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When you think about the Arctic and the Antarctic, it’s true you will probably conjure up visions of ice and snow and perhaps the rigid ordeals experience by early explorers. However, today both regions are very accessible and in comfort, more than likely on a cruise.  What is in store for the visitor is two worlds of outstanding natural beauty and the opportunity to view amazing wildlife who make these regions their home.

If you're looking for a unique experience that will surprise your family and friends, whilst making them incredibly jealous, an Arctic or Antarctic trip should be added to your bucket list. Looking for moe information? Click 'More details' to keep reading about both regions.

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Antarctica Quicklinks: About Antarctica | Best time to go | What animals will I see?Best way to see Antarctica

The Arctic

The Arctic has to be one of the most intriguing regions on Earth. Starting with the wildlife, the Arctic is bursting with marine and bird life. There are several species of seal and four types of whale. Other animals to be found on Arctic trips include polar bears, walrus, sea otters, sharks, wolverines, Arctic foxes, Arctic wolves, reindeer and caribou. All these animals have adapted to the severe local conditions.  Another attraction is the friendly inhabitants and communities who call the Arctic, home.

Whales

One thing is certain about Arctic tours. The scenery will take your breath away. The strikingly beautiful Arctic landscapes are made up of luminous icebergs, massive glaciers, ice fields, snow-capped mountains and tundra. The last-named allows the opportunity to see flowers and plants indigenous to the Arctic. A real treat is to be fortunate enough to enjoy the enigmatic Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis), sweeping across the sky. This phenomenon can usually only be seen in the late fall and winter months. 

Iceland, Greenland and Norway (Spitsbergen) are the major destinations offered by Goway.

What is the best way to enjoy the Arctic?

Because of the short visiting season influenced by the weather, departures  to this wonderland are limited and because of the expansive area this region of the world covers, the very best way to enjoy this region is on Arctic cruises sailng in a comfortable ship specially equipped to manoeuvre around the terrain giving maximum exposure to the region.

Our recommend trip to see the best of the Arctic

In Goway’s Arctic, there are cruises which, on one journey, visit Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen.  Consider joining a Polar Bear Safari on board a comfortable ship travelling to amazing fjords, glaciers and inlets around Spitsbergen and allowing for exceptional wildlife viewing as well as an abundance of bird life. And you are guaranteed to view polar bears in their natural habitat. Perhaps the idea of reaching the Arctic Pole is a wish-list item. Goway offers a two-week itinerary with a flight from Helsinki to Murmansk in Russia where you will sail on an icebreaker all the way to the ultimate northern point on earth with awesome scenery en route.on your Arctic cruise.  

The Antarctic

You might think of the Antarctic as one immense landmass made up solely of ice. This is far from the truth. Antarctica is a land of extremes and has been described as “the last great wilderness”. It is a continent which is occupied by ice, snow and glaciers but there are also active volcanoes, (Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth), sheer cliffs with jagged peaks and ancient settlements, all to be experienced on Antarctic trips . It is the World’s 5th largest continent and the windiest, coldest and driest. The air here is clean, clear and refreshing. There are no permanent human residents in Antarctica but you will find a number of research stations here operated by many different countries.

local inhabitants in Antarctica

When is the best time to go to Antarctica?

Antarctica is accessible only in the summer season from November to March when sea ice melts enough to allow access. During this time, temperatures can rise to as much as 12 degrees Centigrade/57 degrees Fahrenheit with 24 hours of daylight.

What wildlife can I see in Antarctica?  

Animal life that can be seen in the Antarctic region includes the ubiquitous penguin of which there are 8 different species in existence here, the larger ones being the emperor penguin and the king penguin. There are also whales and seals including the elephant seal. There is abundant birdlife which includes the albatross, gulls and terns among numerous other sea birds.

What is the best way to travel to Antarctica?

Once again, just as in the Arctic, the best way to discover this region is on an Antarctic cruise. Goway offers this starting from both Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. On arrival at the Antarctic landmass, you can go ashore and walk/hike as well as climb the slopes of the coastal mountains. For something different, a cruise is also offered combining Antarctica with the islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.

