At Aurora Expeditions we believe that there are certain places on Earth that should not be missed. After many passionate debates, we are pleased to share our 'Bucket List' showcasing our favourite adventures of a lifetime. The 'Bucket List' includes a couple of new adventures, in particular two very special trekking expeditions to the Everest region in 2013 to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.
1. Stand on the Continent of Antarctica
2. Savages or Saviours
3. See a Polar Bear in the Wild
4. The 7th Wonder of the World on Your Doorstep
5. Stand on the Northernmost Tip of Australia
6. Follow in Shackleton's Footsteps
7. Discover the Land that Time Forgot - Circumnavigation of New Guinea
8. North Pole - The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
9. Magnificent Mount Everest - Celebrate 60 years of climbing Mt Everest
10. South Indian Ocean Voyage (Heard Island)
Stand on the Continent of Antarctica
The original Bucket List adventure and something few people ever experience.
As Spring bursts to life, the pack ice retreats to reveal a pristine white continent; breathtakingly beautiful and bustling with wildlife activity.
Savages or Saviours?
You decide as you walk in the footsteps of Vikings.
From Oban in the west of Scotland to Aberdeen in the east, northwards along the stunning Norwegian Coast, past Bear Island to the realm of the polar bear, Spitsbergen – Let history come to life as you follow in the footsteps of Vikings.
See a Polar Bear in the Wild
There is no sight more humbling than seeing one of these majestic creatures in the wild. Throughout the European summer, bears and cubs forage for food on the waning pack ice above the Arctic Circle. A place of raw beauty - The land of the midnight sun teaches us all a newfound respect for the impacts of climate change.
The 7th Wonder of The World is on Your Doorstep
Let the original Kimberley Adventurer, Mike Cusack introduce you to his country. A land of 10 metre tides, terracotta rocks rising from azure seas, ancient aboriginal rock art and diverse wildlife – The stunning Kimberley Coast offers the whole package.
Stand on The Northernmost Tip of Australia
There are very few people who have explored the coast of Australia’s ‘Top End’.
A remote oasis of colour and life. Stand on Cape Horn, visit the hidden Tiwi Islands (landings by invitation only), seek out ancient indigenous art showing the arrival of the first settlers and marvel at the vibrant coral reefs.
Follow in Shackleton’s Footsteps
Literally walk in the footsteps of the ‘The Boss’ Ernest Shackleton across South Georgia through crevassed glaciers and alpine passes. This adventure activity is not for the faint hearted (alpine climbing and trekking experience necessary)
Discover The Land that Time Forgot - Circumnavigation of New Guinea
Discover some of the world's most exciting regions as they emerge untouched into the 21st century. The Forgotten islands where headhunting was practiced until recent years, The native markets of the Spice Islands, protected marine parks of Raja Ampat and the scenic coastline of West Papua and the ancient Sepik River - This 25 night itinerary expedition is sure to leave you spellbound.
North Pole – The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavours. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon flight above the North Pole make this adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Magnificent Mount Everest - Celebrate 60 years since the first ascent of Mt Everest
Join Tashi Tenzing on a trek commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest by his grandfather Tenzing Norgay and the late Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. This trek takes us into one of the most spectacular regions of Nepal at the invitation of one of the most enduring Sherpa families.
South Indian Ocean Voyage (Heard Island)
Deep in the South Indian Ocean lies Heard and McDonald Islands. Only a handful of people have ever visited these islands. These include a few scientists, a handful of tourists and (in a few years immediately after its discovery) sealers and shipwrecked mariners. These islands are 4,100 kilometres south-west of Perth, just 1,000 kilometres from the Antarctic continent and they are a world class Nature Reserve and World Heritage Site.