Category: Polar Regions

Google Street View coverage extends to Antarctica!

Google Street View coverage extends to Antarctica!

Well, I never… Google Street View now covers every continent on the globe, having published footage from Antarctica. Admittedly, the coverage of our southernmost continent is modest, but they have now made imagery from an area called Half Moon Island live. You can view it by clicking here and here.

Interview with Aaron Ritoper, Vice President of Business Development at fly.com

Interview with Aaron Ritoper, Vice President of Business Development at fly.com

Formerly with Skyscanner, Aaron Ritoper is the Vice President of Business Development at Fly.com, a website which scours major airlines, international carriers and online travel sites, and helps people easily sort and refine results by criteria such as number of stops and departure times and traveller class. What is it that you do exactly? I’m […]

The best hotel to see the Northern Lights?

The best hotel to see the Northern Lights?

Hotel Ranga in Sudurlandsvegur, Iceland, a member of Special Hotels of the World, has been recommended by The Sunday Times as the best hotel in the world from which to view the northern lights. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora borealis, are one of Hotel Ranga’s biggest attractions and can be best seen […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Journey back in time on the Royal Scotsman Five star luxury at its best, from Graycliff Marvel at Emperor penguins with Polar Cruises Discover thousands of years of civilization courtesy of Arts in Europe

Answer the call of the wild

Answer the call of the wild

Heed the call of the wild and experience America’s last frontier. The sheer grandeur of Alaskan vistas will ignite your imagination. Cruise through sparkling fjords or journey inland and catch a glimpse of wild brown bears fishing for giant salmon. Hike through glacial rainforests or take an exhilarating dogsled ride. If you’ve dreamed of wandering […]

See the Northern Lights! Two for the price of one

See the Northern Lights! Two for the price of one

Experience a spectacular Norwegian coastal voyage aboard Hurtigruten. Known internationally as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”, this enchanting vacation showcases Norway’s dazzling scenery of fjords, snow-capped mountains, bustling villages and picturesque towns. Winter may be the most special time to experience the Norwegian Coastal voyage – a hidden gem. A truly spectacular time to see […]

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular  interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my  PhD was in glaciology.   Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]

Pole positions with Silversea

Pole positions with Silversea

Follow in the wake of Scott and Nansen by booking a cruise on the new Silversea expedition ship, Prince Albert II. This state-of-the-art vessel set off for the Arctic last month but will head to the opposite pole later in the year for the summer in the far south.   Luxury on board combines with […]

Join a photographic cruise to Antarctica with A&K‏

Join a photographic cruise to Antarctica with A&K‏

Bring Antarctica’s beauty home from a special photographic cruise of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. From the 19th November professional photographer Richard Harker joins the experts on the ‘Minerva ‘ for a 21-day journey to help aspiring photographers capture intimate images of this ultimate travel frontier. One-on-one sessions, on-board workshops and informative lectures provide […]

Pole to pole cruises from Hurtigruten

Pole to pole cruises from Hurtigruten

Last year Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc. changed its name to Hurtigruten to reflect their new global identity. What started as the world’s most beautiful voyage along the Norwegian coast has expanded to incredible journeys to the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica, and even an incredible 67-day Arctic to Antarctic voyage. Visit their site to learn more.

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year […]

Book early for discounts on Greenland voyages

Book early for discounts on Greenland voyages

Hurtigruten – formerly known as Norwegian Coastal Voyage – is offering incentives on visits to Greenland, a place that I myself would love to return to one day. Book any Greenland voyage with them before 31st January 2008 and receive $500 off on suites and $350 on other state rooms. Choose from their fantastic selection […]

More on the sinking cruise ship in the Antarctic

More on the sinking cruise ship in the Antarctic

More details are starting to emerge on the cruise ship that is reportedly sinking somewhere near King George Island (near the South Shetland Islands between Antarctica and the southernmost  tip of Argentina).   The 2,400-tonner liner, MV Explorer,  owned by Toronto-based Gap Adventures  [site seemingly very slow at present, perhaps understandably],  was built in 1969 […]

Cruise ship crashes into iceberg off Antarctica

There’s breaking news just in that a cruise ship has crashed into an iceberg off Antarctica. It’s been reported that 154 passengers were on the vessel. A ship has been diverted to help collect passengers from lifeboats.   Let’s hope that everyone is safely accounted for. More later.

Luxury hotels in Greenland? Yes, they do exist!

Luxury hotels in Greenland? Yes, they do exist!

Greenland is one of the few places that I can tell people I’ve been to and  be quietly confident that they probably haven’t. It rarely gets covered in the travel press, so a recent mention on MSNBC naturally caught my eye. With doubles starting from $270 a night at Ilulissat’s four star Hotel Arctic, this […]

Get snapping...

Get snapping…

Fancy a trip to Arctic Norway or the Galapagos Islands?    National Geographic, famed for its own stunning travel photography, is running  its 19th  World in Focus photography competition. First prize is a trip to your choice of the above two destinations.   If instead you just want to gawp at the amazing images from […]