How Much Does A North Pole Cruise Cost?

A guide to the price of a North Pole Cruise

North Pole Cruise Costs Explained

For many, a cruise to the North Pole is just a dream, but for the lucky few who choose to embark on this intrepid voyage to one of the most inaccessible places on Earth are rewarded with an enriching expedition to witness one of the least visited places on Earth.

North Pole Cruises are considered one of the most expensive expedition cruises available. This page examines the factors contributing to the cost and whether the high price point for the trip you want to experience is worth it for you based on your interests.

Why is A North Pole Cruise So Expensive?

Reaching the North Pole is no easy feat; only around 700 people reach the North Pole each year by cruise ship. Embarking on a North Pole cruise is an endeavour that is achieved only by purpose-built icebreaker ships with a small number of guests per voyage. Here are some of the factors which add to the cost.

The Environment

The Arctic, notorious for its unforgiving conditions, poses a formidable challenge to any maritime journey. The sea ice in the Arctic measures up to 3 meters in thickness and requires specialist icebreaker ships designed for such extremes with reinforced hulls and advanced navigational systems. Construction, maintenance, and operation of these ships add to the overall expedition costs.

Luxury Icebreaker Ships

Modern icebreakers are built with the highest levels of comfort and luxury in mind. Ships such as Le Commandment Charcot only take 240 guests per voyage with a team of over 200 staff and expedition guides. Guests enjoy an unrivalled experience on a highly specialist ship capable of navigating sea ice and reaching places inaccessible to regular expedition ships. 

Seasonal Constraints

For most of the year, the climate of the Arctic is inhospitable. To reach the North Pole by ship, there is only a brief accessibility window during summer when ice conditions are manageable, and there are 24 hours of daylight. This short operating season allows only a handful of North Pole Cruises to operate yearly. 

Unparalleled Experience

The rarity and exclusivity of standing at the northernmost point on the globe ensures that the few North Pole cruises are always in high demand each year. The distinctiveness of the expedition, coupled with the premium experience of a luxury icebreaker, commands premium prices for a voyage that is without equal. 

For those intrepid travellers willing to embark on this unparalleled expedition, the financial investment is not merely a transaction but a gateway to an extraordinary realm at the pinnacle of the Earth.

For those seeking an extraordinary odyssey, this investment is advantageous and encompasses luxury accommodations, gastronomic indulgences, curated excursions, and the incomparable privilege of standing on the North Pole. 

North Pole Cruises

North Pole cruise on Luxury Icebreaker charcot PONANT
Last Places
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Reykjavík
July 26 - Aug 11 2024
16 Nights

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Geographic North Pole PONANT
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Aug 21 - Sep 5 2025
15 Nights

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Geographic North Pole PONANT
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Jul 7 - Jul 22 2025
15 Nights

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Is A North Pole Cruise Worth It?

A North Pole cruise is worth the investment for the mind-blowing opportunity to encounter the frozen Arctic and stand on the North Pole. Ultimately, the decision comes down to individual preferences, interests, and the significance one places on the unique and unparalleled experience offered. Here are some factors to consider:

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience 

Standing at the North Pole is an extraordinary and rare accomplishment. If the allure of visiting the northernmost point on Earth resonates with you, the sheer exclusivity of the experience will make the investment worthwhile.

Adventure and Exploration

A North Pole cruise is ideal if you thrive on adventurous journeys and relish exploring remote and seldom-explored environments. Luxury icebreakers are equipped with Zodiacs for exploring the vast sea ice floes and are led by a team of expert guides. Learning about the Arctic's pristine landscapes and wildlife is all part of the experience. 

Natural Beauty

The High Arctic offers breathtaking scenery, from vast ice floes to unique wildlife like polar bears and seals. If you sincerely appreciate nature's beauty and are captivated by the stark, otherworldly landscapes of the polar region, a North Pole cruise is an aesthetic feast for the senses. The thrill of navigating through ice-covered waters makes this a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Exclusive Accomplishment

The exclusivity of reaching the North Pole is a point of pride for many travellers. If achieving a rare and exclusive travel milestone is significant, the sense of accomplishment and the stories to share will make a North Pole Cruise a worthwhile investment. 

Indulgent Luxury

Until recently, reaching the North Pole on a working icebreaker ship with limited amenities was only possible. With the introduction of Le Commandant Charcot, reaching the North Pole is now possible in 5-star comfort and luxury, making the voyage even more appealing to the discerning traveller. 

A North Pole cruise is an investment, but the rewards are some of the highest through any travel experience on Earth. If the idea of standing at the top of the world and embracing the beauty of the Arctic appeals to you, the experience may be immeasurable. Ultimately, the worthiness of a North Pole cruise is subjective and deeply personal.

What is the cost of a A North Pole Cruise?

The pricing for a North Pole Cruise in 2024 commences at £37,860 ($46,300, €43,380) per individual for a shared double suite for a 17-day expedition to the Geographic North Pole and Scoresby Sund. For a heightened level of luxury in the Owners suite aboard the opulent Icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot, the cost surpasses £100,000 (€114,000, $122,000) per person.

How to book your North Pole Cruise?

Our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team with first-hand experience are here to help you plan your North Pole cruise. We will assist you with choosing your itinerary, clarify the differences between voyages, and help you to make your cabin selection based on your preference. We can also describe what is included along with any optional activities. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

All bookings made through us at the North Pole Cruises include 100% financial protection for your peace of mind. We include supplier failure insurance free of charge to ensure you are fully protected. We also guarantee the best price from the operator at the time your reservation is made.

Here you can see our comprehensive selection of North Pole Cruises.

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