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Puffins hang out on the rocks.
$5,800
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Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Follow along the Vikings' route
  • Explore World Heritage Sites
  • Delight in majestic scenery
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy magnificent bird watching
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun on this 14-day Arctic voyage. Enthusiastic historians and expert naturalists reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife, …
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Kayaking through the arctic waters.
$11,600
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Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

24 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Discover Spitsbergen's diversity
  • Venture to the Arctic kingdom
  • Revel in millions of birds
  • Visit historic sites
  • Explore the varied landscapes
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 24-day Arctic trip is an exploration by sea on the Polar Pioneer. High above the Arctic Circle, explore deep …
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A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
$7,200
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland, on a 14-day expedition cruise on the Polar Pioneer. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, onboard experts …
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A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape
$5,700
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Northern Svalbard Explorer

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Photograph walrus and seals
  • Observe the Austfonna ice cap
  • Discover ancient whaling stations
  • Spot the majestic polar bear
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take advantage of the Arctic autumn conditions to explore rarely visited northern isles of Svalbard. Pack ice opens allowing you to attempt landings in someof the farthest reaches of the archipelago, including the outer islands of Nordaustlandet, Storøya and Kvitøya. Watch for walrus …
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Reindeer feeding in the arctic.
$5,700
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Spitsbergen Odyssey

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Sail along Spitsbergen's glaciers
  • Enjoy almost 24h of sunlight
  • Spot Arctic wildlife
  • Visit abandoned whaling stations
  • Photograph Arctic tundra flowers
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Revel in the diversity of Svalbard Island and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear. Explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier-covered peaks. Discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, …
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The Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands.
$5,900
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Wild Scotland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore Scotland's wild islands
  • Uncover stories of Scotland's past
  • Discover Neolithic sites and ruins
  • Kayak through sea caves and lochs
  • Observe magnificent marine wildlife
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 11-day cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer. Plan to take in Neolithic sites …
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2019
EmbarksDays 
Jun 2211Wild Scotland
Jul 0214Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen
Jul 1511Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 2511Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 2524Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Aug 0414Jewels of the Arctic
Aug 1714Jewels of the Arctic
Aug 1724Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Aug 3011Northern Svalbard Explorer
Max Passengers: 54
Ship Type: Research Ship

The Polar Pioneer first broke ice in the polar waters in 1982 as an ice-strengthened research vessel. In 2000, a complete refurbishment transformed this nimble 54-passenger boat into a world-class expedition ship. The intimate environment onboard makes for a personal experience with the friendly crew and your fellow shipmates. The smaller size of the boat also grants it access to landing sites that are inaccessible to other larger boats. 

Facilities & Services
- Ice-strengthened hull
- Triple, twin & suite cabins
- Spacious viewing platforms and decks
- Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
- Lounge bar & two dining rooms
- Dedicated presentation room
- Sauna
- Basic medical clinic
- English-speaking doctor
- Daily cabin cleaning service
- Satellite phone & email access
- Gumboots provided for landings
- Laundry service available

Accommodations
There are several classes of cabins to choose from, including triple and twin cabins, as well as larger suites, all featuring outside facing portholes or windows and ample storage space for your gear. While the suites and some of the cabins have private facilities, there are a number of cabins that have shared bathrooms as well. 

Dining
Each of the three daily meals are prepared using only the freshest produce and ingredients and served hot, guaranteeing that your appetite is always satisfied. There is also a full service bar available with delicious cocktails to help you relax at the end of a busy day of exploring. 

Ship Specifications
- Passengers: 54
- Staff: 10-12
- Crew: 23
- Cabins: 26
- Decks: 3
- Built: 1982
- Refurbished: 2000
- Length: 71.6m
- Beam: 12.8 metres
- Draft: 4.5m
- Cruising Speed: 10 knots
- Gross tonnage: 1753
- Registry: Russian
- Voltage: 220v. European round, two pin plug
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 Deck Plan
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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Arctic Savings - Book now and save $1,000 AUD per person. Valid until spaces are sold out. Discount is in Australian dollars and will be calculated into USD at the time of booking. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2019 departures.
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Arctic Savings - Book now and save $1,500 AUD per person. Valid until spaces are sold out. Discount is in Australian dollars and will be calculated into USD at the time of booking. Contact us for details.
2019 : Jun 22; Aug 30
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2019 : Jul 2

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