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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

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 £6,590 excluding flights
Early Booking Bonus! Save up to $800 on 28th December 2019 (17 Days), 18th January 2020 (18 Days) and 15th February 2020 (23 Days) Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula Voyages. Kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing photography options available.

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
Early Booking Bonus! Save up to $800 on 16 December 2019 (13 Days), 7 January (12 Days), 20 January (13 Days) and 4 February 2020 (12 Days) Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea Voyages. Kayaking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing & photography available.

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

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
Early booking bonus! Save up to $800 on 7th December 2019 (11 Days), 17th December 2019 (12 Days) and 11th February 2020 (11 Days) Antarctic Peninsula Voyages.Camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing & photography available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kamchatka & the Commander Islands wildlife cruise

This is a true wilderness voyage along the eastern edge of one of World's greatest and most remote regions - the 1300km Kamchatka Peninsula. En route, daily landings and small boat excursions will go in search of the region's stunning wildlife: colonies of Pacific Walrus, noisy colonies of Sea Lions and Fur Seals, Sea Otters and the Brown bear (Grizzly). More than 10,000 Grizzlies call the Kamchatka Peninsula home, making the most of its abundant salmon runs and berries to fatten up for the harsh Siberian winter. Throughout the voyage, guided by knowledgeable, a friendly and enthusiastic Russian crew, you will experience a landscape not only spectacular and beautiful, but also one of the ... Read more >
From US $6,990 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

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

Antarctic diving expedition

These Antarctic Diving Expeditions offer a unique opportunity for above and below the water insights into the white continent which few have been privileged to experience. We offer a variety of different diving and wildlife voyages, including those that explore the Antarctic peninsula only, those that venture into the Weddell Sea and those that journey across the Polar Circle. Divers on this voyage will enjoy guidance from an onboard team of diving professionals. Rather than dive from a hole in the ice, we dive off the edges of ice flows and around spectacular icebergs where we hope to observe penguins from beneath the surface as they plunge en masse into the sea. The ice itself forms one ... Read more >
From £4,050 excluding flights

Wrangel Island and Chukotka cruise, Russia

This voyage explores one of the most remote, wildlife rich and diverse sections of the High Arctic. Wrangel Island is 140 km north of the Siberian Coast in the Chukchi Sea and covers 7609 km². It is renowned for its thriving Polar Bear population, with 300 - 350 Polar Bears choosing the island as a denning site each year. Nearby Herald Island, though much smaller, also possesses a high density of bears. On our journey, weather permitting, you will visit both of these islands making daily shore landings and wildlife observation trips with expert guides in a beautiful and rarely visited region. Wrangel is a critical location for Eastern Pacific Walruses; and in the islands rugged interior ... Read more >
From US $9,290 excluding flights
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