Poseidon Expeditions Articles

4 Western Greenland attractions you must see

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 9, 2017 1:45:09 PM

The birthplace of icebergs... 

An ice sheet covers 80 percent of Greenland's land mass.  
One would think there wouldn't be much else to see, but if you plan wisely, there are tremendous West Greenland offers a world of arctic adventures and a once in a lifetime journey.

Life under the water’s surface

Greenland prides itself on having only free and wild creatures of the sea in its waters and they’re free to swim wherever the oceans take them. Some of the mighty creat
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Topics: Arctic, expedition, Greenland

The Inuit of Greenland - Just don't call them Eskimos!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 9, 2017 1:03:10 PM

Inuit comprise the majority of Greenland

Of Greenland's estimated total population of 58,000, 88% are Inuit. The balance of the population is mostly Danish. Although these indigenous people are collectively known as Inuit, most of these
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Topics: Arctic, Greenland

The Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 5, 2017 3:21:44 PM

Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when the the Falkland Islands are mentioned – "some tropical island" in the South Atlantic. But this beautiful group of islands isn't about beach culture, unless you're referring to penguins. There's plenty else to talk about, and we could go back to 1690 when English Captain John Strong made the first recorded visit… but that’s an article for another time.

 

 

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, falkland islands

Did you know humpback whales sing for their food?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Humpback whales sing for their food. Who knew?

People worldwide have been captivated by the sound of humpback whales singing, and whether members of this species sing as a means of communication with each other or some other purpose. Our Greenland expedition cruise participants often ask this very question. Interestingly, scientists have recently discovered that an important purpose of the humpback whale's song is to help them locate their next meal.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, whales

5 reasons to visit Greenland

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 28, 2017 6:30:00 AM

There’s an old maxim that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.  While this for the most part may be true about Greenland, it’s only half the story. 

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Topics: Arctic, expedition

4 of the Most Celebrated Antarctic Explorers: Do You Know Them?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, North Pole

Come meet the gentoo penguin!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 14, 2017 2:51:19 PM

Although tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Tahiti typically rank high in a person’s mind for a getaway, approximately 30,000 travelers looking for a more adventurous destination reached the shores of Antarctica during the 2015-16 season. Rather than sandy beaches and palm trees, they were in search of remote landscapes, icebergs, and most of all, penguins. The latter's vast waddling populations are incredible to see, with the gentoo penguins outnumbering them all.

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, penguins

The forbidding islands of Franz Joseph Land

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.

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The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.

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Topics: Arctic, North Pole

Nuclear icebreakers – what’s so special about them? - Poseidon Expeditions

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This story really happened more than 30 years ago.

In the Russian High Arctic, a convoy of over 50 Soviet-era ships became trapped in ice fields along the Northern Sea Route or "Northeast Passage." In those days, many Russian Arctic settlements were dependant on food and other neccessities that were typically delivered by these traditional convoys. This time, however, the convoy was unable to return after supplying the isolated settlements due to impassable ice.

As the situation became dire, it was agreed that a nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Lenin, would be pressed into service to lead the other ships out of their icy jail.    

What makes this story special – and the Lenin the hero – was her power source: nuclear energy. It enabled the Lenin and her crew to prevent hundreds of seamen from being trapped in the ice for a prolonged period of time. It was one of the biggest and most successful rescue missions of its day.

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Topics: Arctic, expedition, North Pole

What do I really need to bring on an adventure cruise to Antarctica? - Poseidon Expeditions

Posted by Steve Wellmeier on Feb 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Poseidon Expeditions, like other tour operators that take you on adventure cruises to Antarctica, wants you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s easy aboard the ship where casual clothing is the norm in the lounge, dining room or lecture room. But adventure cruises to Antarctica require a bit of planning

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Topics: antarctic, expedition