Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

British Isles British Isles map route

US$ 4 596



Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen
Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen map route

US$ 3 516



West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge map route

US$ 4 506


Sea Kayak Club Photography

Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge
Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge map route

US$ 5 766


Sea Kayak Club Photography

Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Franz Josef Land Archipelago Franz Josef Land Archipelago map route

US$ 8 996


Sea Kayak Club Photography

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland map route

US$ 7 916


Sea Kayak Club Photography

East Greenland East Greenland map route

US$ 5 666


Sea Kayak Club Photography


Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Legendary History & Wild Nature
May 8, Plymouth (England) - May 20, Edinburgh (Scotland)
08 May - 20 May 2020 13 Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 5 995
US$ 4 596
per person
From the Highlands to the High Arctic
May 21, Edinburgh (Scotland) - June 1, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
21 May - 01 Jun 2020 12 Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 4 795
US$ 3 516
per person
Arctic Wildlife Safari
June 1, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - June 8, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
31 May - 08 Jun 2020 9 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 5 895
US$ 4 506
per person
Arctic Wildlife Safari
June 8, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - June 15, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
07 Jun - 15 Jun 2020 9 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 5 895
US$ 4 506
per person
Arctic Wildlife Safari
June 15, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - June 22, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
14 Jun - 22 Jun 2020 9 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 5 895
US$ 4 506
per person
Best of Svalbard
June 22, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - July 1, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
21 Jun - 01 Jul 2020 11 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 7 295
US$ 5 766
per person
Best of Svalbard
July 1, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) - July 11, Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
30 Jun - 11 Jul 2020 12 Sea Kayak Club Photography EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT + EXTRA SAVINGS*
US$ 8 095
US$ 6 486
per person




Svalbard boasts one of the Arctic’s highest concentrations of polar bears. They are the world’s largest land carnivores and have become a symbol of the imperiled Arctic wilderness. This is one of the best places in the world to view polar bears hunting in their preferred habitat: the pack ice.

Svalbard is home to impressive colonies of nesting seabirds, a variety of seal and whale species. This is a protected wilderness where we find flowering tundra and tidewater glaciers. You can also encounter a great abundance of nesting seabirds, and land mammals such as Arctic fox and reindeer.

In Greenland coastal plains are home to prehistoric-looking musk oxen and other wildlife.

Franz Josef Land, part of the Russian Arctic National Park, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales, and other Arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around the archipelago.



In Svalbard you will see a varied landscape of mountains, tidewater glaciers, and flowering tundra. 

Greenland is the place where you will find some of the finest scenery in the world. Extensive fjord systems provide access to the mountainous interior of Greenland where tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs. Each night in Greenland brings a new possibility to see incredible displays of northern lights, also known as aurora borealis.

Jan Mayen landscape is dominated by the heavily glaciated Beerenberg, an impressive stratovolcano considered to be the northernmost active volcano on the earth’s surface.

In Iceland, in the ruggedly beautiful Westfjords, we will visit the historic fishing port of Ísafjörður. This small town embodies Iceland’s trademark blend of contemporary charm and rich cultural heritage.



Arctic is rich with historical sites. You may find here the staging areas for many historic expeditions to the North Pole, including those of Roald Amundsen and Walter Wellman.​

In Svalbard, modern human endeavor can be experienced at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town that is now home to a multinational community of Arctic researchers. In addition to a museum, gift shop, and post office, visitors to this extreme northern settlement find a famous bust of Amundsen and a historic airship mast.

In Franz Josef Land we encounter a stark and enigmatic landscape steeped in the drama and heroism of early polar exploration. At places like Bell Island, Cape Flora, and Cape Tegetthoff we have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick George Jackson, Julius von Payer, and other polar explorers.




On this voyage, our optional sea kayaking program is conducted in the Spitsbergen portion. This is a truly world-class paddling destination that very few kayakers have had the fortune to experience.

Spitsbergen rewards kayakers with spectacular scenery, unique marine wildlife, and a variety of excellent paddling locations. Spitsbergen also offers the possibility of kayaking in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers.

Sea Kayak Club is a fun and interesting way to experience the landscapes and wildlife of this unique Arctic environment. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting adventure option.


This voyage offers a wealth of photographic opportunities for novice and experienced photographers alike. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

In Spitsbergen, charismatic megafauna abound in dramatic Arctic icescapes. Species include walrus, bearded seal, and, of course, the photogenic polar bear. While at sea, whales and seabirds also make excellent subjects.

From the cliffy shore of the British Isles to Jan Mayen’s icy volcano and spectacular views of Spitsbergen, this voyage promises a wide range of great landscape photo opportunities too. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.


Why go to the Arctic with Poseidon Expeditions?

The northernmost reaches of the globe shelter many polar wonders: tidewater glaciers, polar bears and whales, northern lights and majestic scenery. Our portfolio includes both traditional and unique destinations. Why travel with us?

