Polar Activities

Hiking, History, Kayaking, Culture, Photography in the Polar Regions

  • Visit Greenland to Meet the Tenacious, Inspirational People of the North

    Visit Greenland to Meet the Tenacious, Inspirational People of the North

    Polar expeditions guide Daven Hafey shares stories from Ittoqqortoormiit and Uummannaq, two Greenland villages home to the inspiring and determined people of the North.

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  • Antarctic Dreaming: Planning & Packing for an Epic 50th Birthday Journey

    Antarctic Dreaming: Planning & Packing for an Epic 50th Birthday Journey

    Wondering what it’s like to spend the holidays cruising Antarctica? May Lee shares the story of how she planned to celebrate her 50th birthday with an Antarctic expedition over the holiday season.

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  • What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

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  • Kayak Adventures in Antarctica from an Experienced Kayaker’s Perspective

    Kayak Adventures in Antarctica from an Experienced Kayaker’s Perspective

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  • Arctic Cruises: Close Encounters in the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

    Arctic Cruises: Close Encounters in the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

    What's it really like to spend your vacation days cruising icy bays by Zodiac or hiking vast Arctic tundra in search of wildlife? Dale Templar shares a first-hand account from Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

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  • Greenland's Thule and Vikings: More Than Ancient History

    Greenland's Thule and Vikings: More Than Ancient History

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  • What to Expect on Your Extreme Camping Trip in Antarctica: Part One

    What to Expect on Your Extreme Camping Trip in Antarctica: Part One

    I’m a pretty huge fan of camping, but I wouldn’t say I’m an “extreme” camper… at least, not anymore. I used to enjoy camping out in the wilds of Ontario and Alberta, even spending three months in...

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  • Unforgettable, Rugged and Raw: Gourdin Island, Antarctica

    Unforgettable, Rugged and Raw: Gourdin Island, Antarctica

    By Daven Hafey Fog can do funny things.  Especially at sea.  It can disorient sailors.  It can obscure icebergs fifty meters tall.  It can be illuminating. We were at anchor off of Gourdin Island,...

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  • Beluga Whales Parade & Play in Cunningham River

    Beluga Whales Parade & Play in Cunningham River

    High above the Arctic Circle, the inlet at the mouth of the river running through the barren tundra on Somerset Island, Nunavut, comes alive each summer. Pods of hundreds of beluga whales, from...

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  • Nansen's Fram Expedition: Bold North Pole Exploration in the 1890s

    Nansen's Fram Expedition: Bold North Pole Exploration in the 1890s

    Recounting historical expeditions gives us a chance to experience some of the fascinating adventure, excitement and challenges of polar...

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  • Four Iconic and Incredibly Memorable Antarctic Moments

    Four Iconic and Incredibly Memorable Antarctic Moments

    In Part 1 of our interview with travelers John and Karen Morrison, they talked about making the decision to embark on an Antarctic adventure, and their preparations for the trip.

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  • Sea Kayaking with Keith Perry in Greenland

    Sea Kayaking with Keith Perry in Greenland

    What's it like to participate in the kayaking program on your Greenland expedition? Passenger Keith Perry shares his experience and photos from his trip.

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  • SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

    SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

    This July, a limited number of polar-passionate travelers will be breaking ice, pushing barriers and leading change alongside the world’s top Arctic climate change experts. The inaugural Quark...

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  • Photo Fun: How to Take Polar Jumping Selfies

    Photo Fun: How to Take Polar Jumping Selfies

    Imagine this: you are on the polar expedition of a lifetime. Forget about your location for a second. Instead, answer this: how will you capture these memories? Go back in time 15 or 20 years and...

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  • Meet Antarctic Wildlife in 360° VR

    Meet Antarctic Wildlife in 360° VR

    This post was previously published in July 2016 Exploring the 7th continent is best accomplished in person, of course; but polar-passionate people the world over can now explore vicariously...

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Arctic

    Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Arctic

    Why visit the Arctic? From fascinating polar wildlife to spectacular Northern Lights and bird cliffs, we're exploring the top 10 reasons you'll want to visit the Arctic this year.

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  • Spotlight on Beluga Whale Communication

    Spotlight on Beluga Whale Communication

    This popular post was first published in 2015.  On Somerset Island in the Canadian province of Nunavut, is a world-class beluga observation site, home to enormous arctic whale pods each summer. In...

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  • What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    This popular guest post  by Dave Bouskill, photographer and half of the travel couple The Planet D was first published in 2013.  Congratulations! You’ve bought your ticket to Antarctica! So you’ve...

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  • Natural Polar Bear Habitat Delivers Award-Winning Photography on an Arctic Expedition

    Natural Polar Bear Habitat Delivers Award-Winning Photography on an Arctic Expedition

    Professional photographer Harry Skeggs has a passion for wildlife. Based in London, England, he has visited 50 countries in pursuit of the perfect shot to feed his love for wildlife photography....

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  • 3 Top Destinations to Spot Incredible Arctic Animals in the Wild

    3 Top Destinations to Spot Incredible Arctic Animals in the Wild

    Planning an expedition and curious about what animals live in the Arctic? See which destinations offer the best opportunities to see polar bears, caribou, whales and other Arctic wildlife.

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