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Kayaking with Polar Wildlife


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

Kayakers have many reasons for putting the Polar Regions at the top of their must-do list of paddling destinations. Foremost among them is the chance to paddle with iconic and charismatic polar wildlife. In this first of our “Notes from the Poseidon expedition team” series, we share with you our experiences guiding paddlers around polar wildlife on cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Best of the Polar Regions - Adventure & History


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions Team

As part of our ongoing interview series, “Best of the Polar Regions”, we asked our seasoned expedition team for their opinions on the best cruise destinations for polar adventure and history, as well as their thoughts on the best expedition cruise for first-timers to the Polar Regions.

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Best of Polar Regions - Photography & Birdwatching

Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

As part of our interview series, “Best of the Polar Regions”, we asked members of our experienced expedition team what they think are the best polar destinations for birding and photography, as well as their all-time favorite polar expedition cruise.

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Best of the Polar Regions - Wildlife & Scenery


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

We’ve been all around the Polar Regions and have considerable knowledge and stories about these incredible areas. Naturally, we know a lot of facts, but we have opinions and viewpoints, too. Our choices on the top polar destinations for scenery and wildlife, as well as which polar region is our overall favorite, vary considerably. But, for now, you can’t go wrong with these places described below!

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Polar Bear vs. Walrus

Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

The polar bear is often called the king of the Arctic. Within the frozen realm of this renowned monarch, there lives another powerful Arctic denizen who does not readily submit to ursine rule - the mighty walrus. A few of our expedition team members weighed on the subject of these two fearsome creatures to give their views on who really rules whom.

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Arctic Conservation with Don Perovich

The Arctic is a diverse and extraordinary travel destination: an expedition cruise to the northernmost reaches of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Poseidon Expeditions invites you aboard the comfortable Sea Spirit, where you will join our team of experts and esteemed crew in a journey into the icy wilderness. Tidewater glaciers, polar bears and whales, northern lights and majestic scenery are some of the wonders you’ll get to see.

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Jan Mayen Revealed


Secrets of a Remote Arctic Island

Jan Mayen is a name synonymous with isolation and inaccessibility. This small, lonely island is located in the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and 340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland. At 71°N, Jan Mayen is inside the Arctic Circle and is very much in the Arctic zone. Though it is an integral part of the Kingdom of Norway and there are people living on the island year round, there is no way for a tourist to get to Jan Mayen other than by cruise ship or yacht. Though the island’s stunning scenery and abundant birdlife would easily place it among the world’s top wilderness tourism destinations, only a few hundred people make it to the island each year because of the infrequency of cruises. Read on to learn about the fascinating natural and human history of one of the most remote islands in the world.

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Seabirds of the High Arctic


A few species gather in huge numbers at Arctic seabird colonies

One special feature of the High Arctic is the staggering number of seabirds that colonize coastal cliffs during the summer breeding season. Tens of millions of seabirds return to Greenland, Svalbard and Franz Josef Land every summer to take advantage of secure nesting locations near abundant food supplies in these wilderness areas. Some colonies contain over a million birds. Competition for nesting space, piracy of food, and predation of chicks are facts of life in these towering avian cities. An Arctic expedition cruise is the best way to experience seabird colonies and all their spectacular wildlife drama. Look out for these common seabird species on a cruise to Greenland, Svalbard or Franz Josef Land.

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The Thrill of the Arctic with Kari Hebert

When we ask our passengers what was the highlight of their Arctic expedition cruise, the answers vary. Some name amazing nature, some - abundant wildlife, and others - polar history. There is no rights or wrongs: when all of these elements combine, the Arctic is born, diverse, pristine and divergent.  On Arctic cruises with Poseidon Expeditions, we travel to different destinations in search of different things.

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Spitsbergen: Essential Information for Tourists

What to Know Before Going to Spitsbergen
Spitsbergen (sometimes spelled Spitzbergen) is the largest island in the Norwegian High Arctic territory of Svalbard. Though one is technically a part of the other, the names Spitsbergen and Svalbard are often used interchangeably. Apart from Longyearbyen and a handful of other small settlements, the island is completely pristine and characteristic of a true polar wilderness. Spitsbergen is a great place to start your discovery of the Arctic. Whereas attractions in most of the Arctic are usually spread far and wide across impossibly vast landscapes, a diversity of the Arctic’s most iconic wildlife and historical treasures can be found in Spitsbergen with relative ease on a comfortable cruise without long sea crossings. Here is some tourism information to consider when planning your Spitsbergen cruise.

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