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Destinations in Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica, known as the 7th Continent, is one of the most pristine wilderness areas on earth. As you cruise the spectacular waters around the peninsula you will see icebergs in all shapes and sizes, even ice bridges and massive sheets of ice. Jagged mountain peaks rise ten thousand feet out of the sea, and towering glaciers drop giant chunks into the water below.
Crossing the Antarctic Circle will put you in rare company — Very few travelers have been below the Antarctic Circle. Enjoy the wildlife of the Peninsula and colossal icebergs along the way. The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter.
Fly to the South Pole, and stand at 90° South, the ultimate goal of polar explorers Amundsen and Scott. Availability is limited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Our tented camp at the South Pole is designed to provide as much comfort and security as possible given the extreme environment.
South Georgia is home to more wildlife than any other place on the planet – Thousands of King Penguins, plus Wandering Albatrosses and southern elephant seals. Thousands of fur seals breed in this area. The spectacular scenery includes mountains as high as 7,000 feet, glaciers, and fjords.
Svalbard (Spitsbergen) is the land of the Polar Bear. A
Norwegian Arctic archipelago 600 miles south of the North
Pole, it features rugged mountains and rolling tundra that
offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and snowshoeing. It
is the largest wilderness area in Europe, and you will find
amazing scenery, and wildlife experiences that you will not
find anywhere else on the planet.
A cruise to the Russian Arctic offers the opportunity to visit remote archipelagos and breathtaking ice-draped coastlines, where you may encounter iconic Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walrus and seabirds. These cruises bring you closer to locations of historic significance, including the islands of Novaya Zemlya, once an important military region.
Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90 degrees N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers
Greenland is the largest island on the planet and the least populated country in the world. Most of the island is within the Arctic Circle, and the majority of the island is covered by the Northern Ice Cap, so the waters surrounding the northern shores remain frozen all year. Ice as thick as two miles can be found in the middle of the island, creating incredible mountaineering opportunities.
This region boast mountains hiding surprising sweeps of green farm and grazing lands in the interior. The coasts are notable for their numerous fjords that come in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are visible on clear nights from mid to late September through to the middle of April.
Small on the map and enormous in person, Iceland barely feels like Earth at all. Isolated in the frigid North Atlantic and forged through centuries of volcanic upheaval and tectonic shifting, Iceland is staggering to look at and otherworldly to explore.
The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is in the extreme northern part of North America. It comprises over 35,000 islands which makes up much of Northern Canada. Cruise past towering fjords, visit historical sites and traditional Inuit communities. Be on the lookout for narwhals, walrus, beluga and right whales, ring and harp seals, as well as muskoxen and the iconic polar bear.