Part of what makes Tim and me excited for our next trip are all the adventure activities we get to experience. And all the different types of wine we end up savoring, of course. We’re definitely not as nimble as we were 10 years ago, but that has never stopped us from finding the next thrilling escapade and going with it.
Another pair of adventurers have decided to pitch in with some fun Arctic activities just for your enjoyment. Let Agness and Cez (of eTramping fame) guide you through the icy plains of the North!
1. Glacier Hiking and Climbing
Hiking is all the proof you need that T.S. Eliot’s famous quote is true: “[It is] the journey, not the destination [that] matters.” If you want to go one step beyond, try your hand at glacier hiking in such splendid locations as the Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland.
Or perhaps the impressive Kangerlussuaq Glacier in Greenland might pique your interest. Especially if you’re into towering ice cubes. This is really one of those Arctic adventure activities that puts your ability and awareness to the test. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart.
Looking for adventure activities that don’t involve ice axes and climbing expertise? Swimming in the Arctic will get your heart pumping just as well. Don’t worry, most of the “swimming” is actually floating in a safe survival suit guided by experts. Certainly, some are wacky enough to go for a dip without one. At least that’s what they’re doing at Deception Island on the other side of the planet, in Antarctica.
In any case, when you’re not visiting Santa in Rovaniemi, consider the Sampo Icebreaker trip for a (n)ice swim. Well, the survival suit is a bit awkward to maneuver, but the experience is definitely worth a try. If nothing else, it’ll make for a great laugh back at home when you’re looking at the photos. Oh, and bragging rights to your friends who have never swum in the Arctic.
It’d be a shame to cruise through the Arctic and not take the chance to slide on the white, powdery plains. Wake up to the gentle rocking of the sea (or the not very gentle surfacing of a whale). Then prepare for a full day of fun snow-driven adventure activities that leave you wanting for more.
The pearly white expanses of the Arctic are breathtaking in the spring, whether you’re in Finland or Alaska. It’s also a great opportunity for wildlife spotting – and you definitely have many to choose from. Polar bears looking for seals out on the sea ice, seals loafing around with their fuzzy pups, and many others.
4. Whale Watching
No Arctic cruise is complete without the chance to spot these gentle giants. Keep your binoculars at the ready for when you hear audible gasps around the cruise ship. Belugas, killer whales (also known as orcas), and even “the unicorns of the sea” (narwhals) do the rounds in this frozen part of the world.
Whale watching is also one of those adventure activities fit for the whole family. Even your little tykes can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while staring in awe at the giant creatures disturbing the surface of the water. Keep on the lookout for dolphins in these parts as well, for they tend to hang out with whale pods.
5. Deep Sea Fishing
Norway, for example, is very bountiful when it comes to fishing. As such, it is no surprise that one of the adventure activities reserved for travelers on Arctic cruises would be deep sea fishing. Even if you’re not particularly adept at the sport, at least you’ll have a chance to compete with dolphins.
Plus, nothing makes one happier than the look of satisfaction on your kid or significant other’s face when they finally manage to land a fish. Or getting to taste your own capture in a delicious, traditional fish soup cooked by the ship chefs. Or maybe even the captain, if he wants to brag for a bit.
Many people worry that a cruise through the Arctic would be a pretty dull and expensive experience. We’ve set out to prove them wrong with all these adrenaline-pumping, breathtaking, dazzling activities. Forget what others think, set sail for the Arctic.