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Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen

Arctic Holidays

The Arctic’s vastness is as spellbinding as it is diverse and offers incredible opportunities for the inquisitive traveller with a taste for cooler climes, amazing wildlife encounters and incredible scenery.

The Arctic is a near-perfect negative of Antarctica on the top of the world, an ocean surrounded by countries. Whether you’re heading north for Arctic expedition cruises in search of polar bears in Spitsbergen, for a historic Northwest Passage cruise, to explore the little-visited Russian Arctic or to stand at the North Pole itself, there are no wilder, less touched places on Earth.

Old Arctic Map

From Canada to Russia: Which Arctic is for you?

Always wanted to voyage in the Arctic but underestimated the sheer quantity of options? We have travelled extensively in the polar places, spent innumerable nights in remote lodges and sailed on countless expeditionary vessels, making us well placed to offer a succinct guide to the Arctic. Simply put, we go to Greenland for the culture, the Russian Arctic for masses of polar bears and the North Pole for, well, the North Pole itself! For the opportunity to spot elusive beluga whales and narwhals we head to the Canadian Arctic, and to experience the Arctic in a nutshell, brimming with quintessential scenery and wildlife, we go to Spitsbergen (which is conveniently close for those of us in Europe).

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Booking a tailor-made trip gives you the flexibility to customise your journey, travelling when and where suits you. Browse our Arctic holiday ideas to start planning your next journey.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Arctic Fox
Arviat: The Call of the North
Sue Grimwood
Whenever you mention you work in travel the immediate response is “I bet you get to go on lots of cheap…
Northern lights
Grounded in Greenland: Exploring Tasiilaq
Sue Grimwood
I have always been a firm believer that the best travel experiences start when something goes wrong. So when Air Greenland…
Arctic Landscape, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
81.38 Degrees North
Steppes Travel
10 years since my first visit to the beautiful Svalbard archipelago, I was excited yet apprehensive about returning. Tourism has increased…
Arctic Watch Lodge, Canadian Arctic
Ice in their Veins: A Week at Arctic Watch Lodge
Sue Grimwood
I can’t think of any family more qualified than the Weber’s to guide me through the Canadian Arctic. Richard Weber, is…
Dog Sledding, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
Pro Canibus
Justin Wateridge
The air is charged with the sound of howling huskies. My foot quivers on the snow brake. The dogs in front…
Polar Bear, Spitsbergen
Close Encounters
Sue Grimwood
I have been lucky enough to have had many close encounters with wildlife getting within a few feet of many great…

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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From the Northern Lights to meeting Inuits, Sue put together a trip that exceeded all our expectations. She was the most knowledgeable of anyone we spoke to about Greenland, and we could tell she knew things that only come from personal travels.

Destination: Greenland
Travel Expert: Sue

Our adventure to the North Pole was everything we could have wished for and more. Sue made sure the logistics of our itinerary were seamless from start to finish.

Destination: North Pole
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue let me know that Steppes had been arranging voyages to the Russian Arctic since the 1980’s, and their experience was evident. What a trip!

Destination: Russian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue knew how important it was to me to spot polar bears and did everything she could to ensure we had the best chances possible. We were even lucky enough to see Arctic foxes and walruses.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

What can I say – Sue knew everything there was to know about Spitsbergen. The number of options can be overwhelming, but from my first conversation with Sue I knew we would be pointed in the right direction.

Destination: Spitsbergen
Travel Expert: Sue

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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