Polar Organizations

Professional expedition organisers

Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE)

Logistics organisation and guides for Antarctic expeditions.

Antarctic Network international (ANI)

Now owned by ALE above.

British Exploring (formerly British Schools Exploring Society)

Provides young people with the experience of self-discovery in demanding and wilderness environments, frequently in arctic regions.

Bull expeditions.

Tailor made expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Logistic support and guiding for sport, science and filming expeditions.

Ice Warrior Project.

Using ordinary people from all walks of life, Ice Warrior trains people for extreme expeditions which gather vital data about our changing world; true citizen science and a quest to gauge the pulse of the planet.


Michael Charavin, specialist French polar guide and photographer, leads tours in Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland and Scandinavia.

He recently (June 2014) completed his 5000 + Kms expedition circumnavigating Greenland by ski-kite.

Polar Explorers

Experienced guiding company in the USA for all polar areas. 

Tangent Expeditions.

Commercial mountaineering and ski-touring expeditions to Greenland and Spitsbergen, logistics support for private expeditions to these areas and UK agents for Twin Otter ski plane operations in Greenland.

Polar research and related organisations

Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Its objectives are to conserve selected early British scientific bases on the Antarctic Peninsula for education and enjoyment of visitors and to help with the acquisition and preservation of Antarctic memorabilia.

Arctic Club

A club founded by Sir James Wordie in 1932 for Arctic enthusiasts and open to those who have played a significant role in expeditions to the Arctic and/or have an enduring interest in those regions. Th Arctic Club award gives financial support to young enthusiasts involved in adventurous expeditions to the Arctic.

British Antarctic Survey.

Information on the British Antarctic research, scientific and logistics operations in Antarctica.

Explorer’s Web

Keep up to date with all current and past polar (and worldwide) expedition news. 

Polar Academy

Offers selected 14 to 18 year old ‘invisible and forgotten’ young adults a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a major Arctic expedition. The academy is led by Craig Mathiesen, ‘Explorer in Residence’ at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Royal Geographical Society.

The Expedition Advisory Centre of the Royal Geographical Society provides advice and training for expedition planning. 

Scott Polar Research Institute.

The oldest research centre in the world covering both the Arctic and Antarctic. Houses the world’s largest polar library.

UK Government.


The British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is a UK Overseas Territory, administered in London by staff in the Polar Regions Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Equipment manufacturers

Arctic Ltd.

Suppliers of what is accepted as the best and safest polar bear alarm available.

Braemar Mountain Sports.

A friendly and knowledgeable service for all your ski related purchases and hire, stocking the largest range of Alpine Touring, Telemark and Nordic gear in the UK.

Paramo Directional Clothing Systems.

Paramo produces clothing based on ‘directional’ fabrics, which have a proven track record under severe polar conditions, as well as in all other climatic areas of the world. Snowsled are Paramo agents.

Expeditions, guides

Goliath Expedition.

Karl Bushby’s attempt to walk around the world. Now 10 years in, incredible adventures, crossing the Darien Gap, Bering Straits and now desperately seeking funding to continue across Russia.

International Polar Guides Association


The International Polar Guides Association (IPGA) is a worldwide body founded by active polar guides to facilitate the development and preservation of high quality professional guiding in polar-ice environments.