Expedition news and information from the polar regions and worldwide
At Expeditions Online we live and breathe all things related to expedition cruises and the incredible locations that we are lucky enough to visit. Following are our latest Arctic and Antarctica blogs and travel guides to gain an insight into exploring these amazing places:
Penguins You Can See in Antarctica
There are 17 species of penguin – however only eight species that most people see in Antarctica and the surrounding islands - at least when departing from…
05 Feb 2020
5 Reasons We Love Antarctica in November and December!
Arguably the early Antarctic summer is the very best time to visit, with great weather, amazing pristine scenery, active wildlife and the lower prices!
11 Oct 2019
Amazon Fires - Should we Worry?
With the recent terrible news about out of control fires in the Amazon, land clearing and burning offs, the Amazon has never been more topical. This blog offers…
18 Sep 2019
Six Places to Visit in Svalbard
Svalbard is one of the best places to visit the Arctic, being so easily accessible by air and blessed with spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife from the Fa…
07 May 2019
All About Spitsbergen and Arctic Polar Ice
Learn about the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, polar ice and its wildlife including polar bears and walrus. When’s the best time to go to Spitsbergen and…
14 Mar 2019
February Svalbard Update - Polar Bear Dreaming
This month we are pleased to bring you a selection of far-northern expeditions in Svalbard, focussing on some new voyages with great chances for you to encounte…
20 Feb 2019
North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure - New Dates!
JUST RELEASED FOR 2020! This bucket list adventure takes you to the top of the world at 90°N. It is a place few have been before, and is the pinnacle experi…
08 Feb 2019
Camping Out in the Antarctic!
If you’re looking for an experience that truly breaks the mould of traditional cruise line activities then we’d like to introduce you to one of our …
07 Feb 2019
Ship Profile: RCGS Resolute
Expeditions Online introduces this series of ship profiles, with some extra information and personal views about some of the best vessels in small ship expediti…
07 Feb 2019
Sea Spirit New Season and Discount Offers
New dates and prices for the MV Sea Spirit polar cruises now for the 2020 Arctic and 2020/21 Antarctic seasons. Book before 31 July 2019 and save 10% on Triple,…
01 Feb 2019
The icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov Returns!
A Legend Returns... Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is back for tourist expeditions in the High Arctic.
20 Jan 2019
December update from Expeditions Online: The Arctic, Antarctica and a special voyage to the Brazilian Amazon!
17 Dec 2018
A Typical Day in Antarctica
What is it like during a typical day on an Antarctica cruise? Well no two days are alike, however here is a pretty good example of an 'average' day on…
28 Nov 2018
Antarctic ICE Swimming Success!
In a world-first event for international Ice Swimming and Antarctica tourism, 14 swimmers have successfully braved zero-degree Antarctic waters in nothing more …
27 Nov 2018
Which Months can you Visit Antarctica?
‘When can you visit Antarctica?’ or, more specifically, ‘Which months can you visit Antarctica?’. Find out here!
22 Nov 2018
Why Should You Go on a Polar Expedition?
23 Oct 2018
Answering Your Questions About Cruising to the Arctic and Antarctic
An interview with Expeditions Online’s Owner and Director, Stewart Campbell
18 Oct 2018
Travelling to Antarctica from Ushuaia
Expeditions Online’s Ocean Nova Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia may be the cruise you’ve been waiting for if you've been thinking of travelling …
25 Sep 2018
Why Should You Go on a Polar Cruise?
Why you should go on a polar cruise? Here at Expeditions Online, we're experts in all things polar, so find out more about why you should consider a polar …
01 Sep 2018
7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Antarctica
Antarctica is perhaps the most remote, hard-to-reach location on Earth. So, it’s no surprise that it’s a bit of a mystery to most people.
28 Aug 2018
Common Misunderstandings about the Antarctic
The Antarctic is an incredible place and with this blog, we hope to teach readers about the Antarctic by discussing the most common misunderstandings.
25 Jul 2018
10 Common Misunderstandings About the Arctic
The experts here at Expeditions Online know a lot about the Arctic and we’ve written this blog post to help clear up 10 common misunderstandings about the…
19 Jul 2018
The Best Cruises and Expeditions to see Penguins
If you’re looking for the best cruises to see penguins, then this guide is perfect for you!
10 Jul 2018
What’s Going on in the Arctic at this Time of Year?
At this time of year, the changes in weather make visiting the Arctic much easier, safer, and more enjoyable, so almost all tourism in the Arctic occurs in the …
28 Jun 2018
The Best Arctic Trips This Year!
When looking for the best Arctic trips, there is nothing in our vast range of Arctic cruises, adventures, and expeditions NOT worth trying, but some of them may…
29 May 2018
How to Find the Best Arctic Cruise Deals
Due to specialist ships, equipment, and training, an Arctic cruise might be a little more expensive than other cruises you’ve taken in the past, so it&rsq…
16 May 2018
The Arctic Experience: 5 Best Arctic Cruises
For an Arctic experience, there are many countries and styles of travel to choose from. Expeditions Online have years of experience in Arctic exploration, so he…
26 Mar 2018
Can you go to the North Pole?
