What is it that makes a polar expedition so special? Jenny Hendry (our Head of Tailormade) and Louisa Richardson (our Direct Marketing Manager) share their top ten polar experiences.
Watching humpback whales breaching near the ship in front of an ice shelf of epic proportions. The sight of these enormous mammals launching themselves out of the water and then crashing back was an outstanding wildlife moment.
Being the furthest north of anyone on the planet at that given moment. Our ship crackled through crisp ice to take us to 80.3° north. We peaked over the boat’s hull at the ice below, captivated by the silence and unknown frozen wilderness beyond…
Having adolescent gentoo penguin chicks tugging at anything they could reach with their beaks; coat sleeves, rucksacks, tripods – everything was gently tried out by these endearing birds. Luckily they didn’t know about the guidelines which say you mustn’t touch the wildlife – penguins live by different rules and when in Antarctica…
Admiring absolutely stunning views from high above Neko Harbour then going back to the ship the easy way on the longest, steepest, fastest and most exhilarating toboggan slide I’ve ever been on.
Walking at Discobukta getting close to reindeer that have not had to learn to be afraid of man then being joined by an equally fearless Arctic fox. The fox found a large bird egg and we watched transfixed as it munched its way through it only yards from where we were standing.
Sailing past icebergs the size of several blocks of flats. The blues and whites of the ice were mesmerising. There is no better artist than Mother Nature.
Getting close to the bird cliffs at Alkfejellet for fantastic sightings of thousands of Brunnich's guillemots as they squawk and circle overhead, a cacophony of noise and swirl of activity. A real highlight for bird enthusiasts.
Walking on the shore at Deception Island past lazing seals and curious penguins. The rusting remains of whaling equipment provided a stark reminder that Antarctica’s wildlife wasn’t always as well protected as it thankfully is now.
Waking early to find that the sky and all the icebergs had turned coral pink then rushing out on deck wearing just pyjamas to photograph the amazing spectacle of dawn over Antarctica. I got a little chilled but it was so worth it!
Waiting for an hour as the ship inched gently and quietly forwards through the ice to get closer to a polar bear who was taking a nap. The anticipation on board was palpable as we gradually got closer and closer. The bear eventually realised that he was no longer alone and took his time to survey his visitors before finally strolling off.
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