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Hiking through through the snow.
$8,725
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Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Explore Fildes Bay & Trinity Church
  • Discover Antarctica´s wildlife
Embark the Polar Pioneer for an 11-day small ship cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Circle. Fly over the Drake Passage and get more time to explore the extraordinary White Continent. Experience close encounters with powerful orcas, leopard seals, snow petrels, penguins and whales. Cross the Antarctic Circle, reaching 66º33´ South!
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Drake Passage, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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Mirrored reflection on our kayak excursion
$9,500
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Meet penguin colonies in Brow Bluff
  • Zodiac through straits and icebergs
  • Explore Fildes Bay & Trinity Church
  • Witness the endless midnight sun
Experience an 11-day polar expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and King George Islands, visiting historic research huts and working scientific stations. Enjoy daily shore visits and Zodiac cruises surrounded by massive icebergs, ancient glaciers, pristine beauty, and vast landscapes.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Brown Bluff, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, King George Island, Lemaire Channel, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas
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Sleeping in the snow!
$8,725
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Christmas in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Experience a wonderland of wildlife
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Enjoy camping and kayaking options
  • Celebrate a White Christmas
Enjoy the ultimate White Christmas on this 11-day celebratory season voyage aboard the Polar Pioneer. Cross the Drake Passage by flight, which means less time sailing and more time enjoying Antarctic Peninsula highlights. With 24 hours of daylight, visit historic sites and scientific stations and enjoy Zodiac cruise excursions.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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A Base camp on Antarctica.
$14,300
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In Shackleton's Footsteps

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Commemorate Shackleton's crossing
  • Sail into ice-filled Weddell Sea
  • Visit Shackleton's grave site
  • Cross the Scotia Sea
Retrace Shackleton's heroic journey in this 18-day Antarctica cruise visiting the South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Explore fantastic fossil sites, sail into the Weddell Sea's vast tabular icebergs, and voyage across the whale-rich Scotia Sea.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Sound, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Grytviken, King Haakon Bay, Port of Ushuaia, Scotia Sea, Stanley, Weddell Sea
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A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
$7,005
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Jewels of the Arctic

14 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Observe amazing wildlife and plants
  • Explore Arctic waters and icebergs
  • Learn about the region's history
  • Enjoy the welcoming locals
The Jewels of the Arctic 14-day expedition cruise combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Discover the unique Inuit cultures of the region and explore the rugged landscapes and icy waters of the Arctic. Aboard the cruise, listen as experts share their knowledge of the region's plants, animals, and history.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Blossevill Coast, Isafjordur, Longyearbyen, Reykjavik, Scoresbysund
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Unforgettable wildlife encounters
$8,725
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New Year in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Enjoy a New Year's Eve polar party
  • Fly the Drake Passage
  • Explore Antarctica's highlights
  • Zodiac amongst glaciers & icebergs
  • Kayak along wildlife-rich bays
Excitement is in the air as you spend 11 days cruising aboard the Polar Pioneer and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Celebrate New Year's Eve on the 7th continent surrounded by icebergs, glaciers, penguins, elephant seals, and whales!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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Photographing a penguin up close
$14,300
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Photographer's Antarctica & South Georgia

20 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Film the courting & mating penguins
  • Photograph Antarctica's birdlife
  • Attend photography masterclasses
  • Explore South Georgia's harbors
  • Capture early season images
Capture Antarctica and South Georgia highlights in this 20-day exquisite photography expedition aboard the Polar Pioneer. Enjoy Antarctica's springtime and photograph the wildlife-packed beaches of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Gerlache Strait, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands
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Photographing in the snow.
$14,300
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Photographer's First Light - Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Photograph South Georgia's coast
  • Visit king penguin rookeries
  • Visit Sir Shackleton's grave site
  • Sail down to Gerlache Strait
Experience Antarctica's springtime in this 18-day photographic expedition to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy free photography workshops and lectures, and capture the 7th continent's amazing landscapes and wildlife under the Antarctic midnight sun.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Gerlache Strait, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Santiago, South Shetland Islands
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Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
$14,300
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Scotia Sea Springtime

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
As the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup, and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Join this 18-day voyage to immerse yourself in whaling history, …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, South America, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Scotia Sea, South Shetland Islands, Stanley
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Rockhopper penguins hanging out on the rocky coast.
$14,300
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Experience peak breeding cycles
  • Zodiac the South Shetland Islands
  • Enjoy continental landings
  • Kayak South Georgia's coastline
  • Cross the Scotia Sea
Enjoy an 18-day Antarctic journey aboard the Polar Pioneer experiencing the peak of wildlife breeding cycles. Visit South Georgia, home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. Sail south along the Antarctic Peninsula and set foot on the White Continent.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, South America, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Stanley
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Kayaking through arctic waters.
$8,500
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View active wildlife at night
  • Explore historic sites & stations
  • Visit busy penguin highways
  • Sail waterways alive with whales
  • Enjoy camping, climbing & kayaking
Board the Polar Pioneer for a 12-day exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy opportunities to explore the Antarctic landscape by kayaking, climbing, camping, or snorkeling. Since no two voyages to Antarctica are ever the same, the possibilities are endless!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas
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Reindeer feeding in the arctic.
$5,215
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Spitsbergen Odyssey

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Discover Spitsbergen's diversity
  • Venture to the Arctic kingdom
  • Revel in millions of birds
  • Visit historic sites
  • Explore the dynamic landscapes
Explore the Arctic on an exciting 11-day expedition cruise around the Spitsbergen Island archipelago. The voyage showcases the region's dynamic landscapes, including deep fjords, glacier covered peaks, polar deserts and wildflower rich tundra. Visit whaling camps and search for rare wildlife such as reindeer, polar bear, walrus, whales & much more.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bellsund, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Hornsund, Longyearbyen, Woodfjorden
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Kayaking the Arctic
$10,900
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Sub-Antarctic Safari

15 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore the West Falklands
  • Visit Saunders Island's sheep farm
  • Bird watch in Carcass Island
  • Discover South Georgia's beaches
Explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia's wildlife sanctuaries in this 15-day Sub-Antarctic expedition. Enjoy on-board photography workshops and capture Antarctica's highlights, including West Falkland's colony of black-browed albatross and South Georgia's king penguin rookeries.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Carcass Island, Grytviken, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Saunders Island, Stanley, Steeple Jason Island
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Stunning landscapes
$8,725
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Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View vast tabular icebergs
  • Visit historic huts with relics
  • Explore islands with fossils
  • Encounter Adélie & gentoo colonies
Cruise across the Drake Passage and down the Antarctic Peninsula for a trip of a lifetime. Board the Polar Pioneer in Puerto Williams, and watch for whales and a myriad of seabirds as you sail. Enjoy the otherworldly landscape, history, and wildlife of your Antarctic exploration.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Drake Passage, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Weddell Sea
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Passengers: 54
Ship Type: Research Ship

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the treacherous waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers. A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring - inviting surroundings for your Antarctica travel.

This class of vessel has a fine reputation for polar expedition cruising, due to its strength, maneuverability and small number of cabins. All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.

The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.

Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but this is a most popular ship for travel to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Deck Plan.
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