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Arctic Cruise with Robert Calcagno - Faces of the Polar World

The concepts of sustainable travel and lifestyle are becoming more and more relevant to our everyday choices. What small things can we change to help worldwide conservation? Which operator do we travel with to not harm the destination?

Exploring the polar regions aboard small ships provides societally conscious travelers the opportunity to experience first-hand the issues facing wildlife conservation, environmental and sea ice degradation, etc., and to go home and share this with friends and family.

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How to See the Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a bucket-list item for many travelers. And no wonder: this natural phenomenon is one of the most beautiful light shows one can ever experience. Fantastic shades of green and blue, and sometimes even yellow, pink, and red, create giant, illuminated ribbons that dance across the dark Arctic sky.

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Poseidon Expeditions Book Club: Scott’s Fatal Antarctic Expedition

Early exploration of the polar regions seems to go hand in hand with heroism and drama. The tragic story of the race to the South Pole is one of the most resonate examples of that. In 1911, two teams set out for Antarctica to be the first ever to reach the southernmost point of the globe. There are several books depicting the endeavors of men led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, but one of our favorites is The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon.

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Poseidon Expeditions Book Club: Shackleton's Expedition Diary

Currently, public and social life is standing still. And at Poseidon Expeditions, too, with almost all our colleagues currently work in the "home office" and practicing social distancing. For our marketing manager and avid bookworm Christian Hoppe, this is a perfect opportunity to realize a project that he’s had in mind for a long time: The Poseidon Expeditions Book Club.

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5 Curious Facts About Polar Wildlife

Hello, Poseidon April 1st Puzzle Solvers!

We hope you enjoyed guessing which one of the “facts” actually wasn’t one! To be sure, wildlife in the polar regions have some quirky characteristics, no doubt brought on by their need to survive in an inhospitable environment. Now it’s time to reveal the truth!

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Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

Can you plan the perfect adventure? With expedition cruising, you have the best of both worlds – set dates, accommodation, and a rich edutainment schedule, and, at the same time, room for exploration, discovery, and flexibility. This fluid style of travel takes advantage of occasional or rare opportunities. Witnessing a solar eclipse in Antarctica might just be the most unique of them all.

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Torshavn: Essential Information for Tourists

What to Know Before Going to Torshavn

Torshavn, named after the god of thunder Thor in Germanic mythology, is one of the world’s smallest capitals. It is located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy, one of the eighteen islands that make up the Faroe Islands archipelago in the Northern Atlantic. A small dot on the globe for most, these islands are definitely a must-see for adventurers looking to broaden their horizons and experience life thriving for centuries and generations in a rather severe environment. The capital itself reveals the perfect blend of rich culture, ancient and modern history, and unique nature.

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A Whale Encounter in Enterprise Island

This season we have been incredibly lucky with whale encounters! Sarah from the Expedition Team introduced guests to a citizen science project called "Happy Whale" and how to take appropriate photographs for whale photo identification.  

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Ice is Nice: Part 3 - Sea Ice

In parts 1 and 2 of our “Ice is Nice” series, you learned about icebergs and glaciers. They are both formed on land and created by the continuous accumulation of snow and calving. In contrast, a rather simple ice feature at first glance – sea ice – forms, grows and melts in the ocean from salty water. It covers about 7% of the world's surface, or 25 million square kilometers, most of it being enclosed in the polar regions – the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean. This floating ice has a profound influence on climate and wildlife.

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Arctic Cruise with Ola Nordsteien, Bird Researcher | Faces of the Polar World

While penguins are considered the signature birds of Antarctica, choosing one representative for the Arctic is not an easy task. The great variety of endemic species are annually joined by thousands of migratory birds, all unique and beautiful in their own way.  

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