Polar Bear vs. Walrus



Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

The polar bear is often called the king of the Arctic. Within the frozen realm of this renowned
monarch, there lives another powerful Arctic denizen who does not readily submit to ursine
rule—the mighty walrus. A few of our expedition team members weighed on the subject of
these two fearsome creatures to give their views on who really rules whom.

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Exploring Antarctica with Shirley Metz



Expedition cruises are about much more than simply spending time in remote and wonderful wild places. They are about deepening our understanding of the world we live in. When you travel to Antarctica for the first time, you are awestruck by the enchanting landscapes, tidewater glaciers and rugged mountains. The panoramic views can be a humbling reminder of just how big our planet actually is.

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7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List by Visiting Antarctica


Largely undiscovered and untouched by tourism, this inhospitable continent attracts only the bravest and hardiest of travelers. However, the lucky few that make it to Antarctica are in for one of the most unforgettable trips of a lifetime.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 7 of the coolest things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting Antarctica, and hopefully we’ll give you a better idea of how to plan your trip to the White Continent!

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How to Kayak with Whales


Paddling with Giants in Antarctica

There are few wildlife experiences as exhilarating as a close encounter with a whale. Even more incredible is meeting a whale at eye level from a kayak. Now add the beauty of the pristine Antarctic environment and you have something truly amazing. To enjoy an exceptional experience like this, you first need to book an Antarctic expedition cruise with kayaking. Whale encounters from a kayak are not necessarily closer than whale encounters from a Zodiac or the ship itself, but being down at sea level in your own kayak with a gigantic whale is a much more intimate and humbling experience. Read on to learn more about kayaking with whales in Antarctica.

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Photography Tips: What Photo Equipment to Pack for the Polar Regions

The polar regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. An expedition cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica is an opportunity to take some of the most stunning photos for your collection. You’ll have a chance to capture endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights.

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Following Shackleton on an Antarctic Cruise


Visit the Most Important Places along the Route of Endurance

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition (1914-1917) is regarded as one of polar history’s greatest stories of survival and heroism. The name of Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, seems appropriate as he and his men endured incredible dangers and hardships during their time in Antarctica and South Georgia. On an Antarctic expedition cruise, you can comfortably follow in Shackleton’s footsteps at some of the most important places along his historic route.

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Arctic Conservation with Don Perovich


The Arctic is a diverse and extraordinary travel destination: an expedition cruise to the northernmost reaches of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Poseidon Expeditions invites you aboard the comfortable Sea Spirit, where you will join our team of experts and esteemed crew in a journey into the icy wilderness. Tidewater glaciers, polar bears and whales, northern lights and majestic scenery are some of the wonders you’ll get to see.

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Popular Research Stations in Antarctica


Visiting an Antarctic Research Station is a Cruise Highlight

Life at an Antarctic research station can be challenging. In addition to contending with the harsh polar environment, crew members must endure living conditions that are both incredibly isolated and unrelentingly social. Applicants usually must pass a comprehensive psychological exam. Luckily, you don’t have to sign up for six months or a year as a crew member to get a taste of life at an Antarctic research station. You can simply take an expedition cruise. Most Antarctica cruise itineraries will include at least one station visit. Here are some of the most popular research stations you could visit on your expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Photographing Antarctica with Filip Kulisev

There’s no place in the world like Antarctica, and that’s what makes an expedition cruise to the southernmost reaches of the globe such an unforgettable experience. At the forefront of all things Antarctic, join us at Poseidon Expeditions and travel the Zodiacs though the iceberg mazes, with snowy mountain peaks and fragile glaciers acting as the backdrop.

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Jan Mayen Revealed


Secrets of a Remote Arctic Island

Jan Mayen is a name synonymous with isolation and inaccessibility. This small, lonely island is located in the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and 340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland. At 71°N, Jan Mayen is inside the Arctic Circle and is very much in the Arctic zone. Though it is an integral part of the Kingdom of Norway and there are people living on the island year round, there is no way for a tourist to get to Jan Mayen other than by cruise ship or yacht. Though the island’s stunning scenery and abundant birdlife would easily place it among the world’s top wilderness tourism destinations, only a few hundred people make it to the island each year because of the infrequency of cruises. Read on to learn about the fascinating natural and human history of one of the most remote islands in the world.

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