Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins
ARCTIC ALASKA & RUSSIAN FAR EAST
Exploring where few have gone before – these incredible expedition cruises go where no other cruises dare. The Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean, Sea of Okhotsk, Kiril Islands, Kamchatka Peninsula, Chukotka, and Wrangel Island, home to the largest concentration of polar bears.
Greenland is a massive island and autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Much of its land surface is covered in ice. Most of its small population lives along the ice-free, fjord-lined coast, particularly in the southwest. Its northerly position, largely above the Arctic Circle, results in natural phenomena such as summer’s midnight sun and winter’s Northern Lights.
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today. This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) or a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole.
SPITSBERGEN, SVALBARD & JAN MAYEN
Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. Constituting the westernmost bulk of the archipelago, it borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea, and the Greenland Sea.
The first Northeast Passage traverse ever for Silversea Expeditions, this is your chance to become the polar pioneer you have always dreamt of. Retrace the voyages of famous explorers and travel as far north as the ice will let you. A wealth of wildlife, geological and cultural experiences await, while visits to local villagers will warm your soul.
CHURCHILL POLAR BEARS
November 04-09, 2017
Imagine watching polar bears in their natural habitat alongside a naturalist expert from Polar Bears International, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to protecting these amazing animals. This opportunity is yours in the vast wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.
GREAT ICE BEAR ADVENTURE – Churchill Wild – Dymond Lake EcoLodge
2018- Oct 23-29; Oct 26-Nov. 1; Oct 29–Nov 4; Nov 1– 7; Nov 4-10 – Photo leader -Robert Postma; Nov 7-13 – Photo leader – Robert Postma; Nov 10-16
Your time spent at the Lodge involves mostly terrestrial travel in order to reduce our impact on the environment. Out of respect for both the wildlife and the sensitive ecosystem they depend on, the use of motorized vehicles is kept to a strict minimum. With Churchill Wild, the boots were definitely made for walking!