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Polar Regions

Natural World

A region of stark colour, where brilliant white meets countless shades of blue in an ice-cap dominated wonderland, here you can witness majestic polar bears in the Arctic, marvel at entertaining colonies of penguin in the Antarctic, spot various whale species and take in astounding scenery of gigantic icebergs, glaciers and idyllic fjords.

Cl Svalbard Kinfish June Credit Alex Stead

Where is the best place to see polar bears?


In Svalbard, the best place to see polar bears is on the M/V Kinfish during the summer months.

In Arctic Canada, the best place to see polar bears is at Dymond Lake Lodge in October and November.

THE POLAR REGION SAFARIS

All trips we offer to this region are in comfortable vessels, lodges or camps that ensure you get the maximum from your experience and involve guides that are specialists in polar navigation. These guides will have a general itinerary to follow but may use their discretion to alter the route, with the safety of their guests as top priority and a large focus on the wildlife of the regions. Both the geography and the climate of these polar areas can be unpredictable and the landscapes are continually shifting and evolving as Mother Nature intended, which requires some flexibility on the course of the expedition.

The Arctic regions lie at the northern extremity of the earth, a place where survival hangs in the balance and some of the world’s most resilient animal and plant life can be seen. Largely off bounds for a proportion of the year, expeditions depart during the months of July, August and September when the sea ice melts sufficiently for vessels to explore the pathways with under perpetual daylight, visiting indigenous Inuit communities in Arctic Canada or Century-old European settlements in Svalbard. Prepare to witness the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, enjoying its favourite haunts.

Thalia Svalbard

Thalia Patalong

Polar Specialist


Thalia Patalong

Polar Specialist


Possibly my most memorable experience was sitting on the bridge, binoculars and morning coffee in hand, scouting the fast ice for wildlife. Suddenly one of our guides shouted 'BEAR!' and we all spun around to see a fluffy white female in the distance. Next to me, I noticed one of the crew looking through his binoculars in the opposite direction. Asking what he was looking at he just pointed and replied 'the bear...' Raising my binoculars again I realised he was right - there wasn't just one, but TWO bears, walking straight towards each other! It felt like something straight out of of David Attenborough as we held our breath and waited for the meeting...