Next summer, EYOS Expeditions, the world leader in private superyacht experiences that take travellers to the remote corners of the earth, will relaunch itineraries in the Arctic on the recently redesigned Hanse Explorer. Bespoke journeys in the region might include cruising through iceberg-covered fjords, hiking on glaciers, and cruising through pack ice in search of white whales, polar bears, and walruses. The long days of the Arctic summer are the ideal time to discover the region, bringing about intense wildlife activity and changing landscapes with beautiful colors and contrasts.
Fresh off a multimillion-dollar redesign, the seven-cabin Hanse Explorer - once strictly a polar yacht, but now a “go-anywhere” vessel outfitted to explore both tropical and polar regions - features a rugged, steel-hulled exterior with the highest commercial ice classification. She has bright, modern interiors that draw on nautical influences and incorporate oversized windows and glass-sliding doors to bring the scenery in. Other amenities include a saltwater Jacuzzi, a sauna, and a cocktail area outfitted with Bose sound systems where guests can enjoy a chef-prepared meal after a long day of exploring. And thanks to the installation of a pair of zero speed stabilizers, the superyacht can carve through even challenging waters with minimal motion.
While the Arctic region is vast, inviting intrepid explorers to discover many remote and undiscovered corridors, the world-class expedition leaders and polar naturalists at EYOS can recommend a range of itineraries and activities.
On a seven-night journey through Arctic Svalbard, for example, guests will spend five days cruising around Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago just 600 miles from the North Pole, comprising nine main islands and home to around 3,000 animals. Activities depend on weather and sea-ice conditions, but may include sailing through the narrow Hinlopen Strait; visiting a Dutch whaling station and other historical sites on Danskøya and Amsterdamøa Islands; and taking a Zodiac through the majestic Monaco Glacier, a favorite spot for polar bears (travelers may even go ashore for a hike on the glacier).
Rates start at 200,000 EUR per week, plus expenses, for the 2023 season (June-August).
Photo credit: Ovind Haug