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Polar Cruises 2023/24

Unspoilt and remote, the continent of Antarctica is one of the least visited regions on the planet – and certainly the coldest! – and offers a truly memorable holiday experience.  Almost twice the size of Australia, Antarctica is officially classified as a desert due to the lack of significant precipitation.  Pristine scenery, icebergs of all shapes and sizes that you can actually touch, abandoned whaling stations and wildlife that will leave you spellbound, including whales, penguins, leopard seals, giant petrels and albatrosses, not to mention hundreds of scientists!  You may also have the opportunity to camp overnight on Antarctica itself and even go kayaking.

Many cruises start from the Argentinian port of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.  And no two days are the same, as the captain will chart his course taking into account the prevailing weather conditions.  Most voyages will involve a crossing of Drake Passage, named after Sir Francis Drake who discovered it in 1578.  The Spanish refer to this body of water that links the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean as Mar de Hoces, as they believe that it was in fact a Spanish navigator, Francisco de Hoces, who made the discovery in 1525, over 50 years before the British seafaring legend who would later claim to have ‘singed the King of Spain’s beard’ when he launched a devastatingly successful attack on the Spanish fleet in Cadiz.

Small-ship adventures to the ‘White Continent’ will usually include calls to the barren and snow-covered South Shetland Islands of Deception Island, a sunken volcano, and Whalers Bay, both discovered in 1819 by William Smith, an English explorer.  The area known as the Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the southernmost continent, and includes Lemaire Chanel, Wilhelmina Bay, Port Lockroy and Brown Bluff.  Some itineraries also include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.  All in all, the ultimate travel experience.

