Poseidon Expeditions // February 18, 2019

Why You Should Add South Georgia to Your Antarctic Cruise

What’s so great about South Georgia?


Frank S. Todd (1942-2016), world-renowned ornithologist and penguin expert, famously said, “If God took a vacation, it would be to South Georgia.” This subantarctic island is known throughout the world—and perhaps beyond—as one of our planet’s greatest locations for wildlife viewing. But South Georgia is a worthy Antarctic cruise destination for other reasons too. Read on to learn about the special attractions and things to do on a trip to South Georgia.

Poseidon Expeditions // February 16, 2019

The Best Arctic Trips in 2020

Four of the Best Arctic trips for 2020

Joining a cruise ship in the Arctic is quickly rising to the top of many people’s must-do lists. Now is a great time to start planning your trip to the Arctic in 2020. The Arctic is an immense and diverse region. You might be wondering, what is the best Arctic trip? The answer will depend on your interests and on when you can travel. The Arctic cruising season is from early June to mid-September. Prevailing ice and weather conditions change as the season progresses, making different areas of the Arctic open to exploration at different times. Poseidon Expeditions offers a range of Arctic itineraries designed to take full advantage of these seasonal patterns.

Poseidon Expeditions // December 17, 2018

When to Visit Antarctica

 The Best Time To Take A Trip To Antarctica
Antarctica is a dream adventure travel destination, but much of the continent’s appeal lies in the time you visit and what you want to see.

If you've never been to Antarctica, it might be hard to imagine the continent experiencing seasons, but it does, and each new season brings different highlights.  

However, you won’t be disappointed if your travel schedule is confined to a particular month or season, as Antarctica is a bucket-list destination that never disappoints.

This guide will help you choose the best times to visit Antarctica so you can experience all of the adventures you’ve been dreaming about.

January
It’s easy to forget that summer isn’t during June, July, and August in every part of the world. In Antarctica, January is the heart of the austral summer, and that means more than 20 hours of daylight per day. Thus, more time for outdoor exploration each day, as well as more time to admire the penguin chicks and seals, which are abundant during this month.

February
February is a bit later in the summer season, which means much of the pack ice has been melted by the strong summer sun, making adventures across the Antarctic Circle possible. Penguin youngsters are still abundant, and whales are often seen more frequently in the waters of Antarctica.

March
March brings the warmest months of the year to a close as temperatures drop below freezing. However, fur seals are playful, penguin chicks are present and molting, and this (late February and March) is often a good time to see and snap photos of whales breaching the Antarctic waters.

Kathryn // December 4, 2018

All About West Spitsbergen and Arctic Polar Ice

Remote and rugged, striking and surreal, West Spitsbergen is a unique and wonderful Arctic destination better known as the "realm of the polar bear."

Kathryn // November 12, 2018

10 Things You (Probably) Never Knew About the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands, a hidden gem of an archipelago in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, hold a wealth of beauty and unusual, spectacular experiences.

Kathryn // October 29, 2018

8 Fascinating Facts About Famous Antarctic Explorers

Antarctica is a fascinating, mysterious place. Discovered less than 200 years ago by Charles Wilkes, our southernmost continent is still revealing its secrets to us today. 

Guest article by Joshua Powell // September 27, 2018

Life in the Arctic: Polar Biodiversity with #WWFVoices

Above: Juvenile Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)

Are polar bears really as threatened by climate change as the news would have us believe?

Kathryn // September 25, 2018

The Best Times (And Places) To See the Northern Lights

 

Kathryn // August 22, 2018

What To Look For In An Antarctic Cruise

If a cruise to Antarctica is on your bucket list, there's a lot to think about when it comes to voyaging to the planet's southern-most continent.

Kathryn // August 16, 2018

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in Antarctica

here's still a lot of things we don't know about Antarctica. The last discovered and least explored continent of Antarctica holds many mysteries, but the things early explorers and modern-day scientists have discovered are quite amazing.

From alien-finding bacteria to animals tapping into the Earth's magnetic field,  here are 10 of the top scientific discoveries in Antarctica. 

Recent Discoveries in Antarctica 

& Antarctic Mysteries

Fossil Forests

Earlier this year scientists discovered five new fossil forests on the planet's southern-most continent. The discovery nearly doubled the amount of fossil forests scientists had believed to exist on what is now the world's largest desert. Fossils were of hardy plants that lived sometime around 300 to 200 million years ago.

Bacteria (That could help us find life on other planets)

A 2017 study from the International Journal of Science revealed the desert soils of Antarctica harbor rich microbial life that can live with very little sun, no geothermal energy, and limited nutrients. The study says that "although more extensive sampling is required to verify whether this process is widespread in terrestrial Antarctica and other oligotrophic habitats, our results provide new understanding of the minimal nutritional requirements for life and open the possibility that atmospheric gases support life on other planets."

A Giant Hole

Scientists using satellite technology to monitor the continent spotted a hole the size of Maine in 2017, the largest found on Antarctica since the 1970s. Known as a polynya, the hole was about 30,000 square miles.

Seals With Superpowers 


In 2014, the National Science Foundation announced that scientists discovered Weddell seals may have a sixth sense! "Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep--as much as of hundreds of meters--while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need on the surface of the ice..by using the Earth's magnetic field as a natural GPS."

The Ice's Age

Using a Krypton-dating technology, scientists confirmed the age of an Antarctic ice sample. The result: 120,000 year-old ice. The discovery of the ice's age allows scientists to explore Earth's climate much farther back into history and potentially lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause the planet to shift into and out of ice ages.

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