The High Arctic
Summer and winter are both excellent for visiting the Arctic (although summer is a little warmer), each with their unique characteristics - summer in perpetuity of light, and winter with the amazing Aurora Borealis.
Svalbard (also known as Spitsbergen & Spitzbergen which is the main island's name) forms the northernmost part of Norway and combines as a station for Arctic research, climatology, and an adventure holiday destination. Dog sledding, glaciers, boat cruising, polar bears, the midnight sun and the beautiful northern lights are highlights on your travel to Svalbard.
Summer and winter are both excellent for visiting Svalbard, each with their unique characteristics - summer in perpetuity of light, and winter with the amazing Aurora Borealis.
Call us if you want to find out more about the schedules and prices for our Svalbard/Spitsbergen voyages on board the expedition ships.
Greenland has so much to offer our new explorers; from trekking in the southeast, kayaking, and dog sledding, or just cruising and touring along its magnificent coastline. Summer in Greenland enjoys long days and mild weather, winter lights up with aurora borealis shows.
We have new voyages that take you along the West coast of Greenland on comfortable coastal ferries, travelling like the locals. Alternatively,you can experiences the whales and thrills of tall ship sailing through icebergs on board the M/V Rembrandt.
Our independent tours can show you the contrasts of Greenland: the lush green and the cool blue in the landscape, the thriving & modern towns, next to the tranquility and peacefulness in the villages. You can experience the ice; in the fjords and at nearby glaciers, and you can enjoy the excellent hiking possibilities and study the exceptional geology of the area. Our tours of Greenland lets you experience a modern country in comfort and style; north of the Polar Circle.
If adventure is not your thing, sit back on your hotel patio and see majestic icebergs float in the fjord right outside the town and experience the impressive glacier of Eqi at close range.
Click here to view Greenland - Be a Pioneer video.
The people of Iceland were once some of the most daring seafarers around. They made extended tours in ‘Viking’ long ships across the Atlantic discovering Greenland and Vinland, today know as New Foundland. The country itself is tiny, with a population of mere ¼ of a million. It offers incredible scenery and unparalleled geological attractions that can bring a whole continent to a standstill. You can chose a comfortable touring option or you can go trekking, ice climbing, super-jeep riding, fly fishing or jump on the back of the infamous Icelandic horse. Without boundaries on skill levels and experience, our tours, treks and active adventures in Iceland give you a powerful experience of the island’s natural beauty and landscapes.
The jewel in the crown when it comes to scenery up north is unquestionably Norway. Find yourself on a cruise through the Norwegian fjords on board one of the Hurtigruten ships, or traversing the mountain plateaus on foot with vistas only limited by the curving of the earth. Cliffs plummet more than 1000 meters into the fjords with small mountain farms clinging to the mountainside. Frolic through the back streets of Tromsø at 3 am when the sun is still on your face, or don your skis and go as far as you can see on pristine white snow, and then enjoy a hot chocolate in front of the fire at a mountain hut that appeared out of nowhere.
The Norwegian Coastal Voyages from Bergen to Kirkenes and vice verse is a classic voyage taking you all the way from the Hanseatic town of Bergen along the spectacular Norwegian Coast to the town of Kirkenes on the Russian border.
By sheer landmass Russia is the largest country on earth, by remote wilderness Siberia is wilder than most, and by accessibility Siberia is far off the beaten track. Russia has 101 nature reserves and 40 national parks, which are strewn from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East to Lake Baikal in the southeast, and the subtropics of the Caucasus to the mouth of one of Siberia’s largest rivers - the Lena. These are tremendously vast expanses of wilderness across various climatic zones. Find yourself in the wilderness areas of Kamchatka or Baikal; go trekking, wildlife viewing or fishing in pristine rivers. We can also hire you a remote log cabin for a week if you are in search of solitude. If you are looking for an adventure, we offer plenty in a remote and spectacular last wilderness frontier.
Alternatively, you can join our tours and cruises that visit the amazing cities of Russia. St.Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring villages all done in style. We will open private doors to the Hermitage and Peterhof, seeing these magnificent treasures before the crowds. You can enjoy the grand restaurants and palaces of Russia with us.
"The tour in St. Petersburg was excellent in every way, the guide was fantastic, the cars new and the hotel very good and in a perfect spot." Larry, 2011