Christian Genillard

Expedition Leader

This well-travelled sailor first explored the island of Spitsbergen over 30 years ago. As a young lad on a sailboat with a couple of friends, Christian was fascinated by the ice and convinced that boat was the best means of approaching these types of wild places.

In 1983, he took part in the organisation of a cruise round the North Atlantic Ocean with 30 young Swiss sailors on board a 15 metre steel ketch, discovering the Far North while passing by Norway, Spitsbergen and Iceland. This followed with seasons spent in Spitsbergen and Greenland, and a sailing adventure from France to Quebec passing by Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and the gulf of Saint-Laurent.

Since his earlier adventures, Christian has worked as an engineer for projects such as ‘Round the World Race’ and the ‘America’s Cup’ in the early 90s. Always devoting a part of his life to continue exploring and working in the Polar Regions, he returned to the world of expedition cruising by sailing to Antarctica on a 13 metre sailing boat in 1995.

Since 2002 Christian has devoted his time to the Poles, sharing his passion whilst guiding and lecturing on board expeditions to some of the most remote and wild destinations on our planet.

Also travelled: Ireland and Scotland, Patagonia, Alaska, South Georgia, Antarctica, and 3 months of navigation in South Georgia, South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetlands. Spitsbergen, Greenland, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Russian Far East (Kuril Islands – Kamchatka – Commander Islands, Wrangel Island).

Christian's Destinations

Christian's Expeditions

  • New Dates

    Expedition - Svalbard Odyssey

    Svalbard Odyssey

    11/13 DAYS from AU$13,100 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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  • New Dates

    Expedition - Jewels of the Arctic

    Jewels of the Arctic

    13/14/15 DAYS from AU$12,000 per person

    Halfway between Spitsbergen and Iceland, East Greenland’s coastline invites you to explore its breathtaking environment made of the world’s largest icebergs, welcoming Inuit communities and diverse fauna and flora.

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  • New Dates

    Expedition - Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    Arctic Complete - Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

    23/24/25 DAYS from AU$22,600 per person

    Combine two exciting Arctic itineraries into one 25-day adventure! From the wildlife oasis of Spitsbergen to Greenland’s iceberg fantasia, make your Arctic expedition complete (and save!).

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    Expedition - South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    21/22 DAYS from US$15,600 per person

    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 - Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle

    11/12/13 DAYS from US$9,100 per person 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 - Antarctic Explorer

    Antarctic Explorer

    11/12 DAYS from US$10,300 per person 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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  • 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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