We all know penguins are the star attraction of a cruise to Antarctica, but how much do you know about these cute and cuddly birds
We all know penguins are the star attraction of a cruise to Antarctica, but how much do you know about these cute and cuddly birds
You will want to remember the time you travelled to the end of the world even more than a usual trip away, so a few souvenirs can be a great way to do this.
To celebrate the fact that the building of MS Roald Amundsen is underway, Hurtigruten has launched two fantastic offers for her inaugural season.
Without doubt, one of the most exciting adventure opportunities we can offer the chance to sail all the way to the North Pole. Here's what to expect.
Does the recent discovery of meltwater across Antartica mean that we need to re-think the impacts of climate change?
Known as one of the most treacherous sailing routes in the world, a journey around Cape Horn is something to be celebrated. And you can do it with us.
If the thought of limited food options and basic meals is putting you off taking an Arctic or Antarctic expedition cruise, you needn’t be concerned.
The remote island of South Georgia is home to penguins, shipwrecks & Ernest Shackleton’s grave. It's definitely an interesting stop on the way to Antarctica.
With the doomsday clock moving to just 2 & a half minutes from midnight, these storage facilities have been set up in the polar regions to safeguard our future.
An expedition cruise doesn’t have to take you all the way to the North Pole or Antarctica. Here are some other fantastic locations you might want to consider.
As eight new ships are scheduled for 2019, we look at how the operators aim to address the increase in ships heading into polar waters.
Until recently, there wasn’t a museum entirely dedicated to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but a new exhibition has opened in France to change this.
On a Basecamp cruise with Oceanwide Expeditions, there will be no need to make hard choices as there will be activities galore included in the price.
There was a time when maps showed outlandish things like pygmies and magnetic rocks where the North Pole should be, but why?
A team from Arizona State University have suggested refreezing Arctic sea ice, but is this really a viable way of protecting this delicate environment?
Lindblad Expeditions are currently in the process of adding two newly-built ships to their fleet for the first time in their history.
British scientists have recently announced that the Northern Lights may soon disappear from our skies. So, could sightings really become a thing of the past?
Destinations such as Greenland, Iceland and Norway are perfect for anyone who wants see wildlife of the feathery kind during their expedition cruise.
Obviously, you’ll want to experience your surroundings naturally, but technology can also help enhance your time in Antarctica or the Artic.
The Polar Regions can tell us so much about the world we live in. Here are a few innovative research techniques being used.
Norway’s Lofoten Islands are some of the most beautiful destinations you can visit on our Arctic expedition cruises. Here are a few things you’re likely to see.
One of the most enriching things about the Arctic is the wide range of native communities that live there. Here's a chance to learn about the Sami people.
A three-year plan is currently in operation to move the British Antarctic Survey research station after a large chasm began opening up at a faster rate.
Spitsbergen is often said to be the perfect destination for your first polar expedition, but what can you expect from a trip around this fascinating island?
Oceanwide Expeditions have started construction on what will be the third expedition ship to join their ranks, due to enter service in early 2019.
With a new expedition ship coming in 2018, there will soon be twice as many options for those wanting to sail into polar waters with Silversea.
Unlike Antarctica, the Arctic is not one big land mass. Instead, there are eight different countries, each of which providing a different experience.
If you saw Arctic Live and Planet Earth II, you may be undecided as to which you want to visit first. Luckily, we have cruises to both!
Last week, it was announced that 598,000 square miles of the Ross Sea will be placed under protection from December the 1st 2017.
Here are four activities you can experience for the first time during a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic.
It's near impossible for a human being to dive the depths of Antarctic waters. So the question is, what do scientists do? Step up the Weddell Seal!
Two years and a day after since the discovery of HMS Erebus, Franklin's second ship, HMS Terror, is believed to have been found.
The Inuit people have many customs that are rooted in their history. Whilst some are no longer commonplace, many of them are still present in one form or another.
Last year we told you about Metallica becoming the first band to play a gig on all seven continents, but what else have people managed to achieve?
