Expedition Vessel Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer is a strong, capable veteran expedition vessel loved by guests and expedition leaders for her ability and small size with a proven track record exploring the remote polar regions over the last 19 seasons. She benefits from taking just 48 guests on an authentic expedition adventure free from the crowds of larger vessels. All guests can fit in the Zodiacs at the same time ensuring there is no waiting to go ashore and all guests can explore at the same time.

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. In 2022, Polar Pioneer is reborn under new Scandinavian ownership and will benefit from an extensive refit.

She can transit open water crossings with ease and comfort due to the integrated dynamic water ballast system, which guarantees a great reduction of rolling in heavy seas. Her ingenious stability system works marvellously also during the zodiac’s loading/unloading operations or while sitting at anchor.

As a result, the Polar Pioneer is one of the most stable vessels currently in operations in the Polar regions.

Polar Pioneer has a large deck space with raised areas making her perfect for photography. She features a large passenger saloon with bar, and an onboard sauna to warm up in after a day in the cold.

She is crewed by a team of experts with decades of experience navigating polar waters and is an ideal vessel for guests looking to go on a real expedition with an authentic expedition vessel.

There is accommodation for 48 guests across twins, triple cabins, and suites. She is equipped with Zodiacs that can accommodate all guests for shore landings and exploring.

Key Features:

  • Equipped with 5 x zodiacs for shore landings. All guests can fit in the Zodiacs together so no waiting to go ashore.
  • Large open deck space and raised areas for photography

  • Expert team of crew and guides

  • Boots provided for shore landings

  • Large passenger saloon with bar

  • Newly refurbished to a high standard with warm, comfortable cabins

  • Sauna
  • Medic and clinic onboard
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The Cabins

Polar Pioneer is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment. We can’t wait to share the new images with you shortly. The renderings below show how the interior will look like.

A render of the new lounge style 

A render of the new cabin style 

Captain’s Suite (Category A)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows. 

Cabin Size: 22.5 m2

Mini-Suite (Category B)

With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.

Cabin Size: 16.8 m2

Twin Cabin with Private Facilities (Category C)

With two lower berths, a writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch. 

Cabin Size: 12 m2

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Twin Cabin with Shared Facilities (Category D)

With two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Triple Cabin With Shared Facilities (Category E)

With one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin has a porthole.

Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Deck Plan

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Information

  • Areas of operation – Greenland, Canadian Arctic, Svalbard, Antarctica and South Georgia.
  • Ice-reinforced hull
  • Guests: 48 people
  • Cruising Speed: 10 knots
  • Zodiacs: 6
  • Highly experienced expedition team

Expeditions on Polar Pioneer