Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Polar Pioneer Sea Ice

Polar Pioneer

  • Expeditionary Ship

Explore what's below deck

Twin public

Polar Pioneer Cabin, Public

Two lower berth beds with a porthole, wash basin and shared bathroom – approx 9.8 metres squared.

Twin private

Polar Pioneer Private Cabin

Two lower berth beds with a window and private bathroom – approx 11.3 metres squared.

Mini Suite

Polar Pioneer Mini Suite

One double bed, a separate living area, windows and a private bathroom – approx. 19 metres squared.

Captain's Suite

Polar Pioneer Owners Suite

One double bed, a separate living area, windows and private bathroom – approx. 24.5 metres squared.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 880 980

Expert-led Cruises

Our travel experts have years of knowledge and between them and have personally inspected or travelled on board many of the boats we offer.

Expert led cruise title Departure date Duration Prices start from Status
Spitsbergen Polar Bear Voyage with Paul Goldstein 16/06/23 10 days £6,795 ex. flights AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Alternative boats

Our travel experts have years of knowledge and between them and have personally inspected or travelled on board many of the boats we offer.

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Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?


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F L E X I B I L I T Y P R O M I S E B O O K W I T H C O N F I D E N C E

Vessel Ice Rating Comparison Chart.

We use the Lloyd Register scale to signify the ice rating of our vessels but you can see how that scale aligns with other scales in the chart below.

Mame / Country of Register

Ice thickness (cm)

10 15 30 50

Ice thickness (cm)

lowest   highest
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super
Finland / Sweden
Category II
IC
IB
IA
IA Super