The Galapagos Islands, located off the west coast of South America, are home to hundreds of species of animal, amphibian and reptile found nowhere else in the world. A double World Heritage site, both the land and sea are protected.
For centuries, nature has defined life in the Arctic. Visiting the museums, exhibitions and art galleries as part of your arctic holiday you’ll find that art, culture and nature are all very closely linked.
Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of unique terrestrial and marine species. Located 621 miles (1,000 km) from South America, the 19 volcanic islands of the Galapagos are surrounded by a marine preserve teeming with many species unique to the region. Take a look at the best snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands:
Mike and Anne Howard left on their honeymoon in 2012 and have been exploring the world ever since. Using Anne’s background as a national magazine editor and Mike’s as a marketing executive and photographer, they created HoneyTrek.com to chronicle their journey across 38 countries and what has become “The World's Longest Honeymoon.”
Polar bear on ice. Photo credit: Samantha Crimmin
In the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole, lies the Svalbard archipelago, a collection of four large islands and hundreds of smaller ones. Seven national parks and 23 nature reserves cover most of the archipelago, a breeding ground for many seabirds. The area is teeming with wildlife including reindeer, arctic fox and marine mammals including seals and whales.
The Ilulissat Icefjord has been a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List since 2004. Exploration of the Icefjord guarantees breathtaking views of the glaciers and ice caps surrounding the sea, and exciting hiking trails throughout its lakes, meadows, and mountains. However, it’s easy to get wrapped up in its beauty and intrigue while overlooking its significance as a site of outstanding natural value.