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Packing for Antarctica or Arctic Travel

Packing for Antarctica or Arctic Travel

You’d think after 20 years traveling to the Polar Regions I could pack in my sleep. Well actually I do pack and repack in my sleep, but that doesn’t make the job any easier.

Antarctica penguin - Happy Feet update

Antarctica penguin - Happy Feet update

The Emperor Penguin now dubbed Happy Feet that surprised the world with its journey to New Zealand has now been rescued from the Peka Peka Beach by The Department of Conservation and Wellington Zoo

Protecting Your Antarctic or Arctic Cruise With Travel Insurance

Protecting Your Antarctic or Arctic Cruise With Travel Insurance

You’ve made the decision to take a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica.

When's the best time to go to Antarctica?

When's the best time to go to Antarctica?

When I’m asked what is the best time to go to Antarctica I always say, "anytime is a great time". Even when I return to the same landing site time and again it is always different.

Stowaways in Antarctica

Stowaways in Antarctica

We have a stowaway! Down in the corner of the empty plunge pool aboard the M/S Svetaeva was a lone sooty shearwater.

Did You Know That Polar Bears Aren't White?

Did You Know That Polar Bears Aren't White?

Polar bear skin is black and the fur is not white at all. Each individual hair is a clear hollow tube called guard hair and looks white because of reflected light.

To Plunge or NOT to Plunge - The Classic Antarctic Dilemma

To Plunge or NOT to Plunge - The Classic Antarctic Dilemma

The first time I heard about the hot springs of Deception Island I imagined a visit to Calistoga, California with its spa like setting.

The Decisive Moment - Photography in the Polar Regions

The Decisive Moment - Photography in the Polar Regions

When I think back to art history and photography class the phrase “the decisive moment” comes to mind.

Antarctica - Penguins and Krill in Danger

Antarctica - Penguins and Krill in Danger

Ecosystem – a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Food web – a complex of interrelated food chains in an ecological community

Leopard Seals in Antarctica

Leopard Seals in Antarctica

On my first zodiac cruise in Antarctica we approached a large Leopard Seal resting on a small ice floe when out of the water popped a Gentoo penguin.

Antarctica - Drake Passage - Lake or Shake or ORCAS

Antarctica - Drake Passage - Lake or Shake or ORCAS

You never know what you’ll get with the Drake Passage on your way to Antarctica.

Hiking in the Arctic

Hiking in the Arctic

One thing that really sets an Arctic voyage apart from Antarctica is the tundra and the h

Arctic means Bear

"Arctic" means Bear

In Greek arktikos literally means of the Bear and that is what everyone goes to Spitsbergen to see.

Arctic Wildlife Primer #2 - Marine Mammals and Land Lovers

Arctic Wildlife Primer #2 - Marine Mammals and Land Lovers

Marine Mammals

Arctic Weather Part 2 - Diverse Climate

Arctic Weather Part 2 - Diverse Climate

Two Climates In One

Wandering Cort #3 - Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia

Wandering Cort #3 - Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia

The Los Nires Hotel included a typical European breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, fruit, pastries, and cereal. Lynn and I met for breakfast at 7:30 because our bird guide was scheduled for 8AM.

Wandering Cort #2 - Getting to Argentina

Wandering Cort #2 - Getting to Argentina

Travel to Argentina was the typical airline experience in these days of cutbacks. Steve picked me up at 5:30 AM to bring me to his house to meet his friend, who drove us to the Portland airport fo

Wandering Cort #1 - Introduction

Wandering Cort #1 - Introduction

In Fall 2009, I traveled to Antarctica with Lynn Cross and Steve McBurnett.

World Oceans Day - Celebrate Antarctica and Arctic regions

World Oceans Day - Celebrate Antarctica and Arctic regions

June 8th - Celebrate World Oceans Day. It's a great day to contemplate the amazing place called the ocean and remember that we need to protect it from the ongoing onslaught of pollution, overfishing

Sharon's Travel Log #1 - Antarctica Drake Passage Crossing

Sharon's Travel Log #1 - Antarctica Drake Passage Crossing

(This guest post is from Sharon - our Client Services guru - who is traveling on the Polar Star on a Antarctica Circle trip from Feb 4 - 15, 2010.)

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