  • Small ship – big advantage

    Small ship – big advantage

    Staying true to the small ship concept, we travel into secluded fjords, bays and harbors, providing maximum experience on land.

  • AECO member

    AECO member

    We are a member in good standing of AECO, which works cooperatively to ensure safe and environmentally responsible travel.

  • Twenty years of polar experience

    Twenty years of polar experience

    Our thorough understanding and appreciation of the Arctic results in meticulous product planning that benefits our guests.

  • Sea Kayak Club

    Sea Kayak Club

    We offer an exhilarating kayaking program for experienced paddlers. A completely different, more immersive way to discover the Arctic.

  • Active exploration

    Active exploration

    We offer different levels or degrees of outdoor exploration with at least two-to-three activities per day, making the best of the local weather conditions.

  • Rich polar history

    Rich polar history

    We follow in the footsteps of heroic polar explorers and share their stories that will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come.

  • Direct sailing to Franz Josef Land

    Direct sailing to Franz Josef Land

    We are the only operator offering direct sailing from Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land, providing more time at the destination itself.

  • Wildlife encounters

    Wildlife encounters

    In the Arctic, wildlife is on our radar. Polar bears stalk seals on the ice, while whales and seabirds hold dominion over the frozen sea and landscapes.

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Cruises To The Arctic

Arctic Cruise

It’s time to travel to one of the most fascinating regions on Earth — the Arctic. Embark on a Poseidon Expeditions Arctic adventure, and you’ll come face to face with some of the world’s most interesting wildlife, towering glaciers, glistening icebergs, the frigid sea and, depending on your itinerary, nature’s greatest show of all — the Northern Lights. Poseidon Expeditions is ready to transport you to one of the world’s most spectacular places in style, comfort and with a heaping dose of adventure.

Experiencing an Arctic Cruise:

A polar expedition is unlike anything you’ve done before, and the 114-guest Sea Spirit is unlike large mass-market ships where non-stop entertainment is the primary focus. With us, it’s all about the destination, the unique wildlife and otherworldly polar landscapes not found anywhere else on earth. On your Arctic cruise, you’ll be accompanied by some of the industry’s most experienced guides, and there will be plenty of opportunities to go ashore and learn about early explorers, the region’s varied wildlife and environmental issues that threaten this pristine wilderness.

Our Arctic adventures include:

• From the Highlands to the High Arctic: Depart Edinburgh, Scotland, embarking on an Arctic Circle cruise to the Orkney and Faroe islands, then a remote spot few humans ever visit — Jan Mayen. From this volcanic patch in the Arctic Ocean, you’ll continue to the archipelago of Svalbard, exploring its fjords in search of polar bears and other wildlife.

• Arctic Wildlife Safari: Depart from Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen and explore the dramatic scenery of its northwestern coast, home to an abundance of Arctic wildlife. The adventure continues along the northern ice edge, where passengers watch for polar bears stalking their prey.

• Russian High Arctic: The Russian High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land holds an important place in the history of polar exploration, yet not many humans venture this far north. Be one of few explorers to experience this formation of 190 islands, crossing the Barents Sea directly from Svalbard. Expect to find rich history, memorable landscapes and diverse wildlife on this excursion.

• Arctic Odyssey: Begin your Arctic expedition on the archipelago of Svalbard and finish in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. Mountains, marine mammals, polar bears, musk ox and the untouched Northeast Greenland National Park are just a few of the unforgettable sights and experiences you’ll enjoy on this Arctic cruise.

• Arctic Sights and Northern Lights: Offered in September when the darkening skies of the late summer make the Aurora Borealis visible overhead, our incredible Northern Lights cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland. Travel to East Greenland and the historic town of Ísafjörður. Each night presents an opportunity to see the Northern Lights in one of the most remote corners of the planet.

What to Expect

It can be challenging to know how to prepare for your adventure when traveling in the polar regions. View our guide on what to pack for a polar climate to better understand the clothing you’ll need to stay comfortable in the varying temperatures of the Arctic — where the elements can change from snow squalls to sunny, temperate weather in minutes.

M/v Sea Spirit

You’ll never long for the comforts of home aboard the Sea Spirit, your home-away-from home for the duration of your Arctic voyage. This 114-passenger ice-class ship is perfectly suited for its mission – to provide an ample measure of comfort and well-being while taking you to some of the most remote areas of the polar world. Enjoy large, well-appointed staterooms, a club lounge and gracious restaurant, spacious presentation lounge, a fully equipped gym, library and even a bubbling jacuzzi for relaxing after a day of adventure.

The expansive outdoor deck is an ideal place to scan the passing scenery for wildlife – whales, walruses, polar bears and myriad species of seabirds. What’s more, all passengers enjoy open access to the bridge, where they can discover what it’s like to pilot an Arctic vessel from the captain and crew.

Reserve Your Arctic Expedition with Poseidon Today

What are you waiting for? It’s time to rediscover your adventurous side and be one of few travelers to explore the wonders of the Arctic.

Your adventure is now just a few clicks  or a phone call away.

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