Scuba Diving Arctic & Antarctic
This is for divers interested in seeing what Arctic & Antarctic has to offer,
and / or active folks who love photography, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, mountaineering, shore excursions & zodiac cruises!
Arctic Diving (Spitsbergen)
The dives in the Polar areas vary from shallow ice diving to shore diving. The combination of sunlight, sea water and the often extraordinary formations of ice causes an overwhelming, ever-changing spectre of colours, with a fantastic variety of shades and brilliance. While snorkelling or diving along the ice-floes, you will be amazed and never forget these deep blue colours.
In the Atlantic water we may observe typical marine life such as sea squirts, squat lobsters, and many species of star fish, spider crabs, soft corals, anemones, peacock worms, and dogfish. Diving in the Arctic does not only offer ice, but also an interesting marine life, such as kelp walls, sea-snails, crabs, sea butterflies, various Arctic fish, shrubby horse-tails, jelly-fishes, sea-hedgehogs and starfishes. In Spitsbergen we may dive with sea lions.
Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world. The mysterious White Continent, with its multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offers unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores.
During our Antarctic dive expedition you may observe penguins from under the surface as well as sea lions and perhaps even leopard seals. The Falkland Islands are rich with krill (which is consumed by many species) and therefore interesting for finding marine wildlife. The dive sites will vary from shallow ice diving, diving along a wall, from a beach or from the zodiac.
Diving in Antarctica does not only offer ice, but also an interesting marine life, such as kelp walls, sea-snails, crabs, sea butterflies, various Antarctic fish, shrubby horse-tails, jelly-fishes, sea-hedgehogs, starfishes, krill and giant isopods. You may have the possibility to snorkel or dive with Fur seals, Leopard seals and Penguins.
Expedition Cruises - Liveaboard Basecamp
"Base camp" is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts.
On selected voyages we offer "activity modules" which go beyond our normal shore program.
The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities: mountaineers to climb mountain ranges (soft climbing), hikers to participate in long walks, photographers to explore photo opportunities, campers (on Antarctica only) to enjoy life at shore base camps, kayakers and zodiac passengers to explore near shores where the ship cannot go.
Passengers who do not wish to become physically active will enjoy our zodiac excursions and follow the normal shore program and land excursions (easy to moderate walks and hikes with focus on wildlife).
We aim for visiting active and manned research stations in the Antarctic and Arctic.