Latest news & blogs


Latest news & blogs

Onshore activities in Antarctica to enjoy during your Polar Expedition

Long gone are the days when a short hike was the extent of the shoreside itinerary. Now, a world of opportunity awaits onshore in Antarctica, here are some of t…

09 Feb 2018

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Antarctic Wildlife: Chinstrap Penguins

The Chinstrap Penguin is a beautiful, delicate little bird with very distinctive markings from which its rather odd name derives. They look very much like they&…

02 Feb 2018

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Antarctic Wildlife: King Penguins

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) were first discovered in the early 18th century by European explorers. After the Emperor penguin, with whom they are clo…

30 Jan 2018

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Why a Polar Expedition Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

Antarctica and the Arctic are two parts of the globe that guarantee to inspire and astound like no other place you’ve ever visited. This is why a polar ex…

24 Jan 2018

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Polar Destinations Profile: Deception Island

Deception Island is an active volcano located in the South Shetland Islands, to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. This island of fire and ice is one of the …

22 Jan 2018

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Whales of the Arctic

The Arctic is home to 17 different species of whales. Belugas, bowheads, and narwhals are the only whales to inhabit Arctic waters all year round. Others, such …

19 Jan 2018

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Birds of the Arctic

There are a select few hardy Arctic birds who live in the northernmost part of the Earth all year round, as well as approximately 200 species of Arctic birds th…

20 Dec 2017

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5 Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

Polar Bears are the true beasts of the Arctic! Living in the harshest environment on earth, these tough bears are well adapted to their habitats, with dense fu…

05 Dec 2017

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Antarctic Wildlife: The Adelie Penguin

During the winter months, Adélie Penguins live on or very close to sea ice. In the warmer months, they breed on ice-free land. Naturally, this is rather …

06 Nov 2017

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Best Time of Year to Visit Antarctica and South Georgia

Visiting Antarctica and South Georgia means a significant purchase since these are large and comprehensive expeditions - a real a trip of a lifetime!

24 Oct 2017

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Famous Historic Antarctica Expeditions

Stories of polar exploration and polar expeditions are as fascinating and absorbing today as they were for their contemporary audiences.

16 Oct 2017

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Everything You Need To Know About Antarctica Icebergs

Icebergs are a beautiful part of the landscape in the Polar Regions. I love the moment when we see our first iceberg of an expedition. They are pristine and pic…

12 Oct 2017

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Flowers In Antarctica

It is hard to think that anything like a flower can survive living in Antarctica. It has one of the harshest climates on earth.

09 Oct 2017

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The life of Sir Robert Falcon Scott

The life of Sir Robert Falcon Scott was one of adventure and drama. So much so that Robert Falcon Scott Antarctic Explorer became known as simply ‘Scott o…

28 Sep 2017

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Photography Tips for Antarctica

You’ll probably be no stranger to the fact that the conditions in Antarctica can be challenging for us humans, as well as for the technology we bring with…

22 Sep 2017

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Top Ten Animals You Can See Antarctica

There is plenty of animal life in Antarctica. It is a continent of extreme conditions but animals thrive here at certain times of the year.

17 Sep 2017

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Fun Facts About Antarctica

A trip to Antarctica is a journey to one of the most fascinating and beautiful places on the planet.

08 Sep 2017

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New Trips to See Emperor Penguins

We are thrilled to advise that the legendary icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will return to Antarctica again in October/November 2018… with four new expedi…

06 Sep 2017

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Humpback Whales and Where to See Them

Wildlife watching is one of life’s most satisfying activities, and whale watching is one of the most rewarding of all. They are impressive, majestic and i…

30 Aug 2017

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All You Need To Know About The Atlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins, or the ‘sea parrot’ as they are sometimes known thanks to their unique, colourful beak, are sea-dwelling birds. They spend most of…

16 Aug 2017

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Whales You Might See During Your Antarctica Cruise

10 Aug 2017

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What Pack When Visiting Polar Regions

If you are planning to travel to the polar regions, then preparation is central to a successful trip. You’ll be dealing with snow, sea ice and glacial ic…

02 Aug 2017

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Exploring Nuuk - Capital of Greenland

Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, situated on the west coast, around 150 miles (240km) south of the Arctic Circle. It is the world’s smallest and most nor…

20 Jul 2017

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Whale Spotting on an Antarctica cruise

One of the most life-affirming experiences of visiting the Antarctic is the immense pleasure of whale watching. Regardless of whether you’ve had the honou…

20 Jul 2017

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Tips for your first polar expedition

As the owner and founder of Expeditions Online – the independent expedition cruise travel agency – I’ve spent the majority of my working life …

05 Jul 2017

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Greenland Wildlife

The vast Greenland ice sheet covers around 80% of this huge landmass. If you’ve yet to visit Greenland, you would be forgiven for assuming it is difficult…

29 May 2017

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Huge canyon discovered under Greenland ice

One of the biggest canyons in the world has been discovered beneath the Greenland ice sheet.

