The Arctic has acquired notoriety in recent months for being the home of the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano that has wrought merry hell with travel plans of tens of thousands of Europeans and more than a few Kiwis. For us though it is one of the last great untouched wildernesses and high on the wishlist of many of our team and clients.
"The Arctic" - from the Greek Arktikos – ‘Country of the Great Bear’ because it sits underneath the constellation Ursa Major. This is very apt, because the most famous resident of this world is the awesome Polar Bear!
Only in summer, once the pack ice has broken up sufficiently, does this savage land of rock and ice unlock its secrets. There are also Reindeer, Walrus, Musk Oxen, Arctic Wolves and many whale species, including Bowheads, (the white) Belugas and the ‘horned’ Narwhal. Greenland alone is home to eight different whale species and two million seals! For birdwatchers, there are gyrfalcon, snowy owls, murrs, puffins and kittiwakes, to name but a few.
Make the most of the long daylight hours of the Northern summer, and take a voyage of discovery aboard an icebreaker or ice-strengthened expedition ship.
Please note: Booking enquiries for the Arctic should start one year prior to travel