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Antarctica


The coldest place on Earth, Antarctica is a vast, isolated, icy wilderness - and home to utterly breathtaking scenery, a thriving and spectacular array of wildlife and an overwhelming sense of awe that is, quite simply, impossible to put into words. A cruise around this fascinating and remote part of the world is a genuinely magical experience and one in which you'll be creating memories that will last you a lifetime.

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Svalbard


The rugged and fragile Arctic is a fairytale of a destination, and an expedition cruise to Svalbard is the quintessential Arctic cruise to discover its many wonders. Also often known as Spitsbergen, the name of the archipelago's largest and only permanently populated island, it’s a dramatic wilderness of glaciers and mountainsice fields and barren tundrasextremities of light and dark, and home to more polar bears than people, yet people it has – making this a destination in which you can truly experience life in the high Arctic.

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Greenland


The largest island on Earth, Greenland is a marvel to behold. Encrusted in a thick ice sheet with magnificently large glaciers flowing into the sea, the rugged landscape has been carved by one million years of glaciation, which has resulted in scenery that is, quite simply, astounding. But combine that with incredible history, a fascinating modern way of life, and charming colourful villages, and Greenland promises to be a destination unlike any other you'll have been to. 

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Iceland


Situated within the Aurora Zone and just south of the Arctic Circle, this beautiful rugged country - where ice literally coexists with fire - is one with oh so much to offer. From warm and welcoming communities, Icecaptivating culture and fascinatingly diverse geology, a visit to the 'land of ice and fire' is one you'll wish you could repeat time and time again. This is a country in which you'll feel a part of nature itself, at its most intense and powerful best.

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North Pole


Standing at the top of the world - the only place in the world in which every direction you face is south - is still the ultimate in Arctic expedition endeavours, and in the history of humankind, only very few have ever been lucky enough to do so. This is a place shrouded in mystery, that has beguiled explorers for centuries. A North Pole expedition cruise really is the ultimate Arctic adventure! 

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Norwegian Coast


A cruise along the Norwegian Coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful voyages in the world, with chiselled high-sided fjords, fast-flowing waterfalls and scenic archipelagos all providing a striking backdrop to charming, picturesque towns and cities dotted along the coastline.

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Canadian Arctic


More than 36,000 islands make up the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the beautiful frozen wilderness north of mainland Canada, where the lands seems as though it's melting into the sea. Characterised by its deep fjords, steep cliffs and mountains stretching well into the horizon, this Arctic wonderland is home to spectacular sights, iconic wildlife and fascinating exploration history.

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Russian Far East


The least explored of our planet's great wildernesses, the Russian Far East is a region of rich diversity, with lush islands, beautiful snow-capped peaks, hot springs and smoking volcanoes that create a landscape as spectacular as it sounds. Add to that a unique culture, fascinating history and wildlife encounters beyond our imagination, and you have a truly incredible destination to explore.

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Northwest Passage


A route that has fascinated sailors for centuries, the Northwest Passage - 500 miles north of the Arctic circle, and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the frozen and foreboding Canadian Archipelago - has proven an insurmountable challenge for some of history's greatest and most famous explorers, and is still one of the most inaccessible parts of the world, with only a few ships capable of traversing it in its entirety. A cruise through this legendary passage will not only make you feel like a true intrepid adventurer, but its beauty will leave you in silent awe.

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Russian Arctic


The region has remarkable wildlife from towering bird cliffs to grey whales, orcas and humpback whales being the most commonly seen, and the majestic polar bear which is frequently spotted further north in the remote islands and archipelagos like Wrangel Island or Franz Josef Land.

There are many ways to make your journey unforgettable! Choose to go in a Zodiac or kayaking among abundant wildlife. Drop anchor near Franz Josef Land archipelago and set foot where you could enjoy tundra walks and spectacular bird cliffs or visit the young city of Murmansk founded in 1916 and the largest one in the Arctic Circle.

Travelling in the Russian Arctic provides outstanding views, especially when you cross the Barents Sea and observe majestic mountain ranges on the horizon. The remote islands and archipelagos in the Arctic Circle are breath-taking. Take the time to contemplate the surroundings in this isolated and unspoilt location.

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Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Patagonia


Patagonia is so much more than a place it’s an idea. Shared between, Chile and Argentina the southernmost tip of South America is a vast, underexplored wilderness. Home to vast fjords, glaciers and the third largest ice sheet in the world.

This empty expanse hosts countless exotic species that have developed here in complete isolation from the rest of the world. Walk through vast sub-Antarctic forests untouched by human habitation and learn about the indigenous cultures that gave the place its name. You will experience the abundant wildlife including guanaco, condors, caracaras, pumas, penguins and armadillos.

Some cruises will land on Cape Horn where you will get to meet the lighthouse keeper at the end of the world. You will follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Charles Darwin, Alberto de Agostini and Fernando Magellan through the Beagle channel and strait of Magellan. 

