Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer
Enjoy a drink at the bar.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
Polar Pioneer's Lecture Room.
Polar Pioneer's lounge and bar.
Dining outside on the deck of the Polar Pioneer.
Hiking through through the snow.
Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook on this unique Antarctic cruise. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, while …
  • 11 days
  • $7100 - $13860 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, King George Island, Drake Passage
Puffins hang out on the rocks.
Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen
Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Enthusiastic historians and expert naturalists reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and …
  • 14 days
  • $6685 - $11500 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Kayaking, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Scotland, Orkney Islands, Aberdeen, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Shetland Islands
Sleeping in the snow!
Christmas in Antarctica
Embark on this 11-day voyage and celebrate Christmas in traditional Antarctic style! Take advantage of the near-midnight sun, which powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out or or extended kayaking trips. …
  • 11 days
  • $7800 - $13860 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, King George Island, Drake Passage, …
Kayakers in the waters of South Georgia.
In Shackleton's Footsteps 2015
Celebrating one of the greatest survival stories in Antarctic exploration, this voyage takes you into the wild Weddell Sea, where Ernest Shackleton planned to start a daring feat – the first crossing of Antarctica. Follow in his wake, albeit in comfort …
  • 20 days
  • $13600 - $21990 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Trekking & Hiking, Kayaking, History, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, …
Kayaker's wandering through the beautiful waters.
Jewels of the Arctic
Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, onboard experts share their …
  • 14 days
  • $7700 - $13500 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Whale Watching, Photography, Light Hiking, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Longyearbyen, Scoresbysund, Blossevill Coast, Isafjordur
Unforgettable wildlife encounters
New Year in Antarctica
Embark on this 11-day voyage to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica! Ring in the new year with penguins, elephant seals, and first-landing buzz. With summer in full swing, penguin highways are busy with traffic between rookeries and beach as parents …
  • 11 days
  • $7800 - $13860 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, King George Island, Drake Passage, …
Photographing in the snow.
Photographer's South Georgia and Antarctica
Join this memorable Antarctic cruise along with Joshua Holko, a full-time professional landscape, nature and wilderness photographer and teacher, who specializes in polar and sub-polar regions, will conduct Canon-accredited photography workshops, …
  • 20 days
  • $13660 - $21990 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Photography, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Stanley, Drake Passage, …
Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
Scotia Sea Springtime
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 …
  • 18 days
  • $14300 - $23090 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, South Shetland Islands, Stanley, Drake Passage, …
A Base camp on Antarctica.
Shackelton Centenary Expedition
On the 100-year anniversary of Shackelton's famous voyage, follow in the explorer's footsteps on this 18-day cruise. Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where …
  • 18 days
  • $14300 - $23090 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Argentina, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Stanley, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Scotica Sea, …
Unforgettable wildlife encounters
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Included in the cost of this amazing polar voyage is a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams where you can enjoy a tour of the port town before boarding Polar Pioneer. Upon finishing in Stanley, Falkland Islands, your transfer from ship to airport …
  • 18 days
  • $13660 - $23090 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, Stanley, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, …
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Spirit of Antarctica
On these Spirit of Antarctica voyages, enjoy the Beagle Channel from Argentina and Chile. The December departure voyages from Ushuaia, Argentina and returns to Puerto Williams, Chile, whereas the January departs from Puerto Williams and returns to …
  • 12 days
  • $8310 - $14290 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Drake Passage, …
Kayaking through the arctic waters.
Spitsbergen Odyssey
The High Arctic summer brings a sense of urgency, and the best way to experience its wonders is on an exciting expedition Arctic cruise. Like the Inuits and Vikings who preceded you, this Arctic trip is an explorations by sea. High above the Arctic …
  • 11 days
  • $6080 - $10500 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Arctic, Europe, Norway, Longyearbyen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Hornsund, 14th of July Glacier, Woodfjorden, Bellsund
Elephant Seals hanging out on the beach.
The Shackleton Spirit 2015
Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped an crushed. Hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the …
  • 20 days
  • $12660 - $20990 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, History, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, …
Stunning landscapes
Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
Join this 12-day voyage that sails across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side, welcomes us with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and …
  • 12 days
  • $8310 - $13650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Camping
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, …
Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica.
Weddell Sea Explorer - Fly and Sail
Sail across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes you with strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. Hope to …
  • 11 days
  • $7100 - $12600 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Watching, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, King George Island, Drake Passage, Brown Bluff, …
Hiking through the hills of St. Kilda.
Wild Scotland
From the Hebrides in the west, to inhospitable windswept specks of land like St Kilda and Foula, and to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the north, explore the intriguing diversity of these wild islands on this unique European Arctic cruise. Plan to …
  • 11 days
  • $6850 - $11700 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Light Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching
Places:
Europe, Scotland, Oban, St. Kilda, Orkney Islands, Fair Isle, Aberdeen

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.