April 2015 - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions

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Custom-designed Trips: The Basics

April 30th, 2015 | By | Filed in AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Featured Trip

Northern LightsThe million dollar question on everyone’s mind before planning an Arctic vacation is: When is the best time to go? Sounds like a simple enough inquiry but the best answer actually depends on different factors. • What time of year did you want to go and are you date specific? • What activities do you want to do? • What wildlife are you hoping to see? Your responses to the questions determine your Arctic custom vacation travel dates; checking out the Northern Lights in February to catching a glimpse of bowhead whales in June.

Custom-designed trips are organized to suit you

Arctic Kingdom has countless year-round trips available. The benefit of planning a custom trip means that everything is organized according to your pace and your specific preferences. Whether you have five days in March or are available for three weeks in October, we can make your dream trip happen!

What if your dates are not flexible?

Should you have specific dates in mind, there are still plenty of exciting options. If you’re planning to head north to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, your best sightings will be from late August to mid- April because the night skies are not dark enough during the summer months. However, if you’re interested in a summer trip where to see Arctic wildlife such as beluga whales and walruses, the Ultimate Arctic Animal Adventure might be for you! Operating from April to November, this private trip is the perfect option if you’re looking for a getaway during the warmer and milder weather.

Some activities are seasonal

Just as the time of the year can shape your trip to the Arctic, so can the activities you want to do. Certain activities may not be feasible. Interested in dog sledding on North Baffin Island? You need to travel between mid- April and the end of May. Want to catch a glimpse of ice grizzly bears? You’re going to want to head north in September or October.

Wildlife watching

Wildlife is another factor that comes into play when you plan your trip. For instance, if you’re a polar bear lover and want to cater your trip to seeing them in their natural habitat, you have many options! A Polar Bear Sailboat Safari to Svalbard in July is an unforgettable adventure. However, if July doesn’t work for you, you could always participate in the Polar Bear Migration Photo Safari in October or November. If you wanted to see mother polar bears and their newborn cubs, look into the Polar Bear Mothers and Newborn Cubs safari that happens in March. There are numerous options not just to see polar bears, but countless different creatures that call the Arctic home. Know the time of year that you want to travel. Make a list of the activities in which you want to partake. Consider the wildlife you want to see. We will take it from there to create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure just for you. Travel with an open mind and an adventurous spirit and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Author: Mandy Ams Request your custom-designed no obligation quote now.

International Dance Day: An Arctic Perspective

April 29th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES

aaatanyaThis map posted online by the University of Lapland illustrates the diversity of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. In the Canadian Arctic, where we travel, there are two groups: Inuit and Dene, based on their language. These diverse people of the North have one thing in common - a culture in which the Arts have been embedded for centuries.

International Dance Day

The International Dance Council introduced International Dance Day in 1982. Every year they focus on an aspect of the Art of Dance. IDC announced this year's theme:
Our common proposal is to combine dance with painting, drawing, sculpture or other forms of creative work in the visual arts.
There is no more appropriate moment to recognize the rich artistic heritage of Northern peoples. They sing, dance and drum, as well as carve and silk-screen works of Art. With extraordinary skill they embellish hand-crafted mittens, boots and headbands.

Annual Cultural Festivals in the Arctic

One of the best annual cultural festivals in the Arctic is Alianait Arts Festival. Held in Iqaluit, this year's festival runs from June 26 to July 1, 2015. You can pack a lot of culture into one day in Iqaluit, because at the time of year, the sun shines for nearly 21 hours. Running almost concurrently in Yukon will be the Adaka Cultural Festival. The Festival's mandate is to shine a light on the creativity of Yukon's First Nations. Arctic Weekend Getaways during festival dates are possible. Make 2015 your year to experience the culture of Northern peoples.  

The Spirit of Discovery – Arctic Kingdom Style

April 23rd, 2015 | By | Filed in Trips

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View from the boat when the bowhead whale surfaced

When you hear the word expedition does it ignite in you an expectation of discovery? We think so. Whenever we travel we seek the undiscovered or the little known. There are still new discoveries to be made.

