Australasia & Polar Regions
Push your boundaries and venture to the ends of the earth to explore where very few have trod. The world's last great wilderness, Antarctica, is surprisingly rich in wildlife, with penguin colonies on land and pods of humpback whales to accompany you at sea. Best of all are the vast icy landscapes, with towering glaciers and giant ice floes. Easily reached for a long weekend, though a world away from the 9 to 5, the Arctic Circle offers adrenalin-fuelled adventure as well as the most strikingly peaceful silence. Explore fascinating history in Svalbard, spot unique wildlife such as eider ducks and arctic foxes and listen to the swoosh of runners as your sled cuts through the snow. Camp under the Northern Lights or stay overnight in a Dutch schooner frozen into an icy fjord. These and many more adventures await.
Australasian holidays are similarly rewarding, yet snow is replaced with desert, rainforest, undulating mountains and impossibly beautiful beaches. But if you like your rugged and rural accompanied by some city slick, never fear: great cities like Sydney and Melbourne rival any in the world for culture, cuisine and luxury hotels; and the hospitality and warmth of the locals never fails to humble.