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Unusual holiday destinations: Antarctica and the Arctic

Friday 08 September 2017

Unusual holiday destinations: Antarctica and the Arctic

Visiting one of the poles may not be number one on your holiday wish list, mostly because visiting them can seem like an unachievable goal due to how extreme they are, but both Antarctica and the Arctic are truly amazing, and unusual, places to experience.

The freezing climates, stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and striking wilderness make these two destinations unlike any other but, although they have these aspects in common, there are also a number of differences between them too.

If you are looking to travel to the Arctic, the best time of year to do this is between May and September when the temperature will be above freezing, the days will be longer, and there will be more wildlife around to view.

For trips to Antarctica you should travel between November and March as this is when you will experience better weather, and you will also be able to see penguin chicks and seal pups which are born as the temperatures rise during this time.

Antarctica offers the opportunity to get close to the wildlife there as humans are not a natural predator, whereas in the Arctic the seals and whales will avoid humans and boats as they are hunted by those who live there.

The Arctic is a better destination for those interested in culture, as the Inuit who live there have an extraordinary way of life where they kayak, dogsled, and keep meat chilled by burying it, just like they always have done.

In contrast to this, Antarctica has little in the way of culture as it has no native people, but the way of life that has been built there since the scientific stations were built is interesting for those who like to see how people live in different ways.

Icebergs and glaciers are one of the main features of both the Arctic and Antarctica, and are sure to astound and amaze anyone who visits there.

With so many reasons to visit these unusual holiday destinations, it’s time to order an Antarctica and the Arctic brochure to have a look for yourself!