Aloha adventurers and welcome to another ‘Friday Thought’ here on Fred.\ Holidays TV. This week we’re taking about nature and telling you how you can experience some impressive natural events from the decks of a cruise ship. Many of these events can be experienced on our expedition cruises, but there’s a couple that you can witness on our standard ocean cruises too.
So let’s take a look at some of nature’s most spectacular shows that you can see for yourself.
The Midnight Sun
The Midnight Sun happens across the Arctic throughout the summer in the northern hemisphere. During this time, the sun doesn’t drop below the horizon, resulting in continual daylight for a period that lasts for as long as four months in some places. The further you go into the Arctic Circle, the longer the Midnight Sun lasts for. In places like Greenland, it will take place between the middle of May and the end of July, but further north, in Spitsbergen, it lasts from the end of April to the end of August.
Penguin Chicks Hatching
Anyone travelling to Antarctica on our expedition cruises has the opportunity to witness penguin chicks hatching and fledging in front of their eyes. The penguin chicks start to enter the world in the middle of the southern hemisphere’s summer. That means that if you plan your trip in December of January there’s a chance you’ll see them as they break out of their shells. If you would rather see the cute, fluffy chicks attempting to fledge the nest, then this usually occurs around February time.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most fascinating displays. Throughout the northern hemisphere’s winter, when the skies darken early, they can be seen all the way across the Arctic and were even spotted as far south as Wales earlier this year. We have plenty of expedition cruises that go in search of the Aurora Borealis, but there are also ocean cruises that travel to Norway, Iceland and Greenland to allow guests to experience this spectacular occurrence.
Beluga Whales Feeding In Land
Each summer an amazing event happens along the Cunningham River estuary in the Canadian Arctic. Hundreds of beluga whales swim inland to take part in what has become known as the annual moult. As well as looking for food, the whales gather in great numbers to rub themselves against the sand in the shallow water in order to alleviate the rough skin from their backs. From the shore, you can see these beautiful creatures as they thrash themselves about before heading off in search of food before the weather gets colder again. You can see the belugas for yourself if you choose to stay at Quark’s Arctic Watch Lodge with Fred.\.
If you were disappointed by this year’s solar eclipse then you don’t have to wait too much longer for another chance to see this amazing natural occurrence. You will have to travel a bit, though. In March 2016, a total solar eclipse will take place across Asia and the Pacific Ocean and you could have a front row seat. Holland America, Silversea and Princess Cruises are all planning cruises that will position the ship in the Java Sea on the day in the hope of providing optimal viewing as the moon totally covers the sun.
And that’s everything we have for you this week. If you would like more information on how you can see these spectacular natural events, visit fredexpeditions.co.uk and fredcruises.co.uk. Or, alternatively, you can speak to our team directly by calling the number on the screen now. Thanks for watching this week and we’ll see you again next time for another ‘Friday Thought’ from Fred.\. Goodbye.