And while much of the globe has been mapped, the earth’s polar extremes still count as true wildernesses. Even getting there is part of the adventure. There are no budget flights round here. Instead, polar cruises typically use ice-breaking expedition ships to access the remotest climes.
The Arctic is probably the more accessible of the two, bearing place names that reveal the history of the region and the world-famous adventurers who’ve passed by.
The rugged Antarctic expedition, on the other hand, is a more formidable prospect. Out here, your main companions are likely to be Weddell seals, whales and penguins, creatures that call the glacial terrain of the Last Continent home.
In both polar environments, it is the extremes that impress the most: 24-hour sunshine, serac falls of untold megatons of ice, polar auroras, sub-zero temperatures, and the fact that life can thrive in such conditions.Above all, you’ll bring home some unforgettable memories – the beauty and sense of grandeur of the last wildernesses on the planet will stay with you forever. Choose from the Arctic or Antarctic, or see our full polar cruise collection below.