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New Frontier in Polar Expedition Cruising

May 17, 2016
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The next frontier in polar expedition cruising is the High Arctic known as Franz Josef Land.

Few have ventured here in recent decades. In fact, because of the ice, access by ship is possible only a few weeks each summer.

Poseidon Expeditions is the only company offering dedicated cruises from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to this archipelago of 191 uninhabited, volcanic, mostly glaciated islands that since 2012 are part of the Russian Arctic National Park. The seal industry drove the first explorers here in the mid-1800s. They were followed by others searching for the North Pole.

A limited number of travelers can now explore these islands aboard two different Poseidon vessels, the Sea Spirit and the 50 Years of Victory. And, depending on the ship chosen, guest can extend their discovery further, through the use of kayaks or helicopters, to venture where the ships themselves cannot. Franz Josef Land is an archipelago in transition, both vibrant and dynamic while clearly positioned on the front line of global climate change.

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