Poseidon Expeditions // February 18, 2019

Why You Should Add South Georgia to Your Antarctic Cruise

What’s so great about South Georgia?


Frank S. Todd (1942-2016), world-renowned ornithologist and penguin expert, famously said, “If God took a vacation, it would be to South Georgia.” This subantarctic island is known throughout the world—and perhaps beyond—as one of our planet’s greatest locations for wildlife viewing. But South Georgia is a worthy Antarctic cruise destination for other reasons too. Read on to learn about the special attractions and things to do on a trip to South Georgia.

Poseidon Expeditions // February 16, 2019

The Best Arctic Trips in 2020

Four of the Best Arctic trips for 2020

Joining a cruise ship in the Arctic is quickly rising to the top of many people’s must-do lists. Now is a great time to start planning your trip to the Arctic in 2020. The Arctic is an immense and diverse region. You might be wondering, what is the best Arctic trip? The answer will depend on your interests and on when you can travel. The Arctic cruising season is from early June to mid-September. Prevailing ice and weather conditions change as the season progresses, making different areas of the Arctic open to exploration at different times. Poseidon Expeditions offers a range of Arctic itineraries designed to take full advantage of these seasonal patterns.

Kathryn // December 4, 2018

All About West Spitsbergen and Arctic Polar Ice

Remote and rugged, striking and surreal, West Spitsbergen is a unique and wonderful Arctic destination better known as the "realm of the polar bear."

Kathryn // October 29, 2018

8 Fascinating Facts About Famous Antarctic Explorers

Antarctica is a fascinating, mysterious place. Discovered less than 200 years ago by Charles Wilkes, our southernmost continent is still revealing its secrets to us today. 

Kathryn // August 22, 2018

What To Look For In An Antarctic Cruise

If a cruise to Antarctica is on your bucket list, there's a lot to think about when it comes to voyaging to the planet's southern-most continent.

Kathryn // August 16, 2018

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in Antarctica

here's still a lot of things we don't know about Antarctica. The last discovered and least explored continent of Antarctica holds many mysteries, but the things early explorers and modern-day scientists have discovered are quite amazing.

From alien-finding bacteria to animals tapping into the Earth's magnetic field,  here are 10 of the top scientific discoveries in Antarctica. 

Recent Discoveries in Antarctica 

& Antarctic Mysteries

Fossil Forests

Earlier this year scientists discovered five new fossil forests on the planet's southern-most continent. The discovery nearly doubled the amount of fossil forests scientists had believed to exist on what is now the world's largest desert. Fossils were of hardy plants that lived sometime around 300 to 200 million years ago.

Bacteria (That could help us find life on other planets)

A 2017 study from the International Journal of Science revealed the desert soils of Antarctica harbor rich microbial life that can live with very little sun, no geothermal energy, and limited nutrients. The study says that "although more extensive sampling is required to verify whether this process is widespread in terrestrial Antarctica and other oligotrophic habitats, our results provide new understanding of the minimal nutritional requirements for life and open the possibility that atmospheric gases support life on other planets."

A Giant Hole

Scientists using satellite technology to monitor the continent spotted a hole the size of Maine in 2017, the largest found on Antarctica since the 1970s. Known as a polynya, the hole was about 30,000 square miles.

Seals With Superpowers 


In 2014, the National Science Foundation announced that scientists discovered Weddell seals may have a sixth sense! "Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep--as much as of hundreds of meters--while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need on the surface of the ice..by using the Earth's magnetic field as a natural GPS."

The Ice's Age

Using a Krypton-dating technology, scientists confirmed the age of an Antarctic ice sample. The result: 120,000 year-old ice. The discovery of the ice's age allows scientists to explore Earth's climate much farther back into history and potentially lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause the planet to shift into and out of ice ages.

Kathryn // August 9, 2018

What's the Difference Between the Arctic and Antarctica?

The Arctic and Antarctica might seem quite similar at first glance: Mountainous, snow-covered landscapes and icebergs, whales, and nesting seabirds by the tens of thousands. But they are polar opposites – literally – and in many other ways you might not expect.

Kathryn // July 11, 2018

Meet Jan Bryde: The Man Who Summers at the North Pole

When summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, there's only one place Jan Bryde wants to be: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean, high atop the world at the North Pole.

Kathryn // June 7, 2018

5 Apps to Help you Save for Your Dream Polar Cruise

Trips to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the North Pole may seam unreal but they shouldn't have to remain in your dreams. 

Steve Wellmeier // April 10, 2018

The Sea Spirit's State-of-the-Art Stabilizers | Poseidon Expeditions

Polar adventurers aboard Poseidon Expedition’s 114-passenger vessel Sea Spirit will now benefit from advanced technology when the ship is equipped with new retractable fin stabilizers next year.

The  4,200-GRT vessel will be retrofitted with

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