Polar Region

Prepare yourself to something new and different! Here is what you can do or see while traveling to the North or South Pole

Reviews about Polar Region

Sula Liveaboardhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/h128/1541588920441d1c633830fa03cff8424b9b4fcf5b.jpgSula LiveaboardOrca Norway, 1 review

Arctic voyage

A trip to arctic whales aboard a ship was my dream. It eventually came true. Thanks to Divebooker and the crew of Sula everything went so smoothly, I did not have any single issue. A close approach to majestic orcas and whale watching is something that stays long in your memory. Now I'll be looking forward to repeat such a memorable nordic voyage some time in the future.
Deinoravičius Endas2021-12-17
Plancius Liveaboardhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/h128/15440891306ca5926695fc3b5d97645f3b022fef2b.jpgPlancius LiveaboardOceanwide Expeditions, 1 review

A unique exciting experience with ship, crew and food to match

I recently enjoyed a great experience on board the Plancius and shared scuba diving with 16 other divers and 3 dive leaders, on a board that had about 105 passengers.

The boat was excellent for also needing to be suitable for the Antarctic, supporting both scuba divers, kayakers and land lovers. But what made the trip was the crew, having been on about 10 dive-only boats and experiences good customer service, the folks on this boat where amazing and put some of those dive-only boats into second place for sure.

The diving was a polar experience, so with that in mind you expectations are adjusted from perhaps warm water reefs. With that in mind I had a few great encounters with different seals, fleeting glimpse of a penguin darting by and some bottom life to keep your mind focused away from the chilly waters.

This is a dive experience like none others and the Plancius is well worth choosing for that epic adventure. Would strongly recommend!
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Killey Dan2019-03-20

Questions and Answers

Why to choose Polar Expedition? When to Go?

Explore the whole new world of adventures. Feal yourself from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions. 

Polar expeditions is a perfect way to explore remote corners of the world and stay at the comfortable home of the liveaboard at the same time. It’s a perfect opportunity to take part in a real expedition that is a holiday still. 

Lots of activities are available on board. For Antarctica expeditions, it is camping, kayaking, snowshoeing and polar diving. You can even see the boundless ice cover from a helicopter. Friendly penguins coming to you. A multitude of seabirds wandering near the ship: several species of albatrosses as well as shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas. Visit Falkland Islands - this remote territory with its own culture Victorian charm, colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.

Something different waits for yuo when traveling to Arctica. Cruises may include traveling to the North Iceland, Greenland and Norwegian island - Spitsbergen. It’s a home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. Old whaler station can be visited. Walruses sometimes haul out seabirds nest on cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks.

Anybody can take part in the expedition to feel and to hear the silence of polar beauty.

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The average temperature during the summer ranges between -2°C - +5 C. Weather on Antarctic circle can vary greatly. During the winter season, the temperature in Spitsbergen can drop to -16 to -12 C (3 to 10 F). Combine this temperature to the wind and it can feel much colder. July is the warmest month, an average temperature from 3 and 8 C (37 to 46 F)

Polar Diving. What to see, What to Bring, How to Prepare

Polar diving  - a new amazing opportunity for those who travel a lot and dive a ton. It can’t be compared to any other diving experience. 

Of course, you will not find such an abundance of colors or marine creatures like in Indonesia or Maldives. But this difference is what makes polar diving special. There is a whole new world underneath the surface, where you can see a variety of starfish species, sea squirts, squat lobsters, different species of crab, soft corals, anemones, peacock worms, dogfish, kelp walls, sea-snails, sea butterflies, multiple species of fish, shrubby horse-tails, jellyfish, sea-hedgehogs. Fur seals, leopard seals or penguins may come to meet you.

Antarctic diving features some wrecks. Spitsbergen has been a very successful spot to dive with seals.

You will need a dry suit with a hood to dive in water that can be as cold as 1C/30F. Thick and warm underwater garment, dry gloves or adequate thick wet gloves would be helpful. Please make sure that your regulators are freeze-protected. Normal regulators will not function in sub-freezing water. Electronics can meet some problems in the low-temperature water and batteries will also run low sooner. And don’t forget to bring the warm hat and warm jacket to dress up before and after dive. 

Please make sure that you have done at least 4 or 5 dives with your new equipment, don’t bring the brand new gear items.

And please note that polar diving is not made for beginners. 

Polar Activities. What to Do, What to Wear, How to Prepare

Besides the diving polar region has something to offer. 

One of the best ways to explore the beauty of the Arctic is camping. You will not forget the very special sunrises. Perhaps you will prefer to explore shorelines via kayak or zodiac. Mountaineering and snowshoeing is another exciting way to explore icy lands. Some of the tours offer using of helicopters to get closer to the heart of untouched wildlife, allowing to get to the world's most remote landscapes.

Same activities available for Arctica, but also you can see a polar bear, meet whales and visit some old whalers stations with wooden boats ingrown into the ice and see amazing northern lights.

Outdoor activities when its cold and freezy requires better preparation. You should be in good physical shape. Kayaking can be quite demanding on your core and arm muscles. Make sure your clothes suits a very cold and also changeable weather. Layers of clothes are making sense when traveling on the ice. And don’t forget sunscreen and a sunblock

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