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We operate a variety of tours to both of the Polar regions in search of the unique wildlife.

Naturetrek polar holidays

The poles are special. Bathed in a surfeit of light and pale blue skies during summer, then plunged into constant darkness during the winter, the seasonal contrasts in scenery, light and wildlife at the poles compared with the rest of the planet are stark. Still visited by only the lucky few, the Arctic and Antarctic have for centuries held an irresistible magnetism for explorers.

Our polar regions specialist recommends...

“The Arctic and Antarctic are like nowhere else on the planet – and once you’ve been, you will be hooked (I was!). Spitsbergen is the ultimate Arctic destination and, in my opinion, the best place to look for Polar Bears! Our 11-day Spitsbergen Wildlife Cruise offers a spectacular supporting cast of Walrus, dramatic scenery and huge seabird colonies. If you’re looking for a short break, or a taste of the Arctic, try one of our Bear-watching or owl-focused holidays in Finland or Sweden.”
Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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Naturetreks polar expeditions?

For the wildlife enthusiast, and the adventurous-spirited, the polar regions have a bewitching appeal and well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s top wildlife destinations. Naturetrek polar expeditions are special in that we usually charter the whole ship (30 to 80 berth) and operate our polar holidays as dedicated wildlife cruises, focusing solely on the region’s wildlife and visiting the very best wildlife sites. All our polar holidays are also accompanied by expert naturalist guides.

Here are some of the reasons why Naturetreks polar holidays are so successful:
  • Our cruises focus solely on the Arctic and Antarctics spectacular wildlife
  • We only charter small ships ranging in size from 30 - 80 berths
  • All operate at the best time of year for wildlife
  • Flexible itineraries to ensure the best wildlife sightings
  • We use a team of hand-picked & experienced expedition staff
  • Led by naturalist guides with expert knowledge of the polar regions
  • We offer a wide range of tours both above and below the arctic circle
  • Cruises include daily zodiac excursions, accompanied by naturalist guides
  • Daily briefings & recaps held


Wildlife seen on a Naturetrek polar holiday
  • Look for Polar Bears, Walrus, Arctic Fox & seals in Spitsbergen
  • Musk Oxen in upland Norway
  • See the Northern Lights, spectacular fjords & snowy mountains
  • Glaciers, icebergs, pack-ice, taiga forests and Arctic tundra
  • Experience 24-hour daylight
  • Humpback, Fin & Sperm Whales
  • Little Auks, Grey Phalaropes, Ivory Gull & Long-tailed Skua in Spitsbergen
  • Steller’s & King Eiders plus Gyr Falcon in Arctic Norway
  • Penguins, albatrosses & huge seabird colonies in the Sub-Antarctic Islands
  • Bears, wolves & owls in sub-arctic Finland, Sweden & Norway
  • Colourful tundra flora


The standard of accommodation and service on the MV Ortelius was outstanding, the devotion to searching out wildlife was excellent and the crew, staff and wildlife guides did everything possible to make our trip a success. The sightings were particularly good. One of the unexpected highlights was having the Polar Bear authority Ian Stirling on board. A memorable trip in every way.
The amazing wildlife sightings and scenery, very much aided by good weather and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the expedition staff and Naturetrek guides.
This was an excellent trip thanks to the commitment and expertise of Rini, the Expedition Leader and the Captain and crew of the Proff. Molcanov. They worked very hard to make the most of every opportunity enabling us to experience as much as possible. The Naturetrek leader, Paul, was efficient, pleasant and helped everything to run smoothly. We were also very lucky to have Adam, the geologist, with us and Chris the historian - both added greatly to the trip...I cannot fault the trip in anyway - it was one of the best ever.