Polar Expeditions

The most rugged, remote, ice-filled and unexplored regions in the world are waiting to deliver the richest travel experience you will ever have – intimate wildlife encounters, diverse landscapes and exquisite natural beauty.

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Navigate the icy channels of the Canadian High Arctic, explore Greenland as the world’s largest island teems with life, take an exclusive voyage to the North Pole, visit Spitsbergen – the realm of the Polar Bear or witness the majestic landscapes of Antarctica.



On a polar expedition you’ll encounter flawless and fragile environments – The most impressive glaciers and icebergs, glistening waterways, steep valleys and fjords. There are snow-capped mountains and craggy islands – a haven for seal and walrus. 



The Polar regions are home to an amazing array of wildlife, including minke, bowhead and humpback whales, seals, walrus, reindeer, penguins and albatross. What species you discover will entirely depend on which arctic location you choose to explore.



Most of the activities undertaken within the Polar regions revolve around witnessing the wildlife and exploring the majestic scenery. You can find yourself doing this by way of a hike or by mountain bike. Paddleboarding and kayaking are great ways to leisurely enjoy the water. Taking a helicopter trip is a great way to experience an alternative perspective to your surroundings.

When to explore…

  • The best time to visit the Arctic is during the high summer of late June and early July
  • Temperatures are between 3°C and 7°C within that travel window
  • The sun will remain over the horizon for almost all the hours of the day
  • If heading to the Southern Hemisphere’s Antarctic, the sea ice opens up in the end of October through to March
  • Near the coast, temperatures in Antarctica can peak at around 10°C

Travel to the Polar Regions with These Recommended Expeditions

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief

On this extraordinary journey, you will pack all the excitement of an epic Arctic cruise into just seven days, cruising through pack ice along the west coast of Spitsbergen, retracing the steps of explorers from centuries past.

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View immense glaciers, deep fjords, soaring mountains
Wildlife encounters including the Svalbard reindeer
Witness the highly active Lilliehöök Glacier
Explore frontier-style settlements

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Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land and Air

You’ll experience this new voyage aboard the polar ship, Ultramarine, which is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities, and the biggest portfolio of adventure options in the Polar regions.

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Ascend cascading coastal glaciers
Roam the tundra with a resident chef
Discover Norse sites and hiking trails
Explore serene, sheltered waterways and snow-capped mountains

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South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Antarctica awaits, with its soaring peaks and staggering expanse. Go further into the Antarctic sea on a Zodiac, experience the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak, undertake an exhilarating hike up a sparkling glacier, or share an endearingly comical moment with an inquisitive penguin.

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 Identifying seabirds that glide alongside the ship
Beaches blanketed with penguins and seals
Abandoned relics from centuries gone by
Visit the island is Grytviken – site of the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton

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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Conquer the famed Drake Passage in your choice of four stabilised, polar-class vessels; explore majestic natural environments by zodiac and on foot; get up close and personal with penguins, whales and other wildlife.

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Explore the southern extent of Patagonia
Consort with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins
Scout for seabirds and watch for whales
See Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals

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