Video: A Look Inside a "Game of Thrones" Themed Snow Hotel in Finland

Probably the most asked about aspect of my recent adventures in Arctic Europe has been my stay at the Game of Thrones themed Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Lots of people have asked what it is like to stay there (think snow glamping!), how cold it was (not so bad!), and what it looked like inside. I shot this video from the interior to give you a sense of what to expect. Some

On the Front lines of Arctic Climate Change: Maureen Raymo at the North Pole Summit

Long before climate change was one of the major social and political issues of our time, Maureen Raymo was already deeply involved. Her lifelong ambition to become an oceanographer took her to Brown University in the 1970s, where she had the opportunity to work in the marine geology lab with a noted paleoclimatologist. She fell in love with the field and has been a passionate expert and advocate ever since. Photo Courtesy: …

5 Reasons an Arctic Expedition Is Totally Worth Your Vacation Time

One of the huge perks of full-time employment is paid vacation time, but increasingly Americans have not been taking time off. The reasons vary, but a recent survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association listed the belief that nobody else can do the job and a fear of returning to a mountain of work as some of the main reasons people are avoiding taking vacations. How significant is that avoidance? The amount of unused holiday time in the United States hit an all-time high in 2014, when Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the …

Drum Dancing at the Top of the World: David Serkoak’s Upcoming North Pole Journey

Imagine the cultural thrill of witnessing an authentic Inuit drum circle, onboard a Russian nuclear icebreaker, bound for the North Pole. This July, during The North Pole Summit, Inuit Elder and celebrated educator David Serkoak will lead passengers and guests in the first-ever drum circle at the North Pole. It’ll be his first trip to the North Pole, …

Sea Kayaking with Keith Perry in Greenland

This article was previously published by Keith Perry in the City AM on Dec 09, 2016 The iceberg looming above me is the size of an apartment block, yet despite its enormity the frozen seascape is eerily silent. I am sitting in my kayak with eight other paddlers in one of Greenland’s enormous Arctic fjords. All that breaks the calm is the snap, crackle and pop of the ice. Then, as if on cue, a curious seal pokes his head above the water…

River of White – Across the Northwest Passage

Guest Post by Nick Engelmann, Expedition Team Member A “red whale,” I stand on the top deck in my innumerable layers of polyester and wool, encased in a red Mustang flotation coat, waiting. We are closing in on the eastern entrance of the Bellot Strait on our Northwest Passage: Franklin’s Legend Arctic expedition, and the view from our ship, Sea Adventurer, isn’t promising. I look at the circular image through my binoculars to better see the white line of a standing wave. Solan …

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. Recently, he went on an arctic expedition specifically to shoot polar bears … with his camera, of course! White World- Harry Skeggs Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari was…

Retreating into Greenland’s Fjords: One Woman’s Arctic Expedition Journey

There are plenty of great reasons Greenland has become a top destination for travelers: it’s one of the most naturally and spectacularly beautiful places on the planet, with enough activities and landing sites to fulfill the needs and wants of every type of traveler. Each person decides to embark on an arctic expedition for his or her own reasons: for some, it’s the thrill of spending vacation time in an off-the-beaten-path destination; for others, they’ve always been fascinated by the Polar…

Take a Hike – Greenland’s Scenic Beauty & Challenging Terrain

Each year on November 17, hikers the world over celebrate Take a Hike Day. Established by the American Hiking Society, the day serves as a friendly reminder to families to take the time to occasionally get away from it all and explore the amazing natural beauty around us. One of the best destinations for hiking trips is Greenland, which, despite its substantial ice cover, is fresh and invigorating. On hiking day …

Top Breathtaking Baffin Island Landing Sites

Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world, is still one of the wildest and most pristine places in the Canadian High Arctic. Home to a single large town – the provincial capital of Iqaluit – and a handful of small communities, Baffin Island spans over 195,000 square miles (507,451 sq km) of …

Spotlight on Baffin Island: A Largely Untouched Arctic Adventure Destination

When you think of Arctic tourism hot spots, Greenland, Iceland and the North Pole might all come to mind. These iconic Arctic destinations are popular with polar adventurers, each for its own good reasons. But there’s an equally fascinating and captivating destination that’s emerging – one that’s still relatively untouched and uniquely pristine. Although it’s the fifth largest island in the world (and the largest in Canada), Baffin…

Arctic Express: Greenland & Back in 10 Days

A polar bear lumbers across the pack ice, pausing occasionally to sniff the air. Its sensitive nose seeks prey. You shift your viewfinder to the right … on the tundra above, muskoxen and reindeer graze. Pulling the camera from your eyes, you see humpback and beluga whales cruising the food-rich waters while a group of walrus are hauled out far enough down the beach that the roving bear hasn’t yet caught on. This is life in the Arctic, and it has never…

4 Reasons Baffin Island is the Ultimate Arctic Adventure Destination

Home to the Inuit for thousands of years, Baffin Island is only now being discovered by the rest of the world as a prime arctic adventure destination. Sheer cliffs jutting from the water, challenging terrain, plus hidden and protected inlets are all part of the call for intrepid travelers to visit the Arctic – Baffin Island, in particular. Adventure activities offered on arctic expeditions …

Spitsbergen – Home of the Polar Bear

In the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole, lies the Svalbard archipelago, a collection of four large islands and hundreds of smaller ones. Seven national parks and 23 nature reserves cover most of the archipelago, a breeding ground for many seabirds. The area is teeming with wildlife including reindeer, arctic fox and marine mammals including seals and whales.