Get kitted up
Of course, a voyage to the arctic regions will necessitate lots of warm apparel. The idea is to dress in layers because outside temperatures fluctuate, and you might be hot strolling on the landings and freezing sitting in the Zodiacs. You will need thermal underwear and base layers when spending time outside, and micro-fleeces are perfect for layering. You will most likely be given a heavy coat on your trip, so you will not need to pack one – read the trip notes for further information.
Bring extras if you lose one pair of gloves or become wet. Fingerless gloves as an underlayer are very beneficial while handling a camera. Silk liner gloves below waterproof gloves work nicely. Snow is highly reflective, make sure to protect your skin and your eyes by wearing sun screen and sunglasses . Finally, because it is light for much of the day during the peak season, an eyeshade helps get to sleep, even though most cabins have black-out blinds.
Get travel insurance
Because you will be visiting some of the world’s most isolated locations, you must obtain enough travel insurance. Make sure your coverage covers sports like sea kayaking if you’re going on a trip that involves them. Also, be sure your policy covers the entire cost of your vacation; many plans have a cap, so you may need to extend your coverage to cover the entire cost of your trip.
Take a dry bag
Because of all the ice, it may become highly wet in arctic locations! Bring a dry bag with you to keep vital goods like memory cards, compact digital cameras, and phones dry and safe. Not only will be handy on cruises, but it will also come in handy if you go sea kayaking.
Taking images in arctic regions is unlike taking photos everywhere else on the planet. Because of the brightness of the white landscape, you’ll probably require various settings, so do your study and don’t forget a polarizing filter. When it comes to gear, the chilly weather necessitates extra planning. Because batteries deplete considerably more quickly in freezing conditions, you’ll need a lot of extras. You’ll also need many large-size memory cards because you’ll be shooting many pictures and don’t want to take off your gloves to change memory cards while out on the ice.
We recommend bringing or renting a telephoto lens. It may be used as binoculars and functional while viewing animals from the ship, such as whales and polar bears. Keep your lens clean and clear of saltwater, which can create scars and impact your images by using a lens cloth.
Take some entertainment
Polar expeditions entail several long sea voyages, so you’ll need to keep yourself busy with literature and intelligent gadgets. During the days at sea, the expedition crew will provide presentations on all our ships. It’s also a good idea to carry a diary with you so you can keep track of your animal encounters and capture your incredible adventure.
Pack seasickness remedies
You’ll undoubtedly need some seasickness medicines at some point during your adventure, especially if you’re traversing the Drake Passage, known for having the world’s roughest waves. Although motion sickness is unpleasant, trust us when we say that it will be worth it for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the arctic tundra.
A polar trip does not require extreme fitness because the treks on the landing places are relatively easy. You must, however, be able to hoist yourself into and out of Zodiacs and stroll around on the ice. We recommend increasing your workout before your trip to ensure that you are in good shape for your vacation.