Summer offer: Ross Sea Antarctica

$7,950 OFF

A spectacular exploration voyage through the most remote areas of the world. m/v Ortelius will be equipped with helicopters.

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Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises

Up to $1170 discount

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis


The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

Cruise date:

14 Sep - 21 Sep, 2016


$3900 $2730 $1170 discount

Up to $800 discount

Central Spitsbergen


The central Spitsbergen cruise offers the chance to explore both the beautiful fjord region as well as the history of the people who have lived and worked here. The expedition is also a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife in its natural habitat.

Cruise date:

16 Sep - 23 Sep, 2016


$2650 $1850 $800 discount

Up to $7950 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)


Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017


$27900 $19950 $7950 discount

Up to $2900 discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters


A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

Cruise date:

27 Nov - 7 Dec, 2016


$11550 $8650 $2900 discount

Up to $5750 discount

Spectacular Ross Sea (incl. helicopters)


Sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visiting the Ross Ice-shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

Cruise date:

13 Jan - 14 Feb, 2017


$25700 $19950 $5750 discount

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 72 votes

Filippo Coverini
Tour Round Spitzbergen
by Filippo Coverini on Arctic

It was a fantastic tour for us, one of the best of our life. The ship was very confortable and the attentions for the customers where excellent. The captain made a great job that permitted us to see many polar...

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Roland Questel
Reise mit vielen Höhepunkten
by Roland Questel on Arctic

Eine gelungene, interessante Reise auf einem Schiff mit junger, sehr freundlicher und aufmerksamer Besatzung und einem wundervollen Expeditionsteam, einem Kapitän, der alles ihm Mögliche unternahm um...

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Bruno Wild
Einfach Super
by Bruno Wild on Arctic

Ja, das war eine wirklich einmalige Reise für uns. Nicht nur das Wetter und all die Naturschönheiten haben voll „gestimmt“. Auch die Stimmung auf dem Schiff mit all den positiven Kontakten...

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Andreas Jahnel

Im Juli 2016 war es nun endlich soweit. Mein lange erträumtes Ziel, das Archipel Svalbard erreichte ich zu Mitternacht. Eine traumhafte Rundreise mit der Plancius, mit einem Abstecher in das Packeis, brachten...

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Gunter Bock
by Gunter Bock on Arctic

Es war eine äußerst gelungene Reise. Die Organisation war perfekt. Der Einsatz der Crew war vorbildlich und von hohem Engagment geprägt. Wir haben sehr viel Neues gesehen und erlebt, insbesondere...

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Frequently Asked Questions

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...


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...


What kind of clothing should I take with me during the expedition cruise?

The choice of clothing for cold temperatures during your Arctic or Antarctica expedition cruise is a very special matter. It depends on your individual experience whether to take warm clothes with you. Our advice is to take warm, wind and waterproof...


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....


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...


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