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Small Ship Cruises: The Arctic

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From the land of the Midnight Sun enjoy the search for wildlife from the comfort of an small ship expedition boat. Days are spent looking for Arctic wildlife, where Polar bears, walrus, seals, and Arctic foxes haunt the ice edge.
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Expedition cruising is all about wildlife encounters. Arctic walruses are among the largest fin-footed semiaquatic marine mammals.
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Iceland’s arctic location draws all manner of impressive marine life, including 20 species of whale. Between April and September, the ocean becomes a feeding ground for these enormous mammals, and it’s possible to spot orca, humpback, minke and...
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This polar bear was sighted on the ice after a big narwhal feast. Ice cruising is the best part of an Arctic cruise. Expedition cruising is all about taking it slow and having a watchful eye out for wildlife encounters.
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Lofoten, Norway
If you'd like to boast to your friends that you travelled above the Arctic Circle, might as well make it a worthwhile trip and go to the Lofoten. Its beauty is on par with the rest of Norway's fjords and landscapes. But in my opinion, the magic of...
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Hans Nilsens vei 41, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
Many visitors are surprised to learn this cathedral's striking modern design dates to the 1960s. The soaring triangular structure is visible from downtown Tromsø, although taking a bus or cab is recommended as the walk across...
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Aksla, 6007 Ålesund, Norway
Surrounded by barrier islands and mountains alike, Alesund is a little speck of color on Norway's mid-Atlantic coast. The history of this town is a sad one. On one night in January, 1904, a fire spread, destroying the entire island. The town was...
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Ittoqqortoomiit, Scoresbysund 3980, Greenland
Don’t let the Vikings fool you about Greenland; though its name implies lush forests and verdant valleys, the overwhelming majority of the island is covered in ice, year-round. This means cruises to the region (with outfitters such as Wilderness...