FAQ’S

Below are some common questions that we receive from our travellers.

What ship do we travel on for the expeditions?
All expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica are conducted aboard the Polar Pioneer – an ice-strengthened research ship with accommodation for 54 passengers. The vessel is easily maneuverable and is manned by a Russian captain and crew who are famed for their enthusiastic ice-navigation. Smaller, inflatable Zodiacs are used to shore.

How fit should I be?
You should be in good general health and fit enough to walk reasonable distances on terrain which can sometimes be uneven. Please let us know if you suffer from any condition that could limit your activities.

Do you charge single supplements?
If you are willing to share your cabin, we offer a cabin-sharing service to help you keep costs down. We will find you a same-sex room partner and if a suitable partner cannot be found, you will pay the standard twin-share rate. If you wish to have your own private cabin, the surcharge is 1.7x the twin-share rate.

How cold will it be?
Summers are short in the Arctic and temperatures can waver from about 26°F to 44°F. In Antarctica temperature generally ranges between 28°F and 46°F, however due to strong wind the chill factor can often make it feel much colder. The ship has heating and air conditioning throughout, ensuring a warm place to return after each landing.

What type of clothing should I bring?
Warm clothing! We supply you with a waterproof polar jacket; you will be required to bring waterproof pants, fleece, thermals, beanie hat, and gloves. A fully packing list is provided when you book.

What type of shoes do I need?
A comfortable pair of walking shoes is a necessity for on the ship, and gumboots will be provided for shore landings.

Should I tip? And if so, how much?
This will come down to your personal experience, but since the crew members are not highly paid for their extreme hard work and dedication, we would recommend about $10 to $12 per day spent on the ship.

Will we be able to swim in the water?
You won’t be able to swim per se, however there is usually a chance to stop for a dip in the frosty waters that we like to call the ‘Polar Plunge’. In Antarctica, voyages do offer polar scuba diving and polar snorkeling options.