Crossing the Arctic Circle - Antarctic Cruise

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Join us on an unparalleled experience as we cross the Arctic Circle aboard a luxury cruise. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the wonders of the Arctic, where every moment will immerse you in the majesty of this unique landscape. From the comfort and elegance of our luxury cruise ship, you'll have the chance to witness the thrilling crossing of the Arctic Circle, marking a memorable milestone in your journey. Discover the magic of this moment as we sail through icy waters, surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery and the possibility of spotting Arctic wildlife in its natural habitat. Join us on this extraordinary adventure and experience the thrill of crossing the Arctic Circle on a journey that will be etched in your memory forever.

13 Day Artic Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh

We welcome you to Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland. This is where our journey begins. We have arranged hotel accommodation before the cruise to give you more time in this city rich with history and culture. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the city, admiring both classic and medieval architecture from the 18 th century. Edinburgh Castle is majestically positioned above all.

Day 2: Edinburgh

The morning and the early afternoon are yours to enjoy at leisure. Edinburgh's ancient streets are a treasure trove of unexpected views of distant green hills and blue seas. You will then be transported from your hotel in Leith to the cruise ship. You can explore the ship before dinner. This will be your new home away from home.

Day 3: Kirkwall & Orkney Islands

Kirkwall has a quiet, relaxed pace. It is also the capital city of Orkney, a remote archipelago. Kirkwall was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga, in 1046. We can explore the rich history of Kirkwall today. Most famous is the St Magnus Cathedral in sandstone, which has been called the best medieval structure of the northern part of Scotland. Also, there are Bishop's Palace, and Earl's Palace.
Tour "Ancient Treasures of Orkney" with St Magnus Cathedral. Depart Kirkwall, and travel to the West of Mainland (Orkney's biggest island). The tour takes you through Orkney's gentle rolling terrain and the Neolithic Heartland, an area that has been designated a World Heritage Site for its prehistoric archaeology. After passing the Standing Stones of Stenness we stop at the Ring ofBrodgar, a large ceremonial stone circle dating back nearly 5000 years. The 5000 year old village Skara Brae is beautifully explained in the Visitor Centre. Discover the amazing dwellings that were revealed by the storms 150 years ago from under the dunes.

Listen to some stories as you return to Kirkwall. We will visit St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the capital of the isle. The cathedral was built by Vikings over the course of their 500-year reign

Day 4: Fair Isle

Fair Isle offers a paradise to birdwatchers. The lush grasslands, cliffs and spectacular views are home to a large number of bird species. More than 345 bird species were recorded in this area - the most of any place in Britain. We hope to spot northern fulmars and kittiwakes as we walk around the island.

Day 5: Torshavn & Faroe Islands

National Geographic Traveler has rated Faroe Islands "authentic, undisturbed and likely to stay that way". Nature seems to have spared no expense in "painting the islands". The sceneries are unforgettable with their deep-green hills and bright-blue seas, as well as colourful boats and houses, along with orange-red beaks of puffins.

Faroese people are known for their ruggedness and love of sea. Torshavn is the largest and capital city of Faroe Islands.

Torshavn, a city where modernity meets history, is unique. Old turfed homes and new buildings are side-by-side.

Day 6: Sightings of whales and seabirds

Our expert crew will present workshops and presentations, while our onboard recreational facilities ensure you don't waste your day. From the open decks, as well as from stateroom and balcony windows or balconies on exterior sides of the ship, you can enjoy whale and seabird sightings.

Day 7: Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen is home to the northernmost active subaerial volcano in the world - Beerenberg. It is a wild island, uninhabited except for members of the Norwegian weather station. Translation of the Norwegian signboard on the door: "Theory" is what you say when everything makes sense but doesn't work. The practice is when you understand everything but nothing works. We combine theory with practice on this station so that nobody knows why nothing works. Jan Mayen's birdlife is dominated by Northern Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Brunich’s Guillemots that breed on steep slopes and cliffs.

Day 8: Svalbard

Our invited speakers will prepare you for the amazing wildlife of Svalbard and its stunning landscapes.

Day 9, 10, 11 & 12: Svalbard

It is an expedition into a wilderness in the High Arctic. Our route and the exploration possibilities here depend heavily on weather conditions and sea ice. The itinerary is determined by our experienced expedition leader and captain, who constantly adjusts plans to suit the conditions. Svalbard is a remote and wild corner of the Arctic, and we will take advantage of all the opportunities that Nature presents. Polar bears and the other iconic Arctic wildlife are easily spotted anywhere. Our goal is to take advantage of every chance to see wildlife, discover stunning scenery and walk in the steps of historic polar explorations.

The western region of Svalbard is a spectacular place to explore. The area is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Arctic and the best opportunities for wildlife viewing. Jagged peaks and deep fjords flank narrow channels. Glaciers calving icebergs in turquoise water are enormous tidewater glaciers. Reindeer graze on fields of blooming tundra, and Arctic foxes play in the snowy landscape. Walruses and many different types of whales live in the abundant waters near shore and off. During the summer, migratory bird species are abundant, and many rare ones.

We also visit places that are rich in history to complete our Arctic adventure. We explore the remnants of historic whaling camps and coal mining operations as well as trappers' cabins. There are also staging areas from historical attempts to find the North Pole. Our days will be filled with unforgettable excursions, delicious meals, expert presentations, stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and plenty of time to take pictures.

Day 13: Longyearbyen

We say goodbye to Longyearbyen after breakfast, which is the administrative center of Svalbard in Norway. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Oslo. After the initial emotions subside, you can look back on your Arctic adventure and perhaps make plans for your future polar expedition?

Itinerary Map

Crossing the Arctic Circle

13 Day Artic Itinerary Includes

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • WiFi on board
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Predeparture materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

13 Day Artic Itinerary Does not Include

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Staff gratuities

13 Day Artic Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the rich history of Kirkwall, capital city of Orkney, and visit iconic landmarks like St Magnus Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, and Earl's Palace.
  • Immerse yourself in the birdwatcher's paradise of Fair Isle, where lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs are home to over 345 bird species.
  • Experience the untouched beauty of the Faroe Islands, rated by National Geographic Traveler as authentic and undisturbed.
  • Keep an eye out for whale and seabird sightings from the open decks or your stateroom.
  • Discover the wild and uninhabited Jan Mayen island, home to the northernmost active subaerial volcano in the world, Beerenberg.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 12 Dinners
  • 13 Lunches
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13 Day Artic cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Snowshoeing
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Photography
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
Yoga
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Crossing the Arctic Circle
13 Days
From $5,995.00 per person


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