Check out Goway’s selection of Arctic and Antarctic itineraries and selection of cruises. 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Four Reasons to Consider an Antarctica Vacation

Get to Know Antarctic Wildlife Up Close

‘Ice Capades’ on Film

Antarctica’s Blood Waterfall – and how to get to the 7th Continent

Animal Focus: The King Penguin

 

 


 

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Arctic & Antarctica

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  • Air, Land & Sea to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, an Antarctica cruise is an unforgettable adventure. This unique itinerary flies to the ice continent from Punta Arenas, so you can make the most of your time exploring this incredible continent.
    Duration:
    6-8 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 7,815
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Buenos Aires

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 15,338
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Ushuaia

    A wonderful way to enjoy an “expedition” to Antarctica. Sail from Ushuaia in Argentina and head south on your comfortable cruise ship. Spend time going ashore to this fascinating basically uninhabited landmass apart from the animal and bird life.
    Duration:
    11-12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,496
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  • Antarctica Express Cruise: Punta Arenas

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    8-11 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 14,952
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    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Base Camp Antarctica

    Enjoy an in-depth cruise from the tip of South America to Antarctica where you experience the dramatic scenery of icebergs, glaciers and ice fields, visit a research station and see all kinds of local wildlife including whales and penguins.
    Duration:
    12 Days
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    US$ 9,850
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    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Antarctica Crossing the Circle Ocean Diamond: Ushuaia to Ushuaia

    Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and Scott by venturing to the world’s southernmost continent. Sail from Argentina across the Drake Passage, cruise south of the Antarctic Circle and set foot on Antarctica, spotting penguins and seals while braving the world’s most daunting and inhospitable climate.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 13,396
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    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Antarctica in Style: Silver Explorer Ushuaia to Ushuaia

    Embark on one of the world’s great adventures by heading to the white continent at the ends of the Earth. As you cross the Drake Passage and explore the frozen landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll encounter all manner of penguins, seals, and whales, and follow in the footsteps of the world’s most illustrious explorers.
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    11 Days
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  • Cruising Antarctica in Style: Silver Explorer Ushuaia to Ushuaia via the Falklands

    Join the world’s most illustrious explorers as you set foot on the white continent and embark on 18 exceptional days of excitement. Revel in the photograph opportunities as you become acquainted with the beauty of the Falkland Islands. Encounter penguins, watch for seals, dolphins, and whales, and spot seabirds flying overhead on this spectacular adventure.
    Duration:
    18 Days
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    On request
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    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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  • Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers & Kings

    This in-depth Antarctica cruise explores not just the world’s most mysterious continent, but the islands and communities that surround it. Visit the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Shetlands as you embark on this epic journey.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 24,649
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  • Fly to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, a visit to Antarctica is an unforgettable adventure. Few Antarctic trips however let you stay on land, making this short excursion a truly unique experience.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
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    AU$ 9,065
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  • Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

    Spend 9 spectacular days on board a comfortable ship, which travels to amazing fjords, glaciers and inlets around Spitsbergen allowing for exceptional wildlife viewing as well as an abundance of bird life. And you are guaranteed to view polar bears in their natural habitat.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,295
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    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

    Experience a unique and remote part of the world spending two weeks on the world’s largest and most powerful ice breaker sailing in comfort through awe inspiring landscapes. Add to this a visit to the enigmatic North Pole.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 29,995
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

    Discover the spectacular scenery and unique wildlife of the Arctic on this active adventure along the Northwest Passage. Explore the deep fjords, ancient glaciers, and frozen waters of Northern Canada and Greenland on zodiac cruises and hikes, and meet with the Inuit, who have lived in the frozen north for thousands of years.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 17,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Ross Sea includes Helicopter Explorations: Argentina to New Zealand

    Explore the southernmost reaches of the planet on this epic Antarctica vacation. Passing from Argentina to New Zealand, you’ll traverse the frozen oceans aboard a purpose-built ice cruiser, make landfall at far-flung locations on the Antarctic Peninsula, and visit remote islands and regions that few explorers ever reach.
    Duration:
    32 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 47,331
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic

    Cruise through the amazing islands of Spitsbergen experiencing wonderful and remarkable Arctic scenery and wildlife while aboard a ship complete with local naturalist experts. This is an exploration of wonders that you will not find anywhere else.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,901
    Trip Type:
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  • Spitsbergen in Depth

    Have a voyage of a lifetime through the islands of Spitsbergen experiencing amazing Arctic scenery and wildlife while aboard a ship complete with local naturalist experts. This is an exploration of nature like no other.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,326
    Trip Type:
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  • Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen

    An amazing two week cruise through the Arctic region to discover the austere and breathtaking beauty of a little known world full of natural wonders. Fjords, glaciers, ancient settlements, on board lectures – all these add to the exotic charm of the Arctic.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,195
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Wedell Sea Antarctica incl. Helicopter Explorations: Ushuaia to Ushuaia

    Explore Antarctica by land, air, and sea on this expedition to the South Pole. Aboard the M/V Plancius, you’ll follow the path of early explorers as you cross the Drake Passage and explore the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula. This stark landscape of icebergs, penguins, and frozen ocean is made for adventure.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 13,163
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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