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Across the Arctic Circle

DEPARTING FROM:Aberdeen, ScotlandFINAL DESTINATION:Longyearbyen, Norway

DURATION:14 Days/ 13 NightsREGION:ArcticSHIP:Polar Pioneer

Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. The enthusiastic historian and expert naturalist reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife. Follow migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast, 

visit picturesque fishing villages and toast the Arctic Circle crossing. In Spitsbergen, enter a polar wonderland, where delicate wildflowers adorn tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walruses, reindeers, various birds and polar bears.‚Äč

Ship Details

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

Operated by: Aurora Expeditions

Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessels currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the Polar Regions.

Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, manoeuvrability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she offers you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination.

Key Facts

234 Feet / 71.60 Metres
42 Feet
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

The following additional options may be added to your cruise.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

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$1,225 Per Person (Indicative pricing in NZD. Sold in AUD)
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Sea Kayaking

Your cruise price includes:

  • Tour in Longyearbyen and transfer to airport
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage 
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team 
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Medical services on board
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
  • Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges