Polar

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...
Peas in a pod or polar opposites? It’s common knowledge that Mars, like Earth, has its own polar regions – usually referred to as the Martian ice caps. These ice caps are located at the northern and southern ends of...

A New Take on North Norway

North Norway’s newest trip log Having returned from a week in Northern Norway on s/v Noorderlicht, my husband and I felt the need to write a trip log of our experiences. Spoiler: They were great. Northern lights were seen, whales watched,...
Some people travel to the Arctic for the polar bears and seabirds, others for all those ice-spackled bays and peaks dusted with snow no hand will ever touch. And still other travelers make the long road to the Arctic...
The Antarctic trip by hook, crook, or cruise If Antarctica is an astonishingly exotic location coveted in equal measure by ice enthusiasts and continent hoppers (and it is), it also asks a lot in return for its prestigious polar...
Our eco-accord with AECO & IAATO  Nature-based travel asks its share of responsibilities to the planet, and travel in ecologically vulnerable areas even more so. Thankfully, the polar regions have two vital and widely respected organizations in their corner: AECO...
Exploring in and around Ushuaia We often recommend arriving early to Ushuaia before embarking on an Antarctica cruise, and for good reason: Ushuaia, on top of being the southernmost city in the world, has in recent years developed into a...
Antarctica’s sublime, superior, superlative Weddell Sea When talking about Antarctica, it’s easy to slip into familiar verbiage: amazing, astounding, extraordinary, exceptional. But though most Antarctic locations justify these descriptions, some do so more than others. The Weddell Sea is a prime...
The art of Antarctic photography It isn’t easy to take a bad picture in the polar regions, but it’s far from impossible. (Snapping a photo of the inside of your jacket is a good start.) Even so, the beauty of Antarctica...