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Polar Bear on Ice, Spitsbergen, Arctic

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.

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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.

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From the Northern Lights to meeting Innuits, 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

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…
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…
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
Lara Paxton
10 years since my first visit to the beautiful Svalbard archipelago, I was excited yet apprehensive about returning. Tourism has increased…
Polar Bear, Spitsbergen
Arctic Animals: The Big 5
Sue Grimwood
The Arctic covers vast tracts of wilderness and is full of interesting wildlife. Here we share our favourite 'big five' animals…
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…
Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Golden Circle, Iceland
Disengage in Iceland
Steppes Travel
I like to be in control and know what I am doing. It has served me well in my many travels…

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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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