The cruising season in the Arctic starts in late April in Svalbard and finishes in late September / early October in Greenland. Before April the sea ice restricts many places in the Arctic. The coastline in Greenland and Svalbard is inaccessible and after September the light hours reduce as the winter approaches.
Each month of the cruising season offers something different and depending on when you visit can be a totally different experience.
In April and early May the landscapes and shores of Svalbard are still covered in snow making it a scenic paradise and ideal for photography. During these months cruises are shorter as access to the north coast can still be restricted due to the sea ice. Please see our Frozen Svalbard Cruise to find out more.
As the 24-hour daylight arrives, the coast to the north of Svalbard opens up making longer cruises possible. Cruises from mid-May through to the end of June can explore the northern shores which are a great place to spot polar bears. With constant daylight cruises during this period are ideal for wildlife watching. Please see our Wildlife and Natural Wonders of Svalbard Cruise for more information.
Our Greenland cruises begin exploring the west coast and areas to the north in Disko Bay become accessible.
In July and August the summer has finally arrived. The sea ice has retreated further north and in most years it is possible to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Our Svalbard Pioneer Cruise is ideal for getting off the beaten track and seeing the wilder side of Svalbard.
July and AUgust are the only months of the year it is possible to visit the North Pole on an icebreaker as the sea ice is at its lowest.
These months offer excellent in cruising in Greenland. During August the East Coast of Greenland becomes acceasible and we offer trips to explore Scoresby Sund.
September is a good month for photography as the light becomes lower in the sky.