A journey to the North Pole is more accessible than ever. Let Expeditions Online show you how to get to the North Pole and the best ways to explore once you&rsq…
20 Mar 2018
Onshore activities in Antarctica to enjoy during your Polar Expedition
Long gone are the days when a short hike was the extent of the shoreside itinerary. Now, a world of opportunity awaits onshore in Antarctica, here are some of t…
09 Feb 2018
Antarctic Wildlife: Chinstrap Penguins
The Chinstrap Penguin is a beautiful, delicate little bird with very distinctive markings from which its rather odd name derives. They look very much like they&…
02 Feb 2018
Antarctic Wildlife: King Penguins
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) were first discovered in the early 18th century by European explorers. After the Emperor penguin, with whom they are clo…
30 Jan 2018
Why a Polar Expedition Should be on Your Travel Bucket List
Antarctica and the Arctic are two parts of the globe that guarantee to inspire and astound like no other place you’ve ever visited. This is why a polar ex…
24 Jan 2018
Polar Destinations Profile: Deception Island
Deception Island is an active volcano located in the South Shetland Islands, to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. This island of fire and ice is one of the …
22 Jan 2018
Whales of the Arctic
The Arctic is home to 17 different species of whales. Belugas, bowheads, and narwhals are the only whales to inhabit Arctic waters all year round. Others, such …
19 Jan 2018
Expeditions Online Guide: Birds of the Arctic
There are a select few hardy Arctic birds who live in the northernmost part of the Earth all year round, as well as approximately 200 species of Arctic birds th…
20 Dec 2017
5 Interesting Facts About Polar Bears
Polar Bears are the true beasts of the Arctic! Living in the harshest environment on earth, these tough bears are well adapted to their habitats, with dense fu…
05 Dec 2017
Antarctic Wildlife: The Adelie Penguin
During the winter months, Adélie Penguins live on or very close to sea ice. In the warmer months, they breed on ice-free land. Naturally, this is rather …
06 Nov 2017
Best Time of Year to Visit Antarctica and South Georgia
Visiting Antarctica and South Georgia means a significant purchase since these are large and comprehensive expeditions - a real a trip of a lifetime!
24 Oct 2017
Famous Historic Antarctica Expeditions
Stories of polar exploration and polar expeditions are as fascinating and absorbing today as they were for their contemporary audiences.
16 Oct 2017
Everything You Need To Know About Antarctica Icebergs
Icebergs are a beautiful part of the landscape in the Polar Regions. I love the moment when we see our first iceberg of an expedition. They are pristine and pic…
12 Oct 2017
Flowers In Antarctica
It is hard to think that anything like a flower can survive living in Antarctica. It has one of the harshest climates on earth.
09 Oct 2017
The life of Sir Robert Falcon Scott
The life of Sir Robert Falcon Scott was one of adventure and drama. So much so that Robert Falcon Scott Antarctic Explorer became known as simply ‘Scott o…
28 Sep 2017
Photography Tips for Antarctica
You’ll probably be no stranger to the fact that the conditions in Antarctica can be challenging for us humans, as well as for the technology we bring with…
22 Sep 2017
Top Ten Animals You Can See in Antarctica
There is plenty of animal life in Antarctica. It is a continent of extreme conditions but a range of well-adapted animals thrive here at various times of the ye…
17 Sep 2017
Fun Facts About Antarctica
A trip to Antarctica is a journey to one of the most fascinating and beautiful places on the planet.
08 Sep 2017
New Trips to See Emperor Penguins
We are thrilled to advise that the legendary icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will return to Antarctica again in October/November 2018… with four new expedi…
06 Sep 2017
Humpback Whales and Where to See Them
Wildlife watching is one of life’s most satisfying activities, and whale watching is one of the most rewarding of all. They are impressive, majestic and i…
30 Aug 2017
All You Need To Know About The Atlantic Puffins
Atlantic Puffins, or the ‘sea parrot’ as they are sometimes known thanks to their unique, colourful beak, are sea-dwelling birds. They spend most of…
16 Aug 2017
Whales You Might See During Your Antarctica Cruise
10 Aug 2017
What To Pack When Visiting Polar Regions
If you are planning to travel to the polar regions, then preparation is central to a successful trip. You’ll be dealing with snow, sea ice and glacial ic…
02 Aug 2017
Exploring Nuuk - Capital of Greenland
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland, situated on the west coast, around 150 miles (240km) south of the Arctic Circle. It is the world’s smallest and most nor…
20 Jul 2017
Whale Spotting on an Antarctica cruise
One of the most life-affirming experiences of visiting the Antarctic is the immense pleasure of whale watching. Regardless of whether you’ve had the honou…
20 Jul 2017
Tips for your first polar expedition
As the owner and founder of Expeditions Online – the independent expedition cruise travel agency – I’ve spent the majority of my working life …
05 Jul 2017
The vast Greenland ice sheet covers around 80% of this huge landmass. If you’ve yet to visit Greenland, you would be forgiven for assuming it is difficult…
29 May 2017
Huge canyon discovered under Greenland ice
One of the biggest canyons in the world has been discovered beneath the Greenland ice sheet.
