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“The Arctic” – from the Greek Arktikos – ‘Country of the Great Bear’ because it sits underneath the constellation Ursa Major. This is very apt, because the most famous resident of this world is the awesome Polar Bear! It is one of the last great untouched wildernesses. I’ve visited the Canadian & Greenland Arctic, travelling by expedition ship from Churchill to Kangerlussuaq, and both Peter and Anne have recently cruised around Spitsbergen (Svalbard) – the best place for Polar Bear spotting!
Only in summer, once the pack ice has broken up sufficiently, does this savage land of rock and ice unlock its secrets. There are also Reindeer, Walrus, Musk Oxen, Arctic Wolves and many whale species, including Bowheads, (the white) Belugas and the ‘horned’ Narwhal. Greenland alone is home to eight different whale species and two million seals! For birdwatchers, there are gyrfalcon, snowy owls, murrs, puffins and kittiwakes, to name but a few.