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Polar Regions

Antarctica, Arctic and Nordic

The Polar and Nordic regions are destinations offering extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime adventures. The seventh continent of Antarctica boasts wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery you will only see in that locale. Flying over the Drake Passage to join your luxury expedition ship is our ideal choice for an epic Antarctic experience. In the Arctic and Nordic areas, consider unique expedition locations such as the Faroe Islands, Lapland, Greenland and Iceland. Polar Bears, the Arctic Fox and the stunning “Aurora Borealis” Northern Lights await!

The Nordic Region is the largest geographic region in Europe and also the least populated!  The scenic beauty is incredibly diverse: expansive ice sheets, massive icebergs, twisting fjords, flowering summer tundras, roaring waterfalls, spouting geysers and vast lava plains. Notable residents include prolific marine life, land mammals, and enormous seabird colonies. A nature-lover’s dream!

 

Antarctica, Arctic and Nordic Itineraries

Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise

Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise

Destination: Polar Regions
Travel in the footstep of explorer Ernest Shackleton to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere! Magellan Explorer is one of the newest and most modern vessels custom-built for polar adventures. With capacity for just 73 guests the ship offers a state of the art expedition experience with an array of comforts. Enjoy views of spectacular […]
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Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge – Discovery Experience

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge – Discovery Experience

Destination: Polar Regions
Welcome to the Arctic, a magical and wild frontier for the true explorer. This once in a life time experience based from the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is the trip of a lifetime. The lodge offers just 16 cabins in one of the most remote northerly fly-in lodges on earth. The lodge welcomes clients from […]
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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Destination: Polar Regions
Flying over the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, Antarctica21 invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth. Marvel at seeing fjords, icebergs, penguins, seals and whales – that call the white continent home. This adventure is offered on all three of Antarctica21’s expedition […]
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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Destination: Polar Regions
If you haven’t heard of the Faroe Islands, this is a destination for your bucket list! An archipelago of 18 islands, located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, is a land of surreal natural beauty. Home to abundant marine life, along with puffin and seabird colonies, this unique destination is a special corner of our planet. […]
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Iceland & Greenland Under the Northern Lights

Iceland & Greenland Under the Northern Lights

Destination: Polar Regions
This 8-day expedition cruise takes you across the Arctic Circle in search of whales, icebergs, Inuit villages, seabird colonies and spectacular scenery. Venturing into the Greenland Sea, you’ll explore Scoresbysund, the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. The dancing Northern Lights will guide you along your journey. This expedition is easily accessible via […]
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In Search of Polar Bears

In Search of Polar Bears

Destination: Polar Regions
This 8-day expedition cruise will take you sailing around North Spitsbergen in the Arctic Svalbard Islands. Located between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Islands are the best location for viewing these beautiful and powerful predators. Watch the changing landscape, including rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, glaciers, and polar ice caps, as you enter […]
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Polar Circle Air Cruise

Polar Circle Air Cruise

Destination: Polar Regions
The Antarctica exploration is one of the most adventurous expeditions offered. Fly over over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth – Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.
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Antarctica FAQs & Travel Tips

Weather & Best Times to Visit

Travel to Antarctica takes place between November and March during their spring/summer/fall months (opposite seasons of the US). Each month has something special to offer:

November – Late spring/early summer weather is still cold and crisp, however this is the best time for photography, as you are seeing Antarctica in is most undisturbed time. The snow is pristine and white. Wildlife isn’t as plentiful at this time of the year, but this is mating season for penguins, so you will witness their courtship displays and nest building.

December to early February – The days are long and sunny, and penguins begin hatching. These are the most popular months to travel and booking need to be done well in advance (up to two years). Wildlife is plentiful at this time and this is the best time if you wish to see penguin chicks!

Mid-February and March – Late summer is the best time for whale watching. The wildlife is starting to leave the continent and head out to sea. Cruises and tours tend to be less crowded and rates may be discounted.

Getting There & Logistics Special Interests & Unique Activities What to Know

Travel to Antarctica takes place between November and March during their spring/summer/fall months (opposite seasons of the US). Each month has something special to offer:

November – Late spring/early summer weather is still cold and crisp, however this is the best time for photography, as you are seeing Antarctica in is most undisturbed time. The snow is pristine and white. Wildlife isn’t as plentiful at this time of the year, but this is mating season for penguins, so you will witness their courtship displays and nest building.

December to early February – The days are long and sunny, and penguins begin hatching. These are the most popular months to travel and booking need to be done well in advance (up to two years). Wildlife is plentiful at this time and this is the best time if you wish to see penguin chicks!

Mid-February and March – Late summer is the best time for whale watching. The wildlife is starting to leave the continent and head out to sea. Cruises and tours tend to be less crowded and rates may be discounted.

Arctic and Nordic Region FAQs & Travel Tips

Weather & Best Times to Visit

The Nordic countries offer year-round adventures, although the seasons and weather vary greatly. Winters are long with short days and cold temperatures, while the summer season lasts just a few months with mild weather and long, sunny days. This is the land of the Midnight Sun!

Expedition Cruising – Cruises operate during the warmer months, with most offered between April and October.

Northern Lights – Although the Northern Lights are visible from August through May, the best time of the year to see them are the months with the least amount of daylight around September to April, with the top months being January through March.

Polar Bears – The best location in the Nordic Region to view polar bears is Spitsbergen (Svalbard Archipelago belonging to Norway). The easiest time of the year to find polar bears is after the ice sheets have melted a bit, typically May-September when the ships are able to navigate to remote places easier.

What countries make up the Nordic Region Getting There & Logistics Special Interests & Unique Activities Special interests & Unique Activities What to Know

The Nordic countries offer year-round adventures, although the seasons and weather vary greatly. Winters are long with short days and cold temperatures, while the summer season lasts just a few months with mild weather and long, sunny days. This is the land of the Midnight Sun!

Expedition Cruising – Cruises operate during the warmer months, with most offered between April and October.

Northern Lights – Although the Northern Lights are visible from August through May, the best time of the year to see them are the months with the least amount of daylight around September to April, with the top months being January through March.

Polar Bears – The best location in the Nordic Region to view polar bears is Spitsbergen (Svalbard Archipelago belonging to Norway). The easiest time of the year to find polar bears is after the ice sheets have melted a bit, typically May-September when the ships are able to navigate to remote places easier.