14 May 2017
Top Ten Reasons To Go On A Polar Expedition
A polar expedition is arguably the ultimate in adventure travel.
15 Feb 2017
Fun Facts About The Arctic
The Arctic is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It’s a fascinating part of our planet that’s bursting with interesting facts.
23 Jan 2017
Ushuaia - The Gateway of Antarctica
Ushuaia, Argentina is located on Tierra del Fuego island – at the southernmost tip of South America. Sometimes called ‘the end of the world’, …
16 Sep 2016
History Of Svalbard & Spitsbergen
The archipelago of Svalbard Norway and Spitsbergen its main island sits in the high Arctic. Two-thirds of the Svalbard archipelago is permanently covered in sno…
05 Aug 2016
Expeditions Online Guide: Walruses and Where to See Them in the Arctic
The Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is one of the most distinctive and enigmatic Arctic animals, full of contrasts.
03 Aug 2016
People of the Far North
The Arctic remains one of the earth’s last frontiers. Home to extreme conditions, beautiful landscapes, stunning wildlife – and some of the hardiest…
20 Jun 2016
Shackleton – The Greatest Ever Explorer?
The Anglo-Irish explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of the leading men of what’s known as the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration' and is …
06 Jun 2016
Where to see King Penguins in the wild
Penguin watching is immense fun! Found only in the southern hemisphere, penguins are flightless birds that are full of character – and colourful too,…
03 Jun 2016
On top of the world - The North Pole
The sea ice that covers it is constantly moving and the climate always harsh and with extreme variations of light through the year - from the long, dark winter …
10 May 2016
Volume of ice in Antarctica measured
A detailed analysis of data compiled during 50 years of exploration shows the White Continent to contain about 26-and-a-half-million cubic km.
01 May 2014
15 Fascinating Facts on Humpback and Minke Whales
Discover how these magnificent animals behave in the icy waters of Antarctica!
28 Jan 2014
Shokalskiy Breaks Free from Antarctic Ice
After more than two weeks stuck fast, the M/V Akademik Shokalskiy has managed to break free from the Antarctic pack ice and is heading north into open…
08 Jan 2014
Akademik Shokalskiy Rescue Airlift Success
A five-hour operation yesterday successfully airlifted 52 passengers and scientists from the ice-trapped Akademik Shokalskiy, which had been beset by ice s…
03 Jan 2014
M/V Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in ice
The expedition ship Akademik Shokalskiy, carrying tourists and scientists aiming to repeat experiments made during Douglas Mawsons expedition, has become …
25 Dec 2013
Near Record Sea Ice in Antarctica (again)
The sea ice extent in Antarctica attained a near-record high level of 18.7 million square kilometres in mid-August this year, according to studies by the USA Na…
28 Aug 2013
Antarctica's 'Blood Falls' contain a Unique Ecosystem
This five-story, blood-red waterfall pours very slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.
04 Jul 2013
New 'Under the Ice' Map of Antarctica
NASA has recently released a video showing the results of a study assembled by the British Antarctic Survey - Bedmap2 - which provides the most accurate look ev…
11 Jun 2013
Earliest Satellite Maps of Polar Sea-ice
BBC Science News reports that the earliest ever satellite maps of Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice have been assembled by scientists. They were compiled with data f…
25 Apr 2013
Antarctica summer ice melt greatest for 1000 years
At a time when those of us in more northerly latitudes are longing for the spring thaw, it is sobering to learn that summer ice melt in the Antarctic Peninsula …
16 Apr 2013
Classic South Georgia Expedition
Here is a wonderful chance to spend 4 full days in the world's most renowned sub-Antarctic island: fabulous South Georgia.
15 Apr 2013
New Voyage: South Georgia & Antarctica including South Sandwich Islands!
Announcing a truly 'once in a lifetime' voyage on board the ice-strengthened MV Ortelius: all the major Sub-Antarctic Atlantic islands, some of the ma…
12 Apr 2013
Remnants of massive iceberg still floating 13 years later
A remnant piece of the mighty B-15 iceberg has been captured by NASA satellite — 13 years since it calved off Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf.
11 Apr 2013
Antarctica Sea Ice Expansion - an explanation (or two?)
Global warming might actually be expanding Antarctica's sea ice levels, according to a Dutch study released by Nature Geoscience.
03 Apr 2013
New Departure: Weddell Sea Quest
Expeditions Online has just posted details of a new itinerary combining the Antarctic Peninsula with the remote and ice-bound Weddell Sea region.…
26 Mar 2013
Penguin colony discovered by satellite
A 9,000-strong colony of penguins has been discovered in Antarctica after scientists spotted their poo trails in satellite images.
14 Feb 2013
Sea Ice Decline and Ice Export through Fram Strait
The Arctic sea ice is shrinking, both in extent and thickness.
17 Jan 2013
Rare White Humpback Whale Sighted
An extremely rare white whale has been causing a splash after being spotted swimming in a pod of humpbacks by a British maritime engineer.
19 Nov 2012
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