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Polar bear cruise in Spitsbergen

These departures will head to the fjords and coastline of North Spitsbergen and beyond in search of the edge of the Arctic Sea Ice. By pushing North, we hope to increase our chances of seeing Polar Bears as they migrate north from Spitsbergen, following their main prey: the ringed seal, out onto the vast sea ice. These special voyages will provide fascinating insights into the behaviour and breeding of polar bears and enhance your understanding of them through talks and presentations. Accompanying certain departures onboard the LLoyds A1 ice strengthened ship Ortelius will be our fellow guide and colleague, who is one of the longest serving and most experienced polar leaders and is a polar ... Read more >
From €3,250 excluding flights

Arctic icebreaker cruise, Spitsbergen

A voyage on the waters of the Arctic seas is not one you merely take to reach your destination, but one to savour in itself, giving time and space to remove urban cobwebs and revitalise the mind. From the outset the seascape is both rich and expansive, where one may marvel at the spectacle of dolphin acrobatics at the bow, view tail flukes of whales on the horizon or witness polar bears cruise by on the ice below. Our ships are modern and comfortable ice strengthened research vessels. Carrying up to 54 to 176 passengers, they are the smallest and friendliest ships exploring the High Arctic waters. The entire vessel from the panoramic ship’s bridge where there are excellent view points to ... Read more >
From £2,650 excluding flights

Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen; with its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra and ancient glaciers, is part of the Svalbard archipelago in the High Arctic and lies just 600 miles from the North Pole. This true Arctic wilderness represents a remote and fragile Arctic realm, steeped in history and rich in wildlife. Spitsbergen is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting of all Arctic destinations, acting as an important hunting and breeding ground for its population of more than 2,000 polar bears. Large numbers of walruses, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes, as well as huge colonies of Arctic seabirds are also found across the island. The combination of long daylight hours and ice-free shores help ... Read more >
From €2,450 excluding flights

Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise

The Weddell Sea is a remote and wild region, lying to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula. Together, the Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea make up the most diverse and productive Antarctic marine ecosystem. It was here that Shackleton's ship Endurance was trapped and crushed by the ice in 1915. Further back in Geological time, it is believed that this is the place where Gondwanaland began to break up to form the continents of the Earth we know today and is rich in fossils. This stunningly beautiful area remains locked in ice throughout the cold Antarctic Winter. The sea ice retreats in summer leaving behind magnificent tabular icebergs, many stretching for several miles. The Weddell Sea ... Read more >
From €6,220 excluding flights

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia small ship cruises

This expedition cruises across great ocean wildernesses to some of the most remote places on the planet. The ship travels from Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego across to the penguin-filled Falkland Islands, then onto windswept South Georgia before reaching the icy waters of Antarctica. This Antarctica small ship cruise is an adventure – but a comfortable one. Our vessels carry 54-189 passengers, and lectures take place on board with our natural history guides, who share information on the geography, flora and fauna of Antarctica. Most days there will be the opportunity to disembark and explore these isolated islands, standing surrounded by thousands of king penguins, visiting the grave of Sir ... Read more >
From £6,800 excluding flights
Save up to €2,600 on remaining cabins on 3rd - 22nd December 2018 Falklands South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula Voyage

Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Our Antarctic Peninsula Voyages operate throughout the southern summer November to March. Carrying between 54 and 189 passengers, our voyages are onboard some of the smallest and friendliest ships exploring the Antarctic waters. Each vessel is open to all, including the decks at all levels and the panoramic ship's bridge from which there are excellent view points. Each ship carries a full complement of Zodiac craft (rigid inflatables boats), which are excellent for small group expert-lead landings with the opportunity for close encounters with wildlife. All our voyages have the objective of exploring off the ship with first hand close up experience of the polar environment. There is a ... Read more >
From £3,750 excluding flights