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G Adventures Norwegian Arctic Encompassed
Set sail from Scotland and its beautiful isles en route to the Norwegian fjords and the remote shores of Svalbard on this dazzling 15-day odyssey along the fjord coastline of Norway.
Wildfoot Travel Scottish Islands, Norwegian Fjords & Svalbard
An amazing north Atlantic journey from Edinburgh to the Arctic! The first portion of your exciting Arctic cruise will see you exploring the wild and rugged Orkney & Shetland Islands with their ancient sites and birdlife, before crossing the North Sea to explore the charming towns and fjords of the Norwegian coast.
Wildfoot Travel Jewels Of The Arctic
The complete European Arctic experience: tundra walks amidst reindeer and exquisite dwarf vegetation, Zodiac cruises near calving glacier fronts, hikes to breathtaking mountain vistas and warm welcomes into indigenous communities.
from £7100 (per person)
Wildfoot Travel Spitsbergen & Franz Josef Land
Travel to the most remote and rarely visited Russian High Arctic archipelago - Franz Josef Land, where 7 days of exploration will take you up close to polar bears, walruses and a myriad of Arctic birds.
Ponant Emblematic Antarctica Cruise
Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and set sail for an unforgettable, luxury polar expedition cruise to the mythical white continent of Antarctica.
from £8163 (per person)
G Adventures Antarctica Classic
The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour.
from £6699 (per person)
G Adventures Spirit of Shackleton
Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands.
from £10999 (per person)
Hurtigruten Antarctica - Southern Hemisphere Adventure (Southbound)
On this amazing adventure you will experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales, take hikes on the frozen continent and kayak among icebergs.
Hurtigruten Antarctica White Christmas with Penguins
Celebrate a spectacular Christmas! From Ushuaia, cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands.
Hurtigruten Chilean Fjords and Antarctica White Christmas
Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, colonies of penguins and pods of whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories.
Hurtigruten The Ultimate Expedition to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
This epic expedition takes you through the isolated Falkland Islands and stunning South Georgia before experiencing the great continent of Antarctica.
Hurtigruten Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands
Travel in harmony with the elements to the White Continent. En route, you will experience the wild natural wonders of the Chilean fjords. Once in Antarctica, the sight of mighty glaciers calving into the ocean, flocks of penguins and whales in the icy seas will create indelible memories.
Hurtigruten Patagonia, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
This expedition takes you to the beauty of the South American coast and on to magical Antarctica. Visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world, see the rich wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn before the highlight of the journey, Antarctica.
Riviera Travel: Voyage to Antarctica
Get up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs on a trip of a lifetime to the Great White Continent.
Hurtigruten Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen Continent
Get ready for a rare adventure! From Ushuaia you cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. On board there is so much to do: Science Center, exciting lectures, and more, all designed to enhance your trip.
Wildfoot Travel Antarctic Express Cruise/Fly
This is the ideal expedition for those short on time who still wish to enjoy an authentic Antarctica experience.
Wildfoot Travel Classic Antarctica & South Shetland Islands
A classic expedition cruise to the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Sound and the Antarctic Peninsula. See spectacular ice, glacier and mountain scenery along with myriad wildlife such as whales, seals penguins and other birdlife.
from £4584 (per person)
Wildfoot Travel Falklands, South Georgia And Antarctic Peninsula
This diverse and exciting expedition is the perfect all-encompassing itinerary for those wishing to discover almost everything that this spectacular part of the world has to offer.
Wendy Wu Antarctic Explorer
Embark on an extraordinary journey, exploring some of the earth's wildest and most remote places. This is a classic excursion through the Antarctic Peninsula's wild beauty, featuring abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Wendy Wu Antarctica Express Fly Cruise
A two-hour charter flight from Punta Arenas in Chile brings you to King George Island, the gateway to the White Continent and the beginning of an unforgettable voyage. Spend a week discovering the glories of the Antarctic Peninsula's icy fjords.
Wendy Wu South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula
The South Georgia and Antarctica: Penguin Safari is an unforgettable two-week Antarctic cruise itinerary, designed for true adventurers, photographers and wildlife lovers. Embark on a glorious glacier hike, spot incomparable marine wildlife, and pay respects at the grave of famed explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton on the distant shores of rarely-visited South Georgia Island.
Scenic Rockies, Rail & Alaskan Cruise
Things don’t get much greater than the Rocky Mountains, which tower over northwestern America. Although, as you’ll soon discover, everything in this part of the world is monumental in scale.
Hurtigruten Iceland, Greenland and the Viking Heritage
Discover Arctic highlights! Mythical Iceland impresses with its diverse landscapes and teeming birdlife. Explore southern Greenland and experience small communities nestled in magnificent nature.
Hurtigruten Greenland and Iceland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Experience
This exploration begins in Spitsbergen and sails to Greenland and Iceland for an incomparable Arctic adventure. Get ready for a voyage far beyond the ordinary.
Hurtigruten Greenland Thule and Disko Bay - Midnight Sun Exploration
This voyage takes in the heart of Greenland amid the fantastic icebergs of Disko Bay before steaming north along the coast.
Newmarket Iceland & Land of the Northern Lights Cruise
As Magellan follows the Irish coast to and from her home port, Bristol, you'll also have opportunities to visit Cork, southern Ireland's historic centre of commerce, culture and fine food, and discover Belfast's long and complex history, and the world-famous exhibitions of the Titanic Quarter.
Hurtigruten Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure
Experience a summer adventure discovering the beauty of Spitsbergen. For 6 days, experience the sights of the Arctic landscape, from the glaciers to the bird cliffs and hopefully the opportunity of a polar bear or two.
G Adventures The Realm of the Polar Bear
Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.
Hurtigruten Svalbard - The Ultimate Expedition
An expedition cruise for those who wish to see and learn as much as possible, this is a voyage to Arctic wilderness at its most extreme. We plan to sail above 80º N while circumnavigating Svalbard in search of the mighty polar bear. This cruise will venture further than any of our other expeditions.
Newmarket Northern Lights & Arctic Adventure
Journey 200 miles above the Arctic Circle to compact, colourful Tromsø. Crowned by its towering cathedral, and home to welcoming bars and restaurants that warm the winter days, Tromsø is both a vibrant city and an ideal base from which to explore the vast, pristine wilderness that lies beyond its streets. Discover the city and its surroundings, and go in search of the Northern Lights - the celestial phenomenon that completes the wonder of a visit to this fascinating corner of Europe for anyone lucky enough to see it.
Hurtigruten Circumnavigating Svalbard: Realm of the Polar Bear
This Arctic expedition cruise is one of a kind! We plan to sail above 80º N, while circumnavigating Spitsbergen under the Midnight Sun. Explore the largest Arctic wilderness in Europe with optional excursions that include hiking, kayaking and traversing a glacier, all providing a good chance to spot the mighty polar bear.
Titan Deluxe Alaskan Voyage and Rocky Mountaineer
Captivating vistas unfold on every turn of this trip through some of Canada and Alaska’s most mesmerising scenery. Starting in spectacular Banff, take the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway through forested valleys and over mountain passes. You’ll then board a week-long cruise - spot harbour seals, humpback whales, swooping eagles and more as you sail past the monumental glaciers and snow-dusted mountains of the Alaskan fjords.
First Class Holidays Passage Through the Rockies & Alaska Cruise
Discover the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia; from the country’s first National Park and the delightful town of Banff, to the spectacular scenery of the Icefields Parkway, glistening Lake Louise and the sparkling Athabasca Glacier.
Ponant Wildlife and Forests of Alaska
With Ponant, discover Alaska’s stunning landscapes and the incredible wildlife they contain. Board Le Soléal for a 13-day expedition cruise from Vancouver to Seward, for a journey to the heart of wild and unspoiled natural environments.
Collette Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise Featuring a 7-night Princess Cruise
Relax for seven nights and enjoy the epic Alaskan scenery from aboard one of Princess Cruise Lines’ lovely ships. Cruise through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, taking in rugged natural wonders. Cruise the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Enjoy three nights at stunning Princess’ Lodges and Hotels.
APT Alaskan Adventure
Immerse yourself into the stunning Alaskan wilderness with this spectacular APT Alaskan Adventure tour. Board on the superb ms Westerdam cruise ship for a once in a lifetime experience through the breathtaking Inside passage and the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska
Hurtigruten Alaska and British Columbia
Explore the rugged Pacific frontier as we visit native villages full of totem poles and call on quaint fishing villages. This expedition cruise explores the Inside Passage´s protected waterways and beautiful islands to experience amazing wildlife. Join us aboard our hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen for an unforgettable journey.