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TRAVELLING TO The Arctic

Travelling to the Arctic from Australia can be achieved in different ways and depends on what area within the Arctic Circle you would like to explore.

The most popular tours are Greenland and the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, but you can also visit the Arctic region from within Norway, Iceland, Canada and Russia.

The easiest and most popular option for Australians to travel to the Arctic is either from Norway or from Canada.

Where do Arctic cruises depart from?

For Norway cruises, Longyearbyen, the largest settlement of the island of Spitsbergen, is the major thoroughfare for Arctic cruises visiting the “Spitsbergen” area. It is also departure point for most cruises to the North Pole.

The main departure city for Canada cruises is Ottawa, where guests will board a charter flight to Iqaluit to board their cruise. From here you can explore the Canadian Arctic and Greenland.

Iceland can also be used as departure points for cruises exploring the remote East, West and South of Greenland.

While an Arctic cruise is definitely an adventure in its own right, it’s also a great add-on to a Europe or a US and Canada holiday. It is also a great complement to our Antarctica cruises if you'd like to explore both of the poles. 

Getting to the Arctic

For Norway (Spitsbergen) cruises, you would need to fly via Oslo or Tromso to Longyearbyen. There are a variety of major airlines flying from Australia to major hubs in Europe.

For cruises that start or end in Iceland there are direct flights to Reykjavik from London as well as other European capitals including low cost carriers.

Most cruises that include Greenland will usually start or end in either Longyearbyen or Reykjavik so the flights mentioned above would usually be used. Charter flights can also be included in the package, so best consult with your destination expert for the best advice.

For Canada, the easiest and most popular way for Australians to get to Ottawa is via Vancouver with Air Canada or via Los Angeles with American Airlines or United.

What it's like to visit the Arctic

The Arctic is one of the world’s most extraordinary regions famous for its dramatic landscapes, uninhabited valleys and fascinating wildlife. While Spitsbergen is famed the “wildlife capital of the Arctic”, all other regions of the Arctic are also perfect for whale, seal, and polar bear watching. Nature lovers will love Greenland, the least densely populated country in the world, and home to the largest national park in the northeast.

If you travel in September you may even be able to witness the vivid displays of the Northern Lights.

The Canadian Arctic with its Northwest passage and its exploration continues to be a popular choice for many.

More information: to help you decide where you want to visit, click on the trips below and start dreaming about your Arctic cruise.

Still wondering? Contact us and we will walk you through the whole process, answer all your questions and find the very best package, including flights, cruise and extra sightseeing to suit your needs.

 
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Travelling to the Arctic from Australia can be achieved in different ways and depends on what area within the Arctic Circle you would like to explore.

The most popular tours are Greenland and the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, but you can also visit the Arctic region from within Norway, Iceland, Canada and Russia.

The easiest and most popular option for Australians to travel to the Arctic is either from Norway or from Canada.

Where do Arctic cruises depart from?

For Norway cruises, Longyearbyen, the largest settlement of the island of Spitsbergen, is the major thoroughfare for Arctic cruises visiting the “Spitsbergen” area. It is also departure point for most cruises to the North Pole.

The main departure city for Canada cruises is Ottawa, where guests will board a charter flight to Iqaluit to board their cruise. From here you can explore the Canadian Arctic and Greenland.

Iceland can also be used as departure points for cruises exploring the remote East, West and South of Greenland.

While an Arctic cruise is definitely an adventure in its own right, it’s also a great add-on to a Europe or a US and Canada holiday. It is also a great complement to our Antarctica cruises if you'd like to explore both of the poles. 

Getting to the Arctic

For Norway (Spitsbergen) cruises, you would need to fly via Oslo or Tromso to Longyearbyen. There are a variety of major airlines flying from Australia to major hubs in Europe.

For cruises that start or end in Iceland there are direct flights to Reykjavik from London as well as other European capitals including low cost carriers.

Most cruises that include Greenland will usually start or end in either Longyearbyen or Reykjavik so the flights mentioned above would usually be used. Charter flights can also be included in the package, so best consult with your destination expert for the best advice.

For Canada, the easiest and most popular way for Australians to get to Ottawa is via Vancouver with Air Canada or via Los Angeles with American Airlines or United.

What it's like to visit the Arctic

The Arctic is one of the world’s most extraordinary regions famous for its dramatic landscapes, uninhabited valleys and fascinating wildlife. While Spitsbergen is famed the “wildlife capital of the Arctic”, all other regions of the Arctic are also perfect for whale, seal, and polar bear watching. Nature lovers will love Greenland, the least densely populated country in the world, and home to the largest national park in the northeast.

If you travel in September you may even be able to witness the vivid displays of the Northern Lights.

The Canadian Arctic with its Northwest passage and its exploration continues to be a popular choice for many.

More information: to help you decide where you want to visit, click on the trips below and start dreaming about your Arctic cruise.

Still wondering? Contact us and we will walk you through the whole process, answer all your questions and find the very best package, including flights, cruise and extra sightseeing to suit your needs.