Polar expedition ships are unique in more ways than one. Here are five things that you won’t find on a standard ocean cruise vessel.
This watery highway didn’t just appear, it was the subject of much speculation and endeavour before it was finally transited. Here are five facts about the Northwest Passage.
Hurtigruten has recently announced an Antarctic itinerary that could be perfect for birdwatchers, but what can you expect to see?
Thanks to the latest VR technology, there’s now an opportunity to immerse yourself in the white world of Antarctica without actually being there.
The North and South Pole, they’re the same thing right? If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re wrong.
The city of Punta Arenas offers a port and an airport for those heading off on a trip to the seventh continent, but what is there to do before you climb aboard your ship?
To celebrate their first ship christening in 10 years, Hurtigruten is offering free flights on selected polar cruises throughout 2017.
Many have put claims that the Northern Lights make a noise down to folklore, but could it be more of a scientific fact?
Climate change continues to be a hot topic and there are some worrying signs that climate change is already altering the extreme north and south of our planet.
If your polar cruise is departing from the Icelandic capital, here are a few things to keep you busy before you step on board.
Recent fossil findings show that the asteroid which spelt the end for dinosaurs also wiped out over half the Antarctic ecosystem.
Pizzly or grolar bears have been spotted in increasing numbers as polar and grizzly bears come into contact with each other more often. Here are some more examples of hybrids.
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the polar regions, but here are some things you should know before you sign up.
These straits, seas and passages are all named after the brave explorers who were the first to discover them.
To celebrate Star Wars Day, we take a look at some of the Arctic locations used when filming the movies.
Just weeks after news emerged that they are working on battery-powered cruise ships, Hurtigruten has announced the development of state-of-the-art new explorer vessels.
Quark Expeditions are aiming for the best Arctic season ever with the launch of new itineraries and an upgraded ship.
Could battery-powered cruise ships really be just around the corner? Find out which cruise line is already working to make this a reality.
These are the best places within the polar regions to go whale watching. You will be able to spot minke, fin, humpback and even blue whales.
As Boaty McBoatface leads a poll to decide the name of Britain's next polar research ship, we look at a few more likely options.
Whilst an expedition cruise isn't for everyone, there are quite a few people that would fall in love with our spectacular itineraries.
If you are unsure whether a full-on polar cruise is for you, why not try one of these options to bridge the gap between traditional and expedition cruising.
As Lindblad Expeditions announce two new smaller ships, we look at the reasons why vessels of this size are perfect for expedition cruising.
Quark Expeditions is giving guests the chance to meet Colonel Chris Hadfield on board a special Canadian Arctic cruise.
Although not for everyone, there is a certain appeal about a polar cruise that can't be denied.
UNESCO have been preserving important historical sites for decades now. Here are some World Heritage listed places that are found in the Arctic.
Activity in the lower stratosphere has caused rare sightings of a natural phenomenon over the UK during the last few days.
Arctic cuisine is not as widely known as the food from places such as the Mediterranean and Asia, so these national dishes may come as a surprise.
Here's your chance to win a watch befitting of any explorer. The Metropolitan+ is great for travelling and for everyday life too.
As a collection of Royal Mail stamps is launched to celebrate its centenary, we look closer at Ernest Shackelton's heroic Antarctic expedition.
The Northern Lights are an illusive phenomenon, but you can raise your chances of a sighting by taking advantage of Hurtigruten's Northern Lights Promise.
In 2013, Metallica became the first performers to play on all seven continents. Here's the story of how the coolest gig on Earth took place.
Born into a seafaring family, Robert Falcon Scott was an explorer who would risk his life in a bid to become the first man ever to reach the South Pole.
Ushuaia is the starting point for many of our polar cruises, but how much do you know about this intriguing city?
If you think your lack of fitness is holding you back from exploring the Polar Regions, here's why it shouldn't.
Camping on Antarctica is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime activity. Here's what this amazing experience will entail.
Aptly nicknamed ‘Unicorns of the sea’, narwhals are enchanting and majestic mammals that steer clear from the shore. Here’s what we do know about them.
