The best activity voyage in Antarctica

Between 4 November and 15 November 2017 Oceanwide Expeditions will offer "Basecamp Ortelius", an activity voyage which goes beyond our normal shore program.

Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises

Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 2250 USD discount

Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula

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The Atlantic Odyssey cruise visits some of the remotest islands in the world, crossing the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season.

Cruise date:

26 Mar - 22 Apr, 2017

Price:

8050 USD 5800 USD 2250 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

31 May - 7 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

8 Jun - 15 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

14 Jun - 21 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special
Up to 800 USD discount

North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

Cruise date:

21 Jun - 28 Jun, 2017

Price:

3900 USD 3100 USD 800 USD discount

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The Antarctica State of Mind

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 111 votes

frank van vliet
trip antarctica
by frank van vliet on Antarctica

Excellent trip. Great that there are so many excursions. Friendly crew. Professional guides. Solid good food. No complaints.

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Jörg M. Seifert
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by Jörg M. Seifert on Antarctica

We were standing in the midst of thousands of penguins, seeing seals, sea-leppards and sea-elephants. Whales, close to touch and birds who were not afraid of humans. In the storm, we were seasick before we could...

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Andrew Gellert

Outstanding 19 days. Fabulous expedition leader David Berg and Assistant Katja Riedel. All the expedition guides gave of their all with hugely informative lectures, great zodiac cruises and careful attention...

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cossart marc
Trip of a life
by cossart marc on Antarctica

Difficult in a short space to explain a trip like that, specially if English is not your first language.. For me, that was what I have expected, the weather was correct, that permits helicopter tours, but too...

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Anne Maritta Koskela
Trip to Antarctic Peninsula
by Anne Maritta Koskela on Antarctica

Excellent trip to Antarctic!

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Dick Rosen
Grand trip
by Dick Rosen on Antarctica

The Antarctica Peninsula was a spectacular destination, with beautiful landscape of glaciers, icebergs, mountains, channels and intriguing wildlife. We were fortunate to have witnessed three prolonged sittings...

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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

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