Scott Wasserman // November 27, 2017

The Midnight Sun and More from West Greenland

 
So, you think  far-flung Greenland is just a travel dream? Think again. This Arctic country and largest island in the world is undeniably huge, but a trip focused on western Greenland offers a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg-studded waters to valleys so immense you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Consider just some of the following experiences, and before you know it you’ll be blinking in wonder under the midnight sun.
 
Hike to the World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord
 
Ilulissat must be one of the world’s most spectacularly situated towns. The bright -colored houses and glittering harbor of Greenland’s third-largest city have as their backdrop the vast Jakobshavn Glacier. Thirty-five billion tons of icebergs pass through the Ilulissat Icefjord each year, calved from this glacier into Disko Bay. It’s a truly awesome place!  
 
The largest outside Antarctica, Jakobshavn Glacier is approximately 35 miles (55km) in length and shifts 62 feet (19m) per day, creating one-tenth of all Greenland’s icebergs.
Steve Wellmeier // November 22, 2017

The Search is On...

 
Photograph the white penguin and the champagne will be on us!
 
After reports surfaced from Antarctica a few years ago when an expedition ship passenger photographed a chinstrap penguin with a rare genetic abnormality – isabellinism – our Sea Spirit expedition team has kept their collective eyes peeled for such a unique specimen.
 
Sometimes confused with albinism, which is an animal’s inability to produce melanin, isabellinism happens when normally black, grey or dark brown feathers appear greyish-yellow or pale brown. This condition isn’t restricted to a particular breed of bird; it has been noted in 12 of the 17 species of penguin, including the Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
Charles and Mary Love // November 17, 2017

A Front line View of the Falklands and South Georgia

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia © Charles and Mary Love October 21 – November 7, 2017 

The stark polar lands grip the hearts of men who have lived on them in a manner hardly understood by people who’ve never got beyond the pale of civilization.”

—Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

After two days at sea from Puerto Madryn, Argentina, we make a morning landing to observe birds near a small settlement on Carcass Island in the Falklands. The number of species in the Falklands (over 200) is impressive. These islands, we’re told, have more striated caracaras, slender-beaked prions and pale-mantled sooty albatrosses than anywhere else in the world..

Scott Wasserman // October 31, 2017

Your Guide to Summer in the Arctic and Antarctic

Yes, the polar regions have summer!

 

Every day we get requests for our expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Passengers let us know how many people are in their party, which area of the polar regions they want to travel to, and the big question:

The dates they want to travel.
 

Lauren Farmer // October 23, 2017

Citizens Science Project – Passengers Measuring Data at the North Pole – Part Two

Part Two – Observing the Atmosphere and Melt Ponds in the High Latitudes

Guest blog post by Poseidon expedition team members Lauren Farmer and Alex Cowen.
 
(Note: in our last blog post, we covered how we enlist the assistance of our passengers to help measure and observe sea ice and meteorology during our voyages to the North Pole.)
Lauren Farmer // October 16, 2017

Citizens Science Project – Passengers Measuring Data at the North Pole – Part One

Guest blog post by Poseidon expedition team members Lauren Farmer and Alex Cowen

Part One – Measuring and Observing Sea Ice in the High Latitudes

This past July, Poseidon’s North Pole expedition team once again carried out an ambitious citizen science program with our guests aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 let Pobedy ( 50 Years of Victory).
 
Since 2015, the two of us, along with marine biologist Annette Bombosch, have been working with the International Arctic Research Center and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth to collect valuable sea ice data, which is readily available to the research community through a program 
Scott Wasserman // August 31, 2017

How IAATO protects the magnificence of Antarctica

Tourism to the seventh continent has expanded in popularity over the years, but the perception that there is little regulation of the industry has persisted. When larger cruise ships started to arrive and, specifically, after the sinking of the GAP Explorer in November 2007 (thankfully, everyone was safely evacuated) some commentators feared catastrophic accidents and the potential for environmental damage. 

Antarctica is governed by an international treaty that came into force in 1961 and which is now signed by more than 50 nations. While the treaty is very good at ensuring the continent is maintained as a natural reserve, and has the intention of preserving the last unspoiled continent

Scott Wasserman // August 28, 2017

James Balog's evolving view on climate change

Imagine using dozens of time-lapse cameras placed in 16 glacial locations around the world, such as in Alaska, Greenland and the Antarctic. All to see if the landscape was changing and if climate change was living up to its reputation as the cause of this.   
Scott Wasserman // July 17, 2017

Fine dining on a Polar Expedition? Absolutely!

Photo Credit: Judy Wells

 You never know what’s going to happen on a polar expedition cruise. Things can change-day by-day due to weather, sea ice, or other unexpected challenges. However, if you have a good expedition team and staff, you’ll rarely be disappointed. 

Scott Wasserman // July 5, 2017

Older Baby Boomers – Coming to a polar expedition near you!

“Carter and I saw the world together, which is amazing when you think that only three months ago we were complete strangers. I hope that it doesn't sound selfish of me, but the last months of his life were the best months of mine. He saved my life, and he knew it before I did. “
 
Edward Cole - The Bucket List
 
I’ll admit, I’ve never seen the movie The Bucket List. Let’s just say it’s on my bucket list.
 
A few weeks ago, I returned from the trip of my life. A polar expedition to Western Greenland in the Arctic circle. Typically, my idea of a vacation is a warm climate, lovely turquoise water, and packing as little clothes as possible. This was quite the opposite of the norm.  

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