Did you know...?
Polar bears have been known to swim more than a hundred miles in one trip. They can reach speeds of up to 6 mph.

Wildlife Watching

A big reason to hop on an expedition ship and sail into some of the coldest parts of the planet is to see the myriad of beautiful and exciting creatures that have come to call these regions home. Some may only migrate to and from these areas at certain times of the year whilst others will have a permanent residence in these harsh environments, but many will be on hand to welcome you with open claws, fins or in whatever way they can.

From whale watching in the Weddell Sea, to noticing narwhals in Norway, identifying dolphins in the Drake Passage and pointing out polar bears on your way to the North Pole; there are so many wildlife spotting opportunities when you are on board one of these Fred.\ expeditions. And whether you choose a trip that is totally geared towards searching out these animals, or one on which a sighting is a happy coincidence, catching a glimpse of these creatures in the wild is sure to put a glazed cherry on top of your expedition cake.

Nature lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to get closer than ever before and experience a truly wild encounter. Sadly, we cannot guarantee any specific sightings, but the experts on board will be able to answer any questions you have and take you to the best places where a sighting is most likely to occur. If you want to plan your expedition around the wildlife you are desperate to see, take a look at the options below or check out our excellent spotting guides to discover where best to stage your trip.

Featured Wildlife Watching Expeditions

Sea Spirit
  • Departure: Jul 2015 for 9 nights
  • Destination:

    3 Ports - Arctic

  • Itinerary:

    Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada - Arctic Watch Lodge - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Expedition
Only

Exc. Flights
From
£4845
Please note: Price includes all activities, meals and accomodations but not the mandatory transfer package on this land-based expedition.

Wildlife Watching Expeditions


Land Mammals


Picture

Animal

Location

Frequency Of
Sightings

Designated
Conservation
Status

Arctic Fox

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Rare

Spitsbergen

Common

Arctic Hare

Canadian Arctic

Less Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Less Common

Lemming, North American Brown

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Lemming, Norwegian

Norway

Common

Least Concern

Muskox

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Less Common

Polar Bear

Canadian Arctic

Common

Vulnerable

Iceland

Rare

Greenland

Less Common

Jan Mayen

Rare

Spitsbergen

Common

Reindeer
Caribou
Karibu

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Wolverine

Canadian Arctic

Less Common

Least Concern

Norway

Rare

Penguins


Picture

Animal

Location

Frequency Of
Sightings

Designated
Conservation
Status

Adelie Penguin

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Near Threatened

Ross Sea

Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Chinstrap Penguin

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Emperor Penguin

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Near Threatened

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Rare

South Orkney Islands

Rare

South Sandwich Islands

Rare

South Shetland Islands

Rare

Weddell Sea

Less Common

Gentoo Penguin

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Near Threatened

Argentina

Less Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

King Penguin

Argentina

Less Common

Least Concern

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

Macaroni Penguin

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Vulnerable

Argentina

Common

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Magellanic Penguin

Argentina

Common

Near Threatened

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

Uruguay

Rare

Rockhopper Penguin

Argentina

Less Common

Vulnerable

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Common

Sea Mammals


Picture

Animal

Location

Frequency Of
Sightings

Designated
Conservation
Status

Dolphin, Commerson's

Argentina

Common

Not Enough Data

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

Dolphin, Hourglass

Antarctic Peninsula

Less Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Common

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Dolphin, Peale's

Argentina

Common

Not Enough Data

Chile

Common

Drake Passage

Less Common

Falklands

Common

Dolphin, Southern Right Whale

Argentina

Common

Not Enough Data

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

Uruguay

Less Common

Dolphin, White-beaked

Greenland

Common

Least Concern

Iceland

Common

Norway

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Dolphin, Atlantic White-sided

Iceland

Less Common/Rare

Least Concern

Antarctic Fur Seal

South Georgia

Common

Least Concern

Bearded Seal

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Less Common

Iceland

Less Common

Norway

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Crabeater Seal

Argentina

Rare

Least Concern

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

Ross sea

Common

Uruguay

Rare

Weddell Sea

Common

Harp Seal

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Less Common

Norway

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Hooded Seal

Canadian Arctic

Common

Vulnerable

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Jan Mayen

Common

Norway

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Leopard Seal

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Ringed Seal

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Less Common

Norway

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Ross Seal

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Falklands

Rare

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Common

Southern Elephant Seal

Antarctic Peninsula

Less Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Common

Ross Sea

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Weddell Sea

Less Common

Weddell Seal

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Rare

Falklands

Less Common

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Uruguay

Rare

Weddell Sea

Common

Antarctic Minke Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Not Enough Data

Argentina

Less Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Ross Sea

Less Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Uruguay

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Less Common

Beluga Whale

Canadian Arctic

Common

Near Threatened

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Rare

Spitsbergen

Common

Blue Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Rare

Endangered

Greenland

Rare

Iceland

Extremely Rare

Spitsbergen

Extremely Rare

Weddell Sea

Rare

Bowhead Whale

Canadian Arctic

Less Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Less Common

Iceland

Rare

Spitsbergen

Rare

Common Minke Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Canadian Arctic

Common

Falklands

Less Common

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Less Common

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Weddell Sea

Common

Fin Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Rare

Endangered

Falklands

Rare

Greenland

Less Common

Iceland

Less Common

South Georgia

Rare

South Orkney Islands

Rare

South Sandwich Islands

Rare

South Shetland Islands

Rare

Spitsbergen

Less Common

Humpback Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Canadian Arctic

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Less Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Common

Killer Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Not Enough Data

Argentina

Less Common

Canadian Arctic

Less Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Greenland

Rare

Iceland

Common

Norway

Less Common

Ross Sea

Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Common

Narwhal

Canadian Arctic

Common

Near Threatened

Greenland

Common

Spitsbergen

Less Common

North Atlantic Right Whale

Greenland

Rare

Endangered

Southern Right Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Less Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Less Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Ross Sea

Less Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Uruguay

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Less Common

Sei Whale

Antarctic Peninsula

Rare

Endangered

Argentina

Less Common

Canadian Arctic

Rare

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Greenland

Less Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Less Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Weddell Sea

Rare

Walrus

Canadian Arctic

Common

Not Enough Data

Iceland

Less Common

Greenland

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

 Sperm Whale

Greenland

Less Common

Vulnerable

Seabirds


Picture

Animal

Location

Frequency Of
Sightings

Designated
Conservation
Status

Albatross, Black-browed

Argentina

Less Common

Near Threatened

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

Antarctic Tern

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkneys

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Arctic Tern

Antarctic Peninsula

Less Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Less Common

Canadian Arctic

Common

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Less Common

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Common

Ross Sea

Less Common

South Georgia

Less Common

South Orkney Islands

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Less Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Weddell Sea

Less Common

Guillemot, Black

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Guillemot, Common

Canadian Arctic

Common

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Imperial Shag

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Argentina

Common

Chile

Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkneys

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Little Auk

Canadian Arctic

Rare

Least Concern

Greenland

Common

Iceland

Common

Norway

Common

Spitsbergen

Common

Petrel, Snow

Antarctic Peninsula

Common

Least Concern

Falklands

Less Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkneys

Less Common

South Sandwich Islands

Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Petrel, Southern Giant

Antarctic Peninsula

Less Common

Least Concern

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Common

South Georgia

Common

South Orkneys

Common

South Sandwich Islands

Less Common

South Shetland Islands

Common

Petrel, White-chinned

Argentina

Less Common

Vulnerable

Chile

Less Common

Falklands

Rare

South Georgia

Common

Puffin, Common

Greenland

Common

Least Concern

Iceland

Common

Norway

Common