The BBC Inspires Polar Travel With Two Fantastic Nature Shows
In recent weeks, the BBC has been doing a great job of inspiring people to visit the Polar Regions. By showcasing some of the fascinating wildlife on display in these remote areas, courtesy of some amazing images, viewers were left asking “how do I go there?”
Luckily, we have a wide range of expedition cruises that can take you to the Arctic or the Antarctic. However, if you saw Arctic Live and Planet Earth II, you may be undecided as to which you want to visit first.
BBC Two’s Arctic Live was a three-part series shown on consecutive days last week. Presenters such as Kate Humble and Simon Reeve were reporting live from the town of Churchill, Canada. This small settlement is known for its great number of polar bears and the show looked at how residents have learnt to live with these majestic creatures on their doorstep. This is the time of year when the Arctic ice is slowly starting to form, meaning the bears can head off in search of seals. During the summer though, they have to resort to scavenging around Churchill, creating problems in the local community.
The program also looked at other areas in the Arctic, such as Greenland and Alaska, showcasing the breathtaking scenery of these destinations. They also met some of the local Inuit people, who continue to thrive in corners of the world that are vastly untouched by tourism. Seeing polar bears, meeting Inuit societies and marvelling at unbelievable scenery are all things you can do on our Arctic cruises.
Ten years after the ground-breaking original series hit our screens, Sunday night saw the first episode of Planet Earth II. Shot in spectacular ultra-high definition, the show swept us all along with stories of love, peril and bravery within the animal kingdom. Amongst the creatures we saw, we were taken to Zavodovski Island to see how the largest community of penguins lives on this volcanic rock in the middle of the Southern Ocean. Against all odds, these chinstrap penguins manage to raise their young in a truly unforgiving part of the world. They battle jagged rocks, raging tides and ferocious waves in order to catch fish and bring them home for their young.
Whilst few humans have ever set foot on Zavodovski Island, you can visit other places nearby that have similarly impressive populations of these cute birds. Zavodovski is part of a territory known as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. At landing points such as Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Godthul (all of which are on South Georgia), you will get to see rookeries of king and macaroni penguins, as well as fur seals and many different seabirds.
So if either of these captivating shows has stirred your senses and given you a thirst for travelling to the polar regions, contact us today for more details on all of our itineraries.