Top Spots for Kayaking in the Arctic



How to Find the Best Arctic Paddling Destinations

The Arctic closely guards some of the most unique and rewarding kayaking opportunities on the planet. While the Arctic regions offer all the pristine wilderness values and incredible wildlife that could be desired of a perfect kayaking adventure, their remoteness and inaccessibility mean that few people have the opportunity to experience the thrill and serenity of kayaking in these amazing places.

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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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The Seasons of South Georgia


When to Visit the World’s Most Alluring Wildlife Eden

One simply must experience South Georgia to believe such a place exists on Earth. Such dense concentrations of seabirds, penguins and marine mammals exist nowhere else. In addition to incredible wildlife spectacles, the scenery of South Georgia is absolutely out of this world. If you are a lover of wildlife and pristine wilderness, then the question is not whether you should take a South Georgia cruise, but simply when.

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The Fjords of East Greenland

Secrets of the Scoresby Sund fjord system

Some areas of our planet are notable for their beautiful fjords: Norway, Alaska, Chile and New Zealand, to name a few. But the fjords of Scoresby Sund in East Greenland belong in a class of their own. For one thing, the enormity of this fjord system (38,000 km2) is unmatched in the world. For another thing, the environment is exceptionally wild and untouched—there are no roads outside the one permanent Inuit settlement (Ittoqqortoormiit, pop. 452) and only a handful of scattered cabins and historical huts remind you that humans ever set foot in this area larger than Belgium. But those aren’t the only reasons you’ll love these fjords. Read on to find out why Scoresby Sund is arguably the most interesting and attractive of all fjord systems.

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Franz Josef Land Revealed



Secrets of the Russian High Arctic

The 191 islands of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago have long been shrouded in mystery and secrecy. These remote islands, located northeast of Svalbard and between the Russian mainland and the North Pole, are notoriously inaccessible due to heavy sea-ice conditions and severe weather for a good portion of the year. During the Soviet era, travel restrictions imposed by Russian authorities made these islands almost completely off limits to tourists. Even now, independent travel to the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is nearly impossible. Access is permitted only with an expedition cruise ship or icebreaker. For the few visitors who make the journey to these enigmatic islands of the Russian High Arctic, the sense of remoteness in place and time is an undeniable attraction. Even more compelling are the secrets that seem to reveal themselves as if coming back from the depths of history. Here are a few of the astonishing highlights of a Franz Josef Land cruise.

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The High Arctic: Kingdom of Polar Bears


Polar Bear Safety in Svalbard and Franz Josef Land

To see a polar bear in the wild is at the top of many people’s must-do lists. Svalbard and Franz Josef Land are two of the very best places to find polar bears in their natural habitat. In these High Arctic territories, polar bears can be seen engaging in natural behaviors such as stalking seals on sea ice, caring for their cubs, roaming across the vast tundra wilderness, and perhaps devouring a whale or walrus carcass. Remarkably close viewing can sometimes be hard from the ship or on a Zodiac cruise. However, close encounters with polar bears on land must certainly be avoided. Polar bear safety will be paramount on your cruise to Svalbard or Franz Josef Land.


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Whales of Svalbard



Arctic whale-watching on a cruise around Spitsbergen

Now enjoying protection after centuries of relentless hunting, whales are returning to the waters of Svalbard. Whales found feeding in the beautiful fjords and rich polar seas around Spitsbergen provide some of the best whale-watching to be had anywhere. Long polar days afford cruise passengers the chance to spot whales during excursions and from the deck of the ship anytime. Here are some whale species to look for during your Spitsbergen cruise.

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Mysteries of the Polar Circles


What’s Inside the Arctic and Antarctic Circles?

Maps of the world show many lines that seem to have nothing to do with the world itself. What’s more, the crossing of these geographical lines is often accompanied by a good deal of ceremony and celebration on cruise ships. Special significance is often attached to the crossing of the so-called Polar Circles. You might be asking, what are these circles? Where are they and why do they exist? And most importantly, how can I cross them and what will I find on the other side?

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A Gift of the Polar Regions


How to Choose between Antarctica and the Arctic


So, you would like to treat your friends or family to a polar cruise? Then you already know, experiences make the best gifts. But you may be wondering, which polar region should I choose? Which is better, the Arctic or Antarctica? All the polar cruise itineraries offered by Poseidon Expeditions offer incredible scenery, amazing wildlife-viewing and mind-blowing excursions.  

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