Since 1999, we have taken travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying only 12 and 53 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice.
600 miles south of Cape Horn we find the world’s most isolated and remote wilderness – Antarctica. The grand and beautiful Antarctic landscape leaves its visitors in awe. The continent and surrounding islands are home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Worth mentioning is the subantarctic island of South Georgia, a haven for anyone interested in wildlife and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Travelling through the stunning Norwegian coastal landscape on a small expedition cruise ship is simply hard to beat. Lofoten islands welcome with picturesque fishing villages, squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. In wintertime Tromsø offers magnificent sceneries over dramatic landscapes and great chances to spot both orcas and humpback whales. If we’re lucky we will also see the magical Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Join us on an unforgettable cruise!
Few places have stirred the hearts and minds of explorers more than the North Pole. It was not until 1926 that the pole was seen for the first time and not until 1948 that anyone actually stood there. Travel to this remote destination with the largest, most sophisticated, and powerful icebreaker in the world - 50 Years of Victory! It is driven by 2 nuclear reactors that produce 75 000 horsepower.
The Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator, in the Pacific Ocean, nearly 600 miles off mainland Ecuador. Here we can play with sea lions, swim with penguins and photograph iguanas and giant tortoises. The animals are unafraid of humans and for anyone interested in wildlife, the Galapagos archipelago is a true oasis!
Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as one of the finest islands on earth and we are willing to agree! This tropical island is known for its diverse and stunning nature including green mountain slopes, lush tea plantations, pristine beaches and national parks showcasing a rich wildlife. Join PolarQuest on an adventure to this colourful country!
On this exclusive journey we get an in-depth experience of the true pearls of Namibia. We explore the 80 million years old Namib Desert and we travel over the towering ochre coloured sand dunes by hot air balloon. We explore the wonderful Desert Rhino Camp. Despite of the barren landscapes of Damaraland, the area offers exclusive wildlife such as the desert adapted elephant and the endangered black rhino.
The spectacular, isolated and seldom visited Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia are recognised as some of the world’s great “biodiversity hotspots” and enlisted as a World Heritage Sites. Home to almost half of the world’s albatross and penguin species these islands are true oases for anyone interested in wildlife and pristine nature. Join the expedition ship Spirit of Enderby on a remarkable cruise to four of the Subantarctic Islands!
Experience an unbeatable safari adventure in a country oozing with magic – Botswana! The wildlife here is exquisite, with elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards and cheetahs in the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. Throughout our stay we fly with small planes between four small and luxurious lodges, all with great locations offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the African nature and wildlife.
Explore the vast wilderness of British Columbia, Canadas westernmost province – a place of natural beauty, remarkable wildlife and fascinating culture! We spend a ship-based week in the spectacular Great Bear Forest, in search of wildlife such as grizzlies, wolf and spirit bears. We then fly back south to Alert Bay, “home of the killer whale”, where we go on whale watching tours. With a small group of just 12 we are in for an exclusive and in-depth nature treat.