Polar Pioneer

Polar Tracks Expeditions

Polar Pioneer


About the Ship

The MV Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1982, and the ship was originally an ice-strengthened research vessel with ice class 1A Super, which is perfect for navigation in polar regions with heavy sea ice.
This wonderful small ship is purpose-retrofit for custom groups like history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
  • Passenger Capacity: 53
  • Spacious outer decks
  • Mud Room
  • Open Bridge
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Extra electrical outlets & hooks
  • Ice Class: 1A Super

Why We Like Polar Pioneer


    In a recent refurbishment, much of her original materials were repurposed and refinished. As far as new materials, from biodegradable cleaning materials to ropes made with recycled plastics, to low-impact staff clothing and an aim to reduce single-use plastics on board to zero, environmental sustainability is key.


    Low passenger count & company ethos drive low impact ecosystem visits and wildlife encounters. Less feet on shore at a given time equals less impact to vegetation and less impact to tracks and paths.


    From passenger capacity to itinerary-design and operational decisions, Polar Pioneer prioritizes immersive polar experiences over highlight tours and box-ticking. Smaller group size means less time required to complete full operations which allows for more operational flexibility including longer visits, more sites reached, and the possibility of early morning or evening operations. This also allows for development of more unique itineraries such as themed trips or South Georgia-only trips which provide a more in-depth learning experience.

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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.