Polar Tracks Expeditions


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About the Ship

Built in 1958, this “Grand Old Lady” has led an illustrious life primarily as a research and rescue vessel. R/V Kinfish was instrumental in mapping out much of the Svalbard sea floor in the early 1990’s. She has now been modernized and remodeled as a comfortable passenger expedition vessel. Her interior is completely refurbished in a modern Scandinavian design and she is brimming with new electronic navigation and communication equipment.

  • Passenger Capacity: 12
  • Two Mark V Zodiacs
  • Refurbished: 2018-2019
  • Open Bridge policy
  • Photo editing/TV area
  • Survey Lounge for presentations
  • Mud Room
  • Scandinavian cuisine
  • Ice Class: 1C

Why We Like Kinfish


    Her spacious forward & rear decks low to the water – ideal for getting closer to wildlife on the ice – not to mention a "crow's nest" for aerial photography.


    Kinfish has a fantastic Mud Room for your wet gear and is a place to store your boots and other equipment with quick and easy access to the Zodiac embarkation point.


    Extra electrical outlets in the suites and common areas for charging camera batteries and laptops which is exceptionally important for photographers, and advanced Bridge systems offer guests a chance to become navigators!


    Her compact size means we can avoid the competing interest groups of the larger ships and operate with ultimate flexibility.

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Insider Advice

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.