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The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.
Recently released in North America, the award-winning film ‘Chasing Ice’ traces the journey of acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog as he crosses the Arctic and deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. See the film and experience the pristine wilderness of the Arctic and Antarctic first-hand with World Expeditions. We've got 40+ cruises for you to choose from and here's a round-up of our top 5...
|1. Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Circle: Cruise through the Scottish Isles, along the Norwegian Fjords and the wildlife-rich island of Spitsbergen. From the remote Orkney and Shetland Islands, continue along Norway’s spectacular coastline to explore an intricate maze of rarely visited inlets and outer islands before crossing the Arctic Circle and sailing to the Lofoten Archipelago, catching glimpses of Polar Bears and Beluga Whales. Book Now|
|2. Antarctica - Ross Sea: A true voyage of discovery, tracing the voyages of early explorers and their legendary expeditions, with abundant wildlife encounters including penguin rookeries and whale sightings. Stop at the research bases of Ross Island, follow the fringe of the pack ice through the Amundsen Sea and, weather-permitting, step back in time to visit the huts of famed British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. Book Now|
|3. Russian Arctic & Far East: Rugged and off-the-beaten-track, this is a region that was until recently "off limits" to western visitors. Truly a land that time forgot, it lies mostly north of the Arctic Circle. The native Chukchi people (predominantly reindeer herders) have adapted to this extremely harsh environment, while many migratory bird species come here to breed during the brief Arctic summer. Book Now|
|4. Canadian Arctic: Sail in the wake of Arctic explorers Ross, Franklin, Parry, and Amundsen from Devon Island and Grise Fiord, to the ice-filled wonderland of Smith Sound and Davis Strait. Then, drop anchor in Greenland where 80% of the land mass is cloaked in ice and glaciers, studded with dramatic dramatic peaks, and its coastline necklaced with jagged fjords. Book Now|
|5. Antarctic Peninsula: Explore the White Continent the active way - kayaking, snowshoeing, climbing and cruising. There's the option to camp on the ice, although those who prefer a more relaxed journey can utilise the ship’s fleet of zodiacs. There is no shortage of photo opportunities, with workshops organised to ensure you capture the stunning natural beauty of this ice-bound land. Book Now|