Top Reasons to Visit Svalbard

Why is Svalbard the Most Popular Arctic Cruise Destination?

Svalbard is the number one tourist destination in the High Arctic for a variety of reasons. Firstly, its main settlement is easily accessible via its commercial airport and cruise terminal. In addition to being the perfect representation of the pristine polar environment in most people’s imagination of the Arctic, this wilderness is home to an unparalleled abundance and diversity of Arctic wildlife. Incredible opportunities for photography and activities like sea kayaking add to the appeal. But more than any single reason, it is the unrivaled combination of these attractions that makes Svalbard the top choice for travelers to the Arctic.

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Extreme Points in the Arctic


How to Visit the World’s Northernmost Tourist Destinations

Geographical extremes hold a great attraction for many people. Perhaps this is because we have not lost our evolutionary desire for exploration that caused us to become the most widespread animals on the surface of the planet. Or perhaps we are drawn to distant places because their remoteness allows us to feel a moment of freedom from the oppressive weight of civilization. Maybe we simply enjoy the feeling of exclusivity when we stand where very few people have stood before. Certainly, bragging rights are assumed whenever we visit a place where terms like “northernmost” are applied. Whatever your reasons for seeking out the far corners of the world, a polar cruise is a great way to achieve your geographical goals. Here are some of the northernmost places you can visit on an expedition cruise to the Arctic.

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7 Reasons Why Longer Antarctica Trips are a Must

Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. This is the vast wilderness of the last-discovered continent: raw, pristine, fragile and uncompromisingly polar. But this part of the world has many faces, and the Southern and South Atlantic Oceans hosts several other destinations worth visiting besides the ethereal continent itself.

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How to Choose the Perfect Travel Companion for the Polar Regions


Modern-day expedition cruising offers intimate wildlife encounters, epic nature viewing and adventure options for any age and preferred activity level. The best vessels to discover the remote destinations of the Arctic or Antarctica are small expedition ships, like our very own 114-passenger Sea Spirit or the "50 Years of Victory" icebreaker.

Even for those traveling solo, the informal atmosphere aboard offers plenty of opportunities for socializing. You can have a suite all to yourself or opt for a shared cabin experience when we match you with a passenger of the same gender. If you prefer traveling with a partner, friend or family, choosing the right person to accompany you to the polar regions can seem challenging at first.

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Disembarkation Day - Dos and Don’ts


Every story has an ending, and, unfortunately, so does your expedition cruise. Whether you’ve just achieved the North Pole, discovered the wilderness of Antarctica or fallen in love with the courage of early Arctic explorers, disembarkation day will inevitably come. Read on to find out how to finish your cruise on a high note.

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Best of the Polar Regions Pt. 3


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions Team

As part of our ongoing interview series, “Best of the Polar Regions”, we asked our seasoned expedition team for their opinions on the best cruise destinations for polar adventure and history, as well as their thoughts on the best expedition cruise for first-timers to the Polar Regions.

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Best of Polar Regions - Part 2

Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

As part of our interview series, “Best of the Polar Regions”, we asked members of our experienced expedition team what they think are the best polar destinations for birding and photography, as well as their all-time favorite polar expedition cruise.

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Best of the Polar Regions - Part 1


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

We’ve been all around the Polar Regions and have considerable knowledge and stories about these incredible areas. Naturally, we know a lot of facts, but we have opinions and viewpoints, too. Our choices on the top polar destinations for scenery and wildlife, as well as which polar region is our overall favorite, vary considerably. But, for now, you can’t go wrong with these places described below!

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Photography Tips: What Photo Equipment to Pack for the Polar Regions

The polar regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. An expedition cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica is an opportunity to take some of the most stunning photos for your collection. You’ll have a chance to capture endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights.

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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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