Expedition tourism may still be a relatively new travel option, but operators such as Poseidon Expeditions have been leaders in this area for many years now. The beauty and wonder of Antarctica and The North Pole is something that most people will have only seen in books and on nature documentaries, but Poseidon are aiming to change this by taking adventure tourists into the heart of these fantastic landscapes.
Having originally concentrated solely on cruises to The North Pole, aboard a nuclear-powered icebreaker, they soon branched out to offer tours of many more similarly exciting and interesting locations. The expedition cruise line was first founded in 1999 and has gone from strength to strength ever since; consistently finding new ways to bring these isolated places closer to home.
Arctic and Antarctic tourism is definitely becoming more popular and, thanks to travel operators like Poseidon, more and more previously unfathomed terrains are now accessible to those who long to see them with their own eyes.
At the end of the 20th century, adventurers were given the chance to visit previously restricted destinations within The Russian Arctic. Poseidon are proud to offer cruises to this breath-taking area of the world as part of their wide range of tour packages which span both polar regions of the globe.
With a strong focus on comfort and safety, Poseidon Expeditions carefully select the right ships for the job. This involves treating the enjoyment and well-being of travellers as a priority and considering only the best vessels, which use the latest expert technology, to travel through these icy waters. All of this means that everybody on-board is sure to enjoy a comfortable and safe trip within luxury surroundings on the way to making some truly unforgettable memories.
As many of these territories are largely untouched by humans, there is an obvious need to preserve and learn about these magnificent places. Therefore, a big emphasis is placed on conservation and preservation, whilst seasoned experts are always on hand to answer any questions and educate travellers along the way.
Specialising exclusively in polar expeditions to both icy extremities of the world, Poseidon Expeditions offer explorers of all ages the chance to experience some truly amazing sights. Whether you are a nature enthusiast hoping to see some rare animals in their natural habitats, or an avid photographer looking to capture the perfect picture of a giant glacier; these expedition cruises will offer the perfect chance to do so. Aboard one of three specialised ships, you will make new friends, new memories and leave with a new passion for adventure travel.
You may be concerned that accommodation will be slightly lacking on-board a ship that is heading into some of the most un-accommodating parts of the world, but this fleet of three proves that this is not the case. Both the Sea Explorer and Sea Spirit are all-suite ships, whilst 50 Years Of Victory offers a mixture of spacious cabins and ample suites.
On each of the vessels there is the chance to enhance your view of the polar regions by booking accommodation with a private balcony. However, even if you don’t choose to do this, all rooms have stunning exterior views; ensuring that you won’t miss a thing. En-suite facilities come as standard and there are a range of differently graded berths to choose from.
All meals are included on most of Poseidon’s polar cruises; meaning you can refuel yourself at every opportunity without having to worry about paying any additional costs. This also includes a free tea and coffee station on most voyages. There are various dining areas situated on-board the three different ships, including restaurants with unreserved seating, outdoor cafés and bistros. If the weather is nice you could even enjoy your food on one of the sun decks, so that you never miss a second of the passing scenery.
During the expeditions to the North Pole there will also be a polar BBQ for you to enjoy to celebrate the fact that you have made it to the top of the world. All three ships have bar facilities operated by friendly and well-trained staff; meaning that you won’t want for anything whilst on-board.
Facilities do differ from ship to ship, but there are some things that you will find during every polar expedition. You can keep yourself in shape and prepare for all the hiking by taking to the exercise room on each ship, find some fine conversation and drinking options in the bar, or even find a moment of solitude in one of the libraries which contain many resources on the landscape around you. Each boat also has at least one eating area, a passenger elevator to help you navigate the vast vessel and a presentation room in which you can be enlightened by one of the many experts on-board during their regular lectures.
The nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years Of Victory, has even found room for a volley ball court and an indoor swimming pool, whilst Sea Explorer and Sea Spirit both have hot tubs in which you can rest your weary legs at the end of the day.
The icebreaker ‘50 Years Of Victory’ is specifically designed to venture into the heart of the icy wilderness and take you all the way to the North Pole. However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be the chance to explore other locations during your expedition cruise. Your trip north will start in Helsinki; giving you time to see what the capital of Finland has to offer, before being transferred by plane to Murmansk. On your return journey you will be able to discover the Franz Josef Land archipelago and walk upon its rocky terrain. There are around 190 of these islands within the Russian Arctic and they provide the perfect opportunity for spotting some of the area’s exotic wildlife.
If the Great White Continent is more of your cup of iced tea then there is plenty more to see when travelling to Antarctica aboard Sea Explorer. Once you have departed the Argentinian port of Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city, you will be able to take in such destinations as The Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands, before landing on the Antarctic Peninsula .
From 2015, Poseidon are including expeditions to the Arctic whilst on-board the newest addition to their polar fleet, Sea Spirit. These new cruises will offer travellers the chance to circumnavigate Iceland, stopping at various interesting locations, and Spitsbergen (the largest island within the Svalbard archipelago).
During expeditions on any of these vessels, adventurers should be on the lookout for sightings of wildlife such as penguins, polar bears, walruses and whales. Shore excursions can be enjoyed with the help of helicopters and Zodiacs which will aid passengers to reach the icy land, but all shore visits, wildlife opportunities, and some port landings will be subject to conditions such as ice and bad weather.