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Polar Holidays History

Our Story

At Polar Holidays, we’re passionate about sharing our love for the polar regions with travelers from all over the world. Founded in 2008, our team is made up of experienced and knowledgeable staff who have all traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Our founder, Thomas, has always been drawn to the world’s wildest and most remote places. As an avid mountain climber, he has summited some of the world’s highest peaks, including McKinley in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Africa, and the North Ridge of Mount Everest. Along the way, he began taking photographs as a way to share the breathtaking beauty of these landscapes with others.

Today, Thomas and the rest of our team are dedicated to helping travelers plan their own polar adventures. From photographing polar bears in sub-zero temperatures to seeking emperor penguins, we’ve experienced it all firsthand and are always eager to share our knowledge and expertise. Our team of a dozen polar specialists has been to Antarctica and the Arctic region multiple times, a combined 100+.  We constantly check new ships, new destinations so we can recommend the trip that best suits YOUR needs.

Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Antarctica or an Arctic expedition to witness the Northern Lights, we’re here to help you plan the perfect trip. With our extensive experience and passion for the polar regions, we’re confident that we can help you create memories that will last a lifetime.  Send us an email or give us a call – we love talking about the ends of the earth!


The Polar Holidays Team

Thomas Kokta,


Founder & Polar Specialist

Thomas was born and raised in Germany. He moved to the United States after college and has since pursued his passion for travel and photography. Thomas has traveled to many countries around the world, but holds a special affinity for the polar regions.


Polar Specialist

Nathan grew up in the desert of New Mexico in the Southwest United States. He has been teaching high school classes for decades.


Polar SPecialist

Johannes is our European specialist. Passionate about the Arctic, he loves polar bears, walruses, and the remote areas of Spitsbergen and Greenland.


design & customer relations

Born in Washington State, Maddy is finishing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She enjoys traveling and exploring in the PNW.


Polar specialist

Nora has been an Antarctic traveler for over a dozen years. Though she does not enjoy the Drake Passage and is always happy to reach “the other side”, she doesn’t let it get in the way of her passion. She loves the penguins and albatrosses, and is very knowedgeable on expedition ships and cabins. 


Polar Specialist

A recent addition to the Polar Holidays team, Mee has been working in the travel industry for 5 years. Her expertise is in finding and planning trip excursions that clients may be interested in experiencing before or after their polar adventure.


Polar SPecialist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jonathan completed his degree in biochemistry and philosophy. Following graduation he enrolled in medical school in Central Europe. Traveling to more than 17 countries, Jonathan is an expert in international travel and the fine art of finding the cheapest flights for his adventures.

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