One of our most exciting moments of discovery occurred during a Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island Safari, a few years ago. Our travellers sighted more than 20 bowheads in a shallow bay. That is a lot of whale blubber, as a single bowhead can weigh up to 80,000 kilos (176,370 pounds) and grow as long as 18 meters (59 feet). After consulting one of Canada's foremost bowhead researchers we learned that we had identified a bowhead whale molting sight. In the shallow water, the whales wallow rubbing their bodies to slough off dead skin.

Bowheads are denizens of the Arctic Ocean. You won't see them in marine parks or zoos. You won't encounter them on a whale-watching trip in the Baja or Canada's East Coast. Even in the Arctic, a bowhead sighting is rare. We increase the odds of a sighting by knowing the places they frequent.

Knowing where Arctic wildlife is likely to be found and why...is the secret to our success as an Arctic trip provider. We use natural biology and the knowledge of local guides to plan our adventures and deliver extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities.

Earth Day – An Arctic Perspective – #EarthDay

April 22nd, 2015 | By | Filed in Current Events, Global Warming

A pair of narwhal

A pair of narwhal

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday April 22, 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. It serves as the perfect reminder to educate yourself and do your part to help make a difference in the world we live in. The Arctic is home to incredible wildlife and Arctic Kingdom is passionate about giving you the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat, which is the reason we appreciate Earth Day and value everything it stands for. Earth Day’s year- round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide. A major focus of many campaigns is saving the Arctic and preserving the region’s rich biodiversity.

Earth Day - Consequences of Apathy

As climate change becomes progressively more threatening to Arctic wildlife, drastic changes need to be made to help save the environment. As the Earth warms up and the ice begins to melt, sea levels rise which has an impact on our coasts. Many Arctic species rely on sea ice to survive and the shift in temperature is making ice vanish at an alarming rate. Within several decades, the Arctic Ocean ice cover is predicted to completely disappear during summer months, leaving many species without that necessity for survival. Polar bears, for example, rely on summer ice to hunt seals. Losing one of the Earth’s primary ecosystems leaves animals that rely on it with an uncertain future, which is the reason scientists predict that two-thirds of the polar bear population could be extinct by 2050. Earth Day is a reminder that we all need to be conscious of our lifestyle and how it has a ripple effect on the rest of the world. Climate change not only affects countless creatures, it affects us all. The celebration of Earth Day is necessary to remind people of the importance of saving our planet and raise awareness of its need for protection. Let Earth Day be a lesson: You can make a difference that has the potential to result in global change. For more information about Earth Day and how you can get involved and show your support, visit www.earthday.org. Author: Mandy Ams

National Volunteer Week – April 12 to 18, 2105

April 11th, 2015 | By | Filed in Wildlife

Polar bear and cub
“A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.” (volunteer.ca)

National Volunteer Week starts tomorrow

National Volunteer Week falls April 12- 18, 2015. It is a great opportunity to get involved in your community and help make a positive change. Since 1977, Volunteer Canada has been the national voice for volunteerism. The aim of the organization is to further volunteering and to encourage Canadians to get involved in their communities.

What have you done lately?

Let us pose a question to you: Have you done anything lately to support a cause you’re passionate about? It doesn’t have to be as substantial as donating your entire paycheque to a non- profit fighting to save the Arctic (though donations are always welcome!), donating your time to a worthy cause is just as meaningful too. Aiming the spotlight on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), their mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. As a volunteer, your time, talents and skills help maintain their mission. Though most people are familiar with the larger global organizations, there are many smaller ones that are closer to home and need your help just as much, if not more. Cochrane, Ontario is home to the Polar Bear Habitat. They are dedicated to setting the highest standards for the conservation, care and well- being of polar bears. Currently looking to expand, the Polar Bear Habitat relies on volunteers to wear various hats to ensure they provide the best environment for the bears. Dedicating yourself to an incredible cause is such a gratifying experience. Volunteers are leading social change around the world and are such a valuable part of organizations. There is no time like the present to get involved and give yourself a rewarding experience while doing your part to help a cause that is close to your heart. The best part is it’s easier to get involved than you think! Take action and click the links below for all the different ways you can help WWF and the Polar Bear Habitat reach their goals of protecting the world and all the creatures that call it home. http://www.wwf.ca/takeaction/volunteer/ http://www.polarbearhabitat.ca/volunteer To learn more about the significance of volunteering and how you can do your part in your community, visit www.volunteer.ca. Author: Mandy Ams
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