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Cruises to Antarctica & the Arctic

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - South Sandwich Islands - Antarctic Peninsula


Come explore some of the most remote areas of the world with our Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Sandwich Islands – South Orkney Islands – Antarctic Peninsula cruise. The expedition visits the home grounds of a fantastic array of wildlife.

Cruise date:

13 Feb - 6 Mar, 2016


$15900 $10650 34% discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius


Our Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise gives you a wonderful variety of ways to explore the region. The expeditions let you choose from kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, mountaineering, and more for one inclusive price.

Cruise date:

18 Feb - 28 Feb, 2016


$9650 $6450 34% discount

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula


Our Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is especially suited for lovers of the seas. The expedition features a fantastic variety of birds, seals, whales, and penguins and is one of the favourite voyages of our experienced diving guests.

Cruise date:

6 Mar - 17 Mar, 2016


$9650 $6450 34% discount


South Greenland, Viking Trails


Cruise into Viking history with our South Greenland expedition. Visit a medieval Norse Cathedral, walk where Eric the Red once lived, take a refreshing bath in a hot spring surrounded by icebergs, and keep an eye out for visits from curious whales.

Cruise date:

2 Jul - 9 Jul, 2016


$3000 $2370 21% discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius


Our Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise gives you a wonderful variety of ways to explore the region. The expeditions let you choose from kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, mountaineering, and more for one inclusive price.

Cruise date:

28 Feb - 10 Mar, 2016


$7950 $6360 20% discount

We are Oceanwide Expeditions


Of Treacherous Rocks & Audacious Fin Whales

The morning dawned beautiful and calm, the Plancius weaving her way through the seas ever nearing Antarctic Sound. The waters were fantastically...

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Customer Stories

Ushuaia: The Little-Known History of Antarctica's Gateway

Ushuaia's official birth date is October 12, 1884. On that day, the Argentine Commodore Augusto Lasserre established the sub-division of Ushuaia...

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 28 votes

Hanne Krafft
Die Reise meines Lebens
by Hanne Krafft on Antarctica

Eine ausgezeichnete, aufeinander abgestimmte Crew, die bis zuletzt für die Teilnehmer da war."Du kannst uns jederzeit ansprechen" waren nicht nur hohle Worte. Hanne Krafft 8.01.2016

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Volker Krafft
Grandiose Reise
by Volker Krafft on Antarctica

Das Schiff mit der richtigen Anzahl der Reisenden für die Anlandungen, eine sehr vernünftige Küche, eine Crew, die auf alles vorbereitet war, ausgezeichnete informative mehrsprachige Vorträge...

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Jacques Delescen
A great experience
by Jacques Delescen on Antarctica

Right from the start when we embarked Plancius on December 28, 2015, the friendly atmosphere on board the ship and its helpful professional crew were promising signs for a great expedition to Antarctica. And...

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wim van passel
best time of my life
by wim van passel on Antarctica

The past 20 years I have experienced the prevelage of being guest on board for 20 times or more. Both the arctic and Antarctic regions not only are the most impresive regions of this planet, but they also offer...

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Gerhard Binder
by Gerhard Binder on Arctic

From the first minute to the last, it was a very great adventure. For me the different icehills were the best!

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Anna Turueva

This trip was an amazing adventure, not only because of uniqueness of Antarctic environment but also because of the people (crew members and passengers). I would like to thank all Plancius team members for the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are lifejackets provided on your cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica?

For the safety of all passengers during our cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica we provide everyone with a lightweight inflatable life jacket, which inflates automatically on contact with water. It is mandatory to wear these life jackets all times...


Are the Arctic and Antarctica cruise programs final?

All promoted Arctic and Antarctica cruise itineraries are for general guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and ad hoc decisions by the Expedition Leader onboard to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife....


Do I have to be really ‘fit’ and in good health to join an expedition to the Arctic or Antarctica?

To join an expedition cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica, you must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible...


How do I prepare for my expedition trips?

Our voyages are “expedition” style cruise. Our emphasis is on wildlife encounters, personal contact with the environs, visiting sites of historical interest and to a lesser extent scientific stations. Our actual program will vary to take best...


How much time do we spend ashore during our polar cruise?

That is hard to say. It depends on the weather and constraints of time and distance. Depending on the voyage, you may spend several days aboard the ship, followed by a series of landings, each several hours long. On some cruises you land two or three...


What is the difference between an ice-strengthened ship and an icebreaker ship?

An ice-strengthened ship is a ship made of steel. These ships are made to get through the ice at Antarctica and the Arctic. Nowadays, most of the ships that cruise to Antarctica and the Arctic are ice-strengthened ships. Ortelius and Plancius are...


About Oceanwide Expeditions

Experience true emotions in the polar regions

Oceanwide Expeditions looks back at 32+ years of experience in expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctica, having built up a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. Our tours are constantly modified to guarantee the intended quality of our cruises.

Keeping days at sea short and implementing fast gangway operations allow us to give our guests maximum time ashore to explore. We offer two landings per day, morning and afternoon (weather permitting). Sailing schedules and land programs are flexible, and will always be adapted to local sea ice and weather conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Our fleet of inflatable zodiacs are ready in no time for taxi shuttles to shore and cruises among ice-floes and the local wildlife. While cruising and actively exploring the polar regions, we are sure that you will become increasingly fascinated by these unique wildernesses, places of drama, wildlife, history and true emotion. Welcome aboard!

Your polar experience to a higher level

The regions we visit during our Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruises contain hardly any infrastructure and are almost only reachable by boat. Oceanwide Expeditions operates, so to speak, on the borderline of land and water, where daily guided excursions guarantee intensive and individual nature and wildlife experience in small groups.

Our carefully prepared and unique voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory and environmentally friendly travel program, which is flexible and guarantees much time for adventure packed activities, combined with educational lectures on board. For special activities we provide industry leading equipment: tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, kayaks, diving compressors, scuba tanks and weights, rubber boots with grip sole, polar jackets, sledges (pulkas), mountaineering hard wear.

Join for a quality discovery cruise in the Arctic & Antarctica

Discover the pristine and mysterious polar planet with us! We are pure polar, pioneers of ship-based exploratory tourism in the Arctic and Antarctica and 4 times awarded as: ‘World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator’.

We are organizing unique polar expedition cruise programs to the polar regions for guests who want to actively enjoy the spectacular scenery, explore nature and wildlife of some of the world’s most stunning and pristine shorelines, above and below the oceans, at sea and on land. See all polar cruises