14 May 2017

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Top Ten Reasons To Go On A Polar Expedition

A polar expedition is arguably the ultimate in adventure travel.

15 Feb 2017

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Fun Facts About The Arctic

The Arctic is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It’s a fascinating part of our planet that’s bursting with interesting facts.

23 Jan 2017

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Ushuaia - The Gateway of Antarctica

Ushuaia, Argentina is located on Tierra del Fuego island – at the southernmost tip of South America. Sometimes called ‘the end of the world’, …

16 Sep 2016

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History Of Svalbard & Spitsbergen

The archipelago of Svalbard Norway and Spitsbergen its main island sits in the high Arctic. Two-thirds of the Svalbard archipelago is permanently covered in sno…

05 Aug 2016

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Walrus and Where to See Them

The Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is one of the most distinctive and enigmatic Arctic animals, full of contrasts.

03 Aug 2016

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People of the Far North

The Arctic remains one of the earth’s last frontiers. Home to extreme conditions, beautiful landscapes, stunning wildlife – and some of the hardiest…

20 Jun 2016

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Shackleton – The Greatest Ever Explorer?

The Anglo-Irish explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of the leading men of what’s known as the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration' and is …

06 Jun 2016

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Where to see King Penguins in the wild

Penguin watching is immense fun! Found only in the southern hemisphere, penguins are flightless birds that are full of character – and colourful too,…

03 Jun 2016

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On top of the world - The North Pole

The sea ice that covers it is constantly moving and the climate always harsh and with extreme variations of light through the year - from the long, dark winter …

10 May 2016

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The icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov Returns!

A Legend Returns... Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is back for tourist expeditions in the High Arctic.

08 Apr 2015

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Volume of ice in Antarctica measured

A detailed analysis of data compiled during 50 years of exploration shows the White Continent to contain about 26-and-a-half-million cubic km.

01 May 2014

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15 Fascinating Facts on Humpback and Minke Whales

Discover how these magnificent animals behave in the icy waters of Antarctica!

28 Jan 2014

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Shokalskiy Breaks Free from Antarctic Ice

After more than two weeks stuck fast, the M/V Akademik Shokalskiy has managed to break free from the Antarctic pack ice and is heading north into open…

08 Jan 2014

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Akademik Shokalskiy Rescue Airlift Success

A five-hour operation yesterday successfully airlifted 52 passengers and scientists from the ice-trapped Akademik Shokalskiy, which had been beset by ice s…

03 Jan 2014

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M/V Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in ice

The expedition ship Akademik Shokalskiy, carrying tourists and scientists aiming to repeat experiments made during Douglas Mawson’s expedition, has become …

25 Dec 2013

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Near Record Sea Ice in Antarctica (again)

The sea ice extent in Antarctica attained a near-record high level of 18.7 million square kilometres in mid-August this year, according to studies by the USA Na…

28 Aug 2013

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Antarctica's 'Blood Falls' contain a Unique Ecosystem

This five-story, blood-red waterfall pours very slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.

04 Jul 2013

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New 'Under the Ice' Map of Antarctica

NASA has recently released a video showing the results of a study assembled by the British Antarctic Survey - Bedmap2 - which provides the most accurate look ev…

11 Jun 2013

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Earliest Satellite Maps of Polar Sea-ice

BBC Science News reports that the earliest ever satellite maps of Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice have been assembled by scientists. They were compiled with data f…

25 Apr 2013

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Antarctica summer ice melt greatest for 1000 years

At a time when those of us in more northerly latitudes are longing for the spring thaw, it is sobering to learn that summer ice melt in the Antarctic Peninsula …

16 Apr 2013

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Classic South Georgia Expedition

Here is a wonderful chance to spend 4 full days in the world's most renowned sub-Antarctic island: fabulous South Georgia.

15 Apr 2013

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New Voyage: South Georgia & Antarctica including South Sandwich Islands!

Announcing a truly 'once in a lifetime' voyage on board the ice-strengthened MV Ortelius: all the major Sub-Antarctic Atlantic islands, some of the ma…

12 Apr 2013

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Remnants of massive iceberg still floating 13 years later

A remnant piece of the mighty B-15 iceberg has been captured by NASA satellite — 13 years since it calved off Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf.

11 Apr 2013

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