I’ve been fascinated in Astronomy since I was a child learning about the solar system at school, watching The Sky at Night and visiting planetariums. But I have no real knowledge of the subject on an academic level, so I was a little nervous to join a specialist astronomy tour heading to Svalbard to witness the total eclipse in case I found myself surrounded by Astrophysicists and (quite frankly) feeling a little stupid.
Deb and Dave, collectively known as The Planet D, are kind of a big deal in the travel blogging circuit. They’ve been to over 100 countries on all seven continents and their travel blog was awarded ‘Best travel blog’ in 2014 by the American Society of Travel Writers. So yeah, these guys mean business.
There is never a better day, than today, to speak out and take action to protect our precious planet.
For World Environment Day 2014, the theme is ‘Raise your voice – not the sea level’ and Alex Harris, Communications Officer at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, shares with us her extraordinary and brave experience of raising her voice about the Arctic.
Join renowned travel photographer and author Steve Davey for an exclusive talk on Photographing in Arctic and other extreme conditions.
See beautiful examples of Steve’s work while he discusses the techniques and practicalities of achieving these shots and talks us through the itinerary of the special Spitsbergen Explorer photography expedition that he will be escorting this June.
The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is a fantastic location for seeking out wildlife, but there’s more than that to discover in this intriguing land.
You have a more than excellent chance of seeing the fearsome polar bear, as well as groups of bloated walrus, the somewhat dumpy Svalbard reindeer and even the Arctic fox. In the water you can encounter a variety of whales and all sorts of seals, often hauled up on pack ice.
Hot off the press are Intrepid’s new Polar brochures, packed full of more Antarctica and Arctic adventures than ever before. To research these fantastic trips, we sent our own Wendy Smith into the frozen wonderland of the great white continent…
“I had my first Polar experience in January when I joined the Sea Spirit for an 11-day Antarctic Explorer voyage and it blew my mind! I find myself struggling for words that adequately describe how beautiful it really is. The views from the deck of the ship were ethereal, otherworldly and like nothing I’ve seen on this earth.
Steve Davey has travelled to almost 90 countries around the world, so this renowned travel photographer and author has a lot of experience in keeping his gear and pictures safe. Of course there have also been a few incidents, but fortunately back-ups and insurance have prevented them turning into disasters. Steve shares his valuable tips to help bring your photos back home…
“Travel photography is about a lot more than simply taking pictures. It might sound obvious, but you have to sort the travel before you can get to the photography part. Travelling with a camera and lenses throws up a number of unique issues that you will have to deal in order to protect your equipment and the pictures you have taken.
If wild landscapes, remote communities and polar bears are on your wish list, then you can’t go past the Arctic! World-renowned photographer and travel author Steve Davey loves exploring this part of the world and he’s got great tips to help you capture this extraordinary region on camera…
“The Arctic region of Svalbard is an incredible part of the world: far more accessible than the Antarctic, it can be reached in a just few hours from most European capitals. Yet Svalbard is also the home of the polar bear, one of the most fearsome predators on the planet.
The Arctic is a treacherous and unforgiving place. With ever-shifting ice flows, impassable glaciers and freezing winds, surviving here is not exactly a walk in the park. But like anywhere on earth, Mother Nature always manages to find a way to make it work, ensuring that the Arctic is filled to the brim with fascinating wildlife…
The world’s largest land carnivore, the polar bear is the undisputed king of the Arctic. With their elegant white fur armour providing the ideal camouflage, these lumbering giants maintain an almost ghostlike presence against the icy terrain, occasionally plunging into the freezing water to hunt unsuspecting seals. There’s no denying it – the chance of seeing one of these mighty animals in the flesh is reason enough to travel to the Arctic.
Seeing polar bears in the wild is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, possible in only the most remote regions of the planet…