About Us

Polar Holidays is a travel agency that specializes in booking tours and cruises to the polar regions of the world.  Our partnerships with high-quality specialty cruise lines allow us to provide the best tour for YOU!   Every customer has different expectations and requirements, and it is our goal to meet them all!

Our team of agents can help you plan your journey from your front door and back again, arranging all flights, connections and transfers, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience!

There are many tours, ships and itineraries to Antarctica and the Arctic.  We have been on nearly 100 trips to these areas, and continue to go on the different ships – we are intimately familiar with them and hence uniquely qualified to recommend itineraries to best serve each client’s preferences – the most appropriate cruise ship, time of year and itinerary.


Our Mission:

  • We care about our customers and only represent the highest quality ships offering the best value.
  • We sell trips based on our client’s needs and preferences. We do not sell trips based on commissions.
  • We continue to spend time at the polar travel destination to maintain our intimate knowledge of them and the ships that go there.
  • We partner with and represent companies for their quality, safety, environmental practices, service and the best overall experience for our clients.
  • We provide the highest quality experience in the planning stage of a client’s trip.
  • Our team will help you plan a trip of a lifetime starting from your door!
  • We have dedicated staff to help you find the right cruise at the right price.
  • We charge no additional fees – you receive the same price as booking direct with much more personalized service, and help you book add-on excursions you may wish to book.

We love the polar regions, and want you to get to love them too!  Going there is one of life’s greatest experiences!


Thomas Kokta

Thomas was born and raised in Germany, and he caught the travel bug during his college years, after a stint as a student in the U.S. convinced him that he wanted to see more of this big, big world. His notable outdoor adventures include a 220 mile hike along the John Muir trail, summiting such mountains as McKinley in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Africa, and an attempt at Mount Everest (alas, he only got to 26,000 ft).

His fondness of the snow and cold led to repeated trips to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Polar bears, icebergs and penguins are his passion, and he is approaching 100 trips to the polar regions.  His knowledge of the itineraries and ships is exemplary, he will help you pick a trip that is best for you!

Thomas is also an internationally acclaimed photographer, with many publications to his credit.  His images have been recognized time and again, most recently by being displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Book with Polar Holidays and you will receive any one of his images – free!

Thomas Kokta


Roni has been involved in the travel and tourism industry for over 25 years, and enjoys helping clients find tours that are the best fit for you and your traveling partners.


Nathan Engquist

Nathan was born and raised in the high-desert Southwestern United States in New Mexico where he began his decade-long teaching career as a high school teacher.

After Nathan’s first trip abroad in 2006, he caught an extreme case of the travel bug.  Since that time, he has visited around 30 countries and lived in 3 foreign countries for a total of 7 years.

Nathan began working at Polar Holidays earlier this year, and is very motivated to help other travelers create the best travel experiences possible. He wrote a book entitled “International Travel in the Connected Age” as a means of working towards achieving that goal.  At Polar Holidays Nathan has been working very hard with our team to ensure that our customers get help in planning what may be the best travel experience of their lives.


Johannes is our Europe specialist – his passion is the Arctic.  He loves polar bears, walruses and the remote areas of Spitzbergen and Greenland.


Nora has been going to Antarctica for a dozen years.  While she  does not “like” the Drake passage and is always happy to be “on the other side”, she keeps on going – driven by her love of penguins and albatrosses.  She knows the ships and cabins really well, and can help you decide what is best for you!


Mee is a recent addition to our team.  She has been working in the travel industry for 5 years, and her expertise is suggesting and planning any trip excursions you may want to do before or after your trip to the polar regions.

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