About the Arctic
The Arctic and all you need to know about its land, animals and night skies are found in the information gathered over decades of research and exploration to the ‘desert of the north’. What we’ve learned about the Arctic, is that this region is a magical place filled with dazzling sights and wildlife that has been designed to only survive in this particular part of the world.
The word ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek word for bear, ‘arktos’, which refers to two celestial bodies visible in the Arctic sky year-round. The constellations in question are Ursa Major meaning ‘Great Bear’ and Ursa Minor, Little Bear, which contains Polaris, the North Star.
The wilderness of the Arctic region is substantial and crucial for the migration and breeding of whale and bird populations from around the world. It remains one of the wilderness areas most critical for global diversity.
I wanted to see "A" polar bear in its natural habitat, the expedition went beyond my wildest dreams. To see so much wild life and particularly "23" polar bears, I had tears in my eyes just seeing the first one!! The bonus and I still cannot believe it, to see a blue whale.M. Johnston - Spitsbergen Odyssey, 2016
The trip was more than I expected, I describe it to friends as waking to a different David Attenborough program every day, but better.T. Johnston, Spitsbergen Odyssey, 2016
I cannot rate Aurora, the staff, the expedition team, the hotel staff and chefs and the crew highly enough. And the ship....love Polar Pioneer in all its non-luxury glory!K. Hinchliffe, Jewels of the Arctic, 2015