No one can talk more authoritative than Captain Dmitry Lobusov, with 32 years of icebreaker experience, including 14 years as captain of nuclear-powered vessels and a dozen years as master of 50 Years of Victory. We were lucky to get this rare interview with the man who has been to 90º north more than most people on earth.
In the decades following its discovery in 1873, Franz Josef Land continued to attract adventurers to the edge of the world. The remote and barely hospitable archipelago was at times a base of operations—and at times a place of refuge—for explorers hoping to travel even farther off the map, into the white places where no one had gone before.
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.
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.
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.
Even if you have never been to Antarctica, you have probably heard something about the Drake Passage. Traveling to Antarctica requires crossing this infamous body of water unless you want to skip the sea journey and get there by plane. However, there are several solid arguments for keeping the Drake Passage part in your voyage.
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?
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.
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.