Calling all explorers! Who wants to join me for an arctic adventure this summer?
If you could see me right now you’d see my doing a happy dance. If you come to the arctic I’ll show you in person. I’m BEYOND excited for this trip and for the chance to connect with you.
In almost seven years of blogging this is the first time, I’ve extended an invitation like this and I wanted it to be for something EPIC. And it just doesn’t get more epic than exploring the Arctic in Canada and Greenland.
If you’re a regular reader I could probably title this post 0 Reasons Why You Should Join Me for an Arctic Adventure and you’d still want to come. There’s something universally appealing about the arctic. It remains incredibly mysterious. A place that we only visit by watching Planet Earth.
Let’s change that. Join me on an Arctic Safari (click to see all the details) from July 30th to August 10th in Canada and Greenland.
But in case you do need some convincing, here are:
7 Reasons Why You Should Join Me for an Arctic Adventure This Summer:
1. Unravel the Mysteries of the Arctic
When you think of the arctic you probably think of ice. And lots of it. You know that glaciers are melting and that polar bears are in trouble. You know that it’s cold. You know that igloos supposedly are quite warm but you secretly have your doubts. But there’s SO much more to the arctic. Isn’t it time to find out? Be honest? Have you even heard of Devon Island? If you’re not Canadian, I’m guessing that you probably haven’t. And if you have, well, you’re probably a geography whizz who should try out for Jeopardy. It’s the largest uninhabited island in the world at 50,000 sq km. It resembles Mars so much that even NASA has a station there to simulate life on Mars!and is said to resemble Mars. Seriously, how cool is that? I’m Canadian and didn’t know that either – bows head in shame.
2. Ice, Ice Baby
Make that glacier ice. Glaciers are melting at an ever increasing pace. Now is the best time to see them before they disappear. On this Arctic Adventure, you won’t just see glaciers, you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland. The icefjord is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at an incredible nineteen meters per day!
3. Polar Bears, Walruses, Whales, Seals and Birds
You’ve got to be tough. Real tough to survive one of the most extreme climates on the planet with dramatic weather changes. If you call the Arctic home your days are spent in darkness or illuminated with a never setting sun. This is your chance to observe some of the most adaptable wildlife on the planet!
You have a very good chance of seeing polar bears on this Arctic Safari in Greenland and Canada. In addition, you’re 99.9% sure to see whales, seals, and birds if you’re hanging out on deck and not in your room. While sailing across Davis Strait, the broadest strait in the world you’ll be on the lookout for minke and humpback whales. Or how about seeing the elusive narwhal in Mittimatalik a famous region for its marine mammal sightings. Or maybe it’s a beluga that’s on your wildlife spotting bucket list. Don’t worry, we’ll head to Lancaster Sound where you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting one. There are incredible 17 whale species found in the arctic alone! It’s fascinating that any species can survive here, let alone thrive!
You’ll also be visiting Prince Leopold Island which is the most important station for breeding marine birds in the Canadian Arctic. I’ll admit that I’m not great at bird identification but I can’t wait to learn.
4. Follow in the Footsteps of Big Time Explorers
There’s nothing like following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers to get you thinking about the mark you want to leave on the world.
You’ll feel a kindred spirit as you sail across Davis Strait, named after the English explorer John Davis (1550–1605), who explored the area while seeking an entrance to the Northwest Passage.
You’ll also visit Beechey Island where you’ll learn more about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition. Not a single one of the 129 men on board returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party—until recently. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the HMS Erebus and its sister ship the HMS Terror in 2016 in the frozen waters of the Northwest Passage, a discovery that has renewed interest in the fabled region.
Join, me and tell how you plan to change the world. We can chat about it while we’re crossing the Davis Strait. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
5. Discover Inuit Culture
You’ll be meeting locals along the way from Greenlandic Inuit to Canadian Inuit. How do they survive the freezing cold temperatures for months on end? Do they sleep in igloos? Your whole world is about to open up as you discover what life is really like in the arctic. I can’t wait!
6. Hangout with Really Cool People
There are going to be some seriously AMAZING people on board. To highlight just a few:
- Andre Gallant: A famous Canadian photographer who took many of the photos seen on this page.
- Anguti Johnston: A culturalist and famous Inuit actor/director with his own tv show.
- David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes: World famous underwater photographers.
- Pete Ewins: Lead Species Conservation Specialist, WWF-Canada.
- Deanna Spitzer: A Marine Biologist
- Aaron Spitzer: An expert on the history, politics, and culture of the north.
- Jerry Kobalenko: Canada’s premier arctic traveller. Jerry has logged over 7,000 miles in the Arctic over the course of 35 skiing, hiking and kayaking expeditions. He’s also the author of The Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island.
- Alanna Mitchell: An award-winning Canadian journalist, playwright and author who writes about science and social trends.Be sure to check out Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, a book that she co-authored and that’s related to this adventure.
Not only that, but the other passengers will be incredible people. If you’re interested in an arctic adventure you’re among kindred spirits. You’ll meet people who are fascinated by natural history, who can name species of birds you’ve never heard of, voracious readers and people with a love for adventure. While I haven’t been on board yet, I know this from doing diving trips and from volunteering on a sailboat researching whales and dolphins in the Hebrides in Scotland. Chances are you’ll end up becoming lifelong friends with at least one person. Heck, I met and married JP who I met on a diving boat while diving with sharks off the coast of Costa Rica.
I’m super excited to meet and learn from everyone who will be on board. I have no doubt that it will be one of the highlights of the trip.
7. Know That Your Participation Makes a Positive Difference
Your hosts include representatives from WWF Canada who support this expedition. In addition, your discovery fee of $250 represents a portion of the money that will be donated to ensure the longevity and success of educational, environmental, and cultural initiatives in the regions that you’ll be visiting.
Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel also plants a tree for every client who books. I will also be working on some conservation initiatives that will ensure your contribution continues long after your arctic adventure. In full disclosure, I don’t know exactly what that looks like yet. I know I want to make a difference and that with your help, when we work together, we can make a positive difference in the arctic environment.
So who’s in? Who’s joining me for an EPIC Arctic Adventure? I hope you are. See you in the Arctic!
The Arctic Safari is from July 30th to August 10th. Click here for all the details to make your arctic dreams become a reality!