Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday Thought from Fred.\ here on Fred.\ Holidays TV. Today we are going to talk about one of our newest and most exciting products; expedition cruises. These are trips to both polar regions, the Arctic and the Antarctic, and can be found at fredexpeditions.co.uk. If there ever was a once-in-a-lifetime holiday then an expeditions cruise is the perfect example. You can venture into unknown territory in order to see stunning landscapes, get up close to exotic wildlife, and take part in some exhilarating activities.
As you can see, I’m dressed for the type of conditions that you are likely to face when embarking on one of these trips and so I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a bit about what an expedition cruise may entail. Stepping into the wilderness really is an exciting prospect indeed. You can witness some of nature’s most amazing phenomena’s such as the northern lights and the midnight sun. This is where the sun doesn’t fall below the horizon at all for a period of up to three or four months, resulting in 24-hour daylight.
Nature puts on its most impressive displays at both ends of the earth and so by journeying to Antarctica or inside the Arctic Circle you will be able to see some fantastic sights. Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is home to waterfalls and volcanoes; Norway offers dramatic fjords and powerful maelstroms; the waters around Alaska and the Antarctic Peninsula act as a shipping route for gigantic icebergs; and there are many different places where you can see giant glaciers calving into the sea.
One of the other main reasons why people visit these places is to see the interesting wildlife that makes its home in these regions. From powerful and majestic polar bears in the north to cute and mischievous penguins in the south; you’re sure to catch a few glimpses of these polar residents. The seas are also teaming with life and so there is a good chance you could see whales breaching the waters ahead of you, orcas playing in the ship’s wake, and even narwhals fighting with their lethal tusks.
Away from the ship, you will be able to explore various wildernesses in a number of different ways. You can travel by kayak as you skim the caves and inlets around the coasts, use snowshoes or skis to help you hike great distances, and even get a bird’s eye view courtesy of a helicopter trip or a ride in a hot air balloon. Additionally, you can test your resilience by taking the polar plunge and diving into the freezing waters at the North Pole. It is the zodiac that will become your closest ally, though. These rigid, inflatable rafts will ferry you backwards and forward from your expedition vessel and take you to the shallow and more enclosed areas that the ship cannot reach.
Now, heading out on an adventure of this kind doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Whilst some of the ships may be slightly basic, they still offer a comfortable place to rest your head at night and all the amenities you will need. And, what’s more, certain operators still make room for spa treatments, fine dining experiences, and mod-cons like Wi-Fi access, hairdryers, and in-room fridges.
So where can we take you? Well, when travelling north you can discover the wildest parts of countries such as Norway, Iceland, Canada, and even go all the way to ‘the top of the world’, 90 degrees north, at the North Pole. Journeying in the other direction will mean setting sail from Chile or Argentina and visiting islands such as the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands, before landing on the Antarctic Peninsula itself.
So if all this talk of polar bears, zodiacs, and extreme terrains has inspired you to take an expedition cruise with Fred.\, what are you waiting for? Visit fredexpeditions.co.uk to take a closer look at what we can offer. Thank you for watching today, join us again next time for another Friday Thought from Fred.\.