A Christmas polar adventure holiday

Posted On October 26, 2006

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If most adventure holidays are just not adventurous enough, then you might want to consider saving up to have the adventure of a lifetime with a trip to the Arctic or Antarctic.

Among the polar trips adventure holiday specialist Exodus is launching for 2007 to 2008 is a new trip to Antarctica from Argentina. Exodus’ new adventure Christmas holiday, Shackleton’s Trail, is an exploratory trip to the remotest regions of Antarctica from Argentina.

For 17 days from December 2007 to January 2008 travellers will experience perhaps the most unusual white Christmas on the planet. Highlights on the voyage are huge icebergs, a chance to see thousands of adelie penguins on Paulet Island and even the occasional emperor penguin when passing an iceberg. The one-off trip costs £4,919.

There are also three other holidays available in the southern hemisphere, with a variety of departures available from 15 to 23 days.

The longest of these is an exploratory voyage across Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia over 23 days where you can learn about each area’s history, as well as take in the wildlife and stunning scenery. Prices start from £6,049 with two departures available in November 2007.

At the other end of the planet is Exodus’ 12-day Spitzbergen Adventure in northern Norway. This has been updated to include a new Special Photography Charter, which leaves in July 2007 and is led by explorer-anthropologist Martin Gray and the BBC’s Planet Earth editor Andy Chastney.

Highlights include lunar landscapes, a wide variety of wildlife, icebergs, glaciers and sea cliffs. Prices start from £2,899 per person.

Polar Expeditions programme manager for Exodus, Paul Goldstein, said: “For anybody who has visited the poles, they’ll know that there’s no experience like it, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those lucky enough to sample Shackleton’s Trail or learn from Gray and Chastney may well reach the zenith in polar adventure, even for those who have visited these polar areas before.”

For more information see www.exodus.co.uk

Other tour operators that offer similar packages include www.Explore.co.uk, www.Arctic-experience.co.uk and www.Naturetrek.co.uk

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