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Holidays to the Polar region are both magical and fascinating. From the vast frozen landscapes of Antarctica, to the Northern Lights of the Arctic Circle, the beauty of the Falkland Islands, and even the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Explore a region where polar bears reign under a midnight sun, and where penguin colonies gather on rugged landscapes.
Holidays to the Polar region offer lots for the intrepid and inquisitive traveller. Discover a wide variety of flora and fauna amid some of the most breathtaking mountainous vistas in Svalbard. Take in the dramatic glacial wonders of the North Pole, spot polar bears, humpback whales, walruses, reindeer and sea eagles in Greenland, or visit some of the many historical and memorial sites on the Falkland Islands. You’ll also have opportunities to meet local remote settlements, kayak through icy waters, and follow in the steps of the Vikings. Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, a trip to the Polar region is an experience filled with plentiful wildlife, fascinating history and dramatic scenery.
- The British Antarctic Territory is inaccessible during the winter (March-October).
- Make sure you have adequate warm clothing for your trip, including thermals, warm socks and clothing that retains body heat (but prevents sweating).
- Make sure you have adequate health and travel insurance to cover any medical expenses for your trip.
- There is a £25 departure tax upon leaving the Falkland Islands.
- Bank of England coins and notes are accepted in the Falkland Islands. There are no ATM machines in the Falkland Islands.
- If visiting the Arctic tundra, take plenty of mosquito repellent, post-bite spray and a mosquito net.
- Protect your eyes from UV light and pack a pair of sunglasses.
- Pack a pair of binoculars.
- Stay with your guide at all times and do not venture out on your own where polar bears are a potential danger.
Best time to travel
Summer time (between June and August) is the most popular time for cruising the Polar region, as the ice has melted and temperatures are extremely cold, but more comfortable with the mercury reaching around 5°C. Summer can be the most crowded time to visit the polar region, and some people opt for travel between February and March when there are fewer crowds and good light. The midnight sun season lasts from April to August. Travel is not advised during the polar night season (October to February), as temperatures can drop as low as -30°C.