I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition with Gap Adventures, onboard their formidable MS Expedition cruise. While circumnavigating the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, we saw over 15 polar bears, came across a herd of over 100 walruses, climbed a massive glacier and even swam in the freezing Arctic waters.
The Arctic conditions might be harsh and intimidating, but its poetic beauty is enough to impress even the most hardened traveler. As I share with you my Arctic stories, my mind is still trying to process what it was that moved me so – was it the surreal beauty, the extreme conditions or the rich wildlife? Perhaps it was the rare sensation of being literally at the edge of the Earth.