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7 Reasons Why Longer Antarctica Trips are a Must

[P]When planning a trip to Antarctica, you will quickly discover that there are several itineraries to choose from - simple to the Antarctic Peninsula and back route as well as longer more complex trips, including South Georgia and the Falklands Islands. We've put together a list of reasons to opt for the second type of Antarctic voyage - and seeing the amazing destinations that the Southern and South Atlantic Oceans have to offer. Be sure to take your time and discover all of the wonders the subantarctic region has to offer!

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Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Video made by one of our passengers during the expedition cruise in Antarctica.

Feel the speed!  Poseidon Expeditions encourages active exploration of the polar regions. Following all of the relevant guidelines, on each of our cruises to Antarctica, we organize landings and sea excursions using a fleet of Zodiac crafts. With a little luck, we can encounter whales, penguins and other marine wildlife relatively close to our boats. An experience you won't be able to forget.

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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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Discover The Beauty of Svalbard on an Expedition Cruise

The surreal Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is carved out by icy fjords and tidewater glaciers. Dramatic mountain scenery is accented by the midnight sun, providing abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing. Svalbard is ideal for a camera-distance audience with polar bears. A small cruise ship with a fleet of Zodiacs lets you discover all of the islands’ hidden treasures.

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Arctic Seals of Svalbard



True Seal Species Commonly Seen on an Arctic Cruise
Svalbard is home to a huge number of seals. With their thick layers of insulating blubber, true seals (otherwise known as earless seals) are better adapted to these icy waters than are sea lions or fur seals, which are not found in the High Arctic. Unlike their Antarctic relatives, Arctic seals are hunted relentlessly by a fearsome land-based predator—the polar bear. Because of this, you will rarely see Arctic seals hauled out on land. Arctic seals prefer to rest on sea ice or icebergs, though they are not safe from polar bears here either. Witnessing a polar bear stalk a seal on the ice is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences. In Svalbard, seals can be found in all waters from the innermost fjords to the polar ice edge. The best way to see a variety of Arctic seals is to join an expedition cruise. Here are some of the seal species you can see on an Arctic cruise to Svalbard and beyond.

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North Pole Сruise Footage from the Helicopter

A helicopter aboard the 50 Years of Victory in our North Pole cruises lets our passengers be more than just spectators in this intrepid mission. Poseidon Expeditions arranges helicopter flight seeing tours for all of our cruise passengers. We go where the action is!

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What Exactly is a Zodiac?


An Essential Part of Expedition Cruising

Anyone who joins a polar expedition cruise will become quite familiar with Zodiacs*. They are the indispensable inflatable boats used to transport passengers on excursions away from the cruise ship. They allow passengers to go ashore in remote locations and to get closer to nature during their voyage. In these ways, Zodiacs are essential to the expedition cruise experience. They are arguably more important than the cruise ship itself. Read on to learn more about the features and uses of these incredible boats.

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On Top of the World: A Look At Our North Pole Cruise

Travel with us into the unknown - the final frontier where a human being will always be merely a visitor - the majestic North Pole.

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Kayaking with Polar Wildlife


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

Kayakers have many reasons for putting the Polar Regions at the top of their must-do list of paddling destinations. Foremost among them is the chance to paddle with iconic and charismatic polar wildlife. In this first of our “Notes from the Poseidon expedition team” series, we share with you our experiences guiding paddlers around polar wildlife on cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

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The Grandeur of Franz Josef Land

This is your chance to see for yourself the magnificent and grandeur Franz Josef Land. Its nature and landscapes sometimes look absolutely alien and fantastic. It can be called a gate to the North Pole, as many expeditions to the North Pole make a stop here.

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