The Polar Regions
    The Arctic

    The European Arctic

    Extreme, inhospitable, mysterious and dream-like

    The northernmost region of our planet is a destination like no other. Centred on the North Pole, the Arctic Circle encompasses eight nations, including parts of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the USA. 

    It is home to some of the world’s most bleak but beautiful landscapes, from awe-inspiring fjords, and ever-shifting ice caps to untouched tundra, stoney beaches and pine forests. It’s also a wildlife lover’s paradise, home to seals, whales, reindeer, walruses, musk oxen, narwhal (or ‘unicorns of the sea’) and, of course, its apex predator: the polar bear.

    In this winter wonderland, we can arrange for you to go snowshoeing, skiing, kayaking, hiking and more; and we can even set up a traditional Sámi tent in a secluded spot in Finland’s snowy forests for you to enjoy a Michelin-starred private dinner after your dog-sledding expedition.

    But the main allure for many of our more intrepid clients is to follow in the footsteps of the polar explorers and embark on an expeditionary voyage in this mysterious place – perhaps the ultimate adventure. 

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    Earth’s northernmost region is characterised by polar conditions, unusual flora and fauna, blue ice, magnificent fjords and other bleak but breathtaking landscapes. We give you 10 reasons to go to the Arctic now.
    The climate of the Arctic Circle is characterised by long, bone-chillingly cold winters and short, cool summers. There are areas to be explored all year round and every season has its appeal. We would be delighted to help you choose the best time to go.
    The Arctic Circle’s haunting landscapes are surprisingly diverse, ranging from gigantic glaciers and pine forests to verdant tundra and rugged, wildlife-rich coastlines. This is our selection of eight breathtaking photographs of the Arctic.
    Sarah describes her life-changing experience observing polar bears on a 15-day voyage from Longyearbyen, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.
    An expeditionary cruise in the Arctic is perhaps the ultimate adventure. We tell you everything you need to know about exploring this polar region by ship, including our favourite vessels.
    Claire recalls her extraordinary experience seeing the spectacular Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle, the memory of which will remain etched in her mind forever.
    If you are looking for an unforgettable family holiday, you should travel to Finnish Lapland. This secluded corner of the Arctic is an extraordinary winter wonderland, where you can visit Father Christmas, ogle at the Northern Lights or go on a husky safari, among other enchanting experiences.

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    Spitsbergen is the largest island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Its spectacular landscapes, ranging from jagged mountains to dramatic fjords, are home to countless birds, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals and polar bears, making it a wildlife lover’s paradise. The capital, Longyearbyen, is also the starting point for some of the best Arctic expeditionary cruises.

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