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Polar Cruises

Discover the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery of the Arctic and Antarctica, perhaps the last pristine and true wildernesses left on our planet. For centuries, the polar regions, both in the north and south, have beckoned explorers to uncover their immense mysteries.

Today, these remote and captivating realms are more accessible than ever thanks to polar cruise ships like the MS Expedition and MV Plancius. Prepare to embark on a wondrous journey, where you'll encounter stunning wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes on a truly unforgettable adventure.

Featured Holidays in the Polar Regions

Highlights of a Polar Cruise

Embarking on a polar expedition immerses you in the pristine habitats of some of the planet's most enchanting creatures. In Antarctica, you'll encounter endearing penguins waddling gracefully and colossal elephant seals basking on icy shores. Beneath the frigid waves, humpback whales and orcas breach, while albatrosses glide gracefully overhead. In the Arctic, fortunate adventurers may have the privilege of spotting the iconic polar bear as it forages for sustenance. The Arctic also hosts the delightful Arctic fox, massive walruses, charming seals and majestic bowhead whales.

Discover Antarctica

Antarctica remains a destination visited by only a handful of people and fewer yet get to experience it the way you can with KE. Our exclusive Antarctica tours provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to either unwind on our specialised expedition vessels or embark on an unforgettable camping adventure on the Antarctic shelf, retracing the paths of legendary polar explorers like Shackleton and Scott. During your Antarctica cruise, you'll be immersed in encounters with magnificent wildlife from breaching whales and playful seals to charismatic penguins and much more.


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Arctic adventures

Embrace the chance of a lifetime to venture into one of Earth's most remote and mesmerising realms. These expeditions lead you through the unspoiled, icy domains of the Arctic, revealing dramatic fjords, towering glaciers and a starkly beautiful wilderness. Whether you're navigating Greenland's rugged coastlines, discovering the Svalbard archipelago or delving into Canada's Arctic, every cruise promises breathtaking encounters with the region's exceptional wildlife, including seals, arctic foxes and hopefully polar bears.



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More information about Polar Cruises

The best time for a Polar cruise is typically during the Arctic's summer months from May to September, or the Antarctic's summer season from November to March. These periods offer milder weather, active wildlife and extended daylight hours for exploration. Your choice depends on whether you're heading to the North or South Pole and your specific interests.

Small Polar Cruise Ships

In true KE Adventure style, the ships we use are not huge skyscrapers. They are small expedition ships capable of exploring the frozen ends of the earth with enough passengers to not be overwhelming and allow you the chance to explore more of this great landscape.

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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