How You Can Protect The Fragile Ecosystem Of Antarctica And Arctic On An Expedition Voyage

Sunday, 7th June 2020

Jo Cooper

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The oceans cover vast areas of the globe and provide many very different experiences for adventure seekers. June 8th is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources. It is also a reminder to celebrate marine ecosystems and find solutions to protect our blue planet.

We’ve rounded up our recommended 2021 voyages that offer innovative ways to celebrate and honour our ocean, so that once travel resumes, we can dive straight back in.

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Clean Up Svalbard Program

Each year, Discover the World and their guests participate in the ‘Clean up Svalbard’ program on our Spitsbergen polar voyages. If you are looking for ways that you can support the protection of wildlife and the environment whilst exploring the High Arctic, this is a great program to join on a Svalbard expedition cruise.

Svalbard is famous for its wildlife population, with an abundance of polar bears, arctic fox, arctic tern, common eider and walrus, as well as its stunning glaciers and looming cliffs and the Clean Up Program has a simple goal visit beautiful and remote parts of the high Arctic while lending some time on the voyage to pick up marine debris when they visit the archipelago’s coast.

Our Recommended Trip: Scotland to Svalbard

Beginning in Scotland and finishing in Svalbard; take in the beautiful, unspoilt islands of the Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes & Jan Mayen as well as Spitsbergen.

Discover it yourself

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Citizen Science Programme

The MS Seaventure is a new ship joining the fleet. Unique to the MS Seaventure is an on-board custom built science laboratory, used in the Citizen Science programme. This provides an opportunity for passengers to help with real life scientific research.
There’s important work being done every day, at some of the most renowned climate research facilities around the world, to record and study the incredible changes happening in remote places like Antarctica. The Citizen Science programme offers guests a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at how climate change is impacting our birds, sea life, glaciers, oceans, and weather patterns, and help scientists better understand our evolving planet.

Our Recommended Trip: Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia

Experience the abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula on this comprehensive voyage.

Discover it yourself

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100% Carbon Offset

The smallest ship in our polar fleet with just 53 passengers. The M/S Quest strives to have minimal impact on the environment. Being a smaller expedition ship it offers one of the most sustainable ways to explore wildlife and nature.

As well as operating in much smaller groups, every voyage on the M/S Quest is 100% carbon offset.

Our Recommended Trip: Around Spitsbergen

With its rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice-caps and glaciers, Spitsbergen is a true high-Arctic archipelago, and only 1000 kilometres (600 miles) from the North Pole. This is the ‘star’ voyage in our Arctic portfolio.

Discover it yourself

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Science and Research Expeditions

On board the G Expedition ship, staff are committed to collect data from points in Antarctica and the Arctic, remote areas that researchers always struggle to acquire data from. Passengers on board the Expedition will have the opportunity to be part of this citizen science project by helping staff collect the data using a sophisticated, and yet easy-to-use instrument called the CastAway.

Our Recommended Trip: Classic Antarctica

Experience the Earth’s frozen frontier on this adventurous voyage. The Peninsula offers dramatic scenery and the greatest variety of wildlife in Antarctica, as well as an unequalled introduction to the stunning scenery of the Great White Continent.

Discover it yourself

Feeling Inspired?

Talk to one of our Polar Travel Specialists to discuss your autumn adventure. Call on 01737 214250 or enquire online.

You can book with confidence with our Flexibility Promise. This flexibility includes the ability to move travel dates, change to a different destination or even transferring a holiday to someone else. And, if Discover the World should be forced to cancel your holiday due to travel restriction, there will be the option to rearrange your dates or request a full refund.

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