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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Camping on the White Continent


Why Would Anyone Want to Go Camping in Antarctica?

You might have heard about the possibility of camping on cruises to Antarctica, or perhaps you know someone who has done it. But what is this craziness all about? Why would anyone want to go camping in Antarctica? Still more puzzlingly, why would anyone leave behind a comfortable bed on a perfectly good cruise ship to spend a night outside on the ice?

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Whale Watching in Antarctica


Whales Likely to Be Seen on an Antarctic Cruise

The Southern Ocean is one of the most biologically rich bodies of water in the world. Constantly stirred up by wind and currents, a steady supply of nutrients contributes to prolific blooms of microscopic plankton, which become so thick in summer they can be seen from space. The plankton is food for prodigious swarms of Antarctic krill (small, shrimp-like creatures), which can reach densities of 30,000 individuals per cubic meter. These, in turn, are hunted by a diversity of marine mammals, including some of the largest predators on Earth.

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Cruising for Seabirds in the British Isles


How to Experience the Best Seabird Colonies in Europe

It is well known among birders that the British Isles are home to many of the best seabird colonies in Europe. The largest and most spectacular of these colonies are located far from shore on small islands and even rocks, making them accessible only by sea. Land-based travelers can take advantage of local tour boats to cross miles of potentially rough water between mainland ports and these breathtaking bird sanctuaries. However, many birders are now realizing the benefits of reaching these must-see colonies by expedition cruise ship.

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