Taking an Arctic Cruise with Silversea

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An Arctic cruise is one of the best places to see polar bears in the wild. It’s an expedition cruise experience filled with Arctic wildlife, icebergs, hiking and a visit to the polar ice.

Alan and I explored the region on a Silversea Arctic cruise that was definitely a bucket list trip. Make sure your itinerary includes Greenland like ours did.

two skiff boats in front of an arched iceburg


Arctic Cruise itinerary

For fourteen days, Silver Explorer cruised the Arctic region from the Svalbard region of Norway to Iceland.

Our Silversea cruise actually began in Oslo, where we met fellow cruisers for the flight to Longyearbyen. One night in Grand Hotel Oslo was not nearly enough.

We boarded the ship in Longyearbyen, Norway. But this wasn’t our first visit. On a Norwegian fjords cruise several years ago, Alan and I hiked Plateau Mountain when the ship stopped in Longyearbyen.

Then we spent five days exploring northern and southern areas of the Svalbard region looking for polar bears, walruses, whales and glaciers while following in the footsteps of Arctic explorers.

Two sea days allowed time to rest up for the remaining part of the adventure.

In Greenland, the Silver Explorer spent four days in Scoresby Sund—my favorite part of the trip. This humongous fjord is extremely deep and long. And iceberg viewing was very good along with tundra walks and looking for musk ox, narwhals and lemmings.

On the last day, we met the residents of Ittoqqortoormitt, Greenland, the only permanent settlement in the Scoresby Sund.

The cruise ended in Reykjavik, Iceland, where Alan and I joined a three-night Silversea land extension to experience the Golden Circle as well as soak in the Blue Lagoon. Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel served as Reykjavik headquarters.

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