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.
Polar Pioneer is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment. The renderings below show how the interior will look like.
Captain’s Suite (Category A)
With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows.
Mini-Suite (Category B)
With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.
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.
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.
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.
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.
polar expedition vessel – tough design with highest ice-class
capable of exploring in ice (something most ships can’t do)
group size in Antarctica and South Georgia
landing sites larger ships cannot reach
for all guests in Zodiacs – No waiting time to go ashore
just 48 guests – Intimate experience with the natural
– Warm up after a day in the cold
refurbished vessel – Enjoy comfortable cabins, bar, and saloon
Bridge – Enjoy the views from the best place on board
Expedition Experience – Only possible on a small ship
of operation – Greenland, Canadian Arctic, Svalbard,
Antarctica and South Georgia.
experienced expedition team
with 6 zodiacs for shore landings. All guests can fit in the Zodiacs
together so no waiting to go ashore.
open deck space and raised areas for photography
team of crew and guides
provided for shore landings
passenger saloon with bar
refurbished to a high standard with warm, comfortable cabins
and clinic onboard