Culture – past & present
Even in the most desolate and inhospitable regions of the planet, humans have left their mark. Antarctica has never been permanently been inhabited, yet there are abandoned whaling stations filled with bones and the huts – and graves – of great explorers including Shackleton.
The Arctic has its own tales to tell of the brave expeditions that carved their way through the Northwest Passage, and the remains left by those who made their fortunes hunting seals, whales and mining the land. Even further back, ancient Thule people – ancestors of the Inuit – left traces across Greenland and Canada, thrilling insights into the Arctic past. But even more fascinating is a visit to a modern Inuit village. The Inuit have lived in some of the earth’s most stunning locations and wild conditions for centuries, yet not only do they manage to survive between ice and Arctic water, they have a warm, rich culture, with ancient folklore and a thriving art scene. Cruise to Baffin Island, Hudson Bay or the shores and islands of Greenland to meet the Inuit, see their finely woven textiles and hear the local folklore. Be prepared for evidence of hunting, though – this is a subsistence culture and every part of the animal will be used.