Kamchatka Peninsula wildlife cruise

This is a voyage along Russia’s Ring of fire: the spectacular collision zone between two of the planets great tectonic plates – the Pacific plate sliding beneath the Eurasian Plate. This highly active subduction zone continues to push up hundreds of vast volcanoes, boiling lakes and geysers; creating the Kamchatka Peninsula itself and a chain of volcanic islands and submarine mountains that stretch all the way to Japan. Onboard a small ice strengthened vessel in the company of expert crew and natural history guides, you will explore a region that is a wonderland for Sub Arctic and Northern Temperate Wildlife. Through daily guided landings and coastal RIB excursions you will be invited to ... Read more >
From US $7,450 excluding flights

Antarctica semi-circumnavigation cruise

The Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica is one of the longest and most pioneering voyages and in our opinion is the ultimate in Antarctic exploration. This 33 day voyage between Argentina and New Zealand (or vice versa) is onboard our highest rated ice strengthened ship. She is uniquely supported by 2 helicopters facilitating access to Antarctica's most remote and seldom visited sites including: huts of Scott and Shackelton, dry desert valleys of the interior, Mt Erebus volcano, (made famous in the Frozen Planet) and the magnificent Ross Ice Shelf where Amundsen began his successful campaign to the South Pole. This incredible journey hopes to bring you into contact with Antarctica's most ... Read more >
From €21,890 excluding flights

East Greenland cruise

East Greenland voyages, incorporating the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland, combine some of the most dramatic mountain and iceberg scenery in the Arctic and in some of the best whale watching waters in the Northern Hemisphere. The mid to late summer timing (September) also presents opportunities to see the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis). The voyage starts and ends in the north of Iceland which is itself an excellent location to explore either before or after your voyage with again more northern light opportunities. From the coast of Iceland we cross the Denmark Stait to Greenland, watching out for Blue Whales and other marine life as we go. An estimated 10% of the world's ... Read more >
From £3,190 excluding flights

Antarctic Peninsula crossing the Polar Circle cruise

A voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle is one many dream of, venturing deeper south than most have travelled - beyond latitude 66°33'39" and into the region of continuous daylight. Aqua-Firma guides and scientists have explored this region in-depth. You will be accompanied by leading natural history professionals, eager to introduce you to some of the most dramatic coastal mountain, glacier and iceberg scenery; and inspire you with their knowledge of the wildlife, geology, marine life and polar history. You will explore both from the mother ship and onboard rigid inflatable boats, deployed to skirt close to the coast and enable you to maximise your time on land. Beyond the Polar Circle ... Read more >
From £5,430 excluding flights

Spitsbergen to Franz Josefland cruise

Here we offer an inspirational small ship voyage to this unique and rarely visited archipelago which forms part of the Russian Arctic National Park. Situated north of Svalbard in the icy and wildlife-rich Barents Sea and enjoying 24 hour daylight under the midnight sun during the summer months, here you will encounter a stark, enigmatic landscape steeped in the history of early polar exploration. Wildlife highlights on these voyages can include walrus, seals, whales including the rare bowhead whale, numerous nesting colonies of seabirds and of course, the King of the Arctic - the polar bear. Optional Onboard Activities  Photography: Franz Josef Land offers an abundance of unique photo ... Read more >
From £6,590 excluding flights

Whale shark research in Mexico

The experience of snorkelling with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is not one you are likely to forget. These gentle plankton eating giants grow as large as 19 metres, display beautiful spot patterns from above, block out the light of day from below and often carry with them a living reef of fish life. This exclusive experience off the Caribbean coast of Mexico allows as small group of people to join an expert research team in search of whale sharks in the largest known accumulation of them in the Ocean. We have been operating these trips for three years now, during what has proven to be a peak period of the year, when more than 400 whale shark individuals ... Read more >
From £1,990 excluding flights

Humpback whalewatching and swimming holiday in the Caribbean

Silver Banks, lying 100km north of the coast of the Dominican Republic, is a chain of shallow coral shoals and pinnacles. Long considered a treacherous area for shipping, it is one of world's finest areas for close encounters with Humpback Whales. In 1996, the Silver Banks was declared a Sanctuary for Marine Mammals. A large proportion of the North Atlantic population of Humpback Whales come to this area from January to March, which is when we are able to observe Humpback behaviour both from the sea surface and by snorkelling with female Humpbacks and their newly born calves in warm, clear water nursing grounds. We do this using fast small boats and stay in the area on a comfortable motor ... Read more >
From £2,990 excluding flights

