Poseidon's Blog

One never knows what’s going to happen on a Polar Expedition.

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Jun 14, 2017 2:50:03 PM
expedition |ˌekspəˈdiSH(ə)n|
noun
A journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration or scientific research.
 
That’s the best part about an expedition. The unknown.
 
Now keep in mind, today’s polar expeditions are nothing like the expeditions of yore. We’d never compare ourselves to Sir Walter Herbert, who from 1968 to 1969, led the British Trans-Arctic Expedition, a 3,800-mile surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean, from Alaska to Spitsbergen, which some historians had billed as ‘the last great journey on Earth’. ( I did listen intently Kari!)
 
No. Today’s Polar expeditions, for most of us anyway, start on a comfortable ship.
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Topics: Arctic, expedition, Greenland

Behind the scenes on a polar expedition ship

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Jun 2, 2017 2:39:08 PM

Although I don’t normally write blogs in the first-person narrative, traveling aboard the Sea Spirit on an Arctic cruise for the first time has become a personal adventure that I wanted to share.

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Topics: Arctic, Insider, expedition, Greenland

4 Western Greenland attractions you must see

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 9, 2017 1:45:09 PM

The birthplace of icebergs... 

An ice sheet covers 80 percent of Greenland's land mass.  
One would think there wouldn't be much else to see, but if you plan wisely, there are tremendous West Greenland offers a world of arctic adventures and a once in a lifetime journey.

Life under the water’s surface

Greenland prides itself on having only free and wild creatures of the sea in its waters and they’re free to swim wherever the oceans take them. Some of the mighty creat
ures favor certain fjords, making Greenland a unique place for whale watching, as whales tend to steal the attention from most other sea life. These enormous creatures are easy to spot and whether it is the killer whales, or extremely fast narwhals you may spot in the sea ice. Watching these amazing creatures is an experience you will never forget. Many a person have been astonished by seeing
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Topics: Arctic, expedition, Greenland

The Inuit of Greenland - Just don't call them Eskimos!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 9, 2017 1:03:10 PM

Inuit comprise the majority of Greenland

Of Greenland's estimated total population of 58,000, 88% are Inuit. The balance of the population is mostly Danish. Although these indigenous people are collectively known as Inuit, most of these
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Topics: Arctic, Greenland

The Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 5, 2017 3:21:44 PM

Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when the the Falkland Islands are mentioned – "some tropical island" in the South Atlantic. But this beautiful group of islands isn't about beach culture, unless you're referring to penguins. There's plenty else to talk about, and we could go back to 1690 when English Captain John Strong made the first recorded visit… but that’s an article for another time.

 

 

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, falkland islands

Did you know humpback whales sing for their food?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Humpback whales sing for their food. Who knew?

People worldwide have been captivated by the sound of humpback whales singing, and whether members of this species sing as a means of communication with each other or some other purpose. Our Greenland expedition cruise participants often ask this very question. Interestingly, scientists have recently discovered that an important purpose of the humpback whale's song is to help them locate their next meal.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, whales

5 reasons to visit Greenland

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 28, 2017 6:30:00 AM

There’s an old maxim that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.  While this for the most part may be true about Greenland, it’s only half the story. 

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Topics: Arctic, expedition

4 of the Most Celebrated Antarctic Explorers: Do You Know Them?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, North Pole

Come meet the gentoo penguin!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 14, 2017 2:51:19 PM

Although tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Tahiti typically rank high in a person’s mind for a getaway, approximately 30,000 travelers looking for a more adventurous destination reached the shores of Antarctica during the 2015-16 season. Rather than sandy beaches and palm trees, they were in search of remote landscapes, icebergs, and most of all, penguins. The latter's vast waddling populations are incredible to see, with the gentoo penguins outnumbering them all.

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, penguins

The forbidding islands of Franz Joseph Land

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.

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The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.

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Topics: Arctic, North Pole