Arctic and Antarctic: Adventure in the Unknown
The rugged, remote Arctic remains one of the most unexplored domains on the planet. This ice-laden region encompasses the Canadian High Arctic; Greenland; the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which includes Spitsbergen; Russia; and at the very top of the planet, of course, the North Pole. It’s inhabited by polar bears, muskoxen, arctic foxes, beluga whales, reindeer, seals, walruses and migratory birds, among other wildlife species. Experience 24-hour daylight that illuminates the fjords, glaciers, and landscapes of the Arctic, meet indigenous communities, see an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat and immerse yourself in the environment with a variety of activities from sea kayaking and paddling excursions to hiking and Zodiac cruising. This is your chance to stand at the very top of the world, the North Pole!
When to visit the Arctic?
It depends on the different locations you choose to visit, but generally expeditions start from May and end in September.
Antarctica, at times an unforgiving continent marked by harsh temperatures and rugged terrain, is home to a rich diversity of wildlife that inhabits the glaciers, mountains, bays, fjords, inlets, pebble beaches and rugged coastlines. The Antarctic Peninsula, for instance, is abundant with minke, humpback, right, blue, sperm and killer whales. Snow Hill Island, in the ice-choked Weddell Sea, is the site of one of the world’s largest colonies of Emperor penguins. The sub-Antarctic destinations of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are equally rich with wildlife.Cross the 800-km Drake Passage, observe at least five species of penguins in the Falkland Islands and cross south across the Antarctic Circle, at 66°33' S, a milestone experienced by only a few polar travelers.
When to visit Antarctica?
From October to December, the 7th Continent is ice-covered and penguins are busy laying their eggs. If you visit December to late-February, you can see the penguins hatch. Mid-February to March is an ideal time to see whales as they return to the region to feed.