Polar

Why we love the tropical island of St. Helena, and you should too! Being one of the most remote islands on Earth confers a certain charm. Getting your name from a Roman empress (and the mother of Constantine the...
Elevate your expedition cruise experience with prime Antarctica attractions There’s a reason people go to such lengths to visit Antarctica, and its abundance of whales, seals, penguins, and other near-limitless seabirds are only part of the polar story.  Even if...
South Georgia: the jewel of sub-Antarctic terrain, wildlife, and adventure Few places encapsulate such a staggeringly rich assortment of sub-Antarctic scenery, animals, and outing opportunities as South Georgia. In this dazzlingly picturesque island chain, a few hours of exploring by...
Early 20th-century Arctic and Antarctic expedition clothes When you look at pictures of polar expedition clothing from a century ago, the experience is not unlike seeing images of World War military gear: It’s heavier, clunkier, and more partial to natural fibers...
The evolution of polar expedition travel These days you can book a few tickets, take a few flights, and embark on an expedition cruise to areas that just over a century ago represented the outer limits of earthly exploration. Shackleton...
Sailing from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands As we gently sailed away from the port of Ushuaia, I could hardly believe this day had finally arrived. After 11 months of looking forward to this trip, here I was actually...
The ultimate off-the-grid Antarctic expedition cruise There’s off the beaten track, and there’s really off the beaten track. And then there’s the Antarctic Explorer’s Voyage, a far-ranging polar expedition cruise that lets you visit areas of Antarctica we rarely if...
Pints at the planet’s northernmost brewery Something just seems right about the existence of the Svalbard Brewery. After all, there certainly should be a brewery on the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. And it certainly should be in Longyearbyen, the largest...
Wildlife facts of the oft-overlooked South Orkneys The South Orkney Islands are frequently forgotten as an Antarctic travel option. But they shouldn’t be: Forming part of the Scotia Sea Islands tundra ecoregion, the South Orkneys are home to a healthy...
High-mountain adventure in the Arctic and Antarctica Traveling to the polar regions, whether to the Arctic or Antarctica, is an adventure almost no matter what you do. Seriously, even sipping a tepid cup of chamomile is more exciting there. Still, there...