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Ice is Nice: Part 3 - Sea Ice

In parts 1 and 2 of our “Ice is Nice” series, you learned about icebergs and glaciers. They are both formed on land and created by the continuous accumulation of snow and calving. In contrast, a rather simple ice feature at first glance – sea ice – forms, grows and melts in the ocean from salty water. It covers about 7% of the world's surface, or 25 million square kilometers, most of it being enclosed in the polar regions – the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean. This floating ice has a profound influence on climate and wildlife.

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Arctic Cruise with Ola Nordsteien, Bird Researcher | Faces of the Polar World

While penguins are considered the signature birds of Antarctica, choosing one representative for the Arctic is not an easy task. The great variety of endemic species are annually joined by thousands of migratory birds, all unique and beautiful in their own way.

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The Small Ship Advantage

Travel aboard a cruise ship is like staying in a resort hotel, except that your accommodation is also your transportation. Small expedition boats and passenger ships have an undeniable advantage over large cruise vessels. On a small ship Arctic & Antarctica cruises, you retire to the same bed each night and awake in a new polar place each morning. More and more people are discovering the joy and convenience of exploring a string of new destinations without changing hotels or repacking their suitcases.

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British Isles in One Minute

Taking in stunning wildlife and historic legends, Poseidon Expeditions’ trip from Plymouth to Edinburgh is the perfect way to explore the UK coastline.

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Explore the Polar World with Poseidon Expeditions

Where will your spirit of adventure lead you next? Embark on an expedition ship for the experience of a lifetime. The polar regions may seem cold and distant, but there are full of warm memories to make and inviting to discerning travelers and sustainable tourism.

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Ice is Nice Part 2 - Icebergs

Icebergs

In part 1 of our “Ice is Nice” series, you learned how glaciers are formed in cold regions through the accumulation of snow for hundreds or thousands of years. In the Arctic and Antarctica, glaciers grow so large that they flow down from the mountains into the sea, where they become tidewater glaciers. Let’s take a closer look at what happens next.

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Traveling British Isles, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen

An Arctic voyage that begins much closer to home! With our new expedition cruise trailing north from the British Isles to Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen, Poseidon Expeditions invites you for a tour of rarely visited polar gems.

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What I Learned By Visiting Antarctica

Did you know that Antarctica is twice the size of Australia? I didn’t until I signed up for an Antarctica Cruise with Poseidon Expeditions.

Although Antarctica is larger than Europe, the average person in the street knows very little about the world’s southernmost continent. If anything, they probably imagine an endless stretch of snow devoid of life. The reality is quite different.

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Antarctica Camping in Polar Cruises

You might 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? Still more puzzlingly, why would anyone leave behind a comfortable bed on a perfectly good cruise ship to spend a night outside on the ice?  There must be a reason, because passengers gladly pay extra to do exactly that.

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Why Spitsbergen?

Explore the last wild frontier - Spitsbergen - with Poseidon Expeditions. The unique Arctic environment offers you walrus, icebergs and polar bears encounters, while onboard you will find comfort, edutainment program and a lot of fun!

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