Scott Wasserman // May 5, 2017

The Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality

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.

 

 

Scott Wasserman // April 4, 2017

Did you know humpback whales sing for their food?

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.

Scott Wasserman // March 28, 2017

5 reasons to visit Greenland

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. 

Scott Wasserman // March 21, 2017

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

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.

Scott Wasserman // March 14, 2017

Come meet the gentoo penguin!

Travelers from all corners of the globe trek to the shores of Antarctica 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.

Scott Wasserman // March 6, 2017

The forbidding islands of Franz Joseph Land

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

Anonymous

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.

Scott Wasserman // March 2, 2017

Nuclear icebreakers – what’s so special about them? - Poseidon Expeditions

This story really happened more than 30 years ago.

In the Russian High Arctic, a convoy of over 50 Soviet-era ships became trapped in ice fields along the Northern Sea Route or "Northeast Passage." In those days, many Russian Arctic settlements were dependant on food and other neccessities that were typically delivered by these traditional convoys. This time, however, the convoy was unable to return after supplying the isolated settlements due to impassable ice.

As the situation became dire, it was agreed that a nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Lenin, would be pressed into service to lead the other ships out of their icy jail.    

What makes this story special – and the Lenin the hero – was her power source: nuclear energy. It enabled the Lenin and her crew to prevent hundreds of seamen from being trapped in the ice for a prolonged period of time. It was one of the biggest and most successful rescue missions of its day.

Steve Wellmeier // February 20, 2017

What do I really need to bring on an adventure cruise to Antarctica? - Poseidon Expeditions

Poseidon Expeditions, like other tour operators that take you on adventure cruises to Antarctica, wants you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s easy aboard the ship where casual clothing is the norm in the lounge, dining room or lecture room. But adventure cruises to Antarctica require a bit of planning

Scott Wasserman // February 13, 2017

Let the explorer lurking inside of you out of the box!

This article was reposted from Boomer's Bucket List Travel

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

Scott Wasserman // February 7, 2017

5 reasons Reindeer in the arctic are the coolest animals! - Poseidon Expeditions

Besides their legendary sled-towing capability – even through the sky – and their need to only work one day per year led by a unique red-nosed individual… what do we really know about reindeer in the Arctic? We’re talking about Rudolph’s cousins, found around the globe a bit south of the North Pole. (Oh, bonus fact… there really aren’t any reindeer at the North Pole! Just don’t tell your kids!)

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