The Arctic

(including the North Pole, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland, Arctic Canada, Arctic Siberia, Kamchatka, the Commanders & the Kurils)

The Arctic is one of the most remote, little-known and fascinating regions of the world. Its coastlines offer some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences anywhere, where one can witness huge colonies of seabirds lining the cliffs, enjoy the thrilling antics of whales and dolphins and watch spectacular Walruses hauled out on rocks and ice floes. In some areas one may even encounter the true legend of the Arctic, the incomparable Polar Bear.

The Arctic is essentially a huge frozen ocean surrounded by wild and beautiful landscapes. It comes alive for just a few short months each year. Summer arrives with a rush, bringing warmth and near continuous daylight. The abundance of food available for this short season attracts large numbers of migratory birds that manage to breed in the short time available before heading south again. Other notable wildlife in the Arctic region includes Musk Ox, Ringed, Bearded and Harp Seals and spectacular cetaceans including Beluga, Narwhal, Orca (or Killer Whale) and Bowhead Whale. Remarkably, the region is also home to small numbers of people who, against all the odds, have thrived and developed some of the hardiest societies on the planet.

Few people have travelled to this pristine wilderness and even fewer have explored its remote seas and coastal areas by ship. Itineraries offered include voyages to Spitsbergen, Greenland, Newfoundland and the Russian Far East. It is even possible to travel all the way to the North Pole on a spectacular voyage in a special icebreaker or to sail by yacht around stunning fjords in areas inaccessible to larger vessels.

In our opinion, the best way to see Antarctica is to join one of our group tours and travel with like-minded companions and our experienced leader. Our forthcoming group tours are listed below:


Ocean Adventures Group Tours

The Kurils, The Commanders & Kamchatka, 20 June - 6 July 2010
Join us for this exciting adventure to the Russian Far East, accompanied by an Ocean Adventures leader...more
Spitsbergen, 12 - 28 July 2011
A classic opportunity to join us to the wonderful home of the Polar Bear. This particular cruis is operated by our sister company Wild Images and is particularly special as we have chartered the entire vessel...more

 

Cruises for Individuals

Whilst we thoroughly recommend anyone to join one of our Ocean Adventures group tours, we do realize that the dates and itineraries that we offer do not suit everyone's plans. For this reason we have teamed up with some of the most experienced and respected operators in the business, bringing a great choice in dates and itineraries. For a full list of dates and itineraries, please visit the operator's own websites (see below). So why should you book with Ocean Adventures? It's simple really. We offer competitive prices (often cheaper than booking through the operator directly), and offer full ATOL financial protection for any individual that books a flight and cruise package through us. It's also often much easier to deal with and communicate with an experienced UK based tour operator. If any of the cruises listed on the links below appeal to you, please email us or call us and we will be happy to provide you with a competitive quote in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.

 

Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions are a very experienced operator based in New Zealand who we have worked successfully with for many years now, operating many of our group tours through them. They offer the most extensive repertoire of cruises to the Russian Far East and North Pacific. Click here to view their full programme. If you find a cruise that tempts you, please don't forget to email or call us for a competitive quote for your holiday.

 

Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions are a very experienced operator based in the Netherlands who we have worked successfully with for many years now, operating many of our group tours through them. They offer an extensive repertoire of cruises to the Arctic and North Atlantic islands and are specialists in Spitsbergen cruises. Click here to view their full programme. If you find a cruise that tempts you, please don't forget to email us or call us for a competitive quote for your holiday.

 

Quark Expeditions
Quark Expeditions are one of the major names in Expedition cruising, offering an extensive repertoire to the Arctic. If the North Pole or Greenland are your goal, they are certainly worth a look. We have worked with Quark for many years, operating many of our group tours through them. Click here to view their full programme. If you find a cruise that tempts you, please don't forget to email us or call us for a competitive quote for your holiday.

Photograph courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions

An encounter with the incomparable Polar Bear is a dream come true for many visitors to the high Arctic.



Photograph by Pete Morris/Birdquest

The magical landscapes of the high Arctic have to be seen to be believed!


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