It might not be the first place that springs to mind when planning a cruise holiday, but the Arctic’s coastal regions boast a perfect combination of outstanding natural beauty and off-the-beaten-track wildernesses. Board an elegant ice-strengthened sailing boat in order to sidle up to immense glaciers in Greenland, watching for the northern lights and stopping to visit tiny, traditional settlements.
Or, ask a Regent Arctic Explorer about trading the sails for icebreaker ships and set off north of the Arctic Circle on a luxury expedition voyage. Watch some of the world’s last polar bears roaming free in Spitsbergen, spot whales around Russia’s Far North as you skirt around Franz Josef Land, or even set course for the geographic North Pole. Slightly further south, the deep fjords and towering mountains of Norway’s stunning Lofoten and Vesteralen archipelagos are best experienced from the water.