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Northern Lights & Polar Travel

The polar ice worlds are among the last adventures of our time. Polar expeditions are experiences for all the senses: the light of the midnight sun, glaciers from white to turquoise, the call of penguins and leopard seals in the south or an encounter with the “King of the Arctic” and walruses in the north. Join us on our polar journeys to the ends of the earth!

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Northern Lights: Children of the Sun

The northern lights are mentioned as early as the Old Testament, but a scientifically sound explanation only began to develop in the 18th century. Today we know that the natural light show is caused by electrically charged particles from solar flares when they collide with the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the upper layers of the earth’s atmosphere. The particles reach the earth through so-called solar winds, which flow off in all directions of space. After their long journey, they enter the atmosphere at the two poles of the earth, where their kinetic energy is converted into light. Depending on which atoms they hit there, the resulting play of light is green, violet, blue or red. As an absolute natural spectacle, neither the intensity, duration nor color of the Aurora Borealis and Australis can be predicted. The mystical beacon can last from a few minutes to hours. But no matter how short or long you can witness the astronomical phenomenon, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Experience the Northern Lights: The best time to travel

Are you looking for a very special holiday, away from mass tourism and close to nature? Then our Northern Lights trips are particularly suitable for you. In small groups you can enjoy the spectacle of nature almost intimately and capture both the glow and the crackling of the northern lights. The best time to travel to see the Northern Lights in person is between October and March. During this time, the days at the North Pole are particularly short – so there are more opportunities to spot the glow in the sky. Whether you get the mystical flickering in front of your camera depends very much on the current weather conditions. Overcast skies and blizzards limit visibility and can throw a spanner in the works. From January in particular, you can expect clear skies and absolute darkness with icy temperatures – the perfect starting point for fans of the northern lights. February and March are also good times to take great photos and videos of this natural spectacle home with you. During this time, the probability of heavy snowfall is lower and visibility is therefore higher. Be sure to bring enough time and patience – the Northern Lights follow their own schedule and cannot be summoned at the push of a button.

Polar Journey to Antarctica: Where the penguins live

Whether with an orange beak and a white cap on their heads or with a black beak, black head and white circles around their eyes – you just can’t get enough of penguins! At the other end of the world, on an Antarctic expedition cruise with gentoo and Adélie penguins, you will meet two species of the cute, approximately 60 centimeter tall ice dwellers and observe them in their natural environment. With a bit of luck, the impressive elephant seals will also show up. The hustle and bustle of animals contrasts with the mysterious atmosphere of the still largely unexplored Antarctica. Icebergs and spectacular formations as far as the eye can see, plus an almost frightening silence – follow in the footsteps of courageous Antarctic explorers and discover the world of eternal ice!

Meet the “King of the Arctic” on a polar voyage

For example, on our trip to the Canadian province of Manitoba you have a good chance of getting as close as possible to the polar bears – the uncrowned kings of the Arctic. Countless of the white giants cavort near the polar bear capital of Churchill, making the place on Hudson Bay a real polar bear Mecca. When the bay freezes over in the fall, go sightseeing in a high-wheeled tundra vehicle. With a bit of luck, the shy ice foxes and snowy owls will show up on your way. Be there live on a polar expedition and enjoy the fascinating spectacle of the world’s largest land carnivore. On our Spitsbergen cruise, in addition to the sight of polar bears and other wild animals such as walruses and seals, the breathtaking nature is particularly captivating: Spectacular iceberg formations, surprisingly colorful and varied flora despite the permafrost, as well as small and large fjords – you will be amazed at the paths that water cut through the earth. Meander through the watercourses in a Zodiac boat and marvel at the unreal rock and ice formations – a sight you will never forget.
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