Expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica

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National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica.

A few of the top travel companies specializing in cruise expeditions to some of the most remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctica are offering exciting itineraries for travelers looking for voyages outside the norm. Here are some cruise tours for your clients seeking a different vacation experience.

Seek the Northern Lights
Norwegian cruise tour expert Hurtigruten is inviting travelers to make the crossing into the Arctic Circle to experience what life is like along Norway’s coastal cities and villages with its Norwegian Coastal Voyage itinerary. The 12-day journey includes unforgettable excursions such as dog sledding, overnight stays at the Kirkenes Snowhotel, and searching the skies for the Northern Lights on a snowmobile, as well as visits to the UNESCO-listed harbor towns of Bergen and Kirkens, among other ports of call.

Your clients will receive savings of up to 30 percent on select dates from November to March 2013, and a reduced cost air package that includes roundtrip flights from New York, airport transfers and a 1-night hotel stay after the voyage in the Hanseatic city of Bergen. Reduced rates start from $1,569 to $2,797 pp dbl; offer only valid for new bookings. For additional information, visit hurtigruten.us or call (877)-301-3117.

Walk the Fabled Lands of the North
Lindblad Expeditions has teamed with National Geographic to introduce adventurous travelers to Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Labrador on The Fabled Lands of the North itinerary. Departing Aug. 24, 2013, aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, the 15-day journey begins with a tour of the towering icebergs and glaciers in the Arctic followed by coastal visits to historic whaling towns and Inuit villages, as well as a sightseeing tour of the ruins of L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking village established in 1000. Rates begin at $13,470 pp dbl. If you book your client’s trip by Dec. 31, they will receive complimentary charter airfare from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq. For more information, call (800) 397-3348 or visit expeditions.com.

Head South to Antarctica
Orion Expedition Cruises is offering travelers the opportunity to venture into Antarctica during the peak summer months of the southern hemisphere. Setting sail from New Zealand and Australia, travelers will cross into Antarctica aboard the Orion for the 18-day Mawsons Antarctica itinerary or the 20-day Scott and Shackleton Antarctic tour to experience the untamed land and wildlife of the region. The first of six expeditions to Antarctica sets sail on Dec. 20, with additional dates scheduled for January 2013/2014 and February 2014. Rates range from $20,235 to $30,575 pp dbl. For more information, visit orionexpeditions.com or call (877) 674-6687.