For a sense of unforgettable adventure and intrepid expedition, take a voyage to the Polar Realms - the North and South Poles, the Arctic and Antarctica. Both regions offer dramatic, untold beauty and unique wildlife.
An exciting expedition cruise to the Arctic is one of the very best ways to experience the wonders of the Arctic Circle, with lots to explore: millions of seabirds breed and raise their young on ledges and barren islands, polar bears hunting on ice, walrus, seals, and even Arctic foxes haunt the ice edge. Arctic cruises tend to focus on Iceland, Spitsbergen (Svalbard), or Greenland, and many during the winter months will focus on the Northern Lights. Spitsbergen is renowned for its fossils and variety of land and ice capes, but it's also an adventure playground offering thrilling excursions during both summer and winter, while Greenland's 2000m granite walls and vast icebergs challenge perception in true polar travel style, and the volcanoes, geysers and scenery of Iceland will thrill you with their drama and beauty. Arctic cruises are often popularly combined with the Norwegian Fjords, but are also memorable and enjoyable in their own right.
The 'White Continent', Antarctica is very much the final frontier, and is an entirely unique destination well off the beaten track and experienced by the very lucky few Following in the footsteps of the great explorers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many Antarctic voyages start from the southernmost tip of South America, crossing the notorious Cape Horn, navigating the Drake Passage or the Magellan Strait, and sometimes combined with the Chilean fjords.
An Antarctic cruise offers up nature in its most pristine and rugged state, and the unforgettable chance to observe whales, penguins, sea lions and albatross as you sail past towering ice bergs. You'll be joined by naturalists and expedition leaders offering lectures and leading sightseeing excursions, taking you up close to Antarctic wildlife, or kayaking in the Antarctic Peninsula, and so much more. Some voyages include the Falkland Islands and the South Shetland Islands. Generally the Antarctic cruise season is between November and March.
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