The Arctic & Antarctic

From Alaska to Antarctica, discover the best of Road Scholar's polar adventures. Whether it's sailing through the spectacular fjords of Norway or crossing off the 7th continent, there is much to learn from these vast and wild landscapes.

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Guided Arctic Tours

Don’t let frigid temperatures deter you—people have been visiting the Arctic for thousands of years to explore its unique wildlife, climate, and landscapes. At Road Scholar, our educational  Arctic tours will bring you from Alaska to Antarctica, so you can explore the world’s polar regions in a unique and engaging way. Whether you’re sailing through the fjords of Norway or crossing off the 7th continent on your list, our Arctic travel tours will bring you through these vast and wild landscapes.

Planning Your Arctic Tour

Arctic travel isn’t for the faint of heart; its extreme temperatures and diverse landscape may be unrecognizable to most, but offer an experience of a lifetime. When it comes to planning your Artic tour, it’s essential to know what to expect. From glaciers to boundless, wide skies and icebergs to rolling tundra, there’s a lot to explore in the Arctic regions. 


To plan accordingly, it’s essential to invest in the right gear. Stock up on:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Ski goggles
  • Hand and feet warmers
  • Arctic boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof ski pants
  • Parka
  • Fleece
  • Thermal gloves and socks
  • Wool or fleece hat


These are just some of the essential pieces of gear you’ll need to ensure your Artic tour goes to plan. At Road Scholar, our expert instructors will take care of all the heavy planning for you, including your transportation, lodging, and food, so you can experience the Arctic to the fullest. They’ll also provide you with an itinerary and a list of gear you’ll need to make the most out of your trip.

Popular Trips to the Arctic and Beyond

The Arctic Circle and beyond is known for a wide range of popular destination spots. At Road Scholar, our selection of Arctic tours can bring you to popular areas across this region, such as:

  • South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, and South Georgia to learn about the wildlife and geology that shaped Antarctica
  • Alaska to explore the wildlife and glaciers that make this state famous
  • Nordic countries such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland to explore Scandinavian design and cultures
  • Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland for mountain hiking
  • Expedition cruises to areas like Greenland to explore fjords, wildlife, and glaciers up close

These are just some of the most popular Arctic vacation spots that you can visit through Road Scholar. Browse our full selection to see where we can take you next.

Tips for Arctic Travel

The Arctic is a beautiful region filled with rich biodiversity, wildlife, and cultures. However, the extreme climate and weather can be challenging for new and veteran explorers alike, which is why it’s essential to be prepared. 

Our top five tips for Arctic travel?

  • Bring sunscreen and sunglasses—the sun’s reflection off the snow can be extremely strong
  • Be open to trying new things, such as cuisine and local activities like dog sledding
  • Pack a durable camera to document your adventures
  • Pack properly with many layers to ensure you’re comfortable throughout your trip
  • Respect the wildlife by watching from a distance

Choosing to Tour with Road Scholar

Touring the Arctic with Road Scholar is a great way to learn about the world’s North and South Poles in a unique and engaging way. Led by expert instructors, you’ll get the chance to gain privileged access to top destinations and learn about history, culture, landmarks, and more. From touring on our expedition ships to walking tours of Arctic towns and cities, our Arctic tours will provide memories that will last.