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Where is the Arctic and where is the North Pole?
The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by continents. The Arctic includes the Arctic Ocean but also parts of Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Greenland. Therefore, travelling to the Arctic could involve travelling to many different places. The North Pole is in the centre of the northern hemisphere, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice.
What is the climate like in the Arctic?
Like Antarctica, the weather in the Arctic is unpredictable. Depending on the time of the year, the temperature could be freezing, although there could be days warm enough to wear a t-shirt. It’s good to be prepared for unexpected changes in conditions by packing appropriately.
What should I pack for an Arctic voyage?
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What wildlife can I expect to see in the Arctic?
This will be largely dependent upon the area of the Arctic you choose to visit. Wildlife that calls the Arctic home includes polar bears, narwhals, walruses, puffins and other birds, seals, whales, arctic foxes, reindeer, and muskox to name a few.
Are there rough seas in the Arctic?
Unlike Antarctica, where you have to cross the Drake Passage to gain access to the continent, the Arctic is home to sheltered waters, and there aren’t many open sea crossings. However, if you are prone to motion sickness, it’s a good idea to take seasickness medication with you.
Do I need travel insurance?
All passengers are required to have travel insurance. Check that your policy covers emergency medical evacuation (some ships include this) and trip cancellation. If you need assistance finding an insurance company that suits your needs, let us know.
Are there restrictions once ashore?
All the companies we work with are AECO members and follow a strict set of guidelines that govern and protect Antarctica. These include the number of people allowed on shore at one time, proximity to wildlife, etc. You will be briefed on these guidelines before your excursions begin.
How much time is spent ashore?
Normally close to three hours. In the Arctic, there are places that offer hiking opportunities, and people are usually split into small groups regarding fitness level and interests (photography, hiking, history, etc.).
How physically fit do you have to be to go to the Arctic?
The expeditions require mobility and overall good health, but they are not physically demanding. If you feel the terrain ashore is not suitable for you to do a hike, you can always choose to stay near the landing site, or just go on a Zodiac cruise. The ship is an excellent platform for wildlife viewing.