Category: Polar Regions

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
Get ready to bid on your ultimate dream vacation with Going Once

Get ready to bid on your ultimate dream vacation with Going Once

American Express  is offering  more than 25 amazing travel packages, including a luxury RV trip across America, an adventure in  Antarctica and a South African safari.   Travellers daydreaming about their next luxurious  getaway need  look no further. From 17th to 27th April 2007, US and UK American Express card holders will have the opportunity

Greenland kite-skiing expedition

I’m not sure you’d class this as luxury travel but, as someone who has been to Greenland on a couple of occasions, I find it too interesting to pass up. The footage shows a 21-day kite-skiing adventure taking a small team from Narsaq in the north-east of the country to Qaanaaq (don’t you just love
Explore the magic of Antarctica aboard Marco Polo

Explore the magic of Antarctica aboard Marco Polo

The untouched beauty of Antarctica has begun to become one of the ‘must go’ places for the more intrepid luxury traveller.   Orient Lines award-winning ship Marco Polo brings tourists closer than ever to the magical scenery, animals and unique contours of the forgotten continent.   The ship has a specially designed hull that allows
New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

New 148-foot expedition boat from Timmerman Yachts

Timmerman Yachts has unveiled its plans to build a new luxury 148-yacht capable of navigating the seas of the Arctic and Antarctic. This ocean-going  vessel is the flag carrier of the Timmerman collection. Its range allows it not only to cross the Atlantic Ocean but also to sail around the world with only five refueling
It pays to be a celebrity!

It pays to be a celebrity!

At the Golden Globes Awards ceremony on 16th January 2006, presenters including Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman and Emma Thompson will receive swag bags filled with complimentary luxury items valued at more than $62,000. Among the goodies, a cruise to mingle with the penguins in Antarctica; Quark Expeditions whisks a VIP and