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Executive Friends


Executive Friends

The Friends receive contributions towards our work in support of the Scott Polar Research Institute from many sources. Most of our support comes from individual subscribers but we also receive donations and support in kind from Trusts and companies towards specific projects or as sponsorship of Friends' events and activities, such as the publishing of our newsletter Polar Bytes. These supporting Trusts and companies are our highly valued "Executive Friends".

We are pleased to acknowledge the following amongst our current Executive Friend supporters:

Polar Latitudes

Polar Latitudes operates Antarctic adventures in comfort and style, aboard the all-suite sister ships, Hebridean Sky and Island Sky. We are proud to support the work of SPRI via our on-board auctions.

Ice Tracks logo

Ice Tracks Expeditions is a small and perfectly formed polar expedition company dedicated to making Polar Adventure Travel a life-changing experience. We work with the highest staff to passenger ratio and the best operator in the industry.

One Ocean Expeditions, a team of enthusiastic professional staff and an exceptional crew. Above all we pride ourselves on the outstanding personal service we offer. There is no additional charge to arrange your voyage booking. On the contrary, we will make the utmost effort to add additional value and service.

We are honoured to be organizing the Friends of SPRI Shackleton Centenary Voyage November 2014.

Sponsor of Polar Bytes 67 and Polar Bytes 72.

Trinity House crestTrinity House 500 logo

In 2014 Trinity House celebrates the 500th anniversary of the grant of its Royal Charter by Henry VIII. The Corporation's business ever since has been to improve the art and science of maritime safety and to provide benevolence for needy seafarers and their dependents.

Oceanwide logo

Oceanwide Expeditions (Vlissingen, The Netherlands) operate the ice-strengthened vessels "Ortelius" and "Plancius" in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and the sailing vessels "Noorderlicht" and "Rembrandt" in the Arctic. We also offer ship-based helicopter voyages to the Ross Sea and to Emperor Penguin colonies in the Weddell Sea, expeditions to remote Peter I Island and Bouvet Island, and Basecamp programs with camping, skiing and mountaineering.

Our voyages are guided by international competent leaders, who have often previously worked as scientists in these areas.

Oceanwide Expeditions is a triple-winner of the World's leading Polar Expedition Cruise Operator Award and is supporter of IAATO, AECO, Birdlife International, Cleaning Spitsbergen Beaches, Friends of SPRI, and more.

Sponsor of Polar Bytes 70.

One Ocean logo

One Ocean Expeditions is an innovative, high-quality expedition cruise operator offering comfortable and safe – yet adventure filled – voyages to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Designed for polar research, their two ships - the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov - have all the components of true exploratory vessels. Ice-strengthened, stable, quiet and highly maneuverable they are perfect platforms for polar expedition cruising.

Sponsor of Polar Bytes 66.

Marine Quarterly logo

The Marine Quarterly

Sponsor of Polar Bytes 64.

CountrySide logo


Sponsor of Polar Bytes 63.

The Courtauld Trust -
Exodus logo Exodus are the UK's market leaders for small ship expeditions to the Polar Regions. Exodus have established a partnership with Quark Expeditions who have a fleet of seven vessels: two Ice Breakers and five Polar Adventure ships. From special Photography and Polar Bear Spitzbergen pilgrimages led by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham, to epic voyages that semi-circumnavigate Antarctica....our Polar Experts look forward to talking to you on 0845 330 6013 or view all our Arctic and Antarctic Expedition Cruises online.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage logo Hurtigruten offers a distinctive maritime heritage. Their experience in operating small ships to remote and sparsely populated areas, enables them to explore regions of exceptional beauty, in some of the most desirable places on earth. Destinations include the world famous Hurtigruten in Norway, Antarctica and Spitsbergen - For further information call 020 8846 2666 or visit

If you or your organisation are interested in becoming an Executive Friend please contact us.