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Polar Tours

The polar regions, both North and South, have long beckoned the world's adventurers to explore their vast expanse. Experience the extraordinary wildlife of the Arctic and Antarctica, possibly the last untouched and truly pristine wildernesses that remain on our planet.

Offering a variety of utterly awe-inspiring experiences, these remote and fascinating territories are now more accessible than ever before with polar cruise ships such as the MS Expedition and MV Plancius. An epic adventure discovering a magical world of beautiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery awaits.

Featured Polar Tours

Highlights of Polar Tours

On a polar tour you are thrown into the natural habitat of some of the world’s most magical creatures. In Antarctica, you can spot adorable waddling penguins and huge elephant seals on the icy land, while humpback whales and orcas breach the icy waters and albatrosses soar above. In the Arctic, fortunate travellers can spot the iconic polar bear as it battles the frozen conditions in the search for food. The Artic also hosts the charming arctic fox, large walruses, lovable seals and bowhead whales.  

More than just a cruise

With expert expedition leaders on board, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of exhilarating activities amidst the frozen wonderland. Whether you're kayaking through icy channels, navigating snowy terrains with snowshoes or conquering frozen peaks, a polar tour offers thrilling experiences for adventurers of all kinds.

Arctic cruises

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of the planet's most remote and captivating regions. These journeys take you on a voyage through the pristine and icy landscapes of the Arctic where dramatic fjords, towering glaciers and a starkly beautiful wilderness unfold before your eyes. Whether you're sailing along the rugged coastlines of Greenland, exploring the Svalbard archipelago or venturing deep into Canada's Arctic, each cruise promises awe-inspiring encounters with the Arctic's unique wildlife including polar bears, seals and Arctic foxes.

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Antarctica cruises

Few travellers manage to visit Antarctica, fewer still have the unique opportunity to experience it the way you will with KE. Our once-in-a-lifetime Antarctica tours offer the opportunity to either relax on board our specialist expedition ships or get off and camp on the Antarctic shelf, following in the footsteps of the great polar explorers including Shackleton and Scott. On an Antarctica cruise you'll encounter stunning wildlife, whether that's breaching whales, diving seals or characterful penguins.

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More information about polar tours

The perfect time for a polar tour completely depends on the location - we have incredible holidays in Arctic and Antarctic destinations running throughout the year! Please take a look at the trip pages to see what time of year the trips run.

To show the relative difficulty of our polar cruises, each holiday is graded on a scale of 1 to 12 with 12 being the most challenging.

Worldwide Adventure Holidays

We offer over 360 active adventures in 100 countries worldwide. Best known for our pioneering itineraries and challenging trips with an 'edge', we also offer a range of easier guided and self-guided walking, cycling, family and wildlife journeys throughout the world. Based in Keswick in the Lake District, we are passionate about creating unique travel experiences for our customers.

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From leisurely walking and cycling to push-your-limits expeditions.

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400 Guided Group and Self-Guided adventures in 100 countries.

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