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Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises

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Falkland Islands Exclusive
Up to 1950 USD discount

Falkland Islands Exclusive

Discover the secret wildlife treasures of the Falklands

OTL21-18. The Falkland Islands cruise delivers you to the secret wildlife treasures of the Southern Hemisphere. Combining Argentinian and European cultures, the Falklands are home for multiple species of birds including Magellanic, Gentoo, and Rockhopper penguins.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

29 Oct - 7 Nov, 2018

Price:

5600 USD 3650 USD 1950 USD discount

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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica
Up to 2550 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-19. A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

3 Nov - 23 Nov, 2019

Price:

12500 USD 9950 USD 2550 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Arctic Autumn

Pack ice experience

NOO23-18. The North Spitsbergen cruise sails to some of the remotest locations of northern Europe. The expedition gives you the opportunity to spot historic whaling remains, glaciers, a variety of Arctic birds including the Little Auk, and polar bears.

s/v Noorderlicht

s/v Noorderlicht

Cruise date:

29 Aug - 9 Sep, 2018

Price:

4600 USD

Central Spitsbergen, Arctic Autumn

Arctic autumn

NOO25-18. 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 and one of the great attractions in the Arctic: The Nor...

s/v Noorderlicht

s/v Noorderlicht

Cruise date:

16 Sep - 23 Sep, 2018

Price:

2650 USD

North Iceland - Arctic Circle & whales, Aurora borealis

Aurora Borealis, Arctic Circle & whales

RVR33-18. Visit the island of Grimsey and take a guided walk across the Arctic Circle. At night we might see Aurora borealis (Northern Lights), While sailing across Skjafandi Bay we hope to see Humpback whales, Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoise.

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

Cruise date:

19 Oct - 22 Oct, 2018

Price:

1200 USD

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 233 votes

Henk Vogel
Ortelius
by Henk Vogel on Arctic

The trip with the Ortelius was planned almost one year ago and we have been looking forward to what we called the Expedition Polar Bear with high expectations. We is the male part of a family of three generations...

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christine schenk
super
by christine schenk on Arctic

erfüllend

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MARIE-LOUISE TSHIBUABUA
EIN UNVERGESSLICHES ERLEBNIS
by MARIE-LOUISE TSHIBUABUA on Arctic

DAS WAREN WIRKLICH UNVERGESSLICHE TAGE DIE ICH IN DIESEM FÜR MICH GANZ NEUEN TEIL DER ERDE VERBRINGEN DURFTE. DIE NATUR ZU WASSER UND ZU LAND ZU ERLEBEN IN IHRER URSPRÜNGLICHKEIT BEEINDRUCKEND. ICH...

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ilse Raben-Petersen
Im Land der Eisbären
by ilse Raben-Petersen on Arctic

Eine wunderschöne Reise, wo alles gestimmt hat! Dies lag nicht zuletzt an der hervorragenden Crew. Sie waren sehr umsichtig bei den Landgängen und überhaupt ein tolles Team. Die Organisation, die...

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Peter Burtscher
Spitzbergen Umrundung
by Peter Burtscher on Arctic

sehr freundliche Crew, gutes Essen, erfahrener, überlegt handelnder Expeditionsleiter. Die Guides haben sich sehr viele Mühe gegeben. Manche Guides sollten aber auch zugeben können, wenn sie etwas...

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Johan Hiddink
Around Spitsbergen OTL09-18
by Johan Hiddink on Arctic

We made the cruise Around Spitsbergen in July 2018. It was a remarkable voyage. We saw a lot of the characteristic scenery and environment of the Arctic. Very special was that we saw at least 8 polar bears and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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About Oceanwide Expeditions

Passionate

Taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions has been our driving passion at Oceanwide Expeditions for over twenty years. Our knowledgeable cruise leaders, committed staff, and thoroughly outfitted vessels are our way of expressing what we care about most: making your cruise to the Arctic and Antarctic truly unforgettable. When you sail with us, you experience a part of the world that is unlike any other. Mountainous glaciers, snow-swept shores, whales and polar bears and vast colonies of penguins make up this world, and they are all part of the surreal ecosystem you can watch unfold before you on your future Oceanwide expedition.

Adventurous

Providing you a travel experience that inspires (and is inspired by) you, that’s what taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions means to us. We get you away from the vessel and into the action as fast as possible: up to two landings per day in the morning and afternoon, with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs ready to shuttle you past the ice floes and onto the shore. We keep our programs flexible so that you get the most out of whatever surprises nature has in mind. When you sail with us, the cruise is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Pioneering

So what exactly is beneath the tip of that iceberg? The pioneering spirit, which all travelers to the polar regions (regardless of age and background) have in common. Guiding our expeditions with passion, tapping into the desire for inspiration and beauty, and always taking you closer to the heart of the Arctic and Antarctic – at Oceanwide Expeditions, that is our promise to you. 

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