Polar Pioneer

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The MV Polar Pioneer has been reborn and will be reintroduced to polar waters starting in Svalbard 2022.

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.


The Polar Pioneer is one of 10 Akademik Shuleykin-class Russian ships built in the mid-1980s in Finland for the Soviet Union’s oceanographic research purposes. Around half of these vessels ended up as chartered polar expeditions ships.

Today, only three are still in operation, with Polar Pioneer being the only one in the Atlantic, Arctic and Antarctic Peninsula.

Deck Plan

A Sneak Peak of her Interior Refit


The reborn Polar Pioneer is one of the only classic expedition vessels of her kind that remain, now with a fresh new look & feel.

The upgraded bar/lounge area includes more open and comfortable seating, flat-screen TVs for ease of presentation viewing, and windows with views in three directions so that you don’t miss a thing.

All cabins have been refreshed with functional Scandinavian style in mind and a special attention to small details like extra hooks and optimized storage ideal for polar expedition cruising.

Small size, great character

Small enough to feel like a true expedition.
Large enough to reach remote destinations. 

For information on chartering the Polar Pioneer, send an email to: info@polarpioneermanagement.com


For ship images, interview requests, and anything else media-related, please get in touch by emailing info@polarpioneermanagement.com 

To download the press release announcing the Polar Pioneer’s return to expedition cruising, CLICK HERE.

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