Our team of Patagonia specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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The Antarctic Circle


The Antarctic Circle marks the northernmost point from which it is possible to see the midnight sun.  Few polar visitors make it this far into the Antarctic proper, so you will be one of a lucky few to enjoy a celebratory glass of bubbly as you cross 66°33 South. Each ship has its own unique way of celebrating the crossing, so this is something you might want to bear in mind when choosing the right cruise for you.

Due to the vast amounts of ice, it’s only possible to make the journey this far south later in the season, when you will be able to enjoy the long polar days interspersed with only a few short hours of night. The activities on offer include cruising in Zodiacs and enjoying the sight of vast icebergs, landing on isolated beaches, standing in awe of calving glaciers and watching for whales, penguins and other Antarctic wildlife.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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South Georgia


South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on an Antarctic cruise. St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his stranded men. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic. South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on a cruise to the Antarctic.

St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his men stranded on the Antarctic. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Falkland Islands


South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on an Antarctic cruise. St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his stranded men. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic. South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on a cruise to the Antarctic.

St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his men stranded on the Antarctic. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Antarctic Fly Cruises


The Drake Passage has a reputation for being among the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. The high winds, known as the ‘roaring 40s’ rush around the Southern Hemisphere without a speck of land to slow them down. This can cause enormous waves, in days of yore the thought of passing south of Cape Horn would strike fear into the heart of even the most stoic of mariners. Of course, with modern advances in shipping the passage is at worst a discomfort.

Some view these rough waters, the so-called ‘drake quake’ as a rite of passage to be endured before meeting the quiet waters of the Antarctica Peninsula, others hope against hope for the calm, seas of the ‘drake lake’, but the truth is, you don’t have to spend these extra days at sea if you don’t want to. Choosing to fly the drake will let you spend more time exploring the wonders of South America and spend your time in the Antarctic more efficiently, you can fly from Punta Arenas in Chile and meet your ship at the King George Island, just North of the Antarctic Peninsula. We offer both 'fly sail' itineraries, where you can fly one way across the Drake Passage and cruise back on the second leg, and 'fly fly' where you fly across both the Drake in both directions.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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World Cruise


A once in a lifetime adventure, the jewel in the crown of expedition cruising, from Pole to Pole there is no better way to see the world than aboard a remarkable world cruise. Achieve countless milestones, and visit the world's most iconic destinations, plus lesser known gems on a bucket-list adventure.

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The Ross Sea


The Ross Sea is one of the least visited regions of Antarctica but is home to some of the Antarctic’s most iconic sites. The few expedition cruises that make it here are presented with the unique opportunity to see four historic huts from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, each the frozen remains of an iconic expedition led by Borchgrevink, Scott and Shackleton.


This corner of the vast white continent is also home to the American, New Zealand and Italian research bases which you will have the chance to visit. The opportunities to see wildlife are second to none with crabeater seals, wandering albatross, emperor and Adélie penguins and leopard seals inhabiting the region.


Enjoy the barren beauty of the McMurdo Dry Valleys where the low humidity and surrounding mountains prevent the flow of glaciers; visit the Ross Ice Shelf which James Clark Ross first mapped and described as ‘The Barrier’ remarking, “Well, there's no more chance of sailing through that than through the cliffs of Dover”.  On some voyages, you board the ship’s helicopter and swoop low over the crisp white ice. Whatever you do, this is sure to be the most memorable experience of your life.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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The Weddell Sea


Located in the Southern Ocean, the Weddell Sea is filled with a large mass of floating pack ice. The area covers about 1,080,000 square miles and, although it has a harsh environment, you can spot different species of seals, penguins and whales. In the south are the frontal barriers of the Filchner and Ronne ice shelves, growing constantly due to a flow of inland ice sheets. In spring, when the pack-ice in the Weddell Sea is still thick, you can take a walk on it, in-between huge tabular icebergs and penguins!

The region has a rich history. Great Explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton decided to venture into the Weddel Sea, but the most remarkable is perhaps the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. Under the command of the geologist Otto Nordenskjöld and captained by the famous Norwegian Carl Anton Larsen, the ship was trapped in the ice and sank, but their men survived and managed to carry out important scientific research in the area and spent two winters in harsh conditions. The first winter was planned and the second forced due to the sinking of their ship “Antarctic".

Only the strongest vessels can venture further into the Weddell Sea in search of the illustrious Emperor Penguin. It is also home to the largest population of Adélie penguins and you can see them in places like Devil Island and Paulet Island. 

The Weddell Sea provides a singular opportunity to explore one of the most remote and least studied places on Earth, a perfect expedition to step into the unknown.

Our team of Antarctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Alaska


Wild, raw, real...Alaska, the USA's largest, yet most sparsely populated state, is a spectacular world of sensational landscapes, formidable wildlife, untouched wilderness and charming simplicity of life. This is a place quite unlike any other, and an expedition cruise exploring the narrow passages, beautiful islands and pristine wilderness of this incredible part of the world is a truly epic adventure that will stay with you forever.

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