Arctic travel in Spring 2020



The sun has returned, and with it, the Arctic starts to come to life. This is the time to go dog-sledding in Greenland, snowmobiling in Svalbard and Northern Lights spotting in Churchill. It is still pretty cold though and you can expect to see temperatures well below freezing.


The great thaw is underway across the Arctic regions. As the ice recedes, walrus return to Svalbard and mother cubs venture out into the open with their cubs for the first time. With the increased daylight and warmth the first few expeditions take place in Svalbard with great trekking and even skiing opportunities for the adventurous.


By May the high Arctic is already experiencing 24-hour daylight and it is warm enough for the summer's breeding birds to flock northwards. As the sea ice retreats, whales follow it and the rich nutrients along its edge. Larger expedition ships reach Svalbard for the summer season, with great bear spotting opportunities as the breeding season starts.

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Arctic travel in Summer 2020



It's mid-summer and expeditions in Svalbard are in full swing. Walrus are shedding their winter coats and young seal pups are learning to fend for themselves. For the first time Baffin Island becomes accessible and with it opportunities to spot polar bears, harp/ bearded/ ringed seals, bowhead and beluga whales. Summer has also arrived in Greenland with camps opening up to trekkers and kayakers who want to paddle with whales among the ice.


Ice in Svalbard has generally retreated enough to allow ships passage through the stunning Hinlopen Strait and complete a full circumnavigation of Spitsbergen Island. At the same time, the Canadian High Arctic and the Northwest Passage opens up for explorers. On the wildlife front, watch out for scavengers at the bird colonies where parents will be protecting newly-laid eggs.


Those eggs are now hatching and attracting more scavengers as they crack. The Northwest Passage opens up enough for ships to attempt a full transit through its icy channels. At the same time, towards the end of the month, ships start to leave Svalbard and make their way south towards Antarctica.

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Arctic travel in Autumn 2020



Autumn approaches and with it the temperatures drop again. Darkness increases and the Northern Lights grow stronger across all of the Arctic regions. Greenland remains accessible both by boat and by land and it can be a fabulous time to get out trekking in the hills. The wildlife starts to retreat, heading south to warmer climes and female polar bears look for suitable den sites to see out the winter in comfort and safety.


The expedition fleet has departed and much of the Arctic is frozen in for the winter. In Churchill though the polar bear migration is passing by making this the best place in the world to get up close and personal with the King of the Arctic.


Winter has taken hold and the people who live above the Arctic circle are left with just a memory of the sun as they dive into 24-hour darkness. Only in Churchill is there frenetic wildlife, with polar bears gathering to hunt along the edge of the ice forming on Hudson Bay.

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Land-based adventures


Land-based trips in the Arctic deliver adventure and beauty in abundance. Experiences include camping on the tundra, snowmobiling across frozen expanses, visits to colourful Inuit communities and close encounters with polar bears and belugas. 

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