored wilderness. Home to deep fjords, glaciers and the third largest ice sheet in the world. Explore vast sub-Antarctic forests untouched by human habitation and learn about the indigenous cultures that gave the place its name. You will experience an abundance of wildlife including guanaco, condors, caracaras, pumas, penguins and much more.

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The Antarctic Circle

The Antarctic Circle marks the northernmost point from which it is possible to see the midnight sun. Few polar visitors make it this far into the southernmost continent, so you will be one of a lucky few to enjoy a celebratory glass of bubbly as you cross 66°33 South. Each ship has its own unique way of celebrating the crossing and enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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South Georgia

The wildlife haven of South Georgia is one of the most popular places to visit on any Antarctic cruise. The island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, a spectacle which is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. It's also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. It was on this remote island that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his stranded men. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken.

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Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are an intriguing group of islands in the southern hemisphere. 250 miles from South America you will be greeted by some familiar sights, in Port Stanley, you will even see red post boxes, but what you might not know is that the archipelago is a wildlife haven. The Antarctic convergence passes close to the islands, which brings cool rich water to the surface causing an abundance of krill and feeding ground for all manner of wildlife including whales, penguins and albatross. The Falkland’s are home to more than 500,000 sheep and a million penguins, dwarfing the human population of just 3,000!

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Antarctic Fly Cruises

The Drake Passage has a reputation for being among the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. The high winds, known as the ‘roaring 40s’ rush around the Southern Hemisphere without a speck of land to slow them down, this can cause enormous waves. However, with modern advances in shipping, the passage is, at worst, a discomfort. But if even the slightest of rough waters gets you in spin, an Antarctic Fly Cruise is the best option for you. Taking the crossing this way means just a short two-hour plane journey to embark your ship in the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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World Cruise

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the jewel in the crown of expedition cruising, from Pole to Pole there is no better way to see the world than aboard a remarkable world cruise. Achieve countless travel milestones, visit the world's most iconic destinations, plus lesser-known gems, and meet extraordinary people on a bucket-list adventure around the world.

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The Ross Sea

Ross Ice Shelf

The Ross Sea is one of the least visited regions of Antarctica but is home to some of the Antarctic’s most iconic sites. The few expedition cruises that make it here are presented with the unique opportunity to see four historic huts from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, each home to the frozen remains of an iconic expedition led by Borchgrevink, Scott and Shackleton. Most cruises to the Ross Sea will depart from New Zealand and travellers will be greeted by the Ross Sea ice shelf a huge geographical wonder.

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The Weddell Sea

Located in the Southern Ocean, the Weddell Sea is filled with a large mass of floating pack ice. The area covers about 1,080,000 square miles and, although it has a harsh environment, its a great place to spot different species of seals, penguins and whales. In the south are the frontal barriers of the Filchner and Ronne ice shelves, growing constantly due to a flow of inland ice sheets. In spring, when the pack-ice in the Weddell Sea is still thick, you can take a walk on it, in-between huge tabular icebergs and penguins.

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Wild, raw, real...Alaska, the USA's largest, yet most sparsely populated state, is a spectacular world of sensational landscapes, formidable wildlife, untouched wilderness and charming simplicity of life. This is a place quite unlike any other, and an expedition cruise exploring the narrow passages, beautiful islands and pristine wilderness of this incredible part of the world is a truly epic adventure that will stay with you forever.

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The British Isles

Puffin, Shetland Islands

Compact but incredibly diverse, the British Isles offers vast rewards to those who delve deeper into the place many of us call home. Endless surprises can be found within our beautiful age-caressed landscapes, steeped in history, filled with storybook castlesmajestic forts and fascinating ancient ruins. Embark on a homegrown discovery and experience their wild beauty. Explore enchanting countryside, incredible cities, legendary highlands, and marvel at varied and captivating scenery.

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  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.