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4 Western Greenland attractions you must see


The birthplace of icebergs...

An ice sheet covers 80 percent of Greenland's land mass. One would think there wouldn't be much else to see, but if you plan wisely, there are tremendous West Greenland offers a world of arctic adventures and a once in a lifetime journey.

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The Falkland Islands - Fun Facts, Myth & Reality

Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when the Falkland Islands are mentioned – "some tropical island" in the South Atlantic. But this beautiful group of islands isn't about beach culture unless you're referring to penguins. There's plenty else to talk about with the Falkland Islands, including fun facts and myths that surround them, and we could go back to 1690 when English Captain John Strong made the first recorded visit… but that’s an article for another time.

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Did you know humpback whales sing for their food?

Humpback whales sing for their food. Who knew?

People worldwide have been captivated by the sound of humpback whales singing, and whether members of this species sing as a means of communication with each other or some other purpose. Our Greenland expedition cruise participants often ask this very question. Interestingly, scientists have recently discovered that an important purpose of the humpback whale's song is to help them locate their next meal.

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5 reasons to visit Greenland


There’s an old maxim that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice. While this for the most part may be true about Greenland, it’s only half the story.

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4 of the Most Celebrated Antarctic Explorers: Do You Know Them?

Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.

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Come meet the gentoo penguin!


Travelers from all corners of the globe trek to the shores of Antarctica in search of remote landscapes, icebergs, and most of all, penguins. The latter's vast waddling populations are incredible to see, with the gentoo penguins outnumbering them all.

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The forbidding islands of Franz Joseph Land


We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.

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The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.

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Nuclear icebreakers – what’s so special about them?


This story really happened more than 30 years ago.

In the Russian High Arctic, a convoy of over 50 Soviet-era ships became trapped in ice fields along the Northern Sea Route or "Northeast Passage." In those days, many Russian Arctic settlements were dependent on food and other necessities that were typically delivered by these traditional convoys. This time, however, the convoy was unable to return after supplying the isolated settlements due to impassable ice.

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What do I really need to bring on an adventure cruise to Antarctica?



Poseidon Expeditions, like other tour operators that take you on adventure cruises to Antarctica, wants you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s easy aboard the ship where casual clothing is the norm in the lounge, dining room or lecture room. But adventure cruises to Antarctica require a bit of planning because of the extensive time that will be spent outdoors, both ashore and while on deck observing the incredible scenery. Temperatures can vary greatly during the lengthy daylight hours of Antarctic cruises, and the cold can be amplified by windy conditions, fog or precipitation.

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Let the explorer lurking inside of you out of the box!



This article was reposted from Boomer's Bucket List Travel

Do you wish you had been born over a century ago when the world was out there for the curious to explore? If you’ve watched the TV saga Vikings, keep explorers like Erik the Red in mind. He made his mark on the Arctic by founding the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Think Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Ernest Shackleton, those giants in the lore of Antarctica. And remember that Roald Amundsen managed to be the first person to reach both the South Pole and the North Pole.

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