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EXPEDITION VOYAGES – TIME TO EXPLORE!

 

Take an adventure travel to the most exotic places on planet Earth. Sea Travel Ltd itineraries are worldwide and cover many interesting destination one could ever dreamt of. Expedition voyages appeal to people with own sense of discovery and The personal cruise specialists at Sea Travel Ltd can always assist with booking a passage aboard small expedition vessels with the most outstanding Expedition Companies and do their best to make all arrangements as easy as possible.

Our most popular destinations are The North Pole, Alaska and , Arctic or Antarctic,........... it does not matter what you choose we can accommodate any taste or thurst of adventure.

Sea Travel Ltd can offer the following Expedition voyages:

Arctic Passage

Iceland and Greenland Explorer
Jewels of The Arctic

Spitsbergen Odyssey

Across the Circle Christmas Fly Out 2012
Across the Circle New Year Fly Out 2012
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula 
Antarctica’s Far East
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Emperor Penguins: Snow Hill Safari
Epic Antarctica
Explorers’ Quest via the Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia
Ross Sea Centennial Voyage
Shackleton Odyssey
South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula Fly Out 2012
South Georgia, Falkland Islands and Antactic Peninsula

Weddel Sea& Antarctic Peninsula

Across the North East Passage
Bering Sea - Chukotka and Kamchatka
Secrets of the White Sea
The Ring of Fire - Kamchatka and Kuril Islands
Voyage to the end of the Earth

 

 

Europe and Mediterranean: Danube River, Danube Main and Rhine Rivers, Rhine and Mosel Rivers, Venice- Italy to Valetta- Malta, Valetta - Malta to Rome- Italy, Rome - Italy to Barcelona-Spain, Barcelona - Spain to Honfleur - France, Honfleur-France to Oslo - Norway, Oslo - Norway to London-England, London - England to St. Johns - Canada

For updated information on expedition voyages, please visit  http://www.seatravelltd.co.uk 

If you are still not able to make your decision which destination appeals to you here are some interesting facts, which might help you:

 Did you know that:

Antarctica that is located in the Geographic South Pole is the southern point of the Earth's rotational axis. It is considered to be the 5th largest of the worlds 7 continents. The nearest lands are South America and Australia. Antarctica is a large continent buried under a huge ice cover. The continent is surrounded by oceans and is very different from the Arctic which is actually a huge frozen ocean surrounded by land, the North Pole is located on shifting sea-ice. The continent holds several records as the highest, driest, coldest and windiest on earth.

There was no population in Antactica until 1897 when the first winter-over station was established. 

There are 2 coldest places on Earth one of which is Antarctica and the othe one is the Arctic at the top of the Planet earth. Antarctica is one and a half times the size of the United States of America.

On the other hand and on the opposite side of the planet is the Arctic. It covers just over 7 million square miles and is of ocean cover with ice. The Arctic landscape varies from tundra, frozen seas, peaks and exquisite glaciers. The Population of total about 15 million of which 4 million are native people.  

Rainfall averages 10 to 20 inches (mostly in the form of snow) amd the average temperatures fall between 0°F and 20°F. but can range from -90°F (in winter) to 100°F (in summer) depending on location, ice cover, latitude, and proximity to the ocean. In summer, the abundance of wildflowers and lichens in this land of endless quiet adds yet another dimension, one that's full of contrast, colour and delicacy. Wildlife abounds with diversity and a trip to the high Arctic may present a rare opportunity to see in the wild - polar bears, wolves, caribou, narwhal and beluga whale 

The Geographic North Pole is located near the middle of the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland which is the closest land. The north and south poles represent the top and bottom ends of the Planet Earth axis.  The North Pole is located at 90° North latitude. If you are standing there, all points are south of you.The lines of longitude that establish our time zones all converge at the pole. In that area they are too close together to be practical as time zones, so Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is used for local time. There are no penguins in the north pole region, but there are puffins, polar bears, foxes, walruses and reindeer. The arctic is melting. Some scientists are even predicting that as soon as by 2040 there will be no summertime ice in the arctic ocean. This change would make the sea levels rise as much as 3 feet higher every where around the world. That may be even taller than you! Did you know that polar bears are the world's largest land predator and exist only in the Arctic area? An adult male polar bear can weigh as much as 1,300 lbs! There are only between approximately 20,000-25,000 polar bears. Global warming shrinks the sea ice and reduces both land and food for the polar bear.  Some predict that  polar bear popluations will drop as much as 30% by 2050! Travellers can also take voyages to The Russian Far East - full of many unique natural wonders: volcanoes, the Geyser Valley of Kamchatka, the Amur Tiger (the world's largest cat), rare Japanese Cranes and wild ginseng.  More than one hundred species of flowering plants, such as arctic poppy and snow buttercup, are found in the Arctic wilderness, populated by polar bears and foxes in the winter and, in summer, huge bird colonies.  Many cliffs of Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands have recently been opened to civilian visitors after years of being reserved for military use only.  

The Russian Far East is consist ten districts; The largest cities are Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. It is divided into two economic areas: southern and northern. The southern ares is Khabarovsk, Primorski, Sakhalin, Amur and Jewish districts, is more populated, and features a well-developed transportation system, industries and agriculture. The northern area, including Kamchatka, Magadan, Chukotka, Yakutia (Sakha), and Koryak districts, are populated more sparsely.  Fishing, reindeer breeding, hunting, and extraction of natural resources are the major economies. The diamonds deposits of Yakutia (Sakha) are the world's largest, placing Russia as the top diamond producer in the world.
The Kuril Islands are part of the Russians Skhalin region and form part of the ring of tectonic instability encircling the Pacific ocean referred to as the Ring of Fire. The islands themselves are summits of stratovolcanoes. The chain of islands has around 100 volcanoes, some 40 of which are active. The climate on the islands is generally severe, with long, cold, stormy winters and short and notoriously foggy summers. The average annual precipitation is 30–40 inches (760–1,000 mm), most of which falls as snow. The chain ranges from temperate to sub-Arctic climate types, and the vegetative cover consequently ranges from tundra in the north to dense spruce and larch forests on the larger southern islands. 

ICEBREAKERS

Icebreakers are similar to tugboats- great engine power in a relatively small ship and often fully equipped for towage and salvage.

Their main function is to cut a channel through an ice-layer at sea, in a port, river or other waterways. Obviously these ships have to be able to resist floating ice therefore the fore-ship is especially reinforced and the steel used must have a very high impact value at low temperatures. The shell must be free of protrusions because floating ice will rip these off immediately. The bow often has nozzles connected with a pipe system discharging compressed air, which can be blown under the ice-layer, breaking it upwards.

There is hardly a paint strong enough to resist the forces involved in icebreaking. The wear resistance of the steel of the shell plating and the propeller is thus, subject to high requirements. Ice is usually broken by moving the sloping bow on to the top of the ice, until the weight of the fore-ship breaks the ice. Some icebreakers have nuclear propulsion.

Characteristics:

- engine power

- Bollard pull

- shape of the fore-ship is important for the method of icebreaking.

- total mass of the ship, important for the ability to penetrate the ice.

For expeditions enquiries call +44(0)203 371 9484 or mail to: expeditions@seatravelltd.com 

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