Company Info

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Founded in 1999, the company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, the Arctic and Antarctica. With the 114-passenger Sea Explorer and Sea Spirit, Poseidon expanded its offerings to include deluxe expedition cruises to Antarctica, and to the Arctic destinations of Svalbard, Greenland, Franz Josef Land and Iceland. With representations and offices in the UK, US, Germany, Cyprus, Russia, and China, the company markets it travel programs worldwide.

Poseidon Expeditions’ goal is to provide curious, discerning travelers with the perfect combination of comfort and personable service, balanced with maximum opportunities for outdoor activities in the spirit of adventure. Using a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and operating different types of helicopters aboard icebreakers, passengers are guided ashore by an exceptional team of expedition guides and educators to observe up-close the spectacular wildlife and landscapes.

Poseidon Expeditions’ goal is to provide curious, discerning travelers with the perfect combination of comfort and personable service, balanced with maximum opportunities for outdoor activities in the spirit of adventure

NOTABLE MILESTONES

During the first full season, Poseidon Expeditions operates North Pole icebreaker voyages aboard the 100-passenger, nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal

1999 — Year of foundation

Poseidon Arctic Voyages, doing business as Poseidon Expeditions , is founded in the UK with its main office in Limassol, Cyprus, specialized in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, the Arctic and Antarctica. Programs were marketed internationally.

2001 — First North Pole cruise aboard Yamal icebreaker

During the first full season, Poseidon Expeditions operates North Pole icebreaker voyages aboard the 100-passenger, nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal.

2003 — Franz Josef Land aboard Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker

Poseidon Expeditions operates two expedition cruises to Franz Josef Land and Spitsbergen aboard the 100- passenger icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn.

2004 — Northeast Passage

Poseidon Expeditions operates the inaugural “Transpolar Bridge” expedition cruise through the Northeast Passage, including Franz Josef Land, North Pole, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Taymyr Peninsula, Lena River Delta, New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island aboard Yamal.

Franz Josef Land archipelago

Franz Josef Land archipelago

At the North Pole

At the North Pole

Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker ship

Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker ship

2005 — Novaya & Severnaya Zemlya

Inaugural “Pearls of the Russian Arctic” expedition cruise in the Russian High Arctic is operated by Poseidon Expeditions, including Novaya Zemlya, Oranskie Islands, Vise Island, Severnaya Zemlya and the ruins of Khabarovo Gulag aboard the Kapitan Dranitsyn.

2007 — Russian Far East aboard m/v Marina Tsvetaeva

Poseidon Expeditions operates the inaugural expedition cruise to the Russian Far East, including Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Islands, Commander Islands and Sakhalin Island aboard 115-passenger Marina Tsvetaeva (now m/v Ortelius).

2008 — North Pole aboard i/b 50 Years of Victory

Poseidon Expeditions operates an icebreaker voyage to the North Pole aboard 128-passenger, nuclear-powered 50 Years Of Victory, during its first season in tourism service.

In 2004 Poseidon Expeditions operates the inaugural “Transpolar Bridge” expedition cruise through the Northeast Passage, including Franz Josef Land, North Pole, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Taymyr Peninsula, Lena River Delta, New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island

Zodiac cruising at the Russian Far East

Zodiac cruising at the Russian Far East

M/s Marina Tsvetaeva at the Russian Far East

M/s Marina Tsvetaeva at the Russian Far East

M/s Sea Explorer at South Georgia

M/s Sea Explorer at South Georgia

Novaya Zemlya archipelago

Novaya Zemlya archipelago

Poseidon Expeditions operates icebreaker voyage to the North Pole aboard i/b 50 Years f Victory in July 2013, marking the 100th attainment of the Pole in the history of icebreaker navigation

2013-14 — 100th attainment of North Pole

Poseidon Expeditions markets expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, with one voyage including the Falkland Islands & South Georgia aboard the 116-­passenger Sea Explorer.

Poseidon Expeditions operates icebreaker voyage to the North Pole aboard 50 Years Of Victory in July 2013, marking the 100th attainment of the Pole in the history of icebreaker navigation.

2014-15 — Antarctica aboard Sea Explorer

Poseidon Expeditions markets expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, with one voyage including the Falkland Islands & South Georgia aboard the 116-passenger Sea Explorer.

2015-16 — Arctic and Antarctica aboard Sea Spirit

The Company’s inaugural season of expedition cruises to Arctic destinations – including Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land – and Antarctica, aboard the small luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit.

50 Years of Victory – the world’s most powerful icebreaker

50 Years of Victory – the world’s most powerful icebreaker

The 100th attainment of the Pole in the history of icebreaker navigation

The 100th attainment of the Pole in the history of icebreaker navigation

Our Environmental Promise

As a member in good standing of both the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), our company pledges its commitment to the further development of Arctic and Antarctic conservation and support of related scientific research.

We actively encourage participation in our expeditions by naturalists and scientists engaged in such research, offering a platform from which they can pursue their important work as well as a forum where they can voice their unique understanding of these fragile and remote ecosystems. Preservation of the Arctic and Antarctic habitats and the Polar Ice Cap are environmental imperatives and the responsibility of all, including tourism operators and their guests. We at Poseidon Expeditions are honored to be a part of this, and to help our passengers understand the importance of preserving Polar Regions for future generations.

Poseidon Expeditions is the members of Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

Arctic flowers at Franz Josef Land

Arctic flowers at Franz Josef Land

Polar bear at Spitsbergen

Polar bear at Spitsbergen

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