Exploration of Franz Josef Land: Part 1



Since its discovery 150 years ago, Franz Josef Land has been the setting of some of polar history’s most remarkable tales of exploration and survival. At the height of the brief Arctic summer, melting snow reveals relics from early adventurers who endured long, dark winters in icebound ships or makeshift stone huts awaiting frozen graves or serendipitous rescues. Read on to learn about the notable explorers who literally put Franz Josef Land on the map.

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Diving in the North Pole

On an expedition cruise to the North Pole, Poseidon Expeditions offered a diving option for the bravest explorers of the polar regions. They were able to plunge into the icy waters and see the other side of the thick sea ice.  

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Franz Josef Land in One Minute

Nowhere in the Arctic is the heroism and drama of early polar exploration more plainly evident than in Franz Josef Land. This 192-island archipelago is notoriously inaccessible, but a small cruise ship with a fleet of Zodiacs enables you to discover the islands’ hidden treasures, such as historical remains of legendary expeditions, dramatic mountains, and surreal geology.

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Navigating Drake Passage



Even if you have never been to Antarctica, you have probably heard something about the Drake Passage. If you are planning a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, then you can look forward to witnessing this infamous body of water for yourself. Read on to learn what you can expect from this quintessential Antarctic experience!  

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Antarctica Camping on Polar Cruises

You may have heard about the possibility of camping on cruises to Antarctica, or perhaps you know someone who has done it. But what is this craziness all about? Why would anyone want to go camping in Antarctica?

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Aerial View of an Antarctic Cruise

The expedition vessels operated by Poseidon Expeditions are your ticket to the polar regions with high-class accommodations. When you read the stories of hardship and endurance from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, you can't help but be in awe of the brave polar pioneers.

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Top Reasons to Visit Svalbard

Why is Svalbard the Most Popular Arctic Cruise Destination?

Svalbard is the number one tourist destination in the High Arctic for a variety of reasons. Firstly, its main settlement is easily accessible via its commercial airport and cruise terminal. In addition to being the perfect representation of the pristine polar environment in most people’s imagination of the Arctic, this wilderness is home to an unparalleled abundance and diversity of Arctic wildlife. Incredible opportunities for photography and activities like sea kayaking add to the appeal. But more than any single reason, it is the unrivaled combination of these attractions that makes Svalbard the top choice for travelers to the Arctic.

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Cruise to the North Pole with Poseidon Expeditions

Get the unique experience of traveling aboard the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on an expedition cruise with Poseidon Expeditions to the North Pole.

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Defining the Arctic


Where Are the Boundaries of the Arctic?

For most of us, the Arctic is defined by our imaginations. We think of the Arctic as being cold, remote and sparsely populated. We imagine endless summer days and long polar winters. We think of a region full of ice and devoid of trees, home to polar bears, walrus and reindeer (and sometimes penguins, though this would be wrong). These are the classic ideas we have about the Arctic. But how precisely do we define the Arctic? Where are its actual boundaries? As it turns out, this vast and varied region does not fit neatly into a cartographer’s lines. Read on to learn about the various definitions of the Arctic that have been proposed.

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More Than Just an Experience

Poseidon Expeditions’ goal is to provide curious, discerning travellers with the perfect combination of comfort and personable service, balanced with maximum opportunities for outdoor activities in the spirit of adventure.  

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