There are plenty of people who would assume that a cruise holiday is all about heading off to explore paradise islands where the sun shines brightly and there is barely a cloud in the sky.
Whilst that is certainly true is some respects, a cruise is also a fantastic way in which to visit a region of the world that you otherwise might not consider – and the arctic is one such region.
The northern-most region of the world is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to wants to enjoy an alternative cruise experience.
Rather than the large vessels that sail the waters around the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, you can expect to travel in more intimate surroundings with smaller ships being used for these explorer-type trips.
The remoteness of the arctic circle will leave you awestruck by its beauty, with towering glaciers at every turn and the opportunity to see native wildlife such as polar bear, whales and arctic foxes as you sail through the calm waters.
A number of expedition cruises are available which will be focused on giving you more insight and knowledge of the area, with specialist talks and the opportunity to head ashore to talk in the footsteps of some of the many explorers who have visited the arctic in years gone by.
Whilst travelling to the arctic, your cruise may well include time visiting some of the most popular destinations across Northern Europe and the Baltic, from the geysers and hot springs of Iceland to the stunning and awe-inspiring fjords of Norway.
Of course, the further north you travel, the greater the chance of also seeing the famous Northern Lights – which are sure to be another highlight of a cruise experience that will love long in the memory.
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