It's time to say goodbye...sadly we must bid farewell to our beloved Polar Pioneer. She has been our home away from home for more than 17 years and the heart and soul of every polar expedition. Warm, homely, safe, she has provided the best environment for many expeditioners like you, and has been the place where lifelong friendships have been forged, and even the occasional proposal! It's now with great sadness we must say “пока” (poka) or farewell and close this great chapter of the Aurora Expeditions story.

Don't miss out on the chance to board the Polar Pioneer one last time!

Save up to 10% off on Antarctica 2018/19 and Arctic 2019 departures*

Polar Pioneer will be sailling her final polar voyages to Antarctica in 2018 and 2019, and the Arctic in 2019. For a limited time, book on Polar Pioneer's 2018/19 Antarctica or 2019 Arctic departures, and save up to 10% off per person.* Secure your place today for a farewell adventure to the polar regions. Fill out the form below for more information, or scroll down to view Polar Pioneer's last departures.

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    Expedition - Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle

    11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 pp FLY/SAIL

    Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33' South in the wake of hallowed explorers and experience a world of powerful whales, shimmering mountain ranges and mesmerising icebergs.

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    Expedition - In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    18 DAYS from US$14,600 pp

    Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed.

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  • Svalbard Odyssey

    11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person

    Circumnavigate Spitsbergen and experience a world filled with deep shimmering fjords, polar deserts, old whaling settlements and magnificent wildlife, including the mighty polar bear.

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    Expedition - Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

    Across the Arctic Circle - Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

    14 DAYS from AU$7,300 per person

    Sail from Scotland’s rugged northern coast up to Norway’s picturesque coastline, before crossing the Arctic Circle and reach the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen, home to the mighty polar bear!

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    Expedition - South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    18/20/21 DAYS from US$15,600 pp

    Throughout long summer days, discover wildlife-rich South Georgia, step foot on the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula and retrace Ernest Shackleton's epic journey from Elephant Island.

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    Expedition - Antarctic Explorer

    Antarctic Explorer

    11/12 DAYS from US$9,700 pp FLY/SAIL

    Spend more time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with FLY/SAIL itineraries, including a new FLY/FLY voyage that skips the Drake completely!

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    Expedition - Northern Svalbard Explorer

    Northern Svalbard Explorer

    11 DAYS from AU$7,200 per person

    Autumn offers us a chance to explore northern Svalbard, where reindeer feast on Arctic berries, walrus haul out on pack ice, and the polar bear reigns supreme.

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  • Spirit of Antarctica

    11/12 DAYS from US$9,700 pp FLY/SAIL

    Get ready for a classic Antarctic adventure, jam-packed with pristine icy landscapes, busy wildlife and many daily excursions and activities! *ANP127G, ANP128G & ANP129G aboard Greg Mortimer are sail only voyages.

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    Expedition - Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    23 or 24 DAYS from AU$16,200 per person

    Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 24-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).

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*Offer is valid on new bookings only which must be booked and deposited by the 31st December 2018, or until sold out, whichever comes first. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking & capacity controlled. Valid on all cabin categories. Due to limited availability, solo travellers may be required to share a cabin with another cabin mate of the same gender. The promotion is not available in conjunction with any other offer, can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days* of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply.