Poseidon's Blog

The Midnight Sun and More from West Greenland

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Nov 27, 2017 1:11:29 PM
 
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.
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Topics: Arctic, Greenland, wildlife

Traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic: The Seasons Make all the Difference!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Oct 31, 2017 4:59:29 PM

Yes, there is summer in the polar regions!

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.
 
I’ll be the first to admit it. When I started working, learning, and traveling with Poseidon Expeditions, it never occurred to me that the polar regions
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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, penguins, Greenland

James Balog's evolving view on climate change

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Aug 28, 2017 4:50:15 PM
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.   
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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, climate change

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

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Jul 5, 2017 3:10:00 PM
“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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Topics: Arctic, expedition, Greenland, baby boomer

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

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