As Lindblad Expeditions announce their first Falklands circumnavigation, we tell you what you can expect from the itinerary.
The climate change debate rages on as NASA releases a report that shows the ice in Antarctica is actually increasing on the whole.
The Drake Passage is sure to be an eventful part of your Antarctic cruise. But will you experience the 'Drake Lake' or the 'Drake Shake'.
In order to preserve the Polar Regions, we only work with operators who care as much about these delicate environments as we do.
The UK has won the right to build a £200-million polar research vessel, after a bid was accepted ahead of those from Spain, Norway, South Korea and Singapore.
There are many things we still don't know about the vast wilderness that is Antarctica, but here are some things that we do.
During the winter months in the Polar Regions a phenomenon known as the Polar Night occurs. But what exactly happens during this period?
An Antarctic expedition with us is a far cry from what it would have been like for Robert Falcon Scott and the other historic explorers. Here are some key differences.
A recent photo of a malnourished polar bear taken in Svalbard has again sparked concern about climate change in the Polar Regions.
Expedition leaders are an important part of any polar cruise. Here are just a few ways in which they will impact your trip.
All across the Arctic, indigenous people live in thriving communities. You may well get the chance to interact with some of them on your Arctic cruise.
Hurtigruten have announced a new responsible tourism initiative that aims to get their passengers involved in preserving the Polar Regions.
The Antarctic Treaty is something that you’ve probably heard of, but how much do you really know about it?
Polar bears, whales and penguins are a big part of polar cruises today, but which animals ruled these regions throughout history?
The beautiful Canadian Arctic Archipelago is the perfect destination for an expedition cruise. Here are just a few reasons why.
In a historic first, Russia recently allowed a Poseidon Expeditions ship to go straight to Franz Josef Land without stopping in Russia first.
It has been 100 years since Shackleton & his men got into trouble during their Endurance expedition. Silversea is marking the centenary with a host of cruises.
As man-made and natural environmental factors continue to impact on our climate, it's a sad fact that certain polar creatures are suffering as a consequence.
These tips will help you capture those picture perfect memories during your expedition cruise.
Hurtigruten has transferred MS Midnatsol to Antarctica for the winter of 2016 and added a new ship for cruises along Norway's coastline.
From gloves to gadgets, here are some of the best accessories that you can bring with you on your expedition cruise.
Here are some interesting facts about the animals that roam the wilds of the Arctic. You can see these for yourself on our wildlife watching cruises.
Many people think that you have to rough it on an expedition cruise, but that's not the case. There are also many ways you can enjoy a touch of luxury.
The full impact of global warming is still something that is hotly debated, but new research has shown that Antarctic glaciers are now melting at a faster rate.
There are many brave explorers who have helped to discover the Polar Regions, but they would be nothing without their trusty expedition vessels.
We explain what the Midnight Sun is and tell you when and where you can experience it on our expedition cruises.
When you embark on a polar expedition, you'll get three distinct perspectives of these beautiful destinations. Here are the various ways you can explore.
Man's fascination with the Polar Regions means we are always intrigued by what goes on there. Here are two incredible news stories that demonstrate this.
In part two of our list of polar firsts, we meet the first dog to set foot on Antarctica and the first man to pilot a plane over both poles.
Historically, humans have demonstrated their endurance as they aim to become the first to achieve something. Here's part one of our look at some polar firsts.
Many of our expeditions start in a major city, but it's usually only a fleeting visit. Why not add a few extra nights in these fantastic locations?
The icebreaker ship, Kapitan Khlebnikov, will re-join Quark Expeditions’ fleet in 2016, offering the chance to embark on an epic 75-day Arctic circumnavigation.
We've recently added expeditions to Alaska to the site. Here are three major highlights of a cruise in this part of the world.
Ice is all around you in the polar regions, but here are a few fascinating facts about the frozen substance.
The Northern Lights are nature's most exciting phenomenon. Here are the places in which you can see them and the optimum conditions needed.
The end goal of any Antarctic expedition cruise is the Peninsula itself, but these three archipelagos provide excellent stop-off destinations along the way.
