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The Arctic v Antarctic: Which Should You Visit?

As far as adventures go, a journey to the polar regions is a big one! But which should you go to? We've put together a list to help you figure it out.

Cold or Very Cold?

It may surprise you to know but The Antarctic is much colder than The Arctic. Temperatures in the North Pole can reach highs of 10°C, while the South Pole has been known to get as hot as -12°C, so if you want something a bit more temperate the South Pole is your best bet.

When Do You Want to Travel?

Large patches of the Arctic Ocean are frozen between October to March, so sailing is almost impossible. June to September is the perfect time to visit the Arctic Circle when the ice flowers are in full bloom and the polar bears are waking from their long hibernation. The Antarctic season is nowhere near as simple to define: November – December is when the animals are migrating in great numbers across pristine snow, mid-December – January is when the first penguin chicks appear, and February – March is the best time to go in search of whales!
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Polar Bears or Penguins?

Quite simply, would you rather see penguins or polar bears? Penguins populate the Antarctic while polar bears roam the Arctic. Other than that, the Antarctic is also teeming with seals while Killer whales dominate the seas and the Wandering Albatross can be found flying overhead. While, the Arctic is home to huge Walruses which weigh up to 1.5 tons, up to 17 different species of whales and vast bird cliffs.

Which is Best for Icebergs & Glaciers?

Both the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Peninsular awe-inspiring landmasses but the Antarctic has the largest icebergs in the world. The Antarctic is home to towering ice structures which must be seen to be believed – the biggest iceberg in the world measures 11,000km2 which is larger than the island of Jamaica. However, the Arctic Circle enjoys some stunning sunsets which make the icebergs and glaciers glow pink.


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