Poseidon's Blog

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

Fine dining on a Polar Expedition? Absolutely!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Jul 17, 2017 11:33:03 AM
Photo Credit: Judy Wells

 You never know what’s going to happen on a polar expedition cruise. Things can change-day by-day due to weather, sea ice, or other unexpected challenges. However, if you have a good expedition team and staff, you’ll rarely be disappointed. 

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Topics: expedition, Greenland

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 Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 5, 2017 3:21:44 PM

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.

 

 

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, falkland islands

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

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

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, North Pole

Come meet the gentoo penguin!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 14, 2017 2:51:19 PM

Although tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Tahiti typically rank high in a person’s mind for a getaway, approximately 30,000 travelers looking for a more adventurous destination reached the shores of Antarctica during the 2015-16 season. Rather than sandy beaches and palm trees, they were 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.

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, penguins