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Polar Region

Experience the Polar Region


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Polar regions provide some of the last truly untamed wildernesses. These are barren and inhospitable spots, the coldest, windiest, driest places on earth. But they are also havens for wildlife.

There is a great deal of curiosity for travelers to reach the North and South poles as part of an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Antarctica has a uniqueness of geography. It is the fifth-largest, southernmost continent with the smallest population and has often been described as “the end of the earth” and “isolated perfection.” The Arctic region, on the other hand, spans eight countries including Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, United States and Canada. Travelers experience everything the Arctic has to offer, with a fascinating blend of cultures and communities.

While the Arctic comprises eight countries – Canada, the U.S., Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Finland – Antarctica technically comprises one. With this in mind it is important for travelers to understand and communicate the nuances between the North Pole (Arctic), which includes an array of countries and cultures offering their unique version of the polar experience, and the South Pole (Antarctica), which is an entire continent unto itself.

Most important, Alaska cruise routes are slightly off the Arctic region. However, Arctic Alaska or Far North Alaska is considered a part of this region.  It commonly includes North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough, Nome Census Area, and is sometimes taken to include parts of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.


Fun Things to Do

While polar landscapes are spectacular from the sea, they’re even more stunning from the air, a view you can enjoy while seated in one of the two twin–engine helicopters.

Our twin–engine helicopters will transfer you to the start of the most scenic hiking routes and pick you up at the end point of the route.

Ascend high above the cascading coastal glaciers onto the immense polar plateau of the Greenland Ice Sheet (the second–largest ice mass in the world) and take in the immensity of this overwhelming landscape.

Expert kayak guides will take you beyond to remote glacial lakes high in the upper alpine zones of Southern Greenland.

Feeling like a more active adventure? Join with local hosts to identify world–class mountain biking routes through the stunning scenery of South Greenland.

Join local hosts at one of the most exclusive camps in Greenland. Their local guides will lead you on an immersive experience through the wonders of their homeland.

When is the best time to visit the polar regions?
Usually, travelers choose to travel between June and October, when temperatures are warmer, and nature is blooming. Mid-May to October is the perfect time to explore Canadian Arctic tundra and taiga. With nature flourishing after the dark, winter months, the region is full of color and wildlife.

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?
The best time to visit Antarctica is between November and March – the months when the sun rises above the horizon, the sea ice melts enough to allow access, and the temperatures nudge above freezing.

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