Ross Sea & Antarctic Circle voyage

The Ross Sea is one of the most remote and least visited areas of the Antarctic continent. Reached via New Zealand, this 30 day expedition invites the opportunity to explore the wildlife rich sub Antarctic islands such as the Snares, Enderby, Macquarie and Campbell Islands. Weather and ice permitting you will have the opportunity to visit Shackelton's hut at Cape Royds, Scott's hut at Cape Evans and other significant historic huts of Mawson and Borchgrevinks. Wildlife is abundant during just 2 summer months when the area is not locked in ice. This is one of the rare locations where you may be privileged to encounter a great diversity of penguins, on Macquarie for example along are King, ... Read more >
From US $21,900 excluding flights

Spitsbergen and North East Greenland cruises

This is a true High- Arctic voyage, providing the opportunity to explore three very different regions: Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland in one journey. This voyage offers the incredible variety of the Arctic: ever-changing landscapes, inspiring wildlife observations and the rich historical past of this remote and breath-taking region. The journey starts in western Spitsbergen, an area of spectacular scenery: fjords, glaciers and dramatic mountains. Highlights of past expeditions have included observations of polar bears, seals and walruses, Arctic birdlife and whales. A team of scuba divers will be on board documenting and providing an insight into the submarine Arctic environment for ... Read more >
From £4,150 excluding flights

Arctic diving & Polar Bear Watching Expedition

Arctic diving in Spitsbergen is a chance to experience one of the planet’s most extreme habitats in an active and unusual way. Travelling north on a liveaboard dive boat (the only one to cruise around North Spitsbergen) you will explore fjords and far-flung islands, just 500 miles from the North Pole. Our Lloyds 1a ice-strengthened expedition ship, which has been recently refurbished, means we can travel much further north than many people will ever experience. Experienced drysuit divers can head out on zodiacs with our dive masters up to twice a day, discovering sea angels – the basis of the food chain in these icy seas, winged snails, Arctic cod, anemone-covered rocks and kelp beds. Our ... Read more >
From €3,790 excluding flights

Antarctic sailing expedition, 21 days

There are some things in life which stand out as the pinnacle of adventure and sailing to Antarctica is one of them. This is an extraordinary 21 day voyage and a true Antarctic sailing expedition. To visit the white continent is in itself incredibly memorable, but to explore its mountainous coasts, glaciers, icebergs and wildlife under sail is an unforgettable experience. Some of the highlights of this trip include: Help sail an ocean-going yacht across the Drake Passage, keep watch across the Southern Ocean, and if you wish, learn to set sail, steer and navigate under the guidance of experienced professionals. Explore Antarctica and experience in depth the landscapes and wildlife of the ... Read more >
From £12,490 excluding flights

Baffin Island cruising expedition, Canada

Baffin Island is magnificent, remote and unspoilt - one of the most wild and places left on Earth. The wildlife and scenery of Baffin will be the focus of this inspiring ice strengthened ship based expedition led by a team of experts which will include Marine Scientist, Charlotte Caffrey. From Iqaluit natural history expert guides will help us explore the wild east coast of Baffin Island discovering the deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. The landscape is breath-taking particularly where almost vertical mountain cliffs extend to the sea along the islands north east shore. Polar bears, an icon of the arctic north and high on everyone's list to see roam the area in ... Read more >
From US $7,695 excluding flights

Wrangel and Herald Islands expedition cruise

This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world. The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka ... Read more >
From US $10,825 excluding flights

Greenland adventure and diving expedition

This Arctic diving expedition is one of a kind. It offers exploration above and below water within the World’s largest National Park, home to Scoresby Sund the longest fjord in the World. Antarctic sized icebergs choke these calm, clear, avenues of ice water, sheltered by 2000m high mountains and crowned by the impressive Greenland ice sheet. This is a magnificent and tranquil area where you can witness the Greenland Ice Sheet pouring seawards in a series of stunning glaciers, the icebergs beautifully sculpted beneath the water in hues of tropical turquoise. Some of these bergs stand up to 100 metres high and at up to a kilometre in length, rival only those of Antarctica. Your journey ... Read more >
From €3,250 excluding flights
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