Scott Wasserman // March 14, 2018

Polar Bears – An Insider's Perspective | Poseidon Expeditions

 A quick browse of the internet brings plenty of information about the king of the Arctic region – Ursus maritimus – commonly known as the polar bear or ice bear. But what are the thoughts and anecdotes of someone who’s worked in polar bear territory for more than a decade? What can she tell us that you won’t find in Wikipedia?

Meet Anja Erdmann, one of Poseidon’s expedition leaders who can tell us plenty of stories about polar bear encounters. Growing up in Werder/Havel, in the eastern zone of Germany near Berlin prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain, she adopted the Arctic as her second home as a young adult, one she would quickly grow to love. We had a chance to catch up with her shortly before she was heading to Antarctica, to finish the current season as expedition leader of the 114-passenger Sea Spirit before the ship makes its way north to begin the 2018 Arctic season in late May.

Scott Wasserman // November 27, 2017

The Midnight Sun and More from West Greenland

 
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.
Scott Wasserman // October 31, 2017

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

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
Scott Wasserman // July 17, 2017

Fine dining on a Polar Expedition? Absolutely!

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. 

Scott Wasserman // July 5, 2017

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

“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.  
Scott Wasserman // June 14, 2017

One never knows what’s going to happen on a Polar Expedition.

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.
Scott Wasserman // June 2, 2017

Behind the scenes on a polar expedition ship

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.

Scott Wasserman // May 9, 2017

4 Western Greenland attractions you must see

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
Scott Wasserman // May 9, 2017

The Inuit of Greenland - Just don't call them Eskimos!

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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