The Adventure of a Lifetime
A voyage to the Arctic or Antarctic is the trip of a lifetime. Just imagine waking up surrounded by glaciers and mountains as far as the eye can see, standing encircled amid hundreds of penguins or that heart-stopping moment when you see your first polar bear.
Travelling with us, you’ll see the region on a small, informal expedition ship, maximising your time with the wildlife and on-shore. You’ll also see the Arctic and Antarctic responsibly, as all of our expeditions are run in accordance with environmental guidelines.
Why choose an Explore Polar Voyage
One of the great strengths of Explore’s Polar Adventures is that we are not affiliated to any particular ship or ship operator. We have been able to assess every Polar expedition vessel and select the very best expedition ships currently sailing to the Arctic and Antarctic.
Each ship has its points of difference but all share the same key features: their small size, their expert Polar guides, their pioneering itineraries and their focus on exploring the polar landscapes and wildlife in depth. Most importantly, all ships subscribe to the highest environmental and safety guidelines, just as Explore does.
More than perhaps anywhere else in the world, there’s a critical need for all visitors to the Poles to treat the environment with utmost respect. Our Polar voyage partners lead the way in operating ships and shore excursions in full compliance with the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) guidelines, as well as the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). On-board, you will find a strong emphasis placed on environmental guidelines and wider discussions of the issues facing these fragile environments and their wildlife.
Booking your polar adventure
Your booking will be handled by our small and friendly Tailormade Explore team. You may have noticed that the prices quoted on our website are lead-in prices (based on sharing a twin cabin), and are for the cruise only. Our Tailormade Explore team will help you arrange any flights you may need, as well as transfers and hotels (if needed). Now all you need to do, is decide which one!
Arctic or Antarctic?
Those who are lucky enough to be able to go to the Arctic or the Antarctic may still have to choose one or the other. So how do you decide?
The vast wilderness of the high arctic is a dramatic region of spectacular scenery and harsh extremes. with itineraries featuring Spitsbergen, Norway, Greenland and Iceland we explore this forbidding remoteness in comfort and safety.
Find out more about cruises in the Arctic
A journey to Antarctica is the ultimate wilderness experience that offers a wonderful combination of stark, natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest explorers - Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen – to discover a land of unsurpassed beauty and majesty.
Find our more about cruises in Antarctica