China recently celebrated 30 years of Antarctic expeditions. We look back at how things have developed for them over the last 3 decades.
As well as the expedition cruises that we have available, we can also offer the Arctic Watch Lodge land program. Here's what you can expect from this trip.
Humans have always been captivated by the wonders of the Arctic. Here are three TV shows which increase our intrigue even more and inspire us to visit.
There are many things to see and do when in iceland but these three experiences are simply unmissable.
After 10 years of restoration work, three historical huts on Antarctica have been restored and protected against the elements.
Our polar cruises allow you to see some amazing sights in earth’s most extreme landscapes. Here are the best times to travel depending on what you want to see.
Only a small amount of tourists get to visit Antarctica every year, but smaller still is the number of people that work there. We take a look at the kind of jobs they do.
Here is everything you need to know about our polar cruises, in alphabetical order.
We compare the relative luxury of our polar cruises to the hardships real polar explorers have to face when taking on feats of endurance.
Greenland is a popular destination for Arctic cruises thanks to a number of excellent experiences that it offers. Here are four things to look out for.
Finding it hard to decide which expedition operator you should choose? Here's our handy guide which may help you make up your mind.
A new temporary exhibition at the British Library highlights the beauty and danger of the Arctic. Learn about John Franklin's fabled polar expedition as well as many other stories pertaining to the Northwest Passage and the Arctic.
Jim McNeill needs you! Find out how you can take part in a quest to become the first group to ever reach the North Pole of Inaccessibility.
Although both the Arctic and Antarctic are covered in snow, there are some important differences between these two polar regions.
Global warming is drastically affecting the Arctic habitat and wildlife. Here are a few simple things you can do to help protect the Polar Regions.
The chance to see polar bears in their natural habitat is one of the main reasons people choose to take an Arctic expedition. Here are 3 places where sightings occur most.
The Falklands are often in the news for unwanted reasons, but Fred.\ offers you the chance to explore what they are really like.
Expeditions have not always been about sightseeing, here are some important journeys that helped to shape the world we now live in.
Polar cruises may not be the most inexpensive holiday option, but these are great for those looking to spend what they normally would on a standard ocean cruise.
Wildlife lovers will delight in the chance to track down large penguin colonies across Antarctica. A selection of our expedition cruises will enable you to spot members of the various species mentioned here.
Our solo expeditions offer a great way to explore the Polar Regions. Here's why they can be just as rewarding as travelling with a companion.
The different regions of mainland Norway and its overseas territories can vary between areas of outstanding natural beauty and wild, untamed landscapes that are ripe for exploration. Here is a look at some which fall into these two different categories.
Aside from your expedition ship, you are sure to use many other forms of transport during your expedition cruise. Here, we take a look at a few of the more exciting ones.
As one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships has recently been recovered off the coast of Canada, we take a look at a few other mysteries relating to the Polar Regions.
All of the expedition operators that we work with put safety first when taking people to the Polar Regions. Here are some of the state-of-the-art safety features they have on their ships.
Iceland is the land of fire and ice but it is also a place where mythology and folklore come to life. Here are some fascinating tales that help to explain the landscape of this beautiful country.
There is more than one North Pole out there, but what is the difference between them all?
Having not been on an expedition cruise before, many people may be unsure as to what to pack before embarking on thier trip. Here are a few things you shouldn't leave home without.
Nature impacts our lives almost daily and has two clear sides to its personality. However, whether it is demonstrating its beauty or power; there is no mistaking the fact that it makes us take notice. Here are some amazing natural sights you can see on a Fred.\ expedition cruises.
The 'Freezing Five' are must-see animals for anyone travelling to the Polar Regions. Take a look at our list complete with the best places to see these beautiful creatures in the wild.
The phrase 'once in a lifetime' is used all over the travel industry, but how often does the thing it is describing warrant the use of this phrase? Here are a few experiences that we feel really do deserved to be classified in this way.
Our polar cruises are a world away from a traditional cruise. Read the reasons why people choose expeditions and see if it is something you like the sound of.
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