LEADING YOU THROUGH
Our expedition leaders, guest lecturers, photographers, scientists and other experts in their fields guide and educate you through your polar expedition. Immersing you in your remote destinations with paddling, kayaking, standup paddling and other excursions, they bring you closer to extraordinary wildlife and landscapes. Their expert guidance enriches your explorations while helping to keep the environment pristine.
JONATHAN ZACCARIA | WORLD NAVIGATOR
Jonathan Zaccaria grew up in France and graduated as an engineer in spectrometry. His work brought him to Antarctica to the French Dumont d’Urville Station, best known for its role in the documentary March of the Penguins. He made another overwinter in the only international station in the Antarctic. Later, he began working as a guide on board expedition ships in Antarctica and the Arctic. He has worked for 10 years in the polar regions, leading trips on small, expedition vessels.
PABLO BELIU | WORLD TRAVELLER
Pablo Beliu was born in Ushuaia, Argentina. His love of the outdoors began with skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, backpacking and hiking. In 1997, he began training to become a polar guide, focusing on boat and rescue operations. He has worked in polar regions for approximately 25 years now. When he is not on board, he divides his time between his family and motorbiking. He also encourages everyone to become an Antarctic Ambassador, promoting the beauty and serenity of the White Continent.
WORLD-CLASS EXPEDITION TEAM
Every expedition is led by an experienced, international team that consists of up to 14 wilderness guides, naturalists, tourism professionals and other experts with decades of combined experience. They have explored Antarctica, the Arctic, Alaska, British Columbia, Patagonia, the Galápagos and many more remote destinations of the world, bringing this experience to your expedition for a comprehensive exploration.
With 15 years’ experience in a maritime profession and kayaking, your guides lead you through your paddling, sea kayaking and standup paddling excursions as you glide amid the ice floes. Along the way, they point out incredible wildlife as you come close to penguins, seals and more.
BIOLOGY AND MARINE BIOLOGY
Look to the water and learn more about the whales, seals and penguins that make these icy waters their home with the help of PhDs and Masters in biology and marine biology, as well as guides with experience in whale watching tours. Discover the importance of the delicate ecosystems and how to help keep it unspoiled.
Experts who studied bird biology and behavior help you identify the various species of seabirds found throughout the polar regions. They’ll pass their knowledge onto you as you keep your eyes on the sky, appreciating the different birds that make the biodiversity of these regions.
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS
Capture the perfect footage of your polar expeditions with the assistance of professional photographers and videographers. They will teach you expert techniques to find the right lighting and angles for recording proof of your explorations.
HISTORY, CULTURE AND GOVERNANCE
Professionals with masters, doctorates and law degrees share their knowledge of natural history, local and indigenous communities – including the Inuit, Aymara and Quechua – the history of polar exploration and the creation of the Antarctic Treaty System.
ECOLOGY AND NATURE CONSERVATION
Scientists, PhDs and founding members of the Polar Footprint Association, including experts with 30 years’ teaching experience, who have worked with environmental research and literacy help you connect more closely with the environment. Their passionate lectures will inspire you to gain a greater appreciation for nature.
POLAR METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Experts who study polar weather and atmospheric changes help you understand the importance of these regions and how they affect the world.
MOUNTAINEERING AND HIKING EXPERTS
Expedition guides with experience in mountaineering, hiking and other activities, including about 25 years working in polar regions, help bring you to incredible vantage points as you step foot in remote landings.
POLAR EXPEDITION EXCURSIONS
INCLUDED AND OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Your expedition team leads the way on your watersport excursions, Zodiac safaris and shore landings. With their assistance, you experience the polar regions to the fullest.
ZODIAC SAFARI | INCLUDED
Come closer to your environment on a custom-made Zodiac for Atlas’ Polar Class yachts. As you navigate, stop and listen for the sounds of wildlife. Focus on the soft but distinct rush of water and watch for bubbles just before a breach.
POLAR PLUNGE | INCLUDED
Connect with your wild side as you plunge into the icy waters. A photographer will capture the moment and you’ll even be rewarded a certificate of achievement. Feel free to cheer on your fellow explorers while they take the dive.
PADDLING AND STAND-UP PADDLING | $75 PER GUEST
Find your personal moment amid epic landscapes and drifting ice floes. This is an opportunity to glide through pristine waters and perhaps come close to seals and whales as they swim nearby.
SEA KAYAKING | $350 PER GUEST
Alongside a kayak master, set off through icy waters. Take a few minutes to be still as well, because that’s when incredible moments happen, like the possibility of a whale breaching mere feet from your kayak.
EXPEDITION LANDINGS | INCLUDED
Your expedition guide may lead you to dedicated points for the best views and instruct you on how to properly interact with wildlife at a safe distance so that you leave only footprints behind. Pique your curiosity with 5-10-minute field interpretations on location.
CAMPING | $500 PER GUEST
Spend a night camping in Antarctica for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a truly wild experience as you and your fellow adventurers are left with required gear, drinking water and a few extra layers of clothing for warmth.
*Camping, paddling and standup paddling available on select expeditions