 
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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We are true polar specialists. Almost every Chimu team member has travelled to either Antarctica or the Arctic and has an average of ten years' experience in selling the region. 

  • We have inspected and continue to thoroughly research each individual vessel we work with, selecting only small ships with strong environmental, safety, and ethical credentials. 

  • We know all things polar by heart and will work with you to determine which ship and itinerary is best suited. Travellers visit the polar regions for different reasons, including wildlife, photography, snowshoeing, and kayaking, so we'll find the perfect expedition for your interests.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you'll be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service to your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance, and any additional travel to complete your journey. 

The Arctic TOURS

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13 Days

Heart of the Arctic

Canadian Arctic, Greenland

SHIP: Ocean Endeavour (Arctic)

START: Ottawa, Canada

FINISH: Toronto, Canada

  • 22/07/2024
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17 Days

Northwest Passage: Footsteps of Franklin

Arctic, Greenland, Canadian Arctic

SHIP: Ultramarine

START: Toronto, Canada

FINISH: Calgary, Canada

  • 01/08/2024
  • 26/08/2025
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9 Days

Arctic Express: Heart of the Northwest Passage

Canadian Arctic

SHIP: Ultramarine

START: Calgary, Canada

FINISH: Calgary, Canada

  • 02/09/2024
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12 Days

Canada's Remote Arctic

Canadian Arctic

SHIP: Ultramarine

START: Calgary, Canada

FINISH: Calgary, Canada

  • 15/08/2024
  • 24/08/2024
  • 09/09/2025
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25 Days

The Northwest Passage

Canadian Arctic, Greenland & Iceland

SHIP: Le Commandant Charcot

START: Reykjavík, Iceland

FINISH: Seattle, United States

  • 12/08/2024
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17 Days

Into the Northwest Passage

Canadian Arctic, Greenland

SHIP: Ocean Endeavour (Arctic)

START: Toronto, Canada

FINISH: Yellowknife, Canada

  • 27/08/2024

The Arctic REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

BLOGS ON The Arctic

Looking for blogs on the Arctic or Antarctica? If so, we have you covered! The Chimu blog is updated regularly with new articles and packed with great content on planning your trip, what to pack, and amazing adventures in each destination. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our vessels are built for maximum stability and comfort to ensure that even in rough conditions, sea and motion sickness are kept to a minimum at all times. There are a range of services and facilities available on board should symptoms arise. 

 

We pride ourselves on our customisable range of Arctic tours that allow you to tailor the perfect Arctic experience for your own goals and wishes. We also offer a wide range of tours to suit a diverse array of budgets, from 8 day cruises to 28 day expeditions. Speak to one of our consultants who can help you plan your perfect Arctic cruise, which includes all the elements you are looking for in your trip.

 

The Arctic can be an extreme environment and although Arctic cruises depart during the spring and summer months, the weather can change dramatically, with no warning and so you need to be prepared for conditions in this potentially harsh region. When packing, avoid weighing yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire for your trip that can be worn in layers, including: • Parka jacket - lightweight, wind and weather-resistant shell • Warm trousers - ski pants or sturdy trousers • Waterproof trousers - Gore-Tex or similar waterproof and "breathable" fabrics are recommended • Long thermal underwear - silk or polypropylene is highly recommended • Sweaters - wool sweaters or a polar fleece jacket • Turtlenecks • Mittens and gloves - thin polypropylene gloves underneath warm mittens • Woollen cap and a scarf or balaclava • Warm socks - sturdy, long wool socks and thin pairs of silk, polypropylene or cotton/wool socks • A sturdy, lightweight and waterproof daypack for landings or Zodiac excursions • Sunglasses with U.V. filter • Protective sunscreen for lips, hands and face • Swimsuit for hotels, aboard some ships and (maybe) for a polar plunge • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards • Extra pair of prescription glasses • Prescription medicines and other remedies such as seasickness medication • Binoculars • Zip lock plastic bags or dry sacks for carrying camera, batteries, etc. • T-shirts or other casual warm weather clothes • Clothes for gateway cities 

 

Zodiac excursions and shore landings are a feature of our Arctic cruises and are planned wherever possible, weather conditions permitting. Many itineraries include visits to Inuit communities and National Parks such as Auyuittuq National Park on Canada’s Baffin Island.

 

Shore landings are not only for wildlife viewing but also to visit Inuit communities and to explore National Parks. Certain cruises provide opportunities for activities such as snowshoeing, hiking and ski mountaineering. 

 

The number of people on board varies depending on the ship but the majority of our ships carry between 50 and 150 passengers. A few of the mega-yachts and purpose-built cruise ships carry around 250 passengers.

 

Chimu Adventures offer a large range of vessels, an experienced, expert team of travel enthusiasts, and comprehensive, flexible itineraries, tailoring each cruise to your wishes and making your Arctic Cruise unique and unforgettable. 

 

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