The Polar Regions



There is simply no place on earth than can rival Antarctica for elemental splendour. This is the ultimate continent, an inhospitable paradise of rock, water, ice and snow that captures the imagination in a way no other place can.   

With Aurora Expeditions you can experience the overwhelming beauty and wildness of Antarctica in an almost unparalleled way. Whatever itinerary you choose, the frozen continent is there for you to behold in all its majesty: from the fly/fly expedition that drops you in the South Shetland Islands where you board the brand new purpose built ice strengthened ship The Greg Mortimer, to take on the monster icebergs of the Weddell Sea in it’s Antarctica Complete itinerary, a 23-day epic journey that, weather permitting, includes crossing the Antarctic Circle, each journey is a once-in-a-lifetime expedition unlike any other you will take in your life.    

On an Aurora Expedition cruise you can kayak past glittering icebergs in the waters off South Georgia Island; Zodiac cruise through the glassy waters of the Weddell Sea and see the iridescent blues of those icebergs up close; stand on the Antarctic continent and watch as seals and penguins go about their daily business; and, if you time it right, experience a solar eclipse on the white continent.   


The Arctic


For the Vikings, the Arctic was a journey into the imagination, an adventure to the gates of Valhalla. For modern travellers – and the Inuits who live there – the Arctic is a challenging wonderland of short summers with long days followed by dark winters that shed little light.   

Aurora Expedition’s fleet of small ships explores the very best of the Arctic – at the right times. Following the warm flow of the Gulf Stream, you can navigate the Norwegian coastline as far as Spitsbergen or sail the icy waters to Iceland, Greenland and beyond. For a real adventure, sail to Franz Josef Land deep in the Barents Sea, exploring its remote landscape of lichen and glaciers and visiting Nansen’s winter camp at Cape Norway.   

On an Arctic cruise, the whole panorama is yours to enjoy, from Inuit villages on the Greenland coast to sailing right up to the giant glaciers of Svalbard.  

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  • Polar bear in the ice of Svalbard

  • Humpback whales in the waters of Ilulissat

  • Walrus on the floating ice of Svalbard

  • Glaciers at Fjord Disco Bay, West Greenland

  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in the springtime

  • Houses of Kulusuk village, Greenland

  • Beeremberg Volcano on Jan Mayen Island

  • Aurora lights over Hamnoy, Lofoten

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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