Four Common Misconceptions Of The Polar Regions
As one of the most iconic regions for wilderness travel, the Arctic has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Around one million tourists adventure to the poles each year and various scientific studies mean we are starting to gain a more in-depth insight into these ever-changing zones. But even with all this research, there are many misconceptions that still hinder the chances of travellers experiencing the delight of Arctic cruising.
Expedition Cruising Is Not For Everyone
One of the main misconceptions of adventure cruising is that most people believe polar expeditions are only for the athletes and daredevils of this world. But why should they have all the fun? With many different ways to explore the Arctic, you can still admire what each region has to offer, without taking a 10-mile trek. If hiking isn’t for you, be sure to ask your expedition leader about the best ways to explore the area using onboard kayaks, zodiacs and even by helicopter. Even when relaxing, there will be plenty of chance to admire scenic views from the comfort of the ship.
The Arctic is Uninhabited
Some people believe that the Arctic is a baron wilderness that contains nothing but snow, rock and ice. Fortunately, they are wrong. With four million people spread across eight different countries (Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland/Denmark, Canada and the United States) there is no shortage of human activity within these areas. This is also a perfect opportunity to learn more about how the indigenous people have survived and thrived within these harsh conditions for so long.
The Polar Regions Are Always Cold and Dark
With the growing issue of climate change, many drastic adjustments have been taking place that can cause temperatures to soar to around 10°c during the summer months in places like Salvbard and Greenland. Whilst 10°c may not sound very hot, in an ice-filled place, this can have a detrimental effect on both the wildlife and the area that they can thrive on. During these months, you will also have days with constant sunlight, allowing for breath-taking views and scenic photos. But if you travel between November to February, you can expect there to be low-light throughout the day, allowing for a chance to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
All Penguins live in Antarctica
Just so that you are not all disappointed, of the 17 species of penguins on Earth, only seven of them live and nest around Antarctica and its sub-islands, with only four staying there during the winter months. Over the entire lifespan of the penguin species (around 50 million years), they have adapted to move north and are therefore situated in Southern America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. There is even a species of penguin that lives close to the equator in the Galapagos Islands, just off the shore of Ecuador. But don’t let this deter you from investigating Antarctica, as there are still around 12 million penguins that waddling here all year round.
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