You can now cruise from the Arctic to Antarctica on this over-the-top new voyage

Jun 5, 2021

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It may be the coolest cruise ever. Both figuratively and literally.

Adventure cruise specialist Hurtigruten on Tuesday unveiled plans for an epic “pole-to-pole” voyage from the Arctic to Antarctica that will take in some of the world’s most spectacular — and chilly — polar regions.

Kicking off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 8 August 2022, the 93-day sailing will include a relatively rare complete crossing of the Northwest Passage, the fabled Arctic route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans first traversed in 1903 by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

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It’ll also include stops in the rarely visited Aleutian Islands along the Alaskan Peninsula; deserted St. Matthew Island, the most isolated place in Alaska; Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic; and ice-capped Greenland.

And that’s just for the initial Arctic portion of the voyage. The ship eventually will make its way south to Antarctica for an exploration of the world’s southernmost continent, also explored by Amundsen (the first person to reach the geographic South Pole, in 1911).

(Image courtesy of Hurtigruten)

Dubbed the “Pole to Pole Adventure: The Ultimate Bucket List Expedition Cruise – In the wake of polar hero Roald Amundsen,” the trip will, appropriately enough, take place on Hurtigruten’s 2-year-old, 530-passenger expedition ship named Roald Amundsen.

During its passage between the Arctic and Antarctica, the ship will stop at more than two dozen destinations along the East Coast of Canada and New England; the East Coast of Central America and the West Coast of South America.

Port calls will include Belize City, Belize; Colon, Panama; Manta, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; and La Serena, Chile.

As part of the passage southward, the vessel will make a complete passage through the Panama Canal. The trip ends in Ushuaia, Argentina.

In all, the trip will include visits to 11 countries. Fares start at $64,581 (about £45,717) per person.

Hurtigruten on Tuesday also announced plans for a shorter, 66-day “pole-to-pole” adventure kicking off 22 September 2022. This second sailing will take place on the line’s 500-passenger Fram.

The voyage will include stops in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Caribbean, South America and Antarctica and also a passage through the Panama Canal.

Fares for the trip start at $50,143 (about £35,496) per person.

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Featured image courtesy of Hurtigruten.

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