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 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!Karen Hinchliffe - Jewels of the Arctic, 2015
The trip was simply brilliant, a great adventure providing us with wonderful memories and exceptional insight into this fragile environment. Thank you all so very much.S. O'Neil - Across the Arctic Circle, 2015
This was our second trip with Aurora and it was every bit as good as the first. We will be coming back for more!Tony Austin - Jewels of the Arctic, 2016