Arctic & Antarctic
Arctic & Antarctic
There really is only one way to see the natural wonders and unique wildlife of these remote areas that top and tail our planet, and that is by sea. Once the playground of only the more intrepid explorer these Polar Regions can now be discovered in comfort, with many of the leading cruise companies offering Expedition Cruises.
The Arctic: Iceland, Spitzberg, Greenland, the monumental Northwest Passage and Russian Far East - this imposing Arctic landscape is wilderness at its best. Passing towering icebergs, magnificent glaciers and seeing all manner of wildlife, from polar bears and arctic foxes to whale and walrus, is a daily occurance on an Arctic cruise. A true adventure that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. The main season for Arctic cruises in the summer, when the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' comes into its own with almost 24 hour daylight and wildlife revels in the warmer temperatures. Despite freezing temperatures and long hours of darkness the winter months are also popular for that magical glimpse of the Northern Lights and also give an oppertunity to try some winter adventure activities.
Antarctica: Not many of us set foot on this mysterious 'sixth continent' and to this day it is still relatively untouched by humanity. A polar desert of ice and water an Antarctica cruise normally starts from Ushuaia on the southernmost tip of Argentina. You'll sail across Drakes Passage to reach the northern tip of Antarctica and many itineraries also include stops at South Georgia (famous for its colonies of King Penguins) as well as the Falkland Islands. Crusing the Antarctic is best during our winter months (November to March) which are its summer months. Icebergs begin to melt creating amazing ice sculptures and open up passages for exploration. Wildlife activity is in abundance as breeding occurs and baby seals, penguins and migrating whales are in view. The longer days also create stunning photo oppertunities to record this amazing adventure.