Feeling a bit bored lately? Need to get out of the house? Or out of your rut? Need some adventure? Alright, let’s go! This beautiful big blue marble in space, our fair planet Earth, is filled with incredible places of nature and wildlife that most people have never heard of, and even more have never seen with their own eyes. It used to be that extreme adventures were available only to the very wealthy. And those who ventured forth faced knowing that they might never return.
The Times, They Are A’Changin’
But, no more! Now even the most average of humans can plan for, afford, and go on adventures throughout the world – this is the time of tourism on the edge! Let’s jump right in for a super extreme adventure in tourism and see some wildlife on a polar expedition!
How Far Can You Go?
Spitsbergen, the wildlife capital of the Arctic, is calling to you! With an exciting wildlife expedition cruise, you can experience the exotic and untamed wilderness of the Arctic in comfort and safety. The waters are calm and the views are majestic, from mountains and fjords to the rugged coastlines, a cruising trip is the way to go.
Spitsbergen is an island in the Arctic Ocean, the largest inhabited island of Norway, with six national parks. With a population of around 3,000, Spitsbergen is one of the safest places on Earth with no crime. There is an airport, but many arrive via ship and boat.
Check It Out!
The area around Spitsbergen is a region of near constant daylight! Get your vitamin A and D from the sun, even when it’s cold. You’ll find your spirits uplifted!
This may surprise you, but the Arctic is full of wildlife! While touring near Spitsbergen you may see herds of reindeer running free, polar bear families hunting and living on the ice, giant walruses guarding their stable, and so much more!
Birders will also love this journey and will see thousands of seabirds flocking together.
And, whales! There is little more awe-inspiring than these giant ocean mammals breaching near the boat.
If you really want an immersive experience, try sea kayaking! You’ll glide by towering glaciers and captivating frozen splendors. Nature will be up close and personal!
Another way to immerse yourself in the region is to go on a guided hiking tour. A bit more agility and stamina is needed for this, but you can do it. Maybe even on snowshoes!
After you’ve cruised around this wonderful polar island, you can also tour the surrounding regions and towns – some of the oldest in Europe!
While it’s not as frigid as you might expect, it’s still the Arctic, so button up for Winter and check the forecast before packing. Don’t miss out on life and this huge world – as they say, you only live once, and this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. So seize the day and travel to Spitsbergen as soon as you can.
Written by: Heidi Loser planned a holiday getaway in Europe online and saved a lot of time and money. She’s been traveling the world since she was a very young girl.