Polar

The growing conundrum of expedition cruise ships These days, making the decision to book a polar expedition cruise is the easy part. The last three decades have witnessed such a profusion of polar travel companies, expanded regions of operation,...
The markets, momuments, people, and wildlife of Cape Verde We visit Cape Verde, and more specifically its capital city of Praia, during our occasional St. Helena to Cape Verde voyages. Characterized by peaceful days at sea, these trips allow you...
The much-awaited day of a much-anticipated trip Today we celebrate the maiden Arctic voyage of our new ship, m/v Hondius. After more than two years from conception to construction, this newest member of our nautical family has finally left...
Snowshoeing: an ideal activity for the Arctic and Antarctica One of the most beloved polar sports is also one of the oldest. Snowshoeing has been the preferred means of foot travel in the Arctic since antiquity, and in the years since Antarctica...
Enjoy the most classic Arctic islands in the most traditional nautical style This August our Arctic program includes two incredibly scenic wildlife trips that allow you to circumnavigate the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, experiencing the far north like a...
New unanimously supported measures minimize Antarctic whale strike On May 3 the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) voted measures into effect that will reduce the incidence of tourist ships striking whales around the Antarctic Peninsula. The vote occurred...
Ascension Island’s little-known travel highlights If you know anything about Ascension Island, which is unlikely, it probably has to do with the green turtle breeding population that exists there. But fewer people know that this small volcanic landmass in the...
East Greenland’s majestic mountains, fantastic fjords, and amazing auroras There really aren’t enough superlatives for East Greenland. Nothing against the west coast, but many travelers agree it is more touristic and developed (and hence, less wild and adventurous) than Greenland’s...
Arctic hikes from the expedition leader perspective Imagine you’ve spent the last hour and change huffing up a rocky Arctic slope, pausing only to pull a drink from your water bottle or wipe sweat off your brow, when suddenly...
Why we love the tropical island of St. Helena, and you should too! Being one of the most remote islands on Earth confers a certain charm. Getting your name from a Roman empress (and the mother of Constantine the...