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Across the Arctic Circle

Across the Arctic Circle
Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Our enthusiastic naturalists reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife, including cheeky puffins. We follow migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast, visit picturesque fishing villages and toast our Arctic Circle crossing. In Spitsbergen, we enter a polar wonderland, where delicate wildflowers adorn tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walrus, reindeer, millions of birds and polar bear.

Tour Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings to the land of the midnight sun
  • Soak up the history of the Orkney and Shetland islands and enjoy it's spectacular birdlife
  • Visit picturesque fishing villages
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Enjoy the spectacular wilderness of Spitsbergen - a rich breeding ground for walrus, reindeer, millions of birds and polar bear


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    Orkney Islands

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    Orkney Islands

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    Shetland Islands

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    Sail towards Norway

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    Norway's coastline

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    Norway's coastline

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    Norway's coastline

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    Norway's coastline

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    Cross the Barents Sea

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    South Spitsbergen National Park

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    South Spitsbergen National Park

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    South Spitsbergen National Park

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Across the Arctic Circle
Included meals 13 12 13
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Polar Pioneer
Trip Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.