Aside from abundant wildlife watching opportunities, the Polar Regions offer all sorts of outdoor activities for the intrepid. From trekking through the desert landscape of inner Antarctica to diving amid icebergs, both Antarctica and the North Pole have exciting things to do.
The islands surrounding Antarctica and the North Pole ice cap provide endless chances to explore the unknown on foot, by kayak or by zodiac boat. Climb Antarctica’s mountains and enjoy skiing back to the base, or stop by at some of the region’s heritage remains of huts built by early expeditions.
Trekking: upon arrival on the North Pole ice cap, trek to the designated pole on foot and experience the desolate icescapes this region has to offer.
Diving and snorkeling: try your hand at ice diving in Antarctica or scuba dive to explore the amazing underwater marine life seen among the ice cavities of this region.
Skiing: Antarctica’s Ellsworth Mountains are beginning to attract adventurous skiers, who must first climb the peak of their choice before skiing down it.
White water rafting and kayaking: kayaking around Antarctica’s coast and the Arctic islands is one of the best ways to take in the outstanding wildlife seen in these remote parts of the world.
Mountain climbing / rock climbing: the Ellsworth mountain range in Antarctica offers enthusiastic climbers a number of unclimbed peaks as well as the challenging Vinson Massif.
National parks and reserves: the whole of Antarctica is designated as a Special Conservation Area and is home to a wealth of wildlife and a handful of sites of scientific interest.
World Heritage sites: while the Polar Regions don’t have any sites that have been recognized by UNESCO as being of world heritage significance, there are several sites of national importance that are of interest to visitors.
Spiritual places and trips: Antarctica’s first church was erected on King George Island in 2004 by the Russians, and today it serves the spiritual needs of those based at the nearby research station.
Islands and beaches: with hundreds of islands in the Arctic Ocean as well as dozens surrounding Antarctica, there is no shortage of interesting isles to visit in the Polar Regions. Year round cold temperatures mean sunbathing on the beaches is sadly not an option.
Festivals and events: August sees the Northwest Passage Marathon Races, the world’s most northerly marathon.