Do you wish you had been born over a century ago when the world was out there for the curious to explore? If you’ve watched the TV saga Vikings, keep explorers like Erik the Red in mind. He made his mark on the Arctic by founding the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Think Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Ernest Shackleton, those giants in the lore of Antarctica. And remember that Roald Amundsen managed to be the first person to reach both the South Pole and the North Pole.
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Imagine yourself on a small expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull to withstand environmental pressures. Picture yourself paddling your own sea kayak along shorelines rife with seals, birdlife and, in Antarctica, penguins. Up north you may be paddling by icebergs created by calving glaciers as Humpback, Fin and Minke whales along with majestic polar bears vie for your curiosity.
You might even choose to be a passenger on a Poseidon Expeditions ship exploring the next frontier in polar expedition cruising.
Few have ventured here in recent decades, as the waters are claimed by Russia. In fact, because of the sea ice, access by ship is possible only a few weeks each summer. Franz Josef Land is an archipelago in transition, both vibrant and dynamic while clearly positioned on the frontline of global climate change.