The majesty of the Arctic is luxury and adventure defined. It’s a frontier with a quiet elegance forged from isolation – abandoned but for the solemnity of its keepers, both animal and human. Here, we’ve compiled the four best luxury Arctic experience from the top of the world.
400 miles north of the Norwegian mainland, from mid-May to October each year, summer comes to the remote Arctic Circle archipelago, Svalbard. The warmer months offer the perfect opportunity to explore the grandeur of this isolated territory, peering upon the unique and stunning wildlife under the guide of Epic Road travel.
The local birds provide a lush, symphonic soundscape as you venture through canopies of wildflowers pitched harmoniously against the now gentle ice and snow. These gorgeous Arctic gardens are only one of the stunning features offered from a Svalbard luxury Arctic adventure. Other highlights include kayaking around Fjords so clear you can almost see through them under the 24-hour midnight sun in August.
Another luxury Arctic adventure from Epic Road travel is the opportunity to witness the polar bear migration at the Arviat Polar Bear Cabins in Arctic Canada. As the northern lights flicker in the sky, observe the brilliant choreography of these majestic animals – lounging, playing, fighting, foraging – from late October through early November.
Experienced Inuit guides who have lived among the polar bears for generations will assist in your observation as the bears wait for the Hudson Bay coast to freeze for winter. Also included is a unique aerial flight that will take you in search of the rare Quamirjuaq caribou herds.
Captain’s Choice Cruises invites you aboard L’Austral for a 30-day luxury journey from Greenland to the USA across the Northwest passage. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the whales, polar bears, seals and walrus, as well as some of the most remote communities in the world, as you adventure through the notorious and inspiring waters of the famed passage.
Joining the luxurious expedition vessel from Ponant, L’Austral, you’ll cruise the stunning Greenland coast with drink in hand. Gaze upon the beautiful village of Ilulissat and the residents of the isolated Gjoa Haven and Little Diomede, navigating through the sheer ice cliffs in Disko Bay, the sublime Upernavik Fjord, and the famous Bering Strait, before finishing your journey in the US city of Seattle.
The utter magic of the Lapland wilderness is on show at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort’s inspired glass igloo’s and log cabins. This idyllic Lappish resort was chosen for Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2015 collection photo shoot, and no wonder, because the aurora season here lasts eight months and is in full view through the gorgeously designed glass-roofed cabins. Just some of the luxury features includes the Queen Suite – a 60-square metre log cabin for romance, along with saunas and larger four-person glass igloos.
There’s also an almost century-old traditional house available to fully immerse yourself in authentic Lapland lifestyle. Round off your luxury Arctic adventure with the guided aurora hunting tours and ice fishing safaris offered by the resort.