Specialist expedition ships are best for Arctic travel, but that doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice comfort for practicality. Many expedition ships are run by luxury cruise lines including Aurora Expeditions. For the Arctic, they have a luxury expedition ship specifically designed to sail the around the Arctic region, and as such also offers kayaking experiences and zodiac excursions, and meanwhile back onboard offers the comfort of your stateroom, luxury dining, entertainment, and facilities.
The Arctic region is home to a rich array of wildlife including of course the "King of the Arctic" the polar bear, as well as whales, seals, walruses, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, reindeer and many different species of bird. Polar bears are by far the biggest wildlife attraction in this region, but a sighting of any of these rare animals is likely to be something you will never forget.
As well as wildlife, there have been native Inuit tribes living in Greenland, Russia and Canada's far north for centuries. There have also been many explorers who have been made famous for their treks into this harsh wilderness, including Sir John Franklin who unfortunately disappeared during a charting expedition of the elusive North West Passage in 1845, and Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer who in 1903 to 1906 was the first to sail this legendary channel connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The Arctic is many things to many people. For some it is the deep forests and northern lights of Norway, for others it is the glaciers and mountains surrounding the fjords of Greenland. For some it is the shimmering pack-ice and floating behemoth icebergs of the Svalbard archipelago, and for others it is the amazing polar bears and other Arctic specific wildlife. Above all though, the Arctic is an awe-inspiring expedition cruise destination.