History and Natural Beauty in the Scottish Isles

Exploring Wild History on a Scotland Cruise

Scotland is well known for its wealth of historical sites. Castles, monuments and religious edifices are top attractions in cities and towns throughout Scotland. It makes sense that many of the most famous historical structures are located in populated areas, as most places that were important centers of human activity in antiquity have only become more important through the centuries. But Scotland is also notable for having hugely important historical sites located in areas that have been left behind by the increasingly urbanized world. Many of the most awe-inspiring sites are nestled in rural or natural landscapes far from the noise and commotion of modern civilization. Despite their remoteness and isolation, these sites have been carefully preserved and protected. The combined effect on the visitor is a deeper and more soulful connection to Scotland’s rich history and natural environment. Such sites are often located on small islands where access is possible only by boat. The best way to visit a good number of these sites is on an expedition cruise to Scotland. Here are some must-see highlights of a cruise focusing on Scottish history and nature.

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The Thrill of the Arctic with Kari Hebert


When we ask our passengers what was the highlight of their Arctic expedition cruise, the answers vary. Some name amazing nature, some - abundant wildlife, and others - polar history. There is no rights or wrongs: when all of these elements combine, the Arctic is born, diverse, pristine and divergent.  On Arctic cruises with Poseidon Expeditions, we travel to different destinations in search of different things.

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Aboard I/B 50 Years of Victory with James Balog

Poseidon Expeditions offers North Pole expedition cruises aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker. The Russian name of the vessel "50 Let Pobedy" means "50 Years of Victory". Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, she is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built.

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Spitsbergen: Essential Information for Tourists



What to Know Before Going to Spitsbergen
Spitsbergen (sometimes spelled Spitzbergen) is the largest island in the Norwegian High Arctic territory of Svalbard. Though one is technically a part of the other, the names Spitsbergen and Svalbard are often used interchangeably. Apart from Longyearbyen and a handful of other small settlements, the island is completely pristine and characteristic of a true polar wilderness. Spitsbergen is a great place to start your discovery of the Arctic. Whereas attractions in most of the Arctic are usually spread far and wide across impossibly vast landscapes, a diversity of the Arctic’s most iconic wildlife and historical treasures can be found in Spitsbergen with relative ease on a comfortable cruise without long sea crossings. Here is some tourism information to consider when planning your Spitsbergen cruise.

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Reaching The North Pole with Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones


Reaching the North Pole for the first time is overwhelming: you will literally be standing at the top of the world, and everywhere you look is south. This glorious moment will be shared with other like-minded passengers and our team of polar experts. On this North Pole voyage, we were lucky to have Huw Lewis-Jones on board. He is a renowned historian and polar author, formerly a Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Huw says that the ever-changing Arctic never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you visit.

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Best Time To Visit The Northern Lights

When Is The Best Time To See The Northern Lights?

If you’ve ever traveled far north, you’ve probably been asked, “Did you see the northern lights?” The lights, are on nearly every traveler’s wish list. Even if you’ve seen photos or videos of this natural phenomena, there is nothing like experiencing them in person. If you’re planning to travel and the northern lights are one of your must-sees, considering the time of year is essential. While your location will be a factor in whether you’re able to see the lights (they’re more visible the higher north you travel on the globe), the time of year also affects your chance of experiencing the awesome beauty of this spectacle. Knowing the best time to visit the northern lights will help you determine when to plan your trip.

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A Memorable Expedition to the North Pole


Each year, Poseidon Expeditions takes the legendary icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” on a polar expedition cruise to the North Pole. This iconic Arctic destination can be considered an ultimate polar achievement. You will literally be standing at the top of the world!

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Arctic Expeditions By Season

It may be difficult to imagine the famously cold Arctic having seasons. While its summer might not be equivalent to that of Mexico or sunny California, Arctic seasons have distinct variance in climate, wildlife activity and overall environment.

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The Beachmasters of South Georgia



The Subantarctic Island Where Monsters Still Exist

You are in a Zodiac and the highly anticipated moment of your first step ashore on South Georgia is fast approaching. As the objects on land become clearer in your view, you realize they are moving. The landscape is alive. Your Zodiac pulls up to a sandy beach and you disembark. Before you is a phalanx of restless animal bodies, some rotund and blubbery, some sleek and furry. Your eye is drawn to a gigantic figure looming commandingly over the throng. A sonorous, gurgling bellow is heard above the din of groans and howls. “That’s the beachmaster,” the expedition leader says. “Stay clear of him!” This imposing fellow is the first of many huge elephant seals you will see on your Antarctic cruise to South Georgia.

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Tips for Kayaking in the Polar Regions



How to have the best paddling experience

The polar regions are the ultimate destination for active travel lovers. From hiking to camping and kayaking, every expedition day is filled with unscripted adventures and new worlds to conquer. A kayak can take you right where the action is, allowing you to venture further into the maze of ethereal glaciers and towering icebergs, paddling in the placid waters along with whales, penguins, and marine mammals. You’re in for dramatic scenery, close encounters with the abundant wildlife and a chance to become one with nature.

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