The Arctic and Antarctic are great destinations if you want to do something really different and off the beaten track. And if you like the cold!
Arctic and Antarctic facts for the career breaker:
- Visiting such remote places as the Arctic and Antarctic is a rare privilege - so if you get the chance to go, you should grab it with both hands! Adventure tours to the Arctic and Antarctica are by far the best way to go if you're not an experienced expeditioner. As well as organising the trip itself, the company can advise you on issues like visas, gear, clothing, etc. Travelling with a responsible tour operator will ensure you are contributing to, rather than harming, these very fragile regions.
- It is possible to do volunteer work in these regions, but opportunities are scarce.
- Activities in the Arctic include things like sea kayaking, husky sledding and trekking - great if you're the adventurous type.
- Activities in the Antarctic include photography, diving (yes, diving), and whale-watching.
- The Arctic circle goes through Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the USA (Alaska).
- Antarctica has no permanent residents, but there are between 1000 and 4000 people working there in research stations.
- Trips to both regions can be expensive, particularly to Antarctica because it's so far away. So if you want to go, start saving!