Crowning the top of the world, the Arctic is a world all on its own; where walruses paddle in the shallows and polar bears gracefully roam the land in search of their next meal. Yes, welcome to our frozen planet, the land of plunging glaciers, the midnight sun and iridescent seas.
Years ago your average traveller wouldn’t even think about heading north to this beautiful yet savage environment. This was a world where only the bravest adventurers would venture. But with advances in technology and engineering, a voyage far beyond the northern tips of Scotland is well within your reach.
Scotland’s waters literally teem with a kaleidoscopic array of marine life, from minke whales and white-beaked dolphins to orcas and harbour porpoises. Start your Artic odyssey here, before voyaging to the Shetland Islands where animal sightings will include everything from grey seals and black guillemots to red-throated divers and Arctic skuas.
Beyond this compelling archipelago, the volcanic island of Jan Mayen awaits, flanked by epic glaciers and crowned by Mount Beerenberg. And beneath the piercing rays of the midnight sun, go in search of enigmatic polar bears at the head of fjords and mighty whales as they breach the icy waters.
Few creatures strike fear into humans like that of Polar bears, or the King of the Arctic. With their pristine coats of white fur and soul-searching eyes, these beauties pound the pathways well beyond civilisation in an Artic wilderness of ice floes and icebergs. For your once-in-a lifetime chance to glimpse these predators in the wild, voyage north to Norway’s Svalbard between the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea.
While some of these isles are inhabited, the lion’s share are free from humans, home instead to the bears, as well as polar foxes, seals and whales. It’s also the place to spot guillemots, kittiwakes and gulls scattered across spectacular cliffs, before hopping ashore to explore this beguiling landscape.
Our 8-day Realm of the Polar Bear takes you to the remote polar regions, from £2,269 excluding flights, but including accommodation